Welcome to London

Guide to London, England
“What an amazing place London was to me when I saw it in the distance…I vaguely made it out to be fuller of wonders and wickedness than all the cities of the earth.” Charles Dickens- David Copperfield

London remains full of wonders- some virtually unchanged since Dicken’s day; the great marble palaces, the ramshackle Medieval streets, the imposing Inns of Court; the grand sweep of Bond Street, the Tower of London, home to jewels and ghosts, the Gothic fairy-tale Houses of Parliament and the elegant, curving Nash Terraces of Regent’s Park.

Then there’s the marvellous museums and the rolling, timeless Thames which spills through the great city like a satin ribbon, its surface shifting colour from softest, shimmering jade to rushing, churning black with the ever-changing weather. It’s a city of green spaces, where willows trail in serene ponds just yards from rattling red Routemaster buses; and of vast crowds, pouring into the subterranean gateways of the tube like the Pied Piper’s entourage.

But it’s more modern wonders are equally remarkable- the glittering Shard, piercing the clouds above the city, the London Eye, watching over the urban landscape, the Tate Modern, the exquisite designer shops and charming boutiques, and the world-class bars, pubs and restaurants that ensure the city teems with life, day and night.

London is a planet in itself, with its own solar system of swirling history, culture and energy. All you have to do is breathe in its atmosphere to become a part of it.




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See

Any of the great sights of London are worth a visit- but if time is short, you won’t regret a trip to these wonders….

MUSEUM OF LONDON

"This fabulous Museum can easily absorb a full day..." more
150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN London St.Paul's - Central Line

DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE

"This unique experience immerses visitors in something between time travel and performance art..." more
18 Folgate Street Spitalfields E1 6BX London Liverpool Street Central/Met/Circle/Hamm & City

Exhibition Road

"This is the street which probably packs in the most education and entertainment in all of London..." more
Exhibition Road SW7 London South Kensington District/Circle/Piccadilly Buses 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, C1

Eat

London is home to thousands of restaurants- you will never be more than a bread roll’s throw away from a waiter proffering menus. From Helene Darroze at the Connaught to a sandwich stall at Borough Market, you can eat good food on any street, at any price. But if you’re overwhelmed by choice, these three will never disappoint...

The Wolseley

"Almost too famous for its own good, this “Café restaurant in the Grand European tradition” is immensely popular throughout the day..." more
160 Piccadilly W1J 9EB London 020 7499 6996 Green Park Piccadilly Line

Mildred’s

"Possibly the best vegetarian restaurant in London- and certainly the most imaginative and unpretentious..." more
45 Lexington Street W1F 9AN London 020 7494 1634 Piccadilly Circus Bakerloo / Piccadilly - Oxford Circus - Bakerloo / Central / Victoria

Brindisa

"Now a small chain, with four branches, Brindisa is an importer of Spanish food and wine, and is celebrated for its authentic tapas menu and excellent wine selection..." more
Soho Branch 46 Broadwick Street W1F 7AF London 020 7534 1690 Oxford Circus Central / Bakerloo/ Victoria



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Drink

London is one of the world's best cities for bars and pubs and it's impossible to detail all the magical venues for a cocktail or a pint, but here are 3 wonderful places for a drink...

The Blue Bar At The Berkeley

"Nobody could accuse the Blue Bar of being cheap, in any sense..." more
Wilton Place Knightsbridge SW1X 7RL London 020 7235 6000 Knightsbridge Piccadilly Line

Vertigo 42

"If you’re only in London for a night, and want to see as much of the city as possible, then head to this giddily vertiginous bar..." more
Tower 42 25 Old Broad Street EC2N 1HQ London 020 7877 7842 Bank Central / District & Circle / Northern Line Aldagte Circle / Met / Hamm & City Line

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese

" It’s a labyrinth of little rooms, open fires, ancient portraits of past customers..." more
Wine Office Court 145 Fleet Street, City of London EC4A 2BU London 020 7353 6170 Chancery Lane Central line Bus 68

Sleep

London is a city of wonderful hotels. There’s grand old dames such as The Ritz, The Savoy, The Connaught or the Lanesborough, the chic style-palaces such as The Berkeley or One Aldwych, the exclusive boutique hideaways like The Goring, the Covent Garden Hotel or the Pelham, plus a huge raft of mid-range, convenient places to sleep and eat. But if you want a guaranteed comfortable and enjoyable stay, we suggest the following...

Novotel Blackfriars London

"A stay here is efficient, affordable and thoroughly enjoyable..." more
6 Blackfriars Rd London Borough of Southwark SE1 8NZ London 020 7660 0834 Blackfriars District / Circle Line

Rydges Kensington

"This recently refurbished 4* boutique hotel is ideally located for the museums, shops, parks, and the stylish bars and restaurants of Kensington..." more
61 Gloucester Road Kensington and Chelsea SW7 4PE London 020 7584 8100 Gloucester Road Piccadilly / District & Circle

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

"Every detail of the public spaces and the 207 rooms has been designed for maximum enjoyment..." more
Euston Road Camden NW1 2AR London Kings Cross Kings Cross / St.Pancras (Eurostar)



Guide to London, England

TIPS

Many restaurants now add a service charge onto the bill, so check before you leave a tip. This is usually about 12% of the total.

Stay on the right hand side of Tube escalators if you’re not walking up or down- escalator-blockers are not popular.

Bring comfortable shoes. London is best seen by walking- but if you need to look at a map, do not stop in the middle of Oxford Street. It’s one of the busiest streets in the world and people walk fast.

Waterloo Bridge offers the best view along the Thames, taking in St.Paul's Cathedral to the East and Big Ben to the West.

Avoid ticket touts- there are reputable websites selling discount theatre tickets, so don’t be fooled into paying over the odds.




Getting Around

CLICK HERE FOR OUR GUIDE TO ST. PANCRAS STATION


The easiest and fastest way to travel is by Underground (Tube.) Buy an Oyster card in the station if you’re staying for a few days- it’s much cheaper than buying daily tickets.

If not, get a Travelcard. If you’re staying centrally, you’ll only need Zones 1 and 2- but check the map, which is displayed in every station, to be certain.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE TRANSPORT FOR LONDON WEBSITE

TAXIS

You can hail a Hackney carriage (black cab) by sticking out your arm- but if they’re ‘going the wrong way’ they reserve the right not to take you. A tip of around 10% is usual.

DRIVING

There is a £10 daily congestion charge for driving in London between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday. If you’re within the congestion charge zone .

Parking can also be a nightmare in central London. Ideally, leave the car and travel by train- but if that’s not possible, aim to stay outside of Zone One to avoid big parking charges.

BUSES

London buses are an excellent way to see more of the city - There is a flat fare throughout the bus network, £1.40 with a pre-pay Oyster card and £2.40 if you are paying by cash.

Travelcards are also valid on buses. Avoid rush hour if you fancy sightseeing, however- buses are crammed.

You can find out more information on overground transport by visiting the TFL website. CLICK HERE

CYCLING

If you enjoy cycling, the “Boris Bikes” scheme allows you to hire bikes- from £2 for short journeys. The bikes are available all over the city.

You hire them and return to the nearest ‘docking station.’ However unless you have experience of cycling in big cities, London traffic can be terrifying, despite a growing network of cycle paths.

WALKING

Walking in central London is relatively compact, and you can see a huge number of sights and attractions in a day on foot. You are never far from a pub to refuel before setting off again.








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