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OFFI CI AL CI TY GUI DE 2009
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Welcome to the Visit London
Official City Guide 2009 – your handy
guide to a city that attracts more than
16 million overseas visitors annually!
London is known for its incredible
diversity – from bustling markets to stylish
department stores, fine restaurants to
affordable world cuisine, state-of-the-art
concert venues to intimate basement gigs,
and that’s not mentioning the world-class
sights that should be on every visitor’s
hitlist (page 6), or the myriad parks and
green spaces that are never far away.
Discover the capital’s well-known
attractions alongside the many hidden
gems in the centre, north, east, south and
west in the front section of the guide.
This is a city that caters to everyone
and can be appreciated on any budget,
whether you’re here for a romantic
weekend, sightseeing with friends, or
a family holiday. Read on to find out all
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DISCOVER
LONDON
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Contents
04 Central
10 North
16 East
22 South
26 West
33 Sightseeing
47 Outdoors
53 Shopping
61 Food & Drink
75 Entertainment
85 Family
91 Trip Planner
102 Accommodation
110 Index
112 Tube & Bus maps
114 London Streetmap
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Ci t y Gui de London 3
London buzzes night and day with an
unforgettable energy. World famous for
its architecture, history and traditions,
this is a city that never rests on its
laurels. The constants with their pomp
and ceremony are always here –
St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace,
the Changing of the Guard. But the ever-
changing capital continues to reinvent
itself, surprise and excite.
London is a large dynamic city – it has grown over the centuries
absorbing outlying villages and areas. Although it is more spread
out than some other European cities, a well-planned visit means
all the best sights and attractions can be enjoyed in a short time
– or a longer visit.
Walk the streets, soaking up the history of centuries and a
wealth of heritage; enjoy the riot of exciting colour; explore
a vibrant cultural city bursting with ideas, entertainment and
wonderful things to do.
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WELCOME
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WHERE
ARE YOU?
The city is loosely divided into a
series of areas or villages. From
The City to the east, across to
Notting Hill Gate in the west,
roughly defines Central London.
Each area has its own distinct
atmosphere. As you explore the
capital, take the time to savour
and contrast this diversity – the
hectic clamour of downtown
Soho, the buzz and delicious
aromas of Chinatown, the
crowds and culture of Covent
Garden, the grand shopping
destination of the West End,
the grandeur of the mainly
residential Belgravia, the
bustle of Waterloo, the
aura of political power in
Westminster, the calm streets
of chic Marylebone, the
industry of the City and the
sophistication of Mayfair.
Piccadilly Circus
There are lots of
things to see – tourist
sights, but also famous
bookshops, famous bars
and famous pubs!”
Sajjad Hussein, conductor,
The Big Bus Company
TTThhhhhere are
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Top 10
sights
ST PAUL’S
CATHEDRAL
Sir Christopher Wren’s
masterpiece still
dominates the London
skyline and is an
unmissable historical
landmark.
British
Museum
A Neo-Classical
building built in the
1840s. There is so
much to see: the
Egyptian mummies,
the Elgin marbles
and the glass-
roofed Great Court.
Madame
Tussauds
The internationally
renowned waxwork
collection continues to
draw the crowds. It’s
not just the tourists
who can enjoy it, but
also the eminent and
the celebrities keen
to be immortalised.
Book online to avoid
queueing.
National
Gallery
One of the great
collections of the
world, with the
best in Western
European art.
Plan two visits at
least to take in
such a wealth of
masterpieces.
HOUSES OF
PARLIAMENT
The splendid
Victorian building,
home to Big Ben, is
where politicians
debate big issues.
To watch, join the
queue outside and
go through security
(Mon-Thur, some
Fridays). For details
see parliament.uk
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WELCOME TO LONDON
London Eye
The London Eye, the world’s
largest ferris wheel, offers
breathtaking views of London
whatever the weather, night or
day. All the variety and activity
of London lies beneath you as
you take in the spectacular
panorama. From up high, look
down at the River Thames
winding through the city, gaze
out to the edges of London and
dream of what lies beyond.
CHANGING OF
THE GUARD
Catch the Household
Cavalry at the Horse
Guards building on
Whitehall (the guard
changes: Mon-Sat
11am, Sun 10am); and
the foot guards at
Buckingham Palace
(May-August 11.30am
daily, September-April
alternate days). The
ceremony doesn't go
ahead in rain.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY
This old church on Parliament
Square has been the site for
almost every coronation and
royal burial since the time
of William the Conqueror.
Tower of
London
The Tower
is 900 years
old. Enjoy
the Crown
Jewels and
Beefeaters,
and thrill
the kids with
stories of
beheadings.
Victoria
and Albert
Museum
This magnificent
Victorian
building is
home to one
of the best
collections of
applied arts in
the world. It
ranges from
Indian art to
Constables, to
high fashion
dresses to
sculpture. There
is something
for everyone,
and even the
children can
follow the
“Trails for Kids”.
IN THE KNOW
“The easiest way to get
around is to buy an Oyster
card, which can be “topped
up” using cash or cards. It
makes journeys cheaper, and
you can even buy it before you
arrive in London.”
Shashi Verma, TfL Director of Ticketing
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WELCOME TO LONDON
Hidden
gems
Burlington Arcade,
opened in 1819, is
the most famous of
Piccadilly’s arcades.
To enter here is to step
back in time as ‘beadles’
parade up and down
in top hats keeping
an eye on shoppers.
Exclusive boutiques such
as Ladurée and N.Peal
compete genteelly in this
opulent space.
For a groovier take on
life, Neal’s Yard, in the
back streets of Covent
Garden, is well worth
a visit. The tiny yard is
host to a collection of
co-operative cafes and
a herbalist shop selling
soap, bath products
and herbs.
BLUE PLAQUES
Always keep your eyes peeled for the
Blue Plaques. The bright blue circles
mark the former residences of around
800 of the country’s eminent people.
They spring out at you in the most
surprising of places and give a glimpse
of these well-known people’s lives.
Look out for Jimi Hendrix, the famous
musician, in Brook Street, W1.
KICK
BACK
London is famous
for its green spaces.
Take advantage of
these oases of calm
in the urban jungle – a
traditional striped deck
chair can be hired in
Hyde Park or Green
Park by the hour. So
sit back, take it easy
and watch the world
go by.
Get shopping!
Carnaby Street – just
behind Regent Street
– became famous
four decades ago
as a hip location for
music and fashion,
the epitome of the
Swinging Sixties. It
has been renovated
in recent years and
is a thriving shopping
area with a good mix
of shops, all revelling
in the street’s
groovy reputation.
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North London is proof that the
capital is made up of many
different villages; each with its own
characteristics and feel. It’s home
to some of the smartest residential
postcodes in town – St John’s Wood,
Primrose Hill, Hampstead, Highgate
– as well as the happening hubs
of Camden Town and Islington,
nightlife and shopping destinations.
A trip to the funky markets of
Camden is a rite-of-passage for any
teenager, while Londoners of all
ages are appreciative of the vast
greenery of Hampstead Heath.
The north is home to millions
of people of all races and creeds.
They have created a rich tapestry of
neighbourhoods – wonderful places
for visitors to explore and discover
something different about London.
Get
shopping!
Camden Market is
a treasure trove with
clothing, accessories,
art, furnishings – old
and new, cheap and
designer. Though much
of the market is open
during the week, it really
springs to life at the
weekend. Islington
is good for fashion
boutiques and also has
an antiques market,
while Green Lanes,
running north from
Manor House, offers
a sensory experience
with its mix of Turkish
bakeries, shops and
variety of restaurants.
Green Lanes
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There’s always
something to
do – you can’t
ever be bored
in London”
Tomasz, head barman,
The Champagne Bar,
St Pancras International
EXPLORE
Characterful Camden
Town is famous for
its market around the
canal and is home to
the city’s live music
scene – many of the
bars and pubs in the
area double up as
venues. Head north
up the hill and you are
in Highgate, a totally
different proposition.
Sitting on the edge of
Hampstead Heath,
it is full of 18th-
century architecture,
fully retaining its quiet,
village quality.
Across the
Heath is
Hampstead
which, like
Highgate,
has attractive
houses in a leafy
neighbourhood
setting. Hampstead is
busier though, and the
shops and restaurants
are upmarket. In the
past, it has attracted
luminaries such as the
poet John Keats and
psychologist Sigmund
Freud – their houses
are open as museums
for visitors to explore.
Kings Cross,
which runs north from
the Euston Road,
has the new Eurostar
terminal at St Pancras
International station.
The original Victorian-
era Midland Grand
Hotel at the front is
being redeveloped
and will open as a
5-star hotel with
apartments in 2009.
Head up the
Pentonville Road and
you come to Angel
in Islington, another
area that has seen
plenty of gentrification.
These days it has
a busy shopping
and nightlife scene,
especially on the main
strip, Upper Street.
Much of North
London is given over
to residential areas
– Holloway, Kentish
Town, Highbury,
Archway – that pull in
visitors for a particular
bar or restaurant.
Further out in
Cockfosters,
Trent Country Park
organises activities
such as horse riding
and has a wildlife
rescue centre. It offers
as much countryside
as you will find while
still in urban London.
Camden Town
Hampstead
Heath
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NORTH
Don’t
miss
The British Library, in
Kings Cross, is home to
the national collection
of books and is worth a
visit to see Sir Colin St
John Wilson’s building.
After, if you’re in need of
refreshment, pop next
door to St Pancras
International train
station for a glass of
bubbly at Europe’s
longest champagne bar.
For museums, try
the RAF Museum
at Hendon, which has
more than 130 aircraft
from around the world.
Alternatively, The
Museum of Domestic
Design & Architecture
in Enfield shows the
history of the home.
Popular music lovers
should head straight to
Camden Town – check
listings magazines to
see who is playing
where. The Jazz Café
puts on a more varied
selection of performers
than the name implies,
while the Roundhouse
hosts a diverse bill
of music, theatre
and performance.
Artsdepot in North
Finchley offers music,
theatre, comedy and
dance productions, while
the stunning Victorian-
era Alexandra Palace
is a theatre, occasional
music venue and
exhibition centre.
For those who enjoy
a ramble, Highgate
Cemetery is a beautiful
park and resting place
for around 850 notable
people, including the
political theorist Karl
Marx and the novelist
George Eliot.
Two different styles
of house are on offer
in Hampstead: architect
Erno Goldfinger’s 1939
Modernist home at
2 Willow Road and
Fenton House, a 17th-
century country estate.
Facts & stats
Angel Tube station on
the Northern Line has
Western Europe’s longest
escalators, at 60 metres.
The Bishops Avenue,
known as Billionaire’s
Row, runs north of
Hampstead Heath.
A house here recently
sold for £41 million.
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Lived Here
HAVING A LARK
IN THE PARK
North London is blessed with many
open spaces. Hampstead Heath
is just six kilometres from Trafalgar
Square and covers 320 hectares.
There’s an impressive variety of
wildlife and you can take a dip in
one of the swimming ponds.
To the East, Highgate Wood
covers 28 hectares and was
originally part of the ancient Forest
of Middlesex. Even Kings Cross
has its own nature reserve, Camley
Street Natural Park – a hectare
of woodland and meadows. There’s
even pond dipping for the kids.
Of course, Regent’s Park is
home to London Zoo, which has
everything from Moon jellyfish to
komodo dragons to Asian Lions.
An eyeful of London
Much of North London sits on high
ground, making for spectacular views.
Primrose Hill, at an elevation of more
than 75 metres, offers a vista of central
London with Docklands in the distance.
For an even more impressive panorama,
head for Parliament Hill on Hampstead
Heath. Once known as Traitor’s Hill, it
got its present name during the English
Civil War and offers the best aspect of the
skyline. Alexandra Park also has views
across to Canary Wharf, giving a real
sense of the size of the city.
Hidden
gems
Tucked away in the north
of Hampstead Heath
is Kenwood House, a
large 18th-century villa.
It is open to the public
(guided tours available)
and has an art collection
including paintings by
Rembrandt, Vermeer,
Turner and Reynolds. The
house is set next to a lake
in English parkland and
hosts open-air concerts
during the summer.
Kenwood House
Primrose Hill
London Zoo
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East London has lived in the shadow of its more
prosperous and glamorous neighbour – west London
– for years, but the last decade has seen big changes.
The area now claims its place in the limelight, with
hip bars, famed restaurants, fashionable boutiques,
trendy galleries and bustling markets. It is also home
to Canary Wharf, a business and shopping district,
while the Lower Lea Valley is under development
for the much-anticipated London 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games. The vibrancy of the region is
in part due to the diversity of its population. East
London offers the visitor a different perspective to the
run-of-the-mill tourist's-eye view of the city. It’s the
place to discover London as real Londoners know it.
EXPLORE
East London spreads
out from the boundary
of the City of London,
and north of the river
towards Dagenham.
Hoxton, Shoreditch
and Spitalfields rival
the West End for
nightlife. They are also
vibrant cultural centres
for art, fashion, music
and design. Spitalfields
offers great historical
architecture and nearby
Brick Lane is home
to Bangladeshi curry
restaurants.
Whitechapel, to
the south, and running
east into Stepney, still
has many workshops
operating in the clothing
business. It can seem
a little gritty in parts, but
the area is not without
its charm or surprises.
Further to the south
is Wapping, which
adjoins the Tower of
London. St Katharine
Docks offers a pretty
setting for bars and
restaurants. To the east
is Limehouse, much
damaged during WWII,
though some historic
buildings remain.
The Isle of Dogs is
London’s Docklands
and much of it has been
redeveloped – surviving
warehouses are now
apartments – but the
area is dominated by
the large Canary Wharf
office and shopping
complex, with London's
tallest building, One
Canada Square.
Poplar and Bow to
the north of Docklands
retain a working class
character. The 17th
century St Matthias Old
Church is one of the
oldest buildings here.
To the north, Mile
End is a mix of cultures.
Further north into
Hackney is Dalston.
It has Turkish eateries
and a colourful market.
The Lee Valley
Regional Park is
London's biggest open
space, stretching from
the East India Dock
Basin to Hertfordshire.
Canary Wharf
Spitalfields
East London has l
St Katharine Docks
We're here for the
music – there’s so much
and this is where it’s
happening at the moment”
Helena, actress,
& Mehdi, musician, from Paris
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Don’t miss
The East End has a huge range
of activities and attractions
for visitors who are looking for
something different.
No one should step into the E1
postcode without sampling a
curry from one of the dozens
of Bangladeshi and Indian
restaurants on Brick Lane.
Art fans should head for the
Whitechapel gallery, a major,
independent space known for its
prominent exhibitions, while Shoreditch
is home to a cluster of important
contemporary galleries, including
White Cube on Hoxton Square.
Take an urban walk to explore the
docks – though much of the area
has been regenerated, the original
architecture remains. Canary Wharf
may be a modern business centre,
but to the west, Limehouse Basin
still has the remnants of a world known
to Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan
Doyle. West India Quay is home to the
Museum in Docklands, a Georgian
sugar warehouse where you can
discover the history of London’s port.
There are other museums to
check out. The Geffrye Museum
in Shoreditch, set among attractive
18th-century almshouses, explores
changes to English domestic interiors
from 1600 to the present day. In
Bethnal Green, at the Museum of
Childhood you can learn about the
history of toys, clothes and childcare.
The Tower of London, a UNESCO
World Heritage site, is a must for anyone
interested in history and royalty. Once
a fortress and prison, it houses the
Crown Jewels, exhibitions and Yeoman
Warders. Nearby is Tower Bridge,
which, despite its looks, is not as old as
the Tower – it was completed in 1894.

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Get shopping!
East London is endowed with a wealth
of markets, which are generally more
authentic than the busier markets of
Camden or Portobello. Brick Lane
on a Sunday morning is something of
an institution. You can expect to find
anything and everything, from furniture
and clothes to electrical goods and old
records. Further down Brick Lane, the
Old Truman Brewery hosts Sunday
UpMarket, with stalls selling fashions,
crafts and home furnishings.
Also on a Sunday is Columbia
Road Market – a lively street flower
market dating back to 1869 – or
head to nearby Spitalfields, with it's
covered market selling clothing, food
and alternative knick-knacks and
independent shops in the surrounding
streets. Petticoat Lane offers clothing
bargains and fabrics. Further north, in
Dalston, Ridley Road offers a wealth of
exotic foodstuffs, African clothes and
music. Walthamstow Market also
offers a little bit of everything at bargain
prices. The largest fish market in Britain
is Billingsgate, on the Isle of Dogs.
Green Street, in Upton Park, has Asian
boutiques and fabric shops.
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For unbeatable
mall shopping
head to Canary
Wharf, which
now boasts three
underground
and interlinked
shopping zones
at Cabot, Canada
and Jubilee Place.
TAKE A STROLL
Get away from the hustle and bustle
by taking a walk to explore the region’s
canals – you’ll discover pretty locks,
historic buildings (including Britain’s
oldest standing mill) and the magnificent
Victoria and Mile End Parks.
HISTORICAL
FACTS
London’s encroachment
eastwards from the
boundary of the City of
London began in the
17th century. Chemical
industries such as
tanning and fulling
were not wanted in the
city, so took place in
the east of London. The
West India Docks, which
opened in 1802, were the
first to allow ships to
moor to unload or receive
cargo – previously they
sat in the Thames and
relied on smaller boats
to service them. The
name ‘East End’, which
refers to districts east of
the city, has been in use
since 1880.
Canary Wharf
Spitalfields
Victoria Park
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animals and
take part in daily
activities – such
as pottery classes
for children – or
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from bee keeping
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Trinity Buoy
Wharf, east of
Canary Wharf,
is an artistic and
cultural centre.
It has good views
of the Thames and
is home to some
200 artists and
businesses. The
wharf is open to
the public and
has a restaurant.
A DRINK WITH A VIEW
For unrivalled views of London,
a touch of glamour and the chance
to unwind with a glass of bubbly,
take the lift up to Vertigo 42
(vertigo42.co.uk), a champagne
bar that sits atop Tower 42, the
fifth tallest building in the City.
EAST
Hidden
gems
A visit to Dennis
Severs’ House
(dennissevershouse.
co.uk), in Spitalfields,
is like taking part
in a ‘still life drama’.
All 10 rooms are
furnished to seem as
though they are still
lived in – half-eaten
food and authentic
smells only add to
your journey through
the past.
Kingsley
Hall, Powis
Road, E3
MAHATMA
GANDHI,
Indian politician
and activist
(1869-1948)
Lived Here
IN THE KNOW
“I love to go to the
Whitechapel area and visit
all the vintage clothes shops.
Sometimes my friends and I
go to one of the great Indian
restaurants on Brick Lane
and then head off for a night
on the tiles in Old Street.”
Catherine Steventon, Press Officer,
Tower of London
Jack the Ripper tour
Walking tours are an
ideal way to explore
– you can pick up
a leaflet for a route
around a specific area,
such as Wapping
and Limehouse, or
follow an historical
walk uncovering
the history of the
Jewish and Bengali
communities. Film
fans can visit dozens
of movie locations.
Or, take a guided walk
visiting the haunts of
notorious gangsters,
the Kray Twins. You
can even take an
evening tour around
the streets frequented
by Jack The Ripper.
Kew Gardens
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heritage and
historical sites”
Sergeant Charles
McLaughlin, retired
serviceman, Chelsea
EXPLORE
If you head south-west to Richmond,
you may find yourself wondering
whether you are even in London –
it's a bit like a Thames-side village,
with its leafy, cobbled streets,
quaint pubs and grassed squares.
There are plenty of wide open
spaces, with Richmond Park,
Kew Gardens and Wimbledon
Common all here. Barnes is
another prosperous village-like
neighbourhood on the river. Further
along the Thames, Putney feels
more like a city suburb, although
a rather elegant version.
Moving east, away from the river,
Clapham is another upmarket
area, sporting a large, grassy
common. It has a reputation for
good restaurants and bars, as well
as a number of charming shops.
The cosy Clapham Picture House
cinema (picturehouses.co.uk)
plays mainstream and art-house
films and has a great bar.
In contrast, Brixton is urban,
vibrant and colourful, known for
its clubbing and live music scene
– notable venues are Carling
Brixton Academy (brixton-
academy.co.uk) and The Fridge
(fridgerocks.com).
Leafy Dulwich Village has
a famous college that is home
to Dulwich Picture Gallery
(dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk),
Britain’s first public art space.
Further south, Crystal Palace has
a park with good views of the city.
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The O2
The O2 arena (formerly
the Millennium Dome)
at Greenwich is the
largest dome structure
in the world – you
could get the Great
Pyramid inside it,
though you’re more
likely to see big-name
bands performing
inside here.
There is a never-ending debate between north and
south Londoners over which side of the river is best.
People from south London proudly point to the
diversity of their neighbourhoods, the number of open
spaces and parks, the area’s historical associations,
and its lively cultural and nightlife scenes.
Places such as the South Bank and Greenwich are
on every visitor itinerary, but there is much more that
is worth exploring, from the village-like atmosphere
of Barnes and Richmond, to the bourgeois charm of
Clapham, and the hustle and bustle of Brixton. There
are also wonderful opportunities to escape from all
the clamour – the London Wetland Centre is acclaimed
as the best place to watch wildlife in an urban area in
Europe. And while the south is much like the north,
it does have its own distinctive feel.
Hidden
gems
Butler’s Wharf was once
the largest warehouse
complex on the Thames.
Many buildings remain
and it is worth exploring.
Head west down the river
to the Bramah Tea
and Coffee Museum
in Borough.
The Horniman
Museum, in Forest Hill,
has an eclectic collection
which includes African art.
Once part of St Thomas’s
Hospital, the 19th century
Old Operating Theatre
and Herb Garrett is the
oldest operating theatre
in the country.
Richmond Park
Greenwich Park
ennorth and
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SOUTH
Get
shopping!
Brixton Market is
best for exotic fruit
and vegetables and
the vibrant Afro-
Caribbean eateries.
Bermondsey
Market (Fridays 4am-
2pm) is known for its
antiques – but get
there early to get the
best deals.
Northcote
Road, near Clapham
Common, is more
gentrified. It has an
excellent market selling
artisan bread, cheeses,
clothing and crafts and
the road is dotted with
specialist shops and
boutiques. The area
also has a busy nightlife
scene, centred on its
bars and restaurants.
Borough Market
is the oldest food
market in the city and
a place of pilgrimage
for foodies. Bustling,
noisy and colourful –
like all good markets
– it has the best
British produce from
independent traders,
as well as imports
from Italy and Spain.
Packed into the side
streets are pubs and
restaurants – so it can
get busy at weekends.
HISTORICAL
FACTS
Young’s Brewery in
Wandsworth is on the
oldest site in Britain
to continuously
produce beer – ever –
since 1581.
There’s not much
evidence of it today,
but Vauxhall Gardens
was the height of
fashion in the 18th
century. The who’s who
of London were rowed
across the Thames
for music, fountains,
fireworks and food.
Stand back
The oldest of the Royal Parks,
the grounds of Greenwich
slope up a steep hill to offer
fantastic views across the
river to St Paul’s. The 74-
hectare park, which is part
of the Greenwich World
Heritage Site, was once
the playground of royalty,
including Henry VIII who
was born in a palace on the
river bank, and practised
archery and hunted here.
Young's Brewery
Borough Market
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Don’t miss
First stop for culture vultures is the Southbank
Centre. Alongside the river sits the Royal
Festival Hall, the Hayward gallery, Queen
Elizabeth Hall, National Theatre and National
Film Theatre. These are some of London’s most
important exhibition and performance spaces.
Nearby is the London Eye, offering grand views
of the city. Head eastwards along the Thames
for a historic riverside walk and you come
to Tate Modern, a converted power station
housing Britain’s modern and contemporary
art collections. A little further along (past the
Millennium Bridge) is Shakespeare's Globe
theatre, a reproduction of the original building
where William Shakespeare put on his plays.
Take a boat trip further down the Thames
to Greenwich. Here you’ll find the National
Maritime Museum, with displays of Britain’s
seafaring history, the magnificent buildings of
the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal
Observatory. Other important museums
include the Imperial War Museum, in North
Lambeth, which has a collection of exhibits
covering conflict, and the Design Museum,
at Butler’s Wharf, which holds exhibitions
of design, fashion and architecture.
St Olave's
Hospital, SE16
MICHAEL
CAINE,
Actor
(1933 -)
Born Here
GO
GREEN
There has been a
garden at Kew since
the 17
th
century and
today it is a centre of
horticultural excellence.
The London Wetland
Centre has lakes,
ponds, reed beds and
marshes to encourage
wildlife. In 1858, 200
acres of scrubland
was transformed into
Battersea Park.
During the summer,
boats can be rented
here to take onto the
lake. South London is
also blessed with two
fine lidos for summer
swimming – Tooting
Bec, the largest open-
air pool in Europe, and
Brockwell in Brixton.
Shakespeare's Globe
Battersea Park
The London Dungeon in London
Bridge has rides and interactive
recreations. Or check out what
must be the most flamboyant
HQ for spies – the MI6 building,
at Vauxhall Cross, has featured in
a number of James Bond films.
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Don’t
miss
Natural History
Museum – this striking
building holds an
impressive collection of
exhibits, from dinosaurs
to blue whales.
Science Museum –
fascinating exhibitions
explore how science
plays its part in all
aspects of life. There
are exhibitions on cars,
planes and ships –
with the Energy Hall
showing how to
save energy, too.
Victoria and
Albert Museum
– this magnificent
Victorian
building houses one of
the best applied arts
collections in the world.
Hyde Park – this
huge green space
stretches from
Speaker’s Corner
in Marble Arch to
Kensington Gardens.
Enjoy the leafy
surroundings in a
deckchair, feed the
ducks or check out the
latest in modern art at
the Serpentine Gallery.
Diana, Princess
of Wales Memorial
Playground – near
Diana’s surprisingly
modest brick mansion
at the edge of
Kensington Gardens.
In the days that
followed her untimely
death in 1997,
thousands left flowers
at the Crowther Gates.
You can also visit the
State Apartments.
Royal Albert Hall
– this magnificent
glass-and-iron-domed
auditorium was built to
commemorate Prince
Albert, husband of
Queen Victoria. The
hall now hosts rock,
pop and classical
concerts, plus the
popular Proms, which
run from July
to September.
Porchester Baths
– one of the few
remaining examples of
Victorian Turkish steam
rooms, tucked away in
Bayswater. Soak up
the atmosphere with
mixed or men/women
only days on offer.
Kew Bridge Steam
Museum – a real
hidden gem. You can’t
miss the museum with
its elegant tower.
Royal Albert Hall
Science Museum
Natural History Museum
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WEST W

As you head west, away from the bustle of
Oxford Street and Marble Arch, you come to
Hyde Park. So stop, take a deep breath, and
step down a gear as the greenery stretches
for miles. Compared to the urbanity of the
centre, west London is remarkable for its
verdant streets and leafy squares, and it is
home to some of the capital’s finest green
spaces. Visit this area for its fascinating
museums, beautiful parks and fabulous
street markets. As you head further west,
enjoy the cultural diversity of the people
and the signature they have put on the
areas they inhabit.
London is a melting
pot of cultures –that’s
why I love it here!”
Nigel, barber, west London
AREAS
West London stretches from Hyde
Park out through Notting Hill and on
to Wembley, Harrow, Hillingdon and
Ealing. Travel around and enjoy the
remarkable diversity: from the prime
London real estate of ever-desirable
Kensington to the busy streets
around Paddington station, the oasis
of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens,
lovely Holland Park and Richmond
Park, to the white-stucco buildings
of nearby Bayswater, smart but arty
Chelsea, ever-fashionable Notting
Hill with its eclectic Portobello
Market, the peaceful streets and
canal of Maida Vale, multicultural
Shepherd’s Bush, the riverside
walks of Hammersmith and the buzz
of Wembley and, finally, London’s
Little India, the Asian community in
vibrant Southall.
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WEST
Portobello
Road, W11
GEORGE
ORWELL,
novelist,
(1903 - 1950)
Lived Here
Facts & stats
Portobello Road desrcibes itself as the
world’s largest antiques market.
Ealing was first to have the Great
Western Railway. It is now set
to be part of the new Crossrail
Line 1, which will run from
Paddington to Liverpool Street.
Two centuries ago, Notting Hill was
known as the Potteries, because of
the nearby pottery works.
Hidden
gems
Down the far end of
Portobello Road, under
the Westway, is Golborne
Road, the heart of the
capital’s North African and
Portuguese community.
Quirky and atmospheric,
this short road is home to
a great variety of thriving
antiques and one-off
independent shops. It gets
very busy on a Saturday,
when nearby Portobello
Market is in full swing.
Those in the know visit on
Friday mornings for vintage
bargains, a more relaxed
vibe and a cup of coffee
and a cake at one of the
excellent Portuguese cafés,
such as Lisboa Patisserie
(57 Golborne Road).
Get shopping!
World-famous Portobello Market,
the star of many films, never fails to
delight first-time visitors. The fruit-
and-veg market runs all week, and
Portobello Road is worth a visit
for the buzzing atmosphere, great
independent boutiques and book
shops. But the real action starts
on Friday and Saturday when the
market is in full swing. Start the
day early to avoid the crowds and
snap up the best bargains – stalls
run along road and specialise in
all manner of antiques, bric-à-brac,
vintage clothing, snacks and music.
A couple of stops away on
the Tube is the small but vibrant
Shepherd’s Bush Market, catering
to the African communities who
live in the area. Or, for the latest
in brands, head to the nearby
impressive Westfield shopping
centre which opened recently.
Further west, a visit to Southall’s
South Road drops you into the
largest Asian community in London.
Buy presents for friends back home,
or pick up a sari, some pungent
spices or a pair of gold slippers or
dip in and out of the sweet shops or
stop for a cup of chai.
Southall Market
Portobello Market
Wembley
Serpentine Lake
Harrow-on-the-Hill
WEST
Go green!
West London has many stately green
spaces. Fulham Palace was owned by
the Bishops of London for more than
1,300 years. Its botanic gardens include
woodland and an 18th-century walled
garden. For another walled garden, try
Ealing’s historic Walpole Park, which
belonged to Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger
Manor House. Or head to the charming
Harrow-on-the-Hill with its leafy village
charm and great views of London.
Bird’s eye view
Wembley Stadium is an enduring and
iconic landmark for the capital. Now
that it has been revamped, it plays
host to the national football and rugby
teams, plus huge pop concerts. Look
out at the packed stadium, with its
cheering, 90,000-strong crowd, and
feel your pulse quicken. See page 51
for details of tours.
CARNIVAL CAPERS
For summer beats look
no further. Acton Carnival
promises fun in July, with
a massive procession
down the high street.
This is a great warm-up
for the capital’s biggest
festival: the Notting
Hill Carnival in August.
This riot of colourful
costumes has been a
tradition since the 1960s.
Ealing also does things in
style with the Greenford
Carnival, which brings
music, dance and sport
to Ravenor Park in July.
This kicks off a series
of festivals in the area,
including comedy, opera,
blues and jazz in Walpole
Park. See page 96 for
details of other festivals.
HISTORICAL
FACTS
From fighting to faith,
west London has its fair
share of history. Leafy
Acton Green Common
was a battleground in
the 17th century during
the English Civil War.
Two centuries later,
Bayswater developed
its distinctive stuccoed
terraces of 19th-century
housing. Ealing Abbey
was founded by
Benedictine monks in
1897 and is still a working
monastery today.
IN THE KNOW
“Visit Notting Hill for one-
off places that are quirky.
Falafel King has fantastic
healthy food, and this
morning I bought vintage
shirts and ties at Retro.
It’s more bohemian than
the high street.”
Orlando Hamilton, florist,
Ladbroke Grove
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has been achieved thanks to its rich heritage, from
celebrated landmarks to a wealth of hidden gems
Historic
Landmarks
The British Library
Browse the world’s largest
collection of books, maps,
and manuscripts.
Euston Rd NW1
+44 (0)870 444 1500
bl.uk
U/Q King’s Cross
Central Hall
Westminster
Built in 1912, this historic
Methodist church and
conference centre also
houses an excellent
fine-arts gallery.
Storey’s Gate SW1
+44 (0)20 7222 8010
c-h-w.com
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Sightseeing
Houses of
Parliament
Take a tour of the historic
building and watch as
politicians debate the
issues of the day.
Parliament Square SW1
+44 (0)870 906 3773
parliament.uk
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HMS Belfast
Explore nine decks
of history aboard this
WWII Royal cruiser.
Morgan’s Lane,
Tooley St SE1
+44 (0)20 7940 6300
hmsbelfast.iwm.org.uk
U/Q London Bridge
London Bridge
Experience
These hallowed
grounds were once
the plague pits of
14th-century London.
Tooley St, SE1
+44 (0)8000 434666
londonbridgeexperience.com
U/Q London Bridge
Old Royal
Naval College
Stroll around this superb
example of baroque
architecture, set within
the landscaped gardens.
Cutty Sark Gardens SE10
+44 (0)20 8269 4747
oldroyalnavalcollege.org
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
Royal Observatory
Home to a planetarium
and museum of maritime
artefacts, the origins of
Greenwich Mean Time
are also here.
Park Row SE10
+44 (0)20 8312 6565
rog.nmm.ac.uk
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
Somerset House
An historic building
housing two galleries.
There are open-air film
screenings in summer
and an ice rink during
the Christmas season.
Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7845 4600
somersethouse.org.uk
U/Q Charing Cross
Somerset House
St Martin-in-
the-Fields Church
In the heart of London,
this renowned church
conducts services in
English and Chinese, and
also offers wonderful
concerts at lunchtimes
and in the evenings.
Trafalgar Square WC2
+44 (0)20 7766 1100
smitf.org
U/Q Charing Cross
Hana & Inae, students, South Korea
“We love the
cosmopolitan vibe
of the city”
SIGHTSEEING
Historic Landmarks 33
First-time Itinerary 34
Attractions 34
Houses & Palaces 39
Tours 40
Museums 42
Galleries 44
Ci t y Gui de London 33
ITINERARY
In and around
Trafalgar Square
Changing the Guard at Buckingham
Palace is a perfect way to start the
day, then stroll down The Mall to
enjoy the grandeur and imperial
history of Trafalgar Square.
Commemorating the Battle of
Trafalgar in 1805, Trafalgar Square
has always drawn a crowd. The focal
point of the square is the 52-metre
column, topped with a statue of
naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson,
surrounded by the famous bronze
lions and the fountains.
The National Gallery holds one
of the greatest art collections in the
world. There are more than 2,000
pieces in this impressive collection,
which contains works by Van Gogh,
Turner and Monet, to name but a few.
Around the corner is the National
Portrait Gallery. It’s smaller than the
National Gallery but just as impressive.
The portraits span the ages from
Tudor royalty to contemporary
celebrities. Across the square, visit
St Martin-in-the-Fields. Busy city
life is left behind as you step into this
famous church.
From regal to raucous in a moment,
next nip round the corner to Leicester
Square. Quiet-ish by day, the square
is packed with people at night.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Sir Christopher Wren’s
distinctive Baroque
landmark is one of
London’s marvels.
St Paul’s Churchyard EC4
+44 (0)20 7236 4128
stpauls.co.uk
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Westminster Abbey
This magnificent
700-year-old Gothic
abbey has witnessed
coronations, royal
marriages and burials.
Dean’s Yard SW1
+44 (0)20 7222 5152
westminster-abbey.org
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Westminster
Cathedral
This distinguished
building is the largest
Roman Catholic church
in England and Wales.
Francis St SW1
+44 (0)20 7798 9055
westminstercathedral.org.uk
U/Q Victoria
Attractions
London Eye
London Eye
The 135-metre high
observation wheel offers
panoramic views.
South Bank SE1
+44 (0)870 990 8883
londoneye.com
U/Q Waterloo/
U Westminster
British Postal
Museum & Archive
Discover Britain’s postal
history, from Penny
Black stamps to vintage
posters and vans.
Camden Town WC1
+44 (0)20 7239 2570
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Brewery
Tour the brewery, then
sample its produce.
Chiswick Lane South W4
+44 (0)20 8996 2063
fullers.co.uk
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London Aquarium
One of Europe’s largest
displays of marine life,
from jellyfish to sharks.
South Bank SE1
+44 (0)20 7967 8000
londonaquarium.co.uk
U/Q Waterloo
Tower of London
London Dungeon
Explore the darker
side of London. With
attractions such as
the Torture Chamber.
Tooley St SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 7221
thedungeons.com
U/Q London Bridge
London Zoo
See all the exotic animals
and don’t miss the
new £2.5m Blackburn
Pavilion exhibition – it’s
a rainforest environment
for tropical birds.
Outer Circle,
Regent’s Park NW1
+44 (0)20 7722 3333
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Madame Tussauds
The world’s most famous
waxworks collection
immortalises famous
figures, past and present.
Marylebone Rd NW1
+44 (0)870 999 0046
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Movieum of London
A unique new museum
celebrating the UK
film industry.
County Hall SE1
+44 (0)20 7202 7040
themovieum.com
U/Q Waterloo
Ripley’s Believe
It Or Not!
Expect the bizarre in
this new museum
spread over five levels
of the Trocadero.
1 Pavilion Circus W1
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Tower Bridge
Exhibition
Enjoy stunning views
of the Thames from one
of the most recognisable
bridges in the world.
Tower Bridge SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 3761
towerbridge.org.uk
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Shakespeare’s Globe
Reconstructed 16th
century theatre with a
summer season of plays.
Bankside SE1
+44 (0)20 7902 1400
shakespeares-globe.org
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Tower of London
Steeped in 900 years
of history, this fortress
is now home to the
Crown Jewels.
Tower of London E1
+44 (0)870 756 6060
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Trinity Buoy Wharf
Gallery hosting
multimedia exhibitions
and workshops.
Orchard Place E14
+44 (0)20 7515 7153
trinitybuoyarts.com
DLR East India
Vinopolis
A unique wine-tasting
attraction, with tours and
events for connoisseurs.
Bank End SE1
+44 (0)870 241 4040
vinopolis.co.uk
U/Q London Bridge
IN THE KNOW
“More people faint with
terror in the torture chamber
than in any other part of the
dungeon – so don’t forget to
have breakfast. Just make sure
you eat it before you arrive or
the rats might nibble at you!”
Catherine Pritchard,
London Dungeon
London Zoo
SIGHTSEEING
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HENRY VIII: www.hrp.org.uk
Come and discover a slim, handsome Henry VIII with a
lust for weapons and sport.
Marvel at the flexibility of his armour, take a look behind the
scenes of a jousting tournament, learn about the chivalry and
pageantry of the times and uncover the stories hidden in the
famous painting of the Field of Cloth of Gold.
Come and be amazed by the
events of 500 years ago.
Dressed to kill
A stunning new
exhibition in the
iconic White Tower
Opens April 2009
Apsley House
Home to the first Duke
of Wellington, containing
an exhibition charting
his life, as well as an
impressive art collection.
Hyde Park Corner W1
+44 (0)20 7499 5676
english-heritage.org.uk
U Hyde Park Corner
Banqueting House
Magnificent palace with a
ceiling painted by Rubens.
Whitehall SW1
+44 (0)870 751 5178
hrp.org.uk
U Westminster
Middle Temple
Buckingham Palace
The Royal residence
in London since 1837.
The State Rooms are
open in the summer.
The Mall SW1
+44 (0)20 7766 7300
royal.gov.uk
U Green Park
Carlyle’s House
The Victorian home of
the Scottish essayist
Thomas Carlyle.
Cheyne Row SW3
+44 (0)20 7352 7087
nationaltrust.org.uk
U Sloane Square
Chapel Royal of
St Peter Ad Vincula
This charming chapel
is the burial place of
several of the Tower
of London’s prisoners.
Tower of London E1
+44 (0)20 3166 6796
hrp.org.uk
U Tower Hill
Eltham Palace
A medieval royal palace
with delightful gardens.
Greenwich SE9
+44 (0)20 8294 2548
elthampalace.org.uk
Q Mottingham
Fenton House
This late 17th-century
house has an outstanding
porcelain and needlework
collection. Also a 300-
year-old apple orchard.
Windmill Hill NW3
+44 (0)20 7435 3471
nationaltrust.org.uk
U Hampstead
Goldsmiths Hall
This grand house holds
exhibitions in the summer.
Foster Lane EC2
+44 (0)20 7606 7010
thegoldsmiths.co.uk
U St Paul’s
Ham House
& Garden
Impressive stately
home featuring lavish
interiors and unusual
17th-century gardens.
Ham St TW10
+44 (0)20 8940 1950
nationaltrust.org.uk
U Richmond
Hampton Court
Palace
Experience the world-
famous maze, Henry
VIII’s apartments and
the great medieval hall.
Surrey KT8
+44 (0)870 751 5175
hrp.org.uk
Q Hampton Court
Kensington Palace
Former home of Diana,
Princess of Wales.
Exhibitions are held
throughout the year.
Kensington Gardens W8
+44 (0)870 751 5170
hrp.org.uk
U High St Kensington
Kew Palace
Situated within
the magical Royal
Botanic Gardens.
Kew Gardens
+44 (0)870 751 5179
hrp.org.uk
U Kew
Middle Temple
One of the four Inns
of Court built in the
14th century.
Middle Temple Lane EC4
+44 (0)20 7427 4800
middletemple.org.uk
U Temple
Osterley Park
& House
Mansion set in over 140
hectares of attractively
landscaped parkland.
Jersey Rd TW7
+44 (0)20 8232 5050
nationaltrust.org.uk
U Osterley
Queen’s House
Housing a fine art
collection and
ongoing exhibitions.
Park Row SE10
+44 (0)20 8312 6565
nmm.ac.uk
Q Greenwich
Red House
Home of William Morris,
founder of the British Arts
and Crafts movement.
+44 (0)20 8304 9878
nationaltrust.org.uk
Q Bexleyheath
Royal Mews
Working stables that
house carriages and cars
used on state occasions.
Buckingham Palace Rd
SW1
+44 (0)20 7766 7302
royal.gov.uk
U Green Park/
U/Q Victoria
Sutton House
The oldest house
in East London and
a great example of
Tudor architecture.
Homerton High St E9
+44 (0)20 8986 2264
nationaltrust.org.uk
Q Hackney Central
Windsor Castle
The largest occupied
castle in the world and
home to the Queen.
Windsor, Berkshire SL4
+44 (0)20 7766 7304
royal.gov.uk
Q Windsor
Houses &
Palaces
IN THE KNOW
“People think the maze is just for children,
but it was built for adults only. The more
relaxed you are, the better the experience.”
Sue Whittaker, Hampton Court
SIGHTSEEING
A Nous Deux
Londres!
Guided tours for the
French speaker.
+44 (0)20 8876 0429
anousdeuxlondres.co.uk
Astral Travels
Imaginative guided tours
by minibus, including
a Culture Vulture Tour
and a Pub Tour.
+44 (0)870 225 5303
welcome2britain.com
BBC Shows
and Tours
Explore the inner
workings of the famous
television centre. No two
tours are the same.
Pre-booking is essential.
+44 (0)870 603 0304
bbc.co.uk/tours
The Big Bus
Company
Hop-on, hop-off tours
of the capital with
multilingual commentary.
+44 (0)20 7233 9533
bigbustours.com
British Tours
Detailed tours of the
major London attractions,
including the Harry
Potter hotspots.
+44 (0)20 7734 8734
britishtours.com
Cities In Sound
Turn your iPod into a tour
guide when you want to
explore London.
citiesinsound.com
Context London
Walking tours for
intellectually curious
travellers led by scholars
and academics.
+44 (0)20 7193 9158
contexttravel.com/london
Do Me London
Downloadable guide to
London for your mobile.
Text “London” to 83040.
do-me.info
Fat Tire Bike Tours
Guided bike tours around
the capital.
+44 (0)78 8233 8779
fattirebiketours.com
Golden Tours
All the popular sights
are included.
+44 (0)20 7233 7030
londongrayline.com
Good Company
Private sightseeing tours
by car with a guide.
Linguists available.
+44 (0)20 7267 5340
Explore on foot
iPodCityWalks
A personal tour guide
downloaded onto your
MP3 player.
ipodcitywalks.com
Judith Blacklock
School
A tour of Covent Garden
Flower Market, complete
with tea and scones.
+44 (0) 20 7235 6235
judithblacklock.com
The London Bicycle
Tour Company
Offers three-hour guided
bike tours. Bicycles can
also be hired.
+44 (0)20 7928 6838
londonbicycle.com
Mikro Tours
Small group tours with
the personal touch.
Also offers walking and
evening tours.
+44 (0)20 8959 9696
mikrotours.com
National Theatre
Tours
Informative tour of this
three-theatre complex.
+44 (0)20 7452 3400
nationaltheatre.org.uk
The Original London
Sightseeing Tour
Hop-on, hop-off bus
tour which stops at
90 destinations.
+44 (0)20 8877 2120
theoriginaltour.com
The Original
London Walks
Choose from over 300
walks and discover
London on foot.
+44 (0)20 7624 3978
walks.com
Luxury Vacations UK
Luxury chauffeur-guided
tours around London.
+44 (0)20 8669 3666
luxuryvacationsuk.com
Photo Walks
of London
Tours designed to
help achieve stunning
photos of London.
+44 (0)787 159 0131
photowalksoflondon.com
Ripper Tours
Jack the Ripper and
ghost walks of London
that take in the sinister
aspects of the capital.
Nightly at 7pm.
+44 (0)20 8530 8443
jack-the-ripper-tour.com
Sandemans New
London Tours
Free daily tours of
London hotspots.
newlondon-tours.com
Theatre Royal
Drury Lane Tour
Actors take you on
an interactive journey
behind the scenes at
this famous theatre.
+44 (0)870 890 6002
Walk Talk Tours
Explore at your own
leisure with these
downloaded guides.
+44 (0) 789 026 8341
walktalktour.com
Tours
See page 50
for details of
river tours
Insider knowledge
See all the sights and learn about
London on an expert guided tour.
Go to blue-badge-guides.com and
touristguides.org.uk for details.
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Apsley House
The Town House of the Dukes of Wellington
• Home to the first Duke of Wellington
• Explore the dazzling collection of
art, porcelain and silver plate
• See the first ever pair of Wellington Boots!
• Why not combine your visit with a trip
to the spectacular Wellington Arch,
opposite Apsley House?
Apsley House
149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner,W1J 7NT
www.english-heritage.org.uk/apsleyhouse
Tel: 020 7499 5676
Bank of England
Museum
See how English banking
has evolved over time
at the heart of the UK’s
financial system.
Threadneedle St EC2
+44 (0)20 7601 5545
bankofengland.co.uk
U Bank
The British Museum
Uncover an extraordinary
display of historical
artefacts from around
the world.
Great Russell St WC1
+44 (0)20 7323 8299
britishmuseum.org
U Tottenham Court Road
Churchill Museum &
Cabinet War Rooms
The primary base for
Churchill when planning
Britain’s WWII strategy.
King Charles St SW1
+44 (0)20 7930 6961
cwr.iwm.org.uk
U Westminster
Design Museum
Design Museum
This museum celebrates
all facets of modern
design; graphics,
multimedia, fashion,
architectural and
product design.
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)870 833 9955
designmuseum.org
U/Q London Bridge
The Fan Museum
The only museum in
the world devoted to
fans. The 3,500-strong
collection dates from
the 11th century.
Crooms Hill SE10
+44 (0)20 8305 1441
fan-museum.org
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
The Foundling
Museum
Britain’s first children’s
home tells the story
of the foundlings –
abandoned children
cared for by the hospital.
Brunswick Square WC1
+44 (0)20 7841 3600
foundlingmuseum.org.uk
U Russell Square
Geffrye Museum
Depicts the
quintessential style
of English domestic
interiors since the
17th century.
Kingsland Rd E2
+44 (0)20 7739 9893
geffrye-museum.org.uk
U Old Street
Handel House
Museum
A celebration of the
life and works of the
composer George
Frideric Handel, set in
his 18th-century home.
Brook St W1
+44 (0)20 7495 1685
handelhouse.org
U Bond Street
Imperial War Museum
Discover the history of
British military conflict
since 1914. The Imperial
War Museum Duxford,
in Cambridgeshire, has
more aircraft and vehicles.
Lambeth Rd SE1
+44 (0)20 7416 5320
iwm.org.uk
U Lambeth North
London Canal
Museum
Housed in a former ice
warehouse, this museum
tells the story of London’s
once-vibrant canals.
New Wharf Rd N1
+44 (0)20 7713 0836
canalmuseum.org.uk
U/Q King’s Cross
London Transport
Museum
Marvel at the vast
collection detailing the
development of the city’s
public transport over the
past 200 years. There
is also a café/bar.
Wellington St WC2
+44 (0)20 7379 6344
ltmuseum.co.uk
U Covent Garden
Museums
Late-night opening
Want to avoid the crowds? Most of London’s
popular galleries and museums hold late-night
openings. Admire art after-hours on the first
Friday of the month at Tate Britain – the doors
are open until 10pm. Or you could take a private
tour of Tate Modern’s exhibits until 10pm on
Friday and Saturday nights. Each month, the
Design Museum hosts Design Overtime, a late-
night blend of music, debate and workshops.
Music-lovers can browse the V&A’s collection
to the sound of live music.
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SIGHTSEEING
Museum of Brands,
Packaging and
Advertising
Nostalgic visitors will
reminisce after seeing
this fascinating display of
packaging and branding.
Colville Mews W11
+44 (0)20 7908 0880
museumofbrands.com
U Notting Hill Gate
Museum of London
Intriguing museum
that deals with all
aspects of life in
London. Lower galleries
closed until 2010.
London Wall EC2
+44 (0)870 444 3851
museumoflondon.org.uk
U Barbican
Maritime Museum
National Army
Museum
Exhibits at this museum
chart the history of the
British army over the
last six centuries.
Royal Hospital Rd SW3
+44 (0)20 7730 0717
national-army-museum.ac.uk
U Sloane Square
National Maritime
Museum
An exploration into
centuries of British sea
travel, by way of exhibits
and works of art. Or
marvel at the stars at
The Royal Observatory
Planetorium show.
Park Row SE10
+44 (0)20 8312 6565
nmm.ac.uk
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
Natural History
Museum
Vast range of exhibits –
meet a T-Rex face to face
and marvel at the life-sized
model of a blue whale.
Cromwell Rd SW7
+44 (0)20 7942 5000
nhm.ac.uk
U South Kensington
Royal Air Force
Museum
See more than 100
aircraft from around the
world, as well as uniforms
and photography.
Grahame Park Way NW9
+44 (0)20 8205 2266
rafmuseum.org.uk
U Colindale
Science Museum
From the interactive
Launchpad gallery to the
IMAX 3D cinema that
shows educational films,
this museum is host to
the weird and wonderful.
Exhibition Rd SW7
+44 (0)870 870 4868
sciencemuseum.org.uk
U South Kensington
Sir John Soane’s
Museum
The architect and
prolific collector’s home
is crammed with art,
sculptures and curiosities.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2
+44 (0)20 7405 2107
soane.org
U Holborn
Two Willow Road
Two Willow Road
Once the home of
Modernist architect Erno
Goldfinger, the house
has kept its original
interiors and features.
Willow Rd NW3
+44 (0)1494 755570
nationaltrust.org.uk
U Hampstead
V&A Museum
of Childhood
This archive has one of
the world’s largest and
oldest collections of toys.
Cambridge Heath Rd E2
+44 (0)20 8983 5200
vam.ac.uk/moc
U Bethnal Green
Victoria and
Albert Museum
A rich collection of exhibits
reflecting on 3,000 years
of art, design and fashion.
Cromwell Rd SW7
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
vam.ac.uk
U South Kensington
Winston Churchill’s
Britain At War
Experience
A chance to relive the
experiences of life in
London during WWII.
Tooley Street SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 3171
britainatwar.co.uk
U/Q London Bridge
IN THE KNOW
“There’s a lot more to
Central Hall than the
impressive Diplodocus, so
make sure you take time to
look at the many ornaments
that have been carved into
the terracotta.”
James Bailey, Natural
History Museum
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Estorick Collection
Ben Uri Gallery,
The London Jewish
Museum of Art
Europe’s only dedicated
museum showcases
the largest collection of
Jewish art in the world.
Boundary Rd NW8
+44 (0)20 7604 3991
benuri.org.uk
U St John’s Wood

Courtauld Institute
of Art Gallery
Michelangelo, Cézanne,
Rembrandt and Turner
are among the Masters
on display in this
important collection.
Somerset House,
Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7848 2526
courtauld.ac.uk
U/Q Charing Cross
Dalí Universe
A full retrospective
of the Spanish surrealist
genius Salvador Dalí,
featuring around 500
paintings and sculptures.
County Hall SE1
+44 (0)870 744 7485
countyhallgallery.com
U/Q Waterloo
Dulwich Picture
Gallery
A charming collection of
European Old Masters’
paintings from the 17th
and 18th centuries.
Gallery Rd SE21
+44 (0)20 8693 5254
dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
U West Dulwich
Estorick Collection
of Modern Italian Art
Fans of Italian art will
enjoy this gallery’s
extensive collection,
which is renowned for its
Futurist works.
Canonbury Sq N1
+44 (0)20 7704 9522
estorickcollection.com
U/Q Highbury & Islington
Guildhall Art Gallery
Host to a changing roster
of exhibitions, including
art and photography.
Guildhall Yard EC2
+44 (0)20 7332 3700
guildhall-art-gallery.org.uk
U Bank
The Hayward
This gallery houses a
range of 20th-century
art installations.
Southbank Centre,
Belvedere Rd SE1
+44 (0)871 663 2583
hayward.org.uk
U/Q Waterloo
London
Glassblowing
Workshop
Take part in a
glassblowing workshop
or simply browse the
fascinating gallery
and gift shop.
The Leather Market,
Weston St SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 2800
londonglassblowing.co.uk
U/Q London Bridge
The National Gallery
Houses one of the
greatest collections
of western European
paintings in the world,
including Van Gogh’s
famous Sunflowers.
Trafalgar Sq WC2
+44 (0)20 7747 2885
nationalgallery.org.uk
U/Q Charing Cross
National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait
Gallery
Many famous faces
are depicted in this
gallery housing more
than 10,000 portraits.
St Martin’s Place WC2
+44 (0)20 7306 0055
npg.org.uk
U Leicester Square
The Queen’s
Gallery
Showcases items
from the wide-ranging
royal collection.
Buckingham Palace Rd
SW1
+44 (0)20 7766 7301
royal.gov.uk
U/Q Victoria
Royal Academy
of Arts
Featuring artists such as
Turner and Hockney, the
outstanding permanent
collection shares space
with temporary exhibitions.
Burlington House,
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
royalacademy.org.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Galleries
The National Gallery
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London Pass gives free
entry to more than
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attractions. You also get
a free informative guide
book and can jump to the
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londonpass.com or
visitlondon.com to
find out more.
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The Saatchi Gallery
Charles Saatchi’s new
gallery promises to be a
forum for pioneering art.
Duke of York’s
HQ Building SW3
+44 (0)20 7823 2363
saatchi-gallery.co.uk
U Sloane Square
Serpentine Gallery
Set within Kensington
gardens, the Serpentine
exhibits contemporary art.
Kensington Gardens W2
+44 (0)20 7402 6075
serpentinegallery.org
U Queensway
Tate Britain
Chronicling British
art from 1500 to the
present day, the Tate
is a British institution.
Millbank SW1
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
tate.org.uk
U Pimlico/Vauxhall
Tate Modern
Tate Modern
This iconic building is
home to an astounding
range of modern and
contemporary art.
Bankside SE1
+44 (0)20 7887 8000
tate.org.uk
U/Q London Bridge
Wallace Collection
Old Masters paintings
and world-class armoury
are among the exhibits in
this London townhouse.
Hertford House,
Manchester Sq W1
+ 44 (0)20 7563 9500
wallacecollection.org
U Bond Street
Whitechapel
Avant-garde exhibitions,
films and talks feature
at this modern gallery.
Whitechapel High St E1
+44 (0)20 7522 7888
whitechapel.org
U Aldgate East
White Cube
Pioneering gallery
known for the young
British artists whose
work is exhibited within
its walls.
Hoxton Sq N1
+44 (0)20 7749 7450
whitecube.com
U Old Street
Paul & Louise, visitors, UK
“We love
discovering new
things and hidden
areas”
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Kick back and relax in one of London’s many parks,
view the city in a new light on a river cruise, or
visit one of the capital’s famous sporting venues
Outdoors
Parks
Battersea Park
Located south of the
Thames, this relaxing
space boasts a bowling
green and a boating lake,
as well as a children’s zoo.
batterseapark.org
Q Battersea Park
Chelsea Physic
Garden
Founded in 1673, this
beautiful garden was
originally used for
training apothecaries
to spot medicinal plants.
chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
U Sloane Square
Hampstead Heath
Only six kilometres from
Trafalgar Square, the
sprawling heath boasts
25 ponds and English
Heritage’s sumptuous
Kenwood House.
cityoflondon.gov.uk
U Hampstead
Holland Park
Holland Park
Opera performances
and an ecology centre
create a refined
atmosphere in this park.
rbkc.gov.uk/parksandgardens
U Holland Park
Saundra, swimmer, the Serpentine
“There are so
many places to swim
outdoors in London”
OUTDOORS
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River Itinerary 50
Sport 51
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London Wetland
Centre
Every year an amazing
180 wild bird species fly
into this conservation
haven, which stretches
out over 43 acres.
wwt.org.uk/visit/wetlandcentre
U Hammersmith, then take
the special 283 Duck Bus
Morden Hall Park
This park houses the
stately Modern Hall,
18th-century watermills
and a rose garden with
more than 2,000 flowers.
nationaltrust.org.uk
U Morden
Primrose Hill
Often seen on cinema
screens, this space
opposite Regent’s Park
is famous for its stunning
panorama over the city.
primrosehill.com
U Camden Town
Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew
This stunning World
Heritage Site boasts
more plant and flower
species than any other
garden in the world.
rbgkew.org.uk
U Kew Gardens
Brompton Cemetery
For a haunting park
experience, follow the
catacombs to a chapel
based on St Peter’s
Basilica in Rome.
U Fulham Broadway
Bushy Park
With its horse chestnut
and lime tree avenues,
this rural area north of
Hampton Court is a rural
retreat in a busy city.
Q Teddington
Green Park
Bask in the wooded
meadows of this former
duelling ground, right
on the doorstep of
Buckingham Palace.
U Green Park
Greenwich Park
This park hosts the
National Maritime
Museum and Royal
Observatory.
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
Hyde Park
You can speak your mind
at Speakers’ Corner, ride
a horse, or row a boat
on the Serpentine in this
former hunting ground.
U Hyde Park Corner/
Lancaster Gate
Kensington Gardens
Follow the charming
tree-lined avenues to
Kensington Palace, the
Peter Pan statue and
the Serpentine Gallery.
U Lancaster Gate
St James’s Park
Surrounded by three
Royal Palaces, these
elegant grounds are
the setting for many
ceremonial parades.
U St James’s Park
Regent’s Park
This park is host to
London Zoo, a rowing
lake and the largest open
sports area in the city.
U Camden Town
Richmond Park
The largest royal park
is known for its free-
roaming deer, ancient
oak trees and listed
buildings.
U Richmond
Lakes Discover London’s parks through their sparkling lakes.
Test your rowing skills on the boating lake in Battersea Park or
discover an island at Regent’s Park. More adventurous visitors
can swim in the pools
on Hampstead Heath,
or plunge into the cold
depths of Hyde Park’s
Serpentine. For a calmer
experience, feed the ducks
at St James’s Park and
enjoy an idyllic view of
Buckingham Palace.
Royal Parks
Nine Royal Parks – more than 2,000 hectares of parkland – splash
across the capital in shades of green. royalparks.gov.uk/parks Green Park
St James’s Park
OUTDOORS
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Bateaux London
Combine sightseeing with
fine food on the Thames.
+44 (0)20 7695 1800
bateauxlondon.com
City Cruises
Offers lunch and
dinner-dance voyages.
+44 (0)20 7400 400
citycruises.com
Thames Clipper
Crown River Cruises
Take the Circular Cruise
or charter a boat.
+44 (0)20 7936 2033
crownriver.com
Flying Fish Tours
High-speed guided trips
along the Thames.
+44 (0)8449 915 050
flyingfishtours.co.uk
London Duck Tours
Amphibious vehicles that
travel by road and river.
+44 (0)20 7928 3132
londonducktours.co.uk
River Tours
London RIB Voyages
High-speed RIB tours
across the Thames.
+44 (0)20 7928 8933
londonribvoyages.com
London River
Services
Information on boat
services and charters.
+44 (0)20 7941 2400
tfl.gov.uk/river
London Waterbus
Company
Cruises along the historic
Regent’s Canal.
+44 (0)20 7482 2660
londonwaterbus.com
Silver Fleet – Woods
River Cruises
Bespoke boat parties
aboard luxury vessels.
+44 (0)20 7481 2711
silverfleet.co.uk
Thames Clippers
Commuter services
and tourist routes.
+44 (0)870 781 5049
thamesclippers.com
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South Bank
to Bankside
See some of the
city’s famous
sights while
taking a gentle
meander by the
River Thames
Canals
London is famous for
the Thames, but it also
boasts many canals.
Regent’s Canal begins
near Paddington
station at Little Venice,
a colourful scene of
narrowboats. It passes
by London Zoo and
Camden Lock Market
ending at Limehouse
basin. For the history
behind the waterway,
head to London Canal
Museum in Kings
Cross. waterscape.com/
daysoutguide
Enjoy the South Bank of the Thames on foot as
you take in the many sights along the riverside.
Dominating the skyline, as you cross the river from
Westminster, is the spectacular London Eye. Day
or night, a trip on this big observation wheel is
unmissable. Just next door, delight your family with
a visit to London Aquarium, where huge tanks are
home to pufferfish, sharks and piranhas. There’s
also a Touchpool where you can stroke a starfish,
then meet curious rays on the Beach.
Stroll a little further along the river and you’ll find
the Southbank Centre, at the heart of the capital’s
thriving arts scene, with buzzing outdoor bars and
restaurants. Continue to Bankside, past Gabriel’s
Wharf, and you come to the iconic Tate Modern,
an awe-inspiring piece of architecture and the
world’s largest modern art gallery. Close by is the
pretty Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – the building
was recreated in 16th century style and hosts plays
throughout the summer, rain or shine.
End your river tour by crossing the pedestrian-only
Millennium Bridge, an elegant suspension bridge
spanning the Thames – the views from this ‘ribbon
of steel’ are nothing short of spectacular.
Little Venice
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Ascot Racecourse
Berkshire SL5
+44 (0)870 727 1234
ascot.co.uk
Q Ascot
Capital Sport
Gentle cycling tours
in traffic-free areas.
+ 44 (0)1296 631671
capital-sport.co.uk
Chelsea Football
Club
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)871 231 0005
chelseafc.com
U Fulham Broadway
Fulham Football Club
Stevenage Road SW6
+44 (0)870 442 1234
fulhamfc.com
U Putney Bridge
Hyde Park Stables
Bathurst Mews W2
+44 (0)20 7723 2813
hydeparkstables.com
U Lancaster Gate
The O2
The O
2
The arena hosts major
international sporting
events, from basketball
and ice hockey to tennis
and boxing.
+44 (0)20 8463 2000
theo2.co.uk
U North Greenwich
Sport
Sandown Park
Racecourse
One of horse racing’s
most loved and
revered venues.
Portsmouth Rd KT10
+44 (0)1372 464348
sandown.co.uk
Q Esher
Regent’s Park
Tennis Centre
Accredited by the Lawn
Tennis Association.
York Bridge NW1
+44 (0)20 7486 4216
royalparks.gov.uk/parks/
regents_park/sport.cfm
U Regent’s Park
Docklands Sailing &
Watersports Centre
Offers various courses
and open sessions.
Westferry Rd E14
+44 (0)20 7537 7774
dswc.org
DLR Island Gardens
Tours
Emirates
Stadium & Tour
See the new Arsenal
stadium, plus tours
by former stars.
Emirates Stadium N7
+44 (0)20 7704 4504
arsenal.com
U Arsenal
Chelsea FC Tour
Besides tours, there is
a museum and a store.
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)871 984 1955
chelseafc.com
U Fulham Broadway
Lord’s Tour
Go behind the scenes at
this historic ground.
St John’s Wood NW8
+44 (0)20 7616 8595
lords.org/lords-ground
U St John’s Wood
Twickenham
Stadium Tour & World
Rugby Museum
See the players’ tunnel,
then visit the museum.
Rugby Rd TW1
+44 (0)20 8892 8877
rfu.com
U Twickenham
Wembley
Stadium Tour
Olympic Way, Middlesex,
HA9 0ND
+44 (0)844 800 2755
thestadiumtour.com
U Wembley Park/Wembley
Central
Wimbledon Lawn
Tennis Museum & Tour
Includes No 1 Court.
Church Rd SW19
+44 (0)20 8946 6131
wimbledon.org
U Southfields
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Indulge in a spot of retail therapy. London’s varied
shopping districts and street markets offer
everything from designer labels to bargain buys
Department
Stores
Fenwick
Five floors of clothes
and accessories for
fashion-conscious
men and women.
New Bond St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 9161
fenwick.co.uk
U Bond Street
Shopping
Harrods
This world-famous store
is mecca for shoppers
as well as being a tourist
attraction – the food hall
alone is well worth a visit.
Brompton Rd SW1
+44 (0)20 7730 1234
harrods.com
U Knightsbridge
Harvey Nichols
Shop to your heart’s
delight on seven floors
dedicated to chic fashion
and beauty. The top floor
is reserved for the bar
and restaurant.
Knightsbridge SW1
+44 (0)20 7235 5000
harveynichols.com
U Knightsbridge
John Lewis
Caters for all your
domestic needs, selling
a range of homewares
and electrical goods
as well as clothing.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 7711
johnlewis.com
U Oxford Circus
Liberty
Liberty
This distinctive Tudor-
fronted building houses
the quirkiest labels of any
London department store.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 1234
liberty.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Peter Jones
A wide range of
clothes, kitchenware
and furnishings.
Sloane Sq SW1
+44 (0)20 7730 3434
peterjones.co.uk
U Sloane Square
Selfridges & Co
This vast department
store has everything
from food to fashion.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)800 1234 00
selfridges.com
U Bond Street
Jessica, shop assistant
“I love having the
freedom to wear
what I want”
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Fashion 54
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Markets 56
Antiques 57
Home & Living 58
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Fashion
Agent Provocateur
Head here for stylish
lingerie and all manner
of accessories.
Broadwick St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 0229
agentprovocateur.com
U Oxford Circus
American Apparel
Bright, fun, easy to wear
basics a sweatshop-free
ethic keep customers
coming back for more.
Carnaby St W1
+44 (0)20 3206 2046
americanapparel.net
U Oxford Circus
Chelsea Football
Club Megastore
A huge range of Chelsea
clothing for football fans.
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)871 231 0005
chelseafc.com
U Fulham Broadway
The Duffer
of St George
Urban menswear with
a contemporary twist.
Shoreditch High St EC2
+44 (0)20 7836 3722
thedufferofstgeorge.com
U Old Street
French Connection
Classic clothing for
men and women.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)844 557 3285
frenchconnection.com
U Oxford Circus
Hobbs
Smart, high quality
womenswear with
a quintessential
English feel.
King’s Rd SW2
+44 (0)20 7586 5550
hobbs.co.uk
U Sloane Square
Mulberry
Archetypal British luxury
brand; their It bags are
coveted worldwide.
New Bond St W1
+44 (0)20 7491 3900
mulberry.com
U Bond Street
New Look
Up-to-the-minute high
street fashion that won’t
break the bank.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 7025 6700
newlook.co.uk
U Marble Arch
Oasis
Affordable and
fashionable clothes for
the style-conscious.
Argyll St W1
+44 (0)20 7434 1799
oasis-stores.com
U Oxford Circus
Paul Smith
Men and womenswear
that mixes innovative
style with English
eccentricity.
Floral St WC2
+44 (0)20 7379 7133
paulsmith.co.uk
U Covent Garden
Playboy
The first European store,
with a selection of men
and women’s apparel.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 7292 6080
playboystyle.com
U Oxford Circus
Primark
There are bargains
galore to be had at
this value retailer.
Oxford St W1
primark.co.uk
U Marble Arch
Reiss
Sharply tailored men and
womenswear with an
edgy aesthetic.
Barrett St W1
+44 (0)20 7473 9630
reiss.co.uk
U Bond St
River Island
Trend-led clothes
for guys and girls.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)844 395 1011
riverisland.com
U Oxford Circus
Eat and Shop
When you’ve had your fill of shopping
for toys, head to The Hamleys
Café for a well-earned pit-stop. For
trend-setters and seekers alike, what
could be more stylish than Harvey
Nichols Fifth Floor restaurant?
The Hamleys Café, Regent St W1,
hamleys.com; Harvey Nichols
Fifth Floor, Knightsbridge SW1,
harveynichols.com
Harvey Nichols
Mulberry
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The Rugby Store
Situated at Twickenham
rugby stadium, a range
of kits and memorabilia
are available here.
Twickenham Std TW1
+44 (0)870 143 1113
rfu.com/therugbystore
U Twickenham
Topshop
The iconic store has
clothes to suit all
budgets. Browse
four floors of catwalk-
inspired trends.
Oxford Circus W1
+44 (0)20 7636 7700
topshop.com
U Oxford Circus
Topshop
Urban Outfitters
Hip and directional,
this clothing store
also sells stylish
homeware and music.
Kensington High St W8
+44 (0)20 7761 1001
urbanoutfitters.co.uk
U High St Kensington
Shoes and
Accessories
Duo
A breathtaking choice
of ready-to-wear fitted
boots in your perfect size.
Saville Row W1
+44 (0)207 494 1817
duoboots.com
U Oxford Circus
Faith
Large range of shoes
and bags to suit all tastes.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 8930 3400
faith.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Kurt Geiger
Shoe addicts will be in
heaven in this trendy
store selling own and
designer brands.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7546 1888
kurtgeiger.com
U Oxford Circus
Office
Quirky shoe designs
at affordable prices.
Carnaby St W1
+44 (0)845 074 0643
office.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Russell & Bromley
This traditional handbag
and footwear brand is
known for its quality.
New Bond St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 6903
russellandbromley.co.uk
U Bond St
Shopping
Destinations
The Brunswick
A variety of shops
and restaurants set
within a futuristically
designed arcade.
Judd St WC1
+44 (0)20 7833 6066
brunswick.co.uk
U Russell Square
Burlington Arcade
London’s most elegant
shopping area still
employs ‘Beadles’
guards who ensure
decorum.
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7630 1411
burlington-arcade.co.uk
U Green Park
Canary Wharf
Three malls contain
200-plus shops and a
wide selection of bars,
cafés and eateries.
+44 (0)20 7477 1477
mycanarywharf.com
U/DLR Canary Wharf
Carnaby Street &
Kingly Court
With the legacy of
the Swingin’ Sixties,
numerous independent
stores flourish here.
Kingly Court boasts
eclectic boutiques and
vintage clothing.
Carnaby St W1
carnaby.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Covent Garden
London
A market plus unique
shops and restaurants
are found in this cultural
area. Daily street
performance.
coventgardenlondonuk.com
U Covent Garden
Duke of York Square
Upmarket shops
and stylish cafés are
tucked away in this little
Chelsea enclave.
Off King’s Rd SW3
U Sloane Square
The Mall Ilford
More than 80 shops and
restaurants within easy
reach of central London.
Ilford, Essex
+44 (0)20 8553 3000
themall.co.uk
Q Ilford
Spitalfields
This open space hosts
free events such as
dance, alongside its
independent shops, bars
and restaurants.
spitalfields.co.uk
U/Q Liverpool Street
Seven Dials
A hip mix of fashionable
boutiques and specialist
shops in Covent Garden.
Off Monmouth St WC2
sevendials.co.uk
U Covent Garden
St Christopher’s
Place
This area comprises
independent boutiques
and many cafes with
outdoor seating.
Behind Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 7493 3294
stchristophersplace.com
U Bond Street
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Camden collectables
Camden Market attracts
hordes of shoppers throughout
the weekend, with a sprawling
collection of markets offering a
vast array of choice. Parts of this
colourful market stay open all
week, so visit then if you want to
avoid the crowds.
The original crafts market
has spread from its courtyard
and there are shops and stalls
on both sides of Camden High
Street and Chalk Farm Road.
Head to the covered market
known as Camden Market, mix
with the goths and punks, and
browse at the stalls. Afterwards,
pop in to the cobbled yards of
Camden Lock, the prettiest
part of the market by the
Regent’s Canal – many of the
shops are open from Tuesday,
but at the weekend it is a riot of
stalls selling anything you could
wish for from funky jewellery to
juggling balls. Refresh yourself
at one of the many cafés.
If you head along Chalk
Farm Road you will come to
the Stables, specialising in
home-ware and clothing –
take your time as some of the
best shopping is here. Lastly,
don’t overlook the weekend-
only Camden Canal Market
opposite Market Hall – you can
pick up some skatewear from
John Doe Clothing.
Camden Market attracts part of the market by the
Pick up a unique bargain or simply soak up
the alternative culture of the area’s markets
St Pancras
International
Favourite high street
brands and a farmers’
market can be found at
this bustling station.
stpancras.com
U King’s Cross St Pancras
The West End
Bond Street, Oxford
Street and Regent Street
are home to more than
600 stores, and a sixth
of these are flagships.
newwestend.com
U Oxford Street/Bond Street
Westfield London
This brand new shopping
destination houses top
fashion brands.
westfield.com/london
U Shepherd’s Bush
West One Shopping
Conveniently situated
above Bond Street
Tube station.
west1shopping.co.uk
U Bond Street
Markets
Camden Lock
Market
This diverse market
is full of character.
Converted workshops sell
everything from furniture
to wedding dresses.
Open daily.
camdenlockmarket.com
U Camden
Chelsea Farmers’
Market
Fashionable market with
an eclectic mix of stalls
and restaurants. Every
Saturday (May-Oct).
King’s Rd SW3
U South Kensington
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Columbia Road
Flower Market
A great selection
of rare flowers
and cuttings amid
surrounding vintage
and furniture shops.
Open Sun 8am-2pm.
columbia-flower-market.
freewebspace.com
U Bethnal Green
Greenwich Market
A food market every
Wednesday to Sunday.
An antiques market on
Thursday and Friday.
And arts and crafts from
Thursday to Sunday.
greenwichmarket.net
Q Greenwich
Old Spitalfields
Market
Stalls sell anything from
dyed sheepskin rugs to
handmade jewellery. On
daily, except Saturdays –
Sundays are busiest.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-
4pm, Sun 9am-5pm
visitspitalfields.com
U/Q Liverpool Street
Portobello Road
Market
Famed for its antiques,
the market itself is on
Saturdays, but shops are
open six days a week.
Open Mon-Sat
8am-4.30pm (except
Thurs 8am-1pm)
portobelloroad.co.uk
U Ladbroke Grove
Columbia Road
Antiques
Bermondsey Market
A mecca for industry
traders and antiques
aficionados. Fridays
from 4am.
Bermondsey Sq SE1
U Bermondsey
Camden Passage
Open from Wednesdays
to Saturdays,
this atmospheric
thoroughfare and
adjacent Mall are full of
fascinating collectables.
Camden Passage N1
+44 (0)20 7359 0190
camdenpassageislington.
co.uk
U Angel
Lots Road
Each Sunday this auction
house holds two sales:
contemporary and
traditional, followed
by selected antique
furniture and paintings.
Lots Rd SW10
+44 (0)20 7376 6800
lotsroad.com
U Fulham Broadway
Traditional
Bluebird Epicerie
Next door to The
Shop at Bluebird, this
upmarket deli sells
gourmet food.
King’s Rd SW3
+44 (0)20 7559 1140
bluebird-store.co.uk
U Sloane Square
British Museum
Shop
Unusual souvenirs
and objet d’art at
a range of prices.
Great Russell St W1
+44 (0)800 218 2222
britishmuseum.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason
Historic store famed
for its indulgent
hampers. Take tea in
its charming tearoom.
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7734 8040
fortnumandmason.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Hamleys
Stocking a huge range
of toys, this store is the
ultimate destination. Its
Heathrow branch is great
for last-minute gifts.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)870 333 2455
hamleys.com
U Oxford Circus
Jo Malone
This store’s natural
fragrances have inspired
a skincare range.
Sloane St SW1
+44 (0)20 7730 2100
jomalone.co.uk
U Sloane Square
Milroy’s of Soho
Sells a range of premium
wines and whiskys, with
tastings on offer too.
Greek St W1
+44 (0)20 7437 2385
milroys.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
National Gallery
Shop
Excited by the exhibits?
Take a slice of artistry
home with you through
this selection of gifts.
Trafalgar Sq WC2
+44 (0)20 7747 2870
nationalgallery.co.uk
U/Q Charing Cross
Chelsea Farmers’ Market
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Penhaligon’s
This traditional
perfumery sells scents
and grooming kits for
men and women.
Wellington St WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 2150
penhaligons.co.uk
U Covent Garden
Smythson
Famous for its beautiful
diaries and stationery,
the brand has recently
extended to bags and
leather goods.
New Bond St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 8558
smythson.com
U Bond Street
Home & living
Graham & Green
An eclectic mixture of
antiques and modern
design has ensured
a loyal following.
Elgin Crescent W11
+44 (0)20 7243 8908
grahamandgreen.co.uk
U Notting Hill Gate
Cath Kidston
Bright and breezy
homewares, known
for cute floral prints.
Shelton St WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 4803
cathkidston.co.uk
U Covent Garden
The Conran Shop
Prestigious modern
furniture in an exclusive
luxury environment.
Fulham Rd SW3
+44 (0)20 7589 7401
conran.com
U South Kensington
Habitat
Modern, sassy and
affordable furniture,
lighting and homewares.
Tottenham Court Rd W1
+44 (0)8444 99 1122
habitat.co.uk
U Goodge Street
Heal’s
Stylish interior design
shop, stocking only the
highest quality furniture.
Look here for the
out-of-the-ordinary.
Tottenham Court Rd W1
+44 (0)20 7636 1666
heals.co.uk
U Goodge Street
Paperchase
A delightful stationery
brand, this flagship store
sells a plethora of gifts.
Tottenham Court Rd W1
+44 (0)20 7467 6200
paperchase.co.uk
U Goodge Street
Books
Borders
Everything’s under one
roof here – there are
books, magazines and
DVDs for all. Regular
in-store events.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 7292 1600
borders.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Daunt
Well-loved Edwardian
bookshop known for its
excellent travel section.
Marylebone High St W1
+44 (0)20 7224 2295
dauntbooks.co.uk
U Baker St
Foyles
The largest independent
bookstore in London
holds a number of
literary events.
Charing Cross Rd WC2
+44 (0)20 7434 1574
foyles.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
Waterstone’s
As well as a wide
selection of books and
music, on the top floor is
the 5th View Bar
and Restaurant.
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7851 2400
waterstones.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Souvenirs
Crest of London
With nine shops in the
West End, Crest sells
everything from ‘I Love
London’ T-shirts to fridge
magnets – great for gifts.
+44 (0)20 7935 0044
crestoflondon.co.uk
The London
Company
Funky, stylish and unique
mementos of London.
+44 (0)8450 563 779
thelondoncompany.net
Currency
Exchange
Thomas Cook
Visit London’s official
foreign exchange
partner, with various
branches across London.
Marble Arch W1
+44 (0)845 3089442
thomascook.com
U Marble Arch
IN THE KNOW
“There are more than 330
departments at Harrods! Take the
weight of your feet by riding on the
Egyptian Escalators that run through
the heart of the store.”
Michael Mann, Harrods
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Ideally situated in the heart of London’s theatreland
for business lunches and pre- or after-theatre dinners.
Dishes from various regions cooked to perfection
and served with style.
44 Frith Street,
Soho W1
Tel: 020 7437 8261
Fax: 020 7437 3789
134 Cromwell Road,
Kensington, SW7
Tel: 020 7370 7617
Fax: 020 7244 8639
Recommended by prominent food critics
including BBC Good Eating Guide
www.delhibrasserie.com
Delhi
The
brasserie
Indian Cuisine
210 Kensington Road London W11
Tel: 020 77 92 1066
www.essenza.co.uk
Our chef takes pride in choosing the best
dishes from all regions of Italy, providing
you with a mixture of traditional
and modern cuisine.
Conveniently located in the heart of
Notting Hill Gate, next to Portobello Road.
Please check our website for
our current menus
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London is a melting pot of global flavours, with
restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars to suit every taste
and budget – eating out has never been better
Food & Drink
Food
British
Bluebird
Enjoy tea or an indulgent
meal in this 1920s listed
converted garage in the
heart of Chelsea. £££
King’s Rd SW3
+44 (0)20 7559 1000
danddlondon.com
U Sloane Square
Blueprint Café
Seasonal ingredients
and a modern menu
to suit all tastes. Sit
outside in summer
to enjoy the riverside
view. £££
Design Museum,
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7378 7031
danddlondon.com
U Tower Hill
Brown’s
Restaurant & Bar
Shoppers, revellers
and those on business
all frequent this
sophisticated venue. £££
Various locations
Maddox St W1
+44 (0)20 7491 4565
browns-restaurants.com
U Oxford Circus
Clementine, deli assistant, Ottolenghi
“London is the
world capital of
eating well”
£ Budget
££ Low
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FOOD & DRINK
British 61
French 63
Italian 63
Indian 64
Gourmet Itinerary 64
World Cuisine 65
Landmark Locations 66
Butlers Wharf Chop
House & Bar
Hearty British food
with impressive views
of Tower Bridge. £££
Butlers Wharf Building,
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 3403
danddlondon.com
U/Q London Bridge
City Café &
Millbank Lounge
Sample contemporary
cuisine at the City Café
and have cocktails at the
Millbank Lounge. £££
John Islip St SW1
+44 (0)20 7630 1000
cityinn.com
U Pimlico
The Grill
The best of British
ingredients are used to
create modern classic
dishes. £££
Park Lane W1
+44 (0)20 7629 8888
thedorchester.com
U Piccadilly Circus
The Langley
This stylish underground
bar offers private booths
with good-value food and
fancy cocktails. ££
Langley St WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 5005
thelangley.co.uk
U Covent Garden
The Living Room
Quality food
served to live piano
accompaniment. £££
Heddon St W1
+44 (0)20 7292 0570
Essex Road N1
+44 (0)207 288 9090
thelivingroomw1.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Mermaid’s Tail
Enjoy fish and chips at
this centrally located
seafood restaurant. ££
Leicester Square WC2
+44 (0)20 7494 3919
mermaidstail.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Plateau
Enjoy stunning views
across the rooftops of
Canary Wharf. ££££
Canada Place E14
+44 (0)20 7715 7100
danddlondon.com
U Canary Wharf
The Portrait
Restaurant
This restaurant is on the
third floor of the National
Gallery and boasts
magnificent views. ££
St Martin’s Place W2
+44 (0)20 7312 2490
searcys.co.uk
U/Q Charing Cross
Roast
As the name implies, the
speciality here is meat
which is sourced from
rare breed livestock.
Good British food. £££
The Floral Hall,
Stoney St SE1
+44 (0)20 7940 1300
roast-restaurant.com
U Borough
The Savoy Grill
Top chef Marcus
Wareing creates modern
European cuisine. ££££
The Savoy, Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 4343
fairmont.com/savoy
U/Q Charing Cross
Sea Shell of
Lisson Grove
Enjoy a traditional British
dish of fish and chips. ££
Lisson Grove NW1
+44 (0)20 7224 9000
seashellrestaurant.co.uk
U/Q Marylebone
Simpson’s-in-
the-Strand
Fine dining from one
of London’s oldest
and grandest dining
establishments. ££££
The Savoy, Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 9112
simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk
U/Q Charing Cross
The art of eating well
London’s museums and galleries offer great cuisine
as well as culture. The National Dining Rooms at
the National Gallery serve a classic menu of regional
dishes, while the nearby Portrait Restaurant
boasts spectacular views of Trafalgar Square. The
Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain has more
contemporary fare on the menu. Over at its sister
gallery, the seventh-floor Tate Modern Restaurant
offers seasonal produce and unrivalled views over the
River Thames. At the Barbican, Searcys Restaurant
also offers views of the skyline and local food, while
the Balcony Bistro specialises in European cooking.
Skylon at the Royal Festival Hall has floor-to-ceiling
bankside views and modern British food.
Skylon
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Trafalgar Tavern
A tribute to Old London,
serving new twists on
traditional dishes. £££
Park Row, SE10
+44 (0)20 8858 2909
trafalgartavern.co.uk
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
French
Almeida Restaurant
& Bar
Welcoming dining room
serving healthy, regional
dishes. £££
Almeida St N1
+44 (0)20 7354 4777
danddlondon.com
U Angel
Bar du Musée
A delicious and
unpretentious menu of
good food that changes
with the seasons. ££
Nelson Road SE10
+44 (0)208 858 4710
bardumusee.com
Q Greenwich
Bistro 51
A wide-ranging menu
and good location for
pre-theatre dinners. ££
Buckingham Gate SW1
+44 (0)20 7963 8325
51-buckinghamgate.com
U St James’s Park
Bonds Restaurant
High-quality, inventive
French cuisine. £££
Threadneedle St EC2
+44 (0)20 7657 8090
theetoncollection.com
U Bank
Coq d’Argent
Enjoy a meal in one of
the most remarkable roof
gardens in London, with
views over the City. £££
Poultry EC2
+44 (0)20 7395 5000
danddlondon.com
U Bank
Le Pont de la Tour
Le Pont de la Tour
Upmarket eatery with
fresh food and a great
riverside view. ££££
Butlers Wharf Building,
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 8403
danddlondon.com
U/Q London Bridge
Orrery
Gourmet restaurant
serving high-quality
food and wine. ££££
Marylebone High St W1
+44 (0)20 7616 8000
danddlondon.com
U Baker Street
Pearl
Restaurant & Bar
The decadent
pearl, walnut and
marble interior sets
off the imaginative
dishes in this top
restaurant. £££
High Holborn WC1
+44 (0)20 7829 7000
pearl-restaurant.com
U Holborn
Poissonnerie
de L’Avenue
Chic restaurant serving
mainly fish dishes. £££
Sloane Avenue SW3
+44 (0)20 7589 2457
poissonneriedelavenue.com
U South Kensington
Restaurant
Sauterelle
Expect expertly prepared
classic Gallic dishes in a
grand setting. £££
The Royal Exchange EC3
+44 (0)20 7618 2483
danddlondon.com
U Bank
The Spread Eagle
Landmark restaurant
serving high-standard
French food. £££
Stockwell St SE10
+44 (0)20 8853 2333
spreadeaglerestaurant.co.uk
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
Italian
Biagio Chez Victor
Refurbished and in a
great location, Chez
Victor offers traditional
Italian food. £££
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7437 6523
biagio.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Cantina del Ponte
Unfussy Italian food at
reasonable prices. ££
Butlers Wharf Building,
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 5403
danddlondon.com
U/Q London Bridge
IN THE KNOW
“It’s important to be open-
minded when eating out. In
Covent Garden alone, there are
more than 3,000 places to eat –
so go where the mood takes you!”
Chrystoper Fisher, Browns Bar
& Brasserie
Covent Garden Piazza
FOOD & DRINK
ITINERARY
Marylebone High Street
Marylebone High Street is a
mecca for in-the-know foodies.
Start the morning with a flaky
croissant and café au lait at
Paul, a superior French bakery
and pâtisserie chain.
Later in the day, sit at the
smart bar in The Providores
& Tapa Room (109 Marylebone
High St W1) and delight in a
selection of tasty treats from the
exceptional global tapas menu.
Then while away a couple
of hours in the afternoon
while shopping for the best in
kitchenware at Divertimenti
(33-34), stopping for a little
light refreshment at the
excellent café out the back.
If you fancy something
fishy, drop by FishWorks (89),
or enjoy some fine regional
farmhouse cheeses at the
iconic La Fromagerie (2-4).
Finally, book a table at swish
Orrery (55), part of D&D y
London, which has exceptional
food and service.
M l b Hi h St t i hil h i f th b t i
The capital’s diverse gourmet delights can
be sampled by visiting one famous street
Essenza
Informal intimate
restaurant serving
authentic fare. £££
Kensington Park Rd W11
+44 (0)20 7792 1066
essenza.co.uk
U Notting Hill Gate
Chelsea Football
Club: Marco
Fusion cuisine from top
London chef Marco
Pierre White. £££
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)20 7915 2929
marcorestaurant.co.uk
U Fulham Broadway
Pescatori
Seafood lovers will relish
the fresh fish at this
family-run restaurant. ££
Charlotte St W1
Also Dover St
+44 (0)20 7580 3289
pescatori.co.uk
U Goodge St
Ristorante Biagio
Inspired by northern
Italian home cooking,
this restaurant serves
hand-made pasta and
catch-of-the-day fish. £££
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7434 1921
biagio.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Sartoria
Relaxed restaurant
serving classic and
imaginative Italian dishes
to a stylish clientele. £££
Savile Row W1
+44 (0)20 7534 7000
danddlondon.com
U Oxford Circus
Spaghetti House
Tasty pizzas, pasta
dishes and salads. ££
Various locations
+44 (0)20 7629 6097
spaghetti-house.co.uk
Indian
Amaya
Sophisticated Indian
grills are prepared in
full view of diners in the
theatrical kitchen. £££
Halkin Arcade,
Motcomb St SW1
+44 (0)871 2238036
realindianfood.com
U Knightsbridge
Benares Restaurant
& Bar
Run by Michelin-starred
head chef Atul Kochhar,
serving innovative Indian
food and rare wines. £££
Berkeley Square W1
+44 (0)20 7629 8886
benaresrestaurant.com
U Bond Street
Café Spice Namaste
The Pan-Asian menu
changes fortnightly
in this atmospheric
restaurant. £££
Prescot St E1
+44 (0)20 7488 9242
cafespice.co.uk
U Tower Hill
Chutney Mary
Highly acclaimed,
friendly restaurant using
homespun recipes. £££
King’s Rd SW10
+44 (0)20 7351 3113
chutneymary.com
U Fulham Broadway
The Cinnamon Club
Visit the gentleman’s
club-style bar before
sitting down to an
evolving menu of modern
Indian cuisine. £££
Great Smith St SW1
+44 (0)20 7222 2555
cinnamonclub.com
U Westminster
The Delhi Brasserie
A popular eatery
known for its multi-
regional fresh menu.
Try the signature dish
of classic Tandoori
chicken. ££
Frith St W1
+44 (0)20 7437 8261
delhibrasserie.com
U Tottenham Court Rd
The Cinnamon Club
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Imli
Imli Restaurant
Tapas-style Indian food
is served in a casual yet
sophisticated setting. ££
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7287 4243
imli.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
La Porte des Indes
This Tardis-like restaurant
has an excellent selection
of gourmet meat and
vegetarian dishes. ££££
Bryanston St W1
+44 (0)20 7224 0055
blueelephant.com/pi/london
U Marble Arch
Maharaja
Popular Indian and
Balti restaurant. £
Queensway W2
+44 (0)20 7727 1135
U Queensway
Masala Zone
Popular restaurant for
traditional food in a
contemporary setting. ££
Marshall St W1 and
other locations
+44 (0)20 7287 9966
realindianfood.com
U Oxford Circus
Mint Leaf
Fine food blending
delicate flavours, light
textures and stunning
presentations. £££
Suffolk Place SW1
+44 (0)20 7930 9020
mintleafrestaurant.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Tamarind
Experience fine dining
at this Michelin-starred
Mayfair restaurant. £££
Queen St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 3561
tamarindrestaurant.com
U Green Park
Veeraswamy
The UK’s oldest Indian
restaurant combines
traditional dishes with
more contemporary and
exotic creations. £££
Victory House,
Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 1401
veeraswamy.com
U Piccadilly Circus
World Cuisine
Benihana
Japanese dishes are
prepared and cooked
right at your table. £££
King’s Rd SW3 and
other locations
+44 (0)20 7376 7799
benihana.co.uk
U Sloane Square
Blue Elephant
Authentic Thai food. £££
Fulham Broadway SW6
+44 (0)20 7385 6595
blueelephant.com
U Fulham Broadway
Moti Mahal
Sophisticated affair
which runs monthly
cookery classes, so you
can recreate dishes in
your home. £££
Great Queen St WC2
+44 (0)20 7240 9329
motimahal-uk.com
U Covent Garden
Pimlico Tandoori
Popular local serving
consistently good food. £
Moreton St SW1
+44 (0)20 7834 3375
U Pimlico
Punjab Restaurant
Family-run restaurant,
serving mouth-watering
Punjabi dishes in a
friendly atmosphere. ££
Neal St WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 9787
punjab.co.uk
U Covent Garden
FOOD & DRINK
Marco
Floridita
Vibrant Latin American
restaurant with attached
Cuban bar, featuring
traditional cocktails, live
music and cabaret. ££££
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7314 4000
floriditalondon.com
U Tottenham Court Rd
Gilgamesh
Impressive Pan-Asian
menu housed in equally
impressive venue with
retractable roof. £££
Chalk Farm Rd NW1
+44 (0)20 7482 5757
gilgameshbar.com
U Camden Town
Las Iguanas
A fusion of native
Latin-American Indian,
Spanish, Portuguese and
African influences. £££
Royal Festival Hall SE1;
O
2
Centre, SE10
+44 (0)20 7620 1328/
+44 (0)20 8312 8680
lasiguanas.co.uk
U Embankment/ DLR Cutty
Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Mestizo Restaurant
Authentic Mexican food
and tequila. Known for its
lively atmosphere. ££
Hampstead Rd NW1
+44 (0)20 7387 4064
mestizomx.com
U Warren Street
Meza
Vibrant Mediterranean
tapas bar and cocktail
lounge with DJs. ££
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7314 4002
danddlondon.com
U Tottenham Court Rd
Min Jiang
Enjoy panoramic
views from this Chinese
bar and restaurant.
Royal Garden Hotel,
Kensington High St W8
+44 (0)20 7361 1988
minjiang.co.uk
U High St Kensington
Landmark
Locations
The Avenue
Restaurant & Bar
The light, modern menu
is matched by the
minimalist interior. £££
St James’s St SW1
+44 (0)20 7321 2111
danddlondon.com
U Green Park
Babylon Restaurant
Set in the glorious
Kensington Roof
Gardens. Arrive early
to bag a table on the
terrace. £££
High Street Kensington W8
+44 (0)20 7368 3993
roofgardens.com
U High Street Kensington
Winning teams
What’s better than enjoying your favourite sport and
a great meal? At Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium,
the Broadway Restaurant overlooks the track, but
if you’re feeling flush, indulge in the Star Attraction
Restaurant. Chelsea FC have three restaurants
– the 55 Restaurant, Bar and Lounge, Frankie’s
and Marco which offer an excellent range of
culinary styles to suit all tastes. Head to Frankie’s for
tasty Italian dishes and alfresco dining in summer,
and for brasserie fare with a contemporary twist
Marco is the one. Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium,
+44 (0)870 840 8905, lovethedogs.co.uk Chelsea FC,
+44 (0)871 984 1955, chelseafc.com
Foliage
Every diner has an
unspoilt view of Hyde
Park at this European
restaurant. £££
Knightsbridge SW1
+44 (0)20 7201 3723
mandarinoriental.com
U Knightsbridge
Kensington Place
Iconic restaurant serving
inventive French cuisine
to a smart crowd. £££
Kensington Church St W8
+44 (0)20 7727 3184
danddlondon.com
U Notting Hill Gate
Launceston Place
Sample modern
European fare in a
traditional English
setting. £££
Launceston Place W8
+44 (0)20 7937 6912
danddlondon.com
U Gloucester Road
OXO Tower
Restaurant,
Bar & Brasserie
Rooftop restaurant
famed for its views
over the river. £££
Bargehouse St SE1
+44 (0)20 7803 3888
harveynichols.com
U/Q Blackfriars
The Park
Tables here gaze over
Hyde Park, and all food is
made with fine and fresh
ingredients. £££
Knightsbridge SW1
+44 (0)20 7201 3722
mandarinoriental.com
U Knightsbridge
Royal Exchange
Grand Café & Bar
Magnificent Grade I
listed City establishment
praised for its excellent
seafood dishes. £££
The Courtyard,
Royal Exchange EC3
+44 (0)20 7618 2480
danddlondon.com
U Bank
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Afternoon tea
Enjoy a cup of afternoon tea at the world-
famous Ritz (Piccadilly W1), an institution in
itself. Also, Skylon, recently opened at the
Royal Festival Hall, serves afternoon tea
Alternatively, opt for a more low-key
venue, such as The Wallace Collection
restaurant (Manchester Sq, W1). Or you
could make an occasion of it by taking tea
at Claridge’s, (Brook St W1) where you can
choose from more than 30 varieties of tea.
For the afternoon tea connoisseur, it has to
be the Lanesborough (Hyde Park Corner
SW1) which won the Tea Guild’s top London
afternoon tea award in 2008.
The Zetter
This restaurant looks on
to St John’s Square. ££
Clerkenwell Road EC1,
+44 (0)20 7324 4455
thezetter.com
U Farringdon/Barbican
Cafés/
Brasseries
Café in the Crypt
Simple, fresh food at
great prices and decent
veggie options. £
St Martin-in-the-Fields,
Trafalgar Square WC2
+44 (0)20 7766 1158
smitf.org
U/Q Charing Cross
INC Brasserie
Fusion of British and
French cooking. £££
The O
2
Centre, SE10
+44 (0)208 853 7100
incbrasserie.com
U North Greenwich
Tamesa@OXO Bar
& Brasserie
Contemporary dishes
attract a hip crowd. ££
Bargehouse St SE1
+44 (0)20 7633 0088
U/Q Blackfriars
Chains
Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Café
Rock ‘n’ roll-themed
restaurant serving typical
American food. ££
Old Park Lane W1
+44 (0)20 7514 1700
hardrock.com
U Hyde Park Corner
Planet Hollywood
Hollywood-themed
restaurant very popular
with families. ££
Coventry St W1
+44 (0)20 7437 7639
planethollywoodlondon.com
U Leicester Square
Bars Serving
Food
55 Bar, Lounge and
Restaurant
Chic bar and restaurant
named after the year that
Chelsea first won the
League. ££
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)20 7565 1400
chelseafc.com
U Fulham Broadway
American Bar & Grill
The best US cuisine this
side of the pond situated
in The O
2
Arena. £££
Peninsula Sq, SE10
+44 (0)20 8305 3091
the108.co.uk/inc-group
U North Greenwich
Chop House Bar
For those who fancy
a quick bite to eat,
the set-price lunch
and dinner menu is
particularly popular and
offers excellent value
for money. ££
Butlers Wharf Building
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 3403
danddlondon.com
U Tower Hill
Frankie’s Sports
Bar & Grill
Tempting Italian food in
relaxed surroundings. ££
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)20 7957 8298
chelseafc.com/frankies
U Fulham Broadway
The Loop
Low-key food in an
upbeat atmosphere.
After your meal go
dancing in the club. ££
Dering St W1
+44 (0)20 7493 1003
theloopbar.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Prism
1920s architecture
forms an elegant
backdrop to this culinary
experience. ££££
Leadenhall St EC3
+44 (0)20 7256 3875
harveynichols.com
U Bank
Ruby Blue
A fun-loving crowd
flocks to this bar/
restaurant and club.
Leicester Place WC2
+44 (0)20 7287 8050
rubybluebar.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Sugar Reef
Buzzy bar serving
decently priced fare. ££
Great Windmill St W1
+44 (0)20 7851 0800
sugarreef.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Sway
Dine, drink and dance
until the early hours. ££
Great Queen St WC2
+44 (0)20 7404 6114
swaybar.co.uk
U Holborn
Tiger Tiger
Enjoy laid-back lunches,
early-evening drinks, and
late-night dancing at this
stylish venue. ££
Haymarket SW1
+44 (0)20 7930 1885
tigertiger.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
The Ritz
FOOD & DRINK
London’s best hotel restaurants have shaken
off their chintzy image and are now at the forefront
of the city’s dining-out culture. The Radisson
Edwardian Hotels group is a case in point, the
Amba Bar and Grill in Mayfair and the 68-86
Restaurant in South Kensington are popular
destination restaurants; the former is a flag-waver
for traditional British comfort food, the latter a more
relaxed affair, with a light Pacific Rim menu.
For a more contemporary take on Brit cuisine, try
the Dial at the Radisson Edwardian Mountbatten
Hotel, right in the middle of Covent Garden
(radissonedwardian.com). Homage, at the Waldorf
Hilton (hilton.com) brings a touch of grand Parisian
café to Theatreland, with its Louis XVI-inspired
interiors and Med menu with a French accent.
Perched on top of the London Hilton, Galvin
at Windows offers 1930s-style glamour, great
views and a critically-acclaimed bistro menu
(galvinatwindows.com). Alternatively, find retro chic
down the road, at Brian Turner in the Millennium
Mayfair (millenniumhotels.co.uk).
Down on Canary Wharf, the busy kitchen at
Curve at the Marriott gets up to all sorts of clever
things with deck-fresh fish (marriott.co.uk). Pearl,
another Marriott dining room, is set in a former
banking hall in Holborn; a suitably impressive
setting for a menu of modern European cooking.
Both the stylish Mirrors, just by Euston station,
and Elements, near Waterloo, have a business-
minded edge, but are also popular with leisure
visitors, attracted by Euro classics prepared in
open kitchens (novotel.com ). For contemporary
European cuisine with an intriguing twist, try The
Landau, in The Langham Hotel (thelandau.com).
Brasserie Roux is a big favourite with the St
James’s Francophile set, who appreciate the
long list of timeless Gallic treats (sofitelstjames.
com). Over towards the hip Shoreditch side of the
City, L’Estaminet is a bright bistro that showcases
regional French cooking, complete with a market-
style display as its centrepiece (ibishotel.com).
Nearby on Liverpool Street, Andaz hotel offers
fine dining under a domed atrium at 1901, while the
Eastway brasserie is more relaxed (andaz.com).
Tucked away just around the corner from the
Tate Modern is the Loft. It has a global menu, with
a well-travelled wine list to match (mercure.com).
The MU Restaurant and Lounge sits in the
heart of Knightsbridge and is popular with ladies-
who lunch, with a menu that offers French flavours
and an Asian influence (millenniumhotels.co.uk).
Fine dining in a hotel restaurant
FOOD & DRINK
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T: 00 44 (0)20 7584 2600
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45 Beaufort Gardens
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A selection of 1, 2,
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Pubs
The Butcher’s Hook
Relaxed gastropub
that serves high-quality
food and wine.
Fulham Rd SW6
+44 (0)20 7385 4654
thebutchershook.co.uk
U Fulham Broadway
Cork & Bottle
Underground wine
bar with extensive list.
Also serves food.
Cranbourn St WC2
+44 (0)20 7734 7807
corkandbottle.net
U Leicester Square
The Lamb
The Lamb
Quaint Victorian pub just
off the tourist trail.
Lamb’s Conduit St WC1
+44 (0)20 7405 0713
youngs.co.uk
U Russell Square

Mad Hatter
Well-loved local pub
with specialist beers.
Stamford St SE1
+44 (0)20 7401 9222
fullershotels.com
U Southwark
Seven Stars
Hidden behind the Royal
Courts of Justice, this
charming little pub
dates back to 1602.
Carey St WC2
+44 (0)20 7242 8521
U Holborn
Drink
White Hart
A five-minute drive from
Hampton Court Palace,
this pub was built in an
olde-world style.
High St, Hampton Wick,
Kingston KT1
+44 (0)20 8977 1786
fullershotels.com
Bars
Artesian
Decadent bar with
a menu designed
to complement
the cocktails.
Portland Place W1
+44 (0)20 7636 1000
artesian-bar.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Auberge Bar
& Restaurant
A sweet little restaurant
serving French fare.
Sandell St SE1
+44 (0)20 7633 0610
U/Q Waterloo
Balls Brothers
Hay’s Galleria
Stylish, well-established,
contemporary wine bar
and restaurant.
Tooley St SE1
+44 (0)20 7407 4301
ballsbrothers.co.uk
U/Q London Bridge
Bar Soho
Great cocktails, food
and DJs on Soho’s main
drag. Opens late.
Old Compton St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 0439
barsoho.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Cheers Bar
A reproduction of the
bar from the popular
TV series. On weekday
evenings it’s Happy Hour.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7494 3322
cheersbarlondon.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Greenwich Park
Bar & Grill
Choose from more
than 80 cocktails in
the three-storey venue.
King William Walk SE10
+44 (0)20 8853 7860
thegreenwichpark.com
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
Inc Bar
A stylishly decorated
cocktail bar.
College Approach SE10
+44 (0)20 8858 6721
incbar.com
DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime
Greenwich
Jewel
Trendy bar, popular with
young professionals.
DJs play on Fridays
and Saturdays.
Glasshouse St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 4990
jewelbarlondon.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
La Casa del Habano
Sip a Havana rum and
smoke a hand-rolled
cigar against a backdrop
of Cuban jazz.
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7314 4001
danddlondon.com
U Tottenham Court Rd
IN THE KNOW
“For the best night out in London,
try a bar crawl around Covent
Garden, Leicester Square, Piccadilly
Circus and Soho. If you’re going
to have one night out, go where
there’s bar after bar after bar!”
Sam Graham, Bar Soho
FOOD & DRINK
A drink with a view
London may not have the skyscrapers of New York, but the skyline
holds a charm all of its own. Admire the views and cocktails at Min
Jiang Bar, a venue known for its panoramic views. Or take a trip to
South Bank where the OXO Tower (Barge House St SE1) stands.
The bar affords views of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. At
the top of Waterstone’s (Piccadilly W1) is 5th View, the top floor
bar and restaurant. Lastly, Vertigo 42 provides an intimate setting
for night-time star gazing.
LVPO
Relaxed candlelit
bar offering cocktails
and bar snacks.
Dean St W1
+44 (0)20 7434 3399
lvpo.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Prohibition Bar
and Grill
Reasonably priced bar
serving an after-work
crowd. A sister bar
has opened in St
Katharine Docks.
prohibition.uk.com
Bishopsgate EC2
+44 (0)20 7256 3430
U/Q Liverpool St
St Katharine Docks E1
+44 (0)20 7702 4210
U Tower Hill
Sirocco
Sports viewing, drinking
and dancing attract
a lively crowd.
Shaftesbury Av W1
+44 (0)20 7437 0847
sirocco-london.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Vertigo 42
Enjoy breathtaking views
at this champagne bar/
restaurant.
Old Broad St EC2
+44 (0)20 7877 7842
vertigo42.co.uk
U Bank
Zoo Bar
This party bar and
club guarantees a lively
night on the town.
Bear St WC2
+44 (0)20 7839 4188
zoobar.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Hotel Bars
The Blue Bar
Strikingly designed
bar with more than 50
whiskies on offer.
The Berkeley,
Wilton Place SW1
+44 (0)20 7201 1680
the-berkeley.co.uk
U Hyde Park Corner
The Blue Bar
Claridge’s Bar
Champagne and
cocktails are served in
elegant surroundings.
Claridge’s, Brook St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 8860
claridges.co.uk
U Bond Street
Dial Bar and
Restaurant
Hip bar set in
fashionable
Covent Garden.
Radisson Edwardian
Mountbatten,
Monmouth St WC2
+44 (0)20 7845 8607
radissonedwardian.com
U Covent Garden
Long Bar
Popular place with
London’s glitterati.
Sanderson Hotel,
Berners St W1
+44 (0)20 7300 1496
sandersonlondon.com
U Goodge Street
Rockwell
More than 100 bourbons
are on the menu.
The Trafalgar Hotel,
Spring Gardens SW1
+44 (0)20 7870 2900
thetrafalgar.com
U/Q Charing Cross
OXO Tower
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After a long day’s sightseeing
you may be in need of some
refreshment at one of London’s
lovely riverside pubs and bars.
If you are in west London
head to The Waterway (54
Formosa Street W9) a local
bar and restaurant in leafy
Maida Vale, the buzzing terrace
overlooks the Regent’s Canal.
Or, heading further west,
you could have a pint at the
stunning pewter bar of The
Blue Anchor (13 Lower
Mall, Hammersmith W6),
an 18th-century tavern.
If you are further south, don’t
miss the White Cross (Water
Lane TW9) in Richmond;
check which entrance to use
as it differs with high and
low tide. Alternatively, try the
Cutty Sark in Greenwich or
while away some hours at the
candlelit bar of the Trafalgar
Tavern (6 Park Row SE10),
a stunning Regency pub by
the water’s edge.
Further east is one of the
oldest pubs in London, the
Prospect of Whitby (57
Wapping Wall E1) – it has a
good atmosphere with a cobbled
courtyard and views of the river.
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Design Bars
Absolut IceBar
Absolut IceBar
London
With an ice decor.
Heddon St W1
+44 (0)20 7478 8910
belowzerolondon.com
U Piccadilly
Albannach
A selection of more
than 200 whiskies.
Trafalgar Sq WC2
+44 (0)20 7930 0066
albannach.co.uk
U/Q Charing Cross
Cocoon
Futuristic bar.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7494 7600
cocoon-restaurants.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Loungelover
Eccentric cocktail bar.
Whitby St E1
+44 (0)20 7012 1234
lestroisgarcons.com
ULiverpool Street
Trailer Happiness
Retro-style bar.
Portobello Rd W11
+44 (0)20 7727 2700
trailerh.com
U Ladbroke Grove
W Lounge
Designed by Laurence
Llewelyn-Bowen.
Greenwich SE10
+44 (0)208 858 2437
wlounge.co.uk
Q Greenwich
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From West End shows to fringe theatre, karaoke
to opera, and clubbing to the BBC Proms,
London offers a great night out to suit all tastes
Entertainment
Arts Centres
Barbican
Arts complex with
venues including the
large Barbican Hall and
intimate Pit Theatre.
Silk St EC2
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
barbican.org.uk
U Barbican
Hackney Empire
This newly restored East
End variety theatre hosts
pantomimes as well as
opera performances.
Mare St E8
+44 (0)20 8985 2424
hackneyempire.co.uk
Q Hackney Central
Barbican
Lyric Hammersmith
See comedy, live music
and children’s theatre in
the classical auditorium
and modern studio.
King St W6
+44 (0)871 22 117 29
lyric.co.uk
U Hammersmith
National Theatre
Three separate theatres
stage classic plays and
avant-garde new work.
Backstage tours on offer.
South Bank SE1
+44 (0)20 7452 3000
nt-online.org
U/Q Waterloo
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Arts Centres 75
West End Theatres 76
Dance & Music 79
Comedy 80
Hoxton Itinerary 81
Nightclubs 81
Gay and Lesbian 82
Sound of Music at
London Palladium
Cambridge
Earlham St WC2
+44 (0)870 890 1102
seetickets.com
U Leicester Square
Dominion
Tottenham Court Rd W1
+44 (0)870 169 0116
dominiontheatre.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
Donmar Warehouse
Earlham St WC2
+44 (0)870 060 6624
donmarwarehouse.com
U Leicester Square
Duchess
Catherine St WC2
+44 (0)870 040 0082
nimaxtheatres.com
U Covent Garden
West End
Theatres
Adelphi
Strand WC2
+44 (0)870 895 5598
seetickets.com
U/Q Charing Cross
Aldwych
Aldwych WC2
+44 (0)20 7379 3367
aldwychtheatre.com
U Holborn
Apollo
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44(0)870 890 1101
seetickets.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Duke of York’s
St Martin’s Lane WC2
+44 (0)870 060 6623
theambassadors.com
U Leicester Square
Garrick
Charing Cross Rd WC2
+44 (0)870 890 1104
seetickets.com
U/Q Charing Cross
Gielgud
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)844 482 5130
delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Her Majesty’s
Haymarket SW1
+44 (0)870 264 3333
seetickets.com
U Piccadilly Circus
London Palladium
Argyll St W1
+44 (0)870 890 1108
seetickets.com
U Oxford Circus
Lyceum
Wellington St WC2
+44 (0)870 243 9000
lyceum-theatre.co.uk
U/Q Charing Cross
Lyric
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)870 040 0082
nimaxtheatres.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Stomp at
Ambassadors Theatre
Ambassadors
Theatre
West St WC2
+44 (0)8448 112 334
theambassadorstheatre.co.uk
U Leicester Square
New London Theatre
Drury Lane WC2
+44 (0)870 890 0141
seetickets.com
U Covent Garden
West End shows
Right now, the West End is full of rags-to-riches tales of ordinary
people who achieve their dreams. Jersey Boys, showing
at the Prince Edward Theatre, charts the rise of singing
sensation Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons; Hairspray at the
Shaftesbury Theatre tells the tale of Tracy Turnblad, who dances
her way from outsider to teen celebrity. In Billy Elliot, showing at
the Victoria Palace Theatre, a miner’s son chooses ballet over
boxing and conquers adversity to realise his ambitions. For modern
dance try Stomp at the Ambassadors Theatre, where dustbin
lids and broomsticks collide to produce an outburst of rhythms.
Go to
visitlondon.com
for up-to-date
theatre listings
Phantom of the Opera
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Noel Coward Theatre
St Martin’s Lane WC2
+44 (0)844 482 5141
delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Novello
Aldwych WC2
+44 (0)844 482 5170
delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Covent Garden
Palace
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)870 895 5579
seetickets.com
U Leicester Square
Hairspray at
Shaftesbury
Piccadilly
Denman St W1
+44 (0)870 060 6630
theambassadors.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Prince Edward
Old Compton St W1
+44 (0)844 482 5151
delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Prince of Wales
Coventry St W1
+44 (0)844 482 5115
delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Queen’s
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)844 482 5160
delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Royal Shakespeare
Company
The RSC performs in
venues across town.
+44 (0)870 609 1110
rsc.org.uk
St Martin’s
West St WC2
+44 (0)870 162 8787
stmartinstheatre.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Ave WC2
+44 (0)870 906 3798
ticketmaster.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
Theatre Royal
Backstage tours
are also available.
Drury Lane WC2
+44 (0)870 890 1109
seetickets.com
U Covent Garden
Grease at
Piccadilly
Wyndham’s
Charing Cross Rd WC2
+44 (0)844 482 5120
delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Off West End
Almeida Theatre
Almeida St N1
+44 (0)20 7359 4404
almeida.co.uk
U Angel
Apollo Victoria
Wilton Rd SW1
+44 (0)20 7834 6318
apollovictoria.co.uk
U/Q Victoria
The Bush Theatre
Shpds Bush Green W12
+44 (0)20 7610 4224
bushtheatre.co.uk
U Shepherd’s Bush
Old Vic
The Cut SE1
+44 (0)870 060 6628
oldvictheatre.com
U/Q Waterloo
Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square SW1
+44 (0)20 7565 5000
royalcourttheatre.com
U Sloane Square
Victoria Palace
Victoria St SW1
+44 (0)870 895 5577
victoriapalacetheatre.co.uk
U/Q Victoria
EASY-TO-BUY TICKETS
Popular shows tend to sell out, so book
tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
You can snap up half-price tickets for some
West End shows on the day of performance
at tkts booths in Leicester Square.
Useful contacts
Group Line +44 (0)20 7580 6793
groupline.com
Keith Prowse
Independent agency with tickets to theatre,
sporting and music events.
+44 (0)870 840 1111
keithprowse.com
See +44 (0)870 264 3333
seetickets.com
Superbreak Mini-Holidays Ltd
City breaks, theatre and
entertainment packages.
+44 (0)870 701 4444
superbreak.com
Theatre Breaks Ltd
Can book hotels, shows and attractions.
+44 (0)1727 834 422
theatrebreaks.com
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Dance & Music
Barbican & London
Symphony Orchestra
This centre is a magnet
for culture vultures.
It showcases art, music,
theatre and dance.
Silk St EC2
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
barbican.org.uk
U Barbican
English National
Ballet
Expect moving recitals
from this classical ballet
company established
in the 1950s.
+44 (0)20 7581 1245
ballet.org.uk
English National
Opera
Britain’s only full time
opera company performs
at the London Coliseum.
St Martin’s Lane WC2
+44 (0)871 911 0200
eno.org
U Leicester Square
Royal Ballet
Royal Albert Hall
This multi-purpose
venue hosts everything
from pop concerts
to lavish banquets.
Kensington Gore SW7
+44 (0)20 7589 8212
royalalberthall.com
U South Kensington
Royal Ballet
This company
performs classical and
contemporary ballet at
the Royal Opera House.
Bow St WC2
+44 (0)20 7304 4000
royalopera.org
U Covent Garden
Royal Festival Hall
A recently refurbished
arts complex on the
banks of the Thames.
Belvedere Rd SE1
+44 (0)871 663 2500
rfh.org.uk
U/Q Waterloo
Royal Opera House
This 18th-century
building began as a
playhouse and now
hosts opera and ballet.
Bow St WC2
+44 (0)20 7304 4000
royaloperahouse.org.uk
U Covent Garden
Roundhouse
Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra
The RPO is renowned
for dynamic recitals
and is mainly based at
the Royal Albert Hall.
Kensington Gore SW7
+44 (0)20 7608 8800
rpo.co.uk
U South Kensington
Roundhouse
This former engine shed
has a strong programme
of arts events, including
music and circus.
Chalk Farm Rd NW1
+44 (0)844 482 8008
roundhouse.org.uk
U Chalk Farm
Sadler’s Wells
A contemporary
dance hub celebrating
styles from tap to
tango and flamenco.
Rosebery Ave EC1
+44 (0)20 7863 8198
sadlerswells.com
U Angel
St Martin-in-
the-Fields
A landmark church
hosting lunchtime
concerts, evening
sessions, jazz nights,
as well as worship.
Trafalgar Square WC2
+44 (0)20 7839 8362
stmartin-in-the-fields.org
U/Q Charing Cross
Southbank Centre
The Southbank Centre is at the heart of the arts
quarter on the South Bank of the Thames, which
stretches from the National Theatre to Tate
Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe. The centre,
which includes the newly renovated Royal Festival
Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward gallery,
recently showed a new stage version of the Wizard
of Oz. Next door lies BFI Southbank, the British
Film Institute’s cultural centre.
Shakespeare’s Globe
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Comedy
Amused Moose
Ricky Gervais and Bill
Bailey have played these
laugh-out-loud club
nights across London.
Call for venue details.
+44 (0)20 7287 3727
amusedmoose.com
Comedy Café
This purpose-built venue
also serves food and has
late live music on Fridays.
Rivington St EC2
+44 (0)20 7739 5706
comedycafe.co.uk
U Old Street
The Comedy Store
The UK’s first full-time
comedy venue is
still going strong.
+44 (0)870 060 2340
thecomedystore.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Jongleurs
Have a drink and a
dance after the jokes
at these top-class
comedy venues.
jongleurs.com
Middle Yard, Camden
Lock, Chalk Farm Rd NW1
+44 (0)870 787 0707
U Camden
Lavender Gardens SW11
+44 (0)870 787 0707
U/Q Clapham Junction
Madame JoJo’s
Cabaret
Jermyn St Theatre
A fringe theatre with a
selection of magic and
mayhem from new talent.
Jermyn St SW1
+44 (0)20 7287 2875
jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Madame JoJo’s
This retro venue is a
destination for music
and burlesque madness.
Brewer St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 3040
madamejojos.com
U Piccadilly Circus
The Medieval
Banquet
Feast and be merry
like a noble knight.
St Katharine Dock E1
+44 (0)20 7480 5353
medievalbanquet.com
U Tower Hill
Casinos
The Casino at
the Empire
Leicester St WC2
+44 (0)20 3014 1000
thecasinolsq.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Rendezvous
Old Park Lane W1
+44 (0)20 7491 8586
rendezvouscasino.com/
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U Hyde Park Corner
Sportsman
Old Quebec St W1
+44 (0)20 7414 0061
thesportsmancasino.com
U Marble Arch
Live Music
Ain’t Nothin But
An intimate blues bar
with cool live music
on until late every night.
The Blues Bar,
Kingly St W1
+44 (0)20 7287 0514
aintnothinbut.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Ronnie Scotts
Bar 606
Jazz haunt with
10 bands a week.
Be sure to book.
Lots Rd SW10
+44 (0)20 7352 5953
606club.co.uk
U Fulham Broadway
Barfly
See the next big thing
first at this music space.
Chalk Farm Rd NW1
+44 (0)844 8472424
barflyclub.com
U Chalk Farm
Jazz Cafe
Distinguished Latin, jazz
and rock musicians play
here. There are late-night
live sessions, too.
Parkway NW1
+44 (0)870 060 3777
jazzcafelive.com
U Camden Town
The O
2
The arena attracts the
hottest rock and pop acts
around, while the indigO
2
music club shows bands
up close and personal.
+44 (0)871 984 0002
theo2.co.uk
U North Greenwich
Ronnie Scott’s
The club founded by the
legendary saxophonist
continues to celebrate
the best in jazz.
Frith St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 0747
ronniescotts.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Road
The 12 Bar Club
Expect four acts a
night from a venue
that champions new
songwriters and bands.
Denmark Place WC2
+44 (0)20 7240 2622
12barclub.com
U Tottenham Court Road
Wembley Arena
Huge international stars
play this thrilling venue
on a regular basis.
Engineers Way HA9
+44 (0)870 060 0870
whatsonwembley.com
U Wembley Park
The Comedy Store
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Nightclubs
Club Aquarium
The only nightclub in the
UK to have an indoor
tropical pool.
Old St EC1
+44 (0)20 7253 3558
clubaquarium.co.uk
U Old Street
Fabric
Fabric London
Superclub with superstar
DJs spinning tunes on a
bass-heavy soundsystem.
Charterhouse St EC1
+44 (0)20 7336 8898
fabriclondon.com
U/Q Farringdon
Lucky Voice Karaoke
Exercise your lungs and
spare your blushes inside
this nine-room private
karaoke club.
Poland St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 3660
luckyvoice.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Road
No 5
A first class members’
club playing soul, R&B
and Latin grooves to
a sophisticated crowd.
Cavendish Sq W1
+44 (0)20 7079 5000
no5ltd.com
U Oxford Circus
Pacha
The London home of the
Ibizan clubbers paradise
attracts world-class DJs
spinning uplifting house.
Terminus Place SW1
+44 (0)8700 600 100
pachalondon.com
U/Q Victoria
Sound London
Dance the night away
or dine in style at this
club, café and bar
across three fun floors.
Leicester Sq WC2
+44 (0)870 863 1010
soundlondon.com
U Leicester Square
Home of cutting-edge art, fashion and
music, the ‘Hoxton Triangle’ is formed by
Old Street, Shoreditch High Street
and Great Eastern Street. Start by
wandering along Curtain Road and
stopping off in one of the many bars.
Once a month, you can join in the
fun with the First Thursdays Initiative
(firstthursdays.co.uk), and visit the
area’s galleries after hours. These late-
night openings are the perfect way to
discover up-and-coming artists.
Head to the Bricklayers Arms
(Charlotte Road) if you want to rub
shoulders with the local crowd over a
pint. Or to the Great Eastern Dining
Room (Great Eastern Street) for
cocktails and superior pan-Asian food.
Move on to Hoxton Square and the
focal point of the area’s artistic legacy
– the White Cube Gallery. Or enjoy
a cocktail at Hoxton Square Bar &
Kitchen (hoxtonsquarebar.com).
Don’t miss the Vietnamese cafés on
Kingsland Road. There are many to
choose from, but super-kitsch Song
Que is always a good choice.
And if you fancy some live music,
head to Cargo (cargo-london.com).
Alternatively, dance the night away
at club 333 (333mother.com).
ITINERARY
Hoxton
Discover trendy bars and hip
ggalleries at your own pace
ENTERTAINMENT
Food &
Music
Bateaux London
Enjoy jazz with your
dinner, and a disco for
dessert as you cruise
down the Thames.
Embankment Pier,
Victoria Embankment
WC2
+44 (0)20 7925 2215
bateauxlondon.com
U Embankment
Dover Street
Restaurant & Bar
Fine French cuisine
accompanied by jazz
and blues music or
Latin and soul.
Dover St W1
+44 (0)20 7491 7509
doverst.co.uk
U Green Park
On Anon
A multi-room party venue
with DJs, bar food and
a long cocktail list.
London Pavillion,
Piccadilly Circus W1
+44 (0)20 7287 8008
onanon.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Gay &
Lesbian
Balans
A cosmopolitan clientle
watch the world go by at
this pavement café in the
heart of vibrant Soho.
Old Compton St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 2183
balans.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
G-A-Y @ ASTORIA
Legendary gay night.
Advance tickets available
from nearby G-A-Y bar
on Old Compton Street.
Charing Cross Rd WC2
+44 (0)20 7434 9592
U Leicester Square/
Tottenham Court Road
Shadow Lounge
Classy late-night cocktail
lounge for those who like
to party the night away.
Brewer St W1
+44 (0)20 7287 7988
theshadowlounge.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Soho Revue Bar
This glamorous late-
night venue caters to a
wide variety of tastes.
Brewer St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 0377
sohorevuebar.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Village
A trendy international
crowd frequent this bar,
café and boudoir.
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7434 2124
village-soho.co.uk
U Oxford Circus/
Tottenham Court Road
The Pigalle Club
Experience the 1940s
in this post-war supper
club, with entertainment
from a house band.
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)845 345 6053
vpmg.net
U Piccadilly Circus
Quaglino’s
A modern European
restaurant with singers
and DJs until late.
Bury St SW1
+44 (0)20 7930 6767
quaglinos.co.uk
U Green Park
Volupté
A wink and a cocktail
are on the menu at this
Burlesque theme venue.
Norwich Street EC4
+44 (0)20 7831 1622
volupte-lounge.com
U Chancery Lane
RS Hispaniola
Classic Mediterranean
dishes are served with a
side of live piano music.
Bury St SW1
+44 (0)20 7839 3011
hispaniola.co.uk
U Embankment
Cinemas
From action to arthouse,
there’s something for
everyone at London’s
cinemas. The BFI
Southbank runs
seasons that focus
on a particular director or genre,
while nearby the BFI Imax shows 2D
and 3D films on its 20-metre screen
– which is almost as high as five
double-decker buses! The Curzon
Mayfair puts on independent and
foreign language flicks, while the
Electric Cinema in Portobello
Road offers a mixed programme
and luxurious leather seating.
IN THE KNOW
“Everyone in London
goes to the theatre
on a Saturday
because they have
to – but you’re on
holiday, so go on
another night. And
don’t forget to shop
around – you can
get better seats,
for less!”
Simon Harding,
Theatre Breaks Ltd
Les Misérables
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offering unsurpassed value
in stylish surroundings.
each restaurant showcases a different
Indian folk art or craft form.
9 marshall street, soho, w1
48 floral street, covent garden, wc2
147 earls court road, earls court, sw5
80 upper street, islington, n1
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‘One of the seven
wonders of London’
Time Out 2008
On our three stages you can see great
classics, exciting new plays, bold
experiments and outstanding actors.
Provocative, invigorating work is matched
by a vibrant programme of music, events
and lots to do inside the building.
£10 Travelex Tickets
Riverside bars & restaurants
Backstage tours
Free music
Watch This Space festival
Free exhibitions
Theatre bookshop
Platforms
020 7452 3000
nationaltheatre.org.uk
Waterloo, Southwark, Embankment
Waterloo, Waterloo East, Charing Cross
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wonder at how boat
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! Discover the forgotten
trade in natural ice in a
charming former ice
warehouse
! Learn about the horses
Discover London’s
colourful canal story
Fully accessible to disabled
visitors.Tube: King’s Cross
Open Tuesdays to Sundays +
bank holiday Mondays. 1000-
1630, (1930 1st Thu of month)
Tel: 020 7713 0836
www.canalmuseum.org.uk
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from roller-skiing to theatre shows and specialist
museums, there’s always something fun to discover
Families
Vicky, Ashley & Michael, Halifax
“London’s great
for families, we’ve
been to all
of the sights!”
So much
to see...
London offers so many
great things to see and
do that it can be difficult
deciding where to begin.
A good starting point is
a specialist tour company,
like The Original London
Sightseeing Tour, which
has Magical History tours
on open-topped buses
just for children, including
special activity packs and
a Passport to London.
RIB Voyages’ boats
travel along the river
towards Canary Wharf,
and have a fun Pirates
of the Thames tour
especially for children.
Special events at
the London Aquarium
range from storytelling
to film screenings and
educational activities.
Just outside the Aquarium,
capsules on the popular
London Eye can be
booked for parties.
Covent Garden is
home to an annual Kids
Week (held in August),
just for children, including
Pollocks Toy Museum
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Outdoors 87
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Taking kids shopping can
be a chore – but don’t be
surprised if you find your
young ones dragging
you around Hamleys,
one of the world’s largest
toy stores, spread over
seven floors on Regent
Street. There’s a Disney
Store on nearby Oxford
Street and over in Covent
Garden, Benjamin
Pollock’s Toyshop is
a treasure trove of old-
fashioned games.
Big department
stores, including
Harrods, Selfridges
and John Lewis,
have excellent toy
departments and sell
clothes, from high-end
brands to rough-and-
ready play gear. If you’re
looking for something
a little different, the
markets at Greenwich,
Camden Lock and
Spitalfields have
wonderful crafts stalls,
selling handmade toys.
Then treat yourselves
to a ¼lb of white mice or
toffees – head to Mrs
Kibble’s Olde Sweet
Shoppe in Soho or
Hope & Greenwood
in Covent Garden.
The Original London Sightseeing
Tour theoriginaltour.com London RIB
Voyages londonribvoyages.com London Aquarium
londonaquarium.co.uk London Eye londoneye.com
V & A Museum of Childhood vam.ac.uk
Pollock’s Toy Museum pollockstoymuseum.com
Science Museum sciencemuseum.org.uk
Natural History Museum nhm.ac.uk Victoria and
Albert Museum vam.ac.uk
Hamleys hamleys.com Disney Store disneystore-
shopping.disney.co.uk Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop
pollocks-coventgarden.co.uk Harrods harrods.com
Selfridges selfridges.com John Lewis johnlewis.com
Greenwich Market greenwichmarket.net Camden
Lock Market camdenlockmarket.com Spitalfields
Market visitspitalfields.com Mrs Kibble’s Olde Sweet
Shoppe; 57 Brewer St, W1 Hope & Greenwood
hopeandgreenwood.co.uk
including live theatre
performances, street
entertainers and music.
Over in the East
End, the V&A Museum
of Childhood is a
specialist exhibition
space dedicated to toys
and childhood activities
dating from the 17
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century to the present
day. Pollock’s Toy
Museum has a huge
collection of puppets
and puppet theatres, and
stages regular shows.
Both the Science
and Natural History
museums have plenty
of interactive exhibits
and gizmos kids will love.
The former is home
to the Launchpad, a
collection of more than
50 hands-on displays
exploring themes like
light, force and sound.
For a more sedate
experience, the Victoria
and Albert Museum has
Family Trails and Activity
Carts, with things to do in
different galleries.
Toys galore...
IN THE KNOW
“Bringyourkidsto
seeourNuremberg
Dolls’ House–it’s
theonlyoneoutside
Germany. Anexample
of 17th-century
architecture, itwas
usedtoteachgirls
howtokeephouse.”
Catherine Howell,
V&A Museum
of Childhood
Hamleys
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Spread out by the river,
the Southbank Centre
stages family-oriented
concerts by the London
Philharmonic Orchestra,
as well as productions in
the Royal Festival Hall.
The Small Scale Opera
& Ballet programme
at the Royal Opera
House includes shows
and classes for kids.
Similarly, the Royal
Shakespeare Company
has plays, workshops
and storytelling at the
Courtyard Theatre, while
the Barbican Centre
hosts Children’s Classic
Concerts and other
family events, including
an annual film festival.
The Hammersmith
Apollo stages spectacular
productions, including
the likes of High School
Musical and Disney
Playhouse. Nearby, the
Lyric Theatre has a great
spring/summer series.
Specialising in
children’s shows, don’t
miss the Polka Theatre
in Wimbledon, or
Greenwich Theatre’s
new festival at Easter.
Finally, there’s the Get
Into London Theatre
programme, through
January and February,
offering cheap family
tickets for top West End
shows – it’s the perfect
way to introduce your
kids to Theatreland.
The city’s green spaces
offer activities for all.
Children can make
friends with the wildlife
at London Zoo, with
its new state-of-the-
art Gorilla Kingdom, or
Battersea Park Zoo.
Near Hammersmith,
the London Wetland
Centre is a haven for
rare birds, with special
school holiday events.
As well as having
acres of playing space,
the city’s Royal Parks
organise lots of fun stuff.
In Kensington Gardens,
the summer months
see circus entertainers
and magic shows in
the Princess Diana
Memorial Playground,
while children can
make a bee hotel at the
Tempting Tiny Critters
event in Regent’s Park.
From country fairs on
Clapham Common to
fireworks at Alexandra
Palace, London’s parks
are a hive of activity.
Sporty kids can also ride
horses at Wimbledon
Village Stables, roller-
ski in Hyde Park or
take a tour of Lord’s
Cricket Ground.
Go to
kidslovelondon.
com for more
things to do in
the capital
Southbank Centre southbankcentre.co.uk
Royal Opera House royaloperahouse.org
Royal Shakespeare Company rsc.org.uk
Barbican Centre barbican.org.uk Hammersmith
Apollo hammersmithapollo.net Lyric Theatre
lyric.co.uk Polka Theatre polkatheatre.com Greenwich
Theatre greenwichtheatre.org.uk Get Into
London Theatre getintolondontheatre.co.uk
London Zoo zsl.org
Battersea Park Zoo batterseaparkzoo.co.uk
The London Wetland Centre wwt.org.uk
The Royal Parks London royalparks.org.uk
Clapham Common claphamcommon.org
Alexandra Palace alexandrapalace.com
Wimbledon Village Stables wvstables.com
Lord’s Cricket Ground lords.org
Entertain me...
Outdoor antics...
London Wetland Centre
Kensington Gardens
Lyric Theatre
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Yum…
Look out for Giraffe
restaurants offering
homely takes on global
dishes, from Thai curries
to mezze platters; they
pay special attention
to young diners.
For organic favourites,
like bangers and mash,
The Rainforest Café is
a must, with its exotic
vines and waterfalls. And
you can’t go wrong with
fish ’n’ chips at Fish!, near
Borough Market.
Along the river, swish
Gallic favourite Le Pont
de la Tour overlooks
Tower Bridge and has a
seasonal three-course
children’s menu.
The Garden Café sits
prettily in Regent’s Park
and boasts a special kids’
menu, while Browns,
in Covent Garden and
Islington, serves classic
meaty flavours on its
child-friendly list.
Jazzy cocktail bar by
night, Smollensky’s on
the Strand is a family
restaurant during the
daytime, with a Punch
& Judy show, clowns and
a playroom. And most
pubs allow kids until 6pm,
though special mention
goes to the Nag’s Head,
around the corner from
Harrods and straight out
of Dickens.
Giraffe giraffe.net;The Rainforest Café
therainforestcafe.co.uk Fish! fishdiner.co.uk Le Pont de
la Tour danddlondon.com Smollensky’s on the Strand
smollenskys.comThe Garden Café thegardencafe.co.uk
Browns Bar & Brasserie browns-restaurants.com
Nag’s Head 53 Kinnerton Street, SW1 Morelli’s
Gelato 87–135 Brompton Road, SW1 La Bottega
del Gelato 127 Bayswater Road, W2
Save money with the
Kids Eat Free Card,
which only costs
£10 and can help
you save money at a
variety of restaurants
across London. Go to
kidseatfreecard.com
to find out more
Nik, shop assistant, Hope & Greenwood
“Go off the beaten
track – get on a bus
and see where it
takes you”
Save money with t
But wherever you
decide to eat, make sure
you leave room for ice
cream. Morelli’s Gelato,
in Harrods Food Hall, is
worth queueing up for,
or head to La Bottega
del Gelato and enjoy
an ice-cream cone in
nearby Hyde Park.
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Prepare to be amazed – not just by the science, nature and amazing
sights at these attractions, but by the discounts you can get there, too
Super savings
FREE
ENTRY
for one child at the
Peter Harrison
Planetarium
Royal Observatory
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich,
London SE10 9NL
for every full fare
adult at the
London
Aquarium
Relax, unwind and delve into
the depths of the exciting and
diverse underwater world at the
London Aquarium
£3 off per person for
up to 5 people!
Ripley’s
Believe It
or Not!
Located in the heart of Piccadilly
Circus, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Museum offers visitors the ultimate
insight into the world of the odd
and bizarre. Five floors of the weird,
wacky and wonderful!
ONE
FREE
CHILD
TICKET
UP TO
£15
OFF
Image: National Maritime Museum, London
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Holiday (31 August),
Christmas Day & Boxing
Day (25 & 26 December).
Visas
Citizens of Australia,
Canada, New Zealand,
South Africa and the
USA are given, at their
point of arrival, ‘leave
to enter’ the UK for up
to six months. However,
if you’re a citizen of the
EU, you don’t need
a visa to enter the
country. Visa regulations
are always subject to
change, so please check
with the local embassy
or at ukvisas.gov.uk
Tipping
If you’ve received good
service, whether in a
restaurant, café or hotel,
it is quite normal to leave
a tip of around 10 per
cent of the total bill. Taxi
drivers also expect tips
of around 10 per cent.
Communications
The minimum amount
for a call at a public
payphone is 40p.
Post and email
Stamps can be bought
at post offices or
newsagents. Postcards
to Europe and the rest
of the world cost 56p.
Many hotels have
internet access and
there are internet cafés
throughout the city.
From money to travel, shop opening hours to public
holidays, all the info you need about London is
here to make sure your visit runs smoothly
Money
The unit of currency
in Britain is the pound
sterling (£), and all
London areas are served
by cash machines, which
accept Visa, MasterCard,
Cirrus and Maestro
cards. If you are bringing
travellers’ cheques, these
can be exchanged at
banks, bureau de change
booths, hotels and
post offices.
Thomas Cook is
Visit London’s official
foreign exchange
partner. You can
change travellers’
cheques or foreign
currency at any of its
offices around London.
See page 58 for details.
TTT Foreign Exchange
Corporation and Thomas
Trip Planner
Exchange Global also
have several branches
in the centre.
Global Refund’s
currency-conversion
system, First Currency
Choice, is a credit-card
payment system that
allows international
customers to make
payments in their own
currency at the point of
sale, and it is available
in selected shops and
hotels. UK Tax Free
Refund and Premier Tax
Free are both useful
services that help
shoppers claim back
VAT on purchases. For
further information
see globalrefund.com,
premiertaxfree.com or
uk.eurorefund.com
Opening Hours
Shops are generally
open Mondays to
Saturdays, from 10am
to 6pm, though some
central stores stay open
till 7pm – and later still
on Thursdays. On
Sundays many shops
open from midday to
4pm. Visitor attractions
and museums typically
open daily from 10am
to 6pm, although most
close for a couple of
days during the
Christmas holidays.
Public Holidays 2009
New Year (1 January),
Good Friday & Easter
Monday (10 & 13 April),
May Day Holiday (4 May),
Spring Bank Holiday
(25 May), Summer Bank
Mike, cycle ambulance driver
“Favourite spots
are South Bank and
Trafalgar Square”
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Festivals 96
Getting Around 98
Accommodation 102
FREE ENTRY
for one child at the
Peter Harrison
Planetarium
ONE FREE
CHILD TICKET
for every full
fare adult at the
London Aquarium
UP TO £15 OFF
£3 off per person for
up to 5 people!
Ripley’s Believe
It or Not!
The wonders of the skies above and the oceans
below – and some frankly incredible things in
between – are all yours, at some very special prices
Just amazing
For details
of all
attractions see
visitlondon.com
Terms and conditions
Voucher entitles one child to free entry when accompanied by a full paying adult. 1.
This offer is limited to two vouchers per group. 2.
Free entry applies to children up to the age of 16. 3.
Offer ends 31 December 2009. 4.
Voucher cannot be used for pre-booked tickets and must be exchanged for a timed entry 5.
ticket at the planetarium ticket desk on arrival.
Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer such as group bookings 6.
or family tickets.
All tickets, including weekends and school holidays, are subject to availability. 7.
Age restrictions apply to some planetarium shows. Please check the website for further 8.
information about shows, age restrictions and timings – nmm.ac.uk/planetarium.
Voucher is non-transferable, cannot be resold and no cash alternative will be offered. 9.
Photocopies are not accepted. 10.
The Peter Harrison Planetarium reserves the right to refuse entry. 11.
Terms and conditions
This offer entitles only one FREE CHILD per voucher per full paying adult. If the holder of the 1.
voucher buys a fully priced adult ticket to The London Aquarium (“Attraction”), then s/he may
take with him/her a child who will enter the Attraction free of charge.
The definition of an Adult at the Attraction is anyone aged 15 and over. 2.
The definition of a Child at the Attraction is anyone aged between 3 and 14 years. 3.
A Child aged under 3 years receives automatic free entry at the Attraction. 4.
The offer is valid until 31.10.09 excluding 25.12.08. Dates subject to change – please check 5.
opening dates and times before your visit at www.londonaquarium.co.uk.
The voucher can only be used as stipulated and it cannot be exchanged for cash or used in any 6.
other way. Sale of the voucher for profit is prohibited and admission prices are subject to change.
The voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, ticket or advance booking.
The voucher must be presented upon entrance to the Attraction and surrendered to the ticket 7.
booth operator. Photocopies will not be accepted.
Only one voucher per person and per transaction. 8.
Attraction reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to refuse entry and to close and/or 9.
alter all or any part of the facilities including closure of rides and/or attractions and removal of
figures for technical, operational, health and safety or other reasons including over capacity.
For further queries on the offer terms please call 020 7967 8000. 10.
For Attraction information please visit www.londonaquarium.co.uk.
This voucher is brought to you by London Aquarium in association with Visit London. 11.
Terms and conditions
£3 off per person for a maximum of 5 people. 1.
Please present this voucher at the box office to receive your discount. 2.
This voucher entitles one full-paying person £3 off the admission price for up to a maximum 3.
of 5 people.
This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any offer. 4.
Cannot be used for discount on the mirror maze. 5.
The management reserve the right to refuse entry and to alter and/or close all or any part 6.
of the attraction.
Exchange or sale of this voucher for profit is prohibited. The management reserve the right 7.
to change the offer without prior notice.
Offer expires 31st December 2009. 8.
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Ambassadors on the
streets of London.
They can be identified
by a badge on their
uniform, and are happy
to help with free visitor
information and advice.
Health
Pharmacists can
dispense certain drugs
over the counter – Boots
is the biggest chain. Most
are open standard hours,
but each neighbourhood
has a duty chemist that
opens on Sundays. You
can also turn up at the
Accident and Emergency
department of hospitals.
For information on
health problems, go to
nhsdirect.com or call on
+44 (0)845 4647
Travellers with
Accessibility Needs
Thanks to the Disability
Discrimination Act of
1995, all new tourist
attractions and hotels
now make full provision
for wheelchair users,
and access to other
public places has also
greatly improved.
Most TfL buses offer
easy access for all
passengers, including
wheelchair users.
For maps showing
step-free routes around
the city, and information
on Black Cabs and
which Tube stations
are acccessible, go to
visitlondon.com/accessible
Left Luggage
It is possible to store
luggage at London’s
main railway stations.
Bags may be inspected
for security reasons.
Lost Property
Lost property should be
reported to the police.
If you have left an item
in a Black Cab, call the
Taxi Lost Property Office
on +44 (0)20 7918
2000. For property left on
buses or trains, contact
London Transport Lost
Property, +44 (0)845
330 9882. You can also
contact the station where
you left it, or the bus
depot at the end of the
bus route. Smoking
Smoking is banned in all
enclosed public places.
This includes restaurants,
bars and clubs.
Toilets
Public toilets are provided
at coach and rail stations.
Most charge 20p, and
there are facilities for
people with disabilities
and for those with
babies. Public toilets,
or superloos, are also
available around London.
Age restrictions
You must be 18 years
old to buy alcohol. Some
bars and clubs admit
over-21s only.
Great Visitor Information
Find all you need to know at visitlondon.com
the official one-stop shop to London. You can
also visit the Britain & London Visitor Centre,
1 Regent Street W1, open seven days a week
or email visitorinfo@visitlondon.com. For the
inside guide to London, check out London TV,
available in hotels, cabs, planes and trains and
via visitlondon.com or call 0870 1 566 366
for visitor information and hotel booking.
Discount Cards
The London Pass gives
free entry to many of
London’s top attractions
– and you can jump
the queue. Prices start
from £12 a day. See
londonpass.com for details.
Emergencies
As in all major cities,
you should be aware of
personal safety. To avoid
being a victim of pick-
pocketing, keep your bags
closed and never leave
bags unattended. You
can phone emergency
services on 999 or 112
following more serious
incidents.
Maps
Collins offer a
comprehensive range
of handy city maps to
help you navigate around
the capital. collins.co.uk
Morris Visitor Publications
Are you hip and happening? If not,
let us help you. Pick up copies of IN
London, Where London and London
Planner for features on the capital’s
arts, dining, shopping, entertainment
and attractions. With a selection of city
maps, our experts will point the way.
morrisvisitorpublications.com
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February
Chinese New Year
Celebrations*
Soho W1
chinatownchinese.co.uk
London Fashion Weekend
London Fashion
Weekend*
Duke of York’s HQ SW3
londonfashionweekend.co.uk
March
The Homebuyer
Show
6-8 March
ExCeL London E16
excel-london.co.uk
St Patrick’s Day
Parade & Festival
17 Mar
Various venues in London
londonstpatricksday.org.uk
Ideal Home Show
20 Mar-13 Apr
Earls Court SW5
idealhomeshow.co.uk
University Boat Race
Head of the
River Race
21 Mar
The Thames, Mortlake
to Putney
horr.co.uk
The Vitality Show
26-29 Mar
Earls Court SW5
thevitalityshow.co.uk
Oxford & Cambridge
University Boat Race
29 Mar
River Thames, Putney
to Mortlake
theboatrace.org
April
London Golf Show
17-19 Apr
ExCeL London E16
londongolfshow.com
St George’s
Day Events
23 Apr
Various venues in London
Flora London
Marathon
26 Apr
From Greenwich SE10
to The Mall SW1
london-marathon.co.uk
May
Seni – The Combat
Sports Show
1-3 May
ExCeL London E16
excel-london.co.uk
Chelsea Flower
Show
19-23 May
Royal Hospital SW3
rhs.org.uk
June
Royal Ascot*
Ascot Racecourse SL5
royalascot.co.uk
The London
International
Music Show
11-14 June
ExCeL London E16
excel-london.co.uk
Taste of London*
Regent’s Park NW1
Trooping the Colour*
Horse Guards Parade
SW1
royal.gov.uk
What’s on 2009
January
New Year’s Day
Parade
1 Jan
From Parliament Sq SW1
londonparade.co.uk
London Boat Show
9-18 Jan
ExCeL London E16
londonboatshow.com
London Art Fair
14-18 Jan
Business Design
Centre N1
londonartfair.co.uk
Charles I
Commemoration
27 Jan
Banqueting House SW1
+44 (0)1430 430 695
MCN London
Motorcycle Show
29 Jan-1 Feb
ExCeL London E16
londonmotorcycleshow.co.uk
For details of
all Offi cial Royal
Ceremonies, see
visitlondon.com
There are exciting events all year round in London, so
keep this calendar handy to help plan your visit
Chinese New Year
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Grand Designs Live*
ExCeL London E16
granddesignslive.com
Royal Academy
of Arts Summer
Exhibition*
June/July/Aug
Royal Academy of Arts
W1
royalacademy.org.uk
Wimbledon
Lawn Tennis
Championships*
All England Lawn Tennis
and Croquet Club SW19
wimbledon.org
July
Buckingham Palace
Summer Opening*
Aug/Sept
Buckingham Palace SW1
royal.gov.uk
Hampton Court
Palace Flower Show*
Hampton Ct Palace KT8
rhs.org.uk
The Proms*
Royal Albert Hall SW7
bbc.co.uk/proms
British International
Motor Show
ExCeL London E16
britishmotorshow.co.uk
August
London Triathlon*
thelondontriathlon.com
September
Great River Race*
Along River Thames,
from Ham TW10
to Greenwich SE10
greatriverrace.co.uk
London Fashion
Weekend*
Duke of York’s HQ SW3
londonfashionweekend.co.uk
Tour of Britain
tourofbritain.co.uk
Open House London
Various venues in London
londonopenhouse.org
October
Black History Month
Various venues in London
black-history-month.co.uk
World Artistic
Gymnastics
Championships*
The O
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theo2.co.uk
Frieze Art Fair
Regent’s Park NW1
friezeartfair.com
Metro Ski &
Snowboard Show
21-25 Oct
Olympia W14
metrosnow.co.uk
Trafalgar Day
Parade*
Trafalgar Sq WC2
London Bierfest
London Bierfest*
Old Billingsgate EC3
londonbierfest.com
Turner Prize
Exhibition*
Tate Britain SW1
tate.org.uk
November
Lord Mayor’s Show
& Fireworks Display*
City of London,
River Thames
lordmayorsshow.org
Festival of
Remembrance*
Royal Albert Hall SW7
The London BBC
Good Food Show*
Olympia W14
londonbbcgoodfoodshow.com
Remembrance Day
Service & Parade*
Cenotaph SW1
December
The BlackRock
Masters Tennis*
Royal Albert Hall SW7
theblackrockmasters.com
Christmas Tree
Until first week Jan 2009
Trafalgar Sq WC2
Bankside Frost Fair*
Riverside Bankside SE1
visitsouthwark.com
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec
Various venues in London
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The London
International Festival
of Theatre
June
Arts festival with talks,
screenings and events
that engage with social
and cultural issues.
liftfest.org.uk
Mela Festival
June
Brick Lane, London’s
Bangladeshi quarter,
hosts theatre, face
painting, music and
craft stalls.
melafestival.com
U Aldgate East/Liverpool Street
Meltdown
June
Every summer a music
legend chooses acts
for this festival at the
Southbank Centre.
southbankcentre.co.uk/
meltdown
U Waterloo
Pride London
Pride London
July
Celebration of all
things gay and lesbian,
with a parade ending
in Trafalgar Square, plus
other entertainment.
pridelondon.org
Rise
July
Free day of reggae, indie,
hip hop, pop and jazz,
plus a poetry slam.
risefestival.org
U Finsbury Park
Summer Swing
July
Party in the park with
open-air concerts at
Kew Gardens.
kew.org/summerswing
U Kew Gardens
Notting Hill Carnival
August
A free celebration of
West Indian culture,
with colourful floats,
costumes and food.
rbkc.gov.uk/nottinghill
Brick Lane Festival
September
Colourful street festival
with a multicultural mix
of music, food, history
and culture.
visitbricklane.com
U Aldgate East/Liverpool Street
London Design
Festival
September
Stalls, debates and talks
showcasing the country’s
new design talent.
londondesignfestival.com
The Mayor’s
Thames Festival
September
Free party offering
theatre, circus, music
and a fireworks display
by the river.
thamesfestival.org
Open House London
September
More than 600 buildings
throw open their doors
to the public.
londonopenhouse.org
The Regent Street
Festival
September
A themed day of music,
dancing, street theatre
and food stalls with a
carnival atmosphere.
regentstreetonline.com
The BFI London
Film Festival
October/November
Showcases the best new
films from around the
world, including
experimental screenings
and archive treats.
bfi.org.uk
U Waterloo
The Festival
of Youth Arts
May
Showcase for talented
young people, with
dance, photography, film,
spoken word and music.
festivalofyoutharts.co.uk
City of London
Festival
June/July/August
A feast of music and arts
in the City’s buildings
and open spaces.
colf.org
City Showcase
June
Free creative industry
event, showcasing the
capital’s musicians,
performers, designers,
artists, directors and
games developers.
cityshowcase.co.uk
Greenwich
and Docklands
International Festival
June
Free festival with street
theatre, dancing and
painting events.
festival.org
Hampton Court
Palace Festival
June
Pop and opera legends
play in the courtyard
of this regal 17th-
century setting.
hamptoncourtfestival.com
U Hampton Court Station
Festivals
Major music festivals, arts shows,
street parades and carnivals are
some of this year’s don’t-miss events
Notting Hill Carnival
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Heathrow
Airport
+44 (0)870 000 0123
baa.com
To London by
Rail/Tube
The Piccadilly line
connects all five
Terminals with Central
London. Fares from £4
single (from £2 with an
Oyster card); journey
time about an hour.
tfl.gov.uk/tube
The Heathrow Express
operates four non-stop
trains each hour to and
from London Paddington
station. Fares from
£14.50 single; journey
time 15-20 mins. There
are three Heathrow
stations: Central for
Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and
Terminal 4 (change at
Central for shuttle), and
Terminal 5. Transport for
London (TfL) Travelcards
and Oyster cards are not
valid on this service.
heathrowexpress.com
Heathrow Connect
runs between Heathrow
and Paddington via five
stations in West London.
Fares from £6.90 single.
Trains run every 30 mins;
journey time 25 mins.
heathrowconnect.com
To London by Coach
National Express runs
three services every hour
to Victoria Coach Station.
Fares from £4 single;
journey time 40 mins.
nationalexpress.com
National Express
Dot2Dot runs a 24-hour
door to door service
between central London
and Heathrow airport.
Prices start from £17.50.
dot2.com
To London by Bus
There are no direct bus
services from Central
London by day. However,
Night Bus N9 goes to
Aldwych via Trafalgar
Square and High Street
Kensington. Bus services
run every 30 mins; fare
£2 single; journey time
1 hour 5 mins.
tfl.gov.uk/buses
London
City Airport
+44 (0)20 7646 0088
londoncityairport.com
Docklands Light
Railway connects the
airport to the city. Fares
from £1.50; journey time
22 mins to Bank station.
London
Luton Airport
+44 (0)1582 405 100
london-luton.co.uk
Luton Airport
Parkway station is near
the airport, and a regular
shuttle bus service
connects them. Fare £1.
To London by Rail
First Capital Connect
operates up to eight
trains an hour to St
Pancras International,
Farringdon, London
City Thameslink and
Blackfriars stations.
Fares from £11
single; journey time
from 35 mins.
firstcapitalconnect.co.uk
East Midlands Trains
Operates a regular rail
service to St Pancras
International. Fares from
£11 single; journey
time from 23 mins.
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Getting here
Gatwick
Airport
+44 (0)870 000 2468
baa.com
To London by Rail
Gatwick Express
runs four trains an hour
to London Victoria
station. Fares from
£16.90 single; journey
time 30 mins.
As with all airport
transport services,
check the website
for departure times.
gatwickexpress.com
Southern operates
three trains hourly
to Victoria station.
Fares from £10.90
single; journey time
around 40 mins.
southernrailway.com
First Capital Connect
runs up to four trains
an hour to Blackfriars/
London Bridge. Fares
from £8.90 single;
journey time 35 mins.
firstcapitalconnect.co.uk
To London by Coach
There is an hourly coach
service to Victoria Coach
Station run by National
Express Airport. Fares
from £6.60 single; time
1 hour 20 mins.
nationalexpress.com
Green London The most
environmentally friendly way to travel
around the city is on foot or by bike.
It’s also a good idea to offset the
carbon emissions created by a flight
here. For more ideas on travelling
green, go to visitlondon.com/green
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Getting around
To London by Bus
Green Line operates
three coaches an hour
to Baker Street, Marble
Arch and Victoria.
Fares from £11 single;
journey time 75 mins.
greenline.co.uk
easyBus runs an hourly
service to Baker Street
(1 hour) and Victoria
(1 hour 35 mins).
Fares from £2 single.
easybus.co.uk
London
Stansted
Airport
+44 (0)870 000 0303
baa.com
To London by Rail
Stansted Express
operates up to four trains
an hour to Liverpool
Street station. Fares from
£14.50 single; journey
time from 45 mins.
stanstedexpress.com
Arriving by Eurostar
+44 (0)870 518 6186
eurostar.com; stpancras.com
There are frequent services from Paris and
Brussels to London daily. The Paris journey
takes 2 hours 15 mins; Brussels is 1 hour 50
mins away. The trains arrive at St Pancras station,
bringing travellers straight into the national rail
network at King’s Cross and the TfL bus and
Underground systems.
To London by Coach
National Express runs
three separate coach
services into London.
nationalexpress.com
Terravision Express
Shuttle operates two
coaches per hour to
Victoria Coach Station
and Liverpool Street
station in central London,
with good onward travel
connections. Fares from
£8 single; journey time
around 75 mins.
terravision.eu
Airlines
Virgin Atlantic Airways
links London with major
cities in the USA and
across the world.
virginatlantic.com
British Airways carries
passengers between
175 domestic and
international destinations.
ba.com
bmi, the UK’s second
largest airline, operates
from Heathrow and
offers low-cost domestic
and European flights. It
also flies to international
destinations.
flybmi.com
Travel Information
The Transport for
London (TfL) website
tfl.gov.uk provides
information on all modes
of London transport. For
24-hour travel info call
+44 (0)20 7222 1234.
TfL also has a network
of Travel Information
Centres located
in stations throughout
the city.
Tickets and information
are also available at
the Britain & London
Visitor Centre at
1 Regent Street, near
Piccadilly Circus.
Journey Planner is
a useful website that
tells you the best routes
to and from specific
locations, by rail, Tube,
bus or on foot, and it’s
available in 19 languages.
tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner
For further information
on London’s attractions,
and to plan your own
itineraries online, go to
visitlondon.com/explorer
Underground
There are 11 colour-
coded Underground,
or “Tube” lines. Most
operate from 5am to
12.30am Mon-Sat, and
from 7.30am to 11.30pm
on Sundays. It’s cheaper
to avoid the rush hour
and travel after 9.30am.
The network is divided
into six zones – zone 1
is the central area.
Buses
Some routes are
especially good for
sightseeing, such as
routes 8 and 11, and
services 9 and 15 use
heritage Routemasters
(old-fashioned double-
deckers) during the
day. Most bus services
operate from 5am to
12.30am daily, with
many routes now
operating 24-hour
services. Tickets must
be purchased before
boarding a bus in
Zone 1 and are
available from ticket
machines at bus stops.
Docklands Light
Railway
The DLR connects
the City and the
Underground network
with Docklands. It’s also
a useful link to Maritime
Greenwich. Services
operate from 5.30am
to 12.30am and tickets
must be purchased
before boarding a train.
To book train
tickets before
leaving home,
go to
britrail.com
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Taxis
London’s famous Black
Cabs offer a safe,
reliable, door-to-door
service. Taxis can be
hailed on the street
when the yellow light
is on, or at designated
taxi ranks. Fares are
regulated, and all
drivers and vehicles are
licensed by the Public
Carriage Office.
Minicabs
Private hire companies
or ‘minicabs’ cannot be
hailed on the street;
they must be booked by
telephone or in person at
the operator’s base. To
check if an operator is
licensed, call +44 (0)20
7222 1234 or go to
tfl.gov.uk/pco – do not
get into a vehicle that
is not licensed, or if the
driver approaches you in
the street. Text HOME
to 60835 to get the
phone numbers of three
local, licensed minicab
companies sent to your
mobile phone.
Cycling
For information on
cycling in London, see
tfl.gov.uk/cycles
Congestion Charge
If you are driving in
central London between
7am and 6pm Mon-Fri
(except public holidays),
you need to pay the
Congestion Charge.
The charge is £8 per
day, which must be
paid in advance or on
the day of travel. If you
pay by midnight the next
day, the charge is £10.
Payment can be made at
cclondon.com, by calling
+44 (0)845 900 1234
or by sending an SMS
from a mobile phone
to 81099.
Walking London
The best way to get the feel of a city
is by walking its streets. So why not
get out of your taxi, or off the Tube,
and discover something new about
London? Most major landmarks are
within easy reach of each other, and
there are plenty of lesser-known
gems for you to explore on the way.
Tickets to travel
Single fares are available for any journey, although
it is better value to purchase a Travelcard if
you know you will be making several journeys.
Travelcards can be used on the Tube, buses, DLR,
trams and National Rail, and also offer a one-third
discount on River travel. They are available for one,
three or seven days, and there are peak or off-peak
versions available for one and three days.
For cheaper fares on single journeys, pick up
an Oyster Card – London’s travel smartcard.
As well as being able to use them as weekly or
monthly Travelcards, or bus pass season tickets,
you can put up to £90 of credit on your card, which
can then be used to “pay as you go”. Credit can
be used as you need it and doesn’t expire. Daily
price capping calculates the cheapest fare for the
journeys you make in a single day – so you never
lose out! If you are only in London for a short time,
try a Visitor Oyster Card, which is for these pay as
you go journeys only. The cards cost £2 each, and
you must buy them with an initial credit of £10 or
£15. You can buy online, see visitlondon.com/
oyster. For up-to-date travel information in London
call +44 (0)20 7222 1234 or log on to tfl.gov.uk
National Rail
Trains are useful for
reaching places that are
not served by the Tube.
Mainline stations include:
Waterloo and Victoria,
serving the south of
England; Paddington, the
south-west; Euston, the
north; King’s Cross, the
north-east; and Liverpool
Street, the east.
nationalrail.co.uk
southwesttrains.co.uk
Trams
Tramlink’s service links
Croydon with, among
other places, Wimbledon.
tfl.gov.uk/trams
Coaches
A quick and inexpensive
way of making a day trip
out of London. Victoria
Coach Station is a
major hub for various
bus companies. See
nationalexpress.com/save
for discount cards.
tfl.gov.uk/coaches
nationalexpress.com
Car Hire
City Inter-Rent offers
good deals on car hire
in the city.
cityinterrent.com
For 24-hour
travel info call
+44 (0)20 7222 1234
or go to
tfl .gov.uk
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Luxury Hotels
For a flavour of traditional
England, check into
The Ritz. This grand
hotel between Mayfair
and the West End was
created in 1906, and
many of the great and the
good have been guests
here – including Edward
VII, Winston Churchill
and Charlie Chaplin.
It has a beautiful Rococo
restaurant and
a less formal dining room
for afternoon tea.
For London’s finest
example of Art-Deco
opulence, book into
Claridge’s, near Bond
Street. The Royal Family
has hosted parties at this
smart hotel. Its rooms
are individually designed,
while fine dining is on
offer at Gordon Ramsay’s
acclaimed restaurant.
Claridge’s
Further west, into
Knightsbridge, you’ll find
The Berkeley, with two
restaurants, a rooftop
pool and cocktail bar.
Celebrities including
Madonna and Leonardo
DiCaprio have stayed here.
At Hyde Park Corner,
The Lanesborough has
a rich history. Once
a country retreat, it went
on to become a hospital
– where Florence
Nightingale practised –
and today it’s a beautiful
Regency hotel with
a relaxing spa.
Radisson Edwardian
Hotels’ The May
Fair also remains a
destination hotel. It was
opened by George V
in 1927, and its newly
refurbished rooms
feature impressive
designer furniture.
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• claridges.co.uk
• the-berkeley.co.uk
• lanesborough.com
• radissonedwardian.com
Hotel Groups
Like any other major
city, London has plenty
of chain hotels in all
price brackets – but
don’t forget to check for
special offers, as there
are great deals available.
Radisson Edwardian
offers 4- and 5-star
establishments. The most
central is the Hampshire
Hotel, on the corner of
Leicester Square.
Hilton hotels also offers
luxury accommodation
– try the London Hilton
on Park Lane, where you
can sip a cocktail and
admire the skyline from
the 28th-floor Galvin at
Windows restaurant.
For a 5-star stay
with a Royal touch,
Intercontinental
London Park Lane is
between Mayfair and
Knightsbridge, with views
of Buckingham Palace.
Grange Hotels
offers a choice of
Where to stay For
accommodation
bookings, go to
visitlondon.com
There are hotels around London to
suit all tastes and pockets – use this
guide to help plan your visit
Retreat in style
Take time out to indulge yourself in
an oasis of calm in central London.
The May Fair Spa is a hidden retreat
combining understated luxury and
first-class spa science, offering
seven treatment rooms, as well as the
traditional sauna and herbal steam
rooms. Stratton St W1 mayfairspa.com
The Spa at Renaissance Chancery
Court offers luxury treatments using the
ESPA range. The spa menu will tempt
all visitors – try the hot stone massage
for a deeply relaxing experience. High
Holborn WC1 spachancerycourt.com
Take a break from shopping on the
King’s Road and head to The Chelsea
Club spa for the best in fitness and
treatments. Stamford Bridge SW6
thechelseaclub.com
Accommodation Ratings
VisitBritain’s and the AA’s star ratings are the
official signs of quality accommodation. These are
awarded following checks by impartial assessors.
All participating establishments are awarded
between one and five stars. The more stars, the
higher the quality.
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locations, including
eight in Bloomsbury.
And for further well-
connected hotels, try
Park Plaza. Meanwhile,
the Marriott has hotels
in all the main areas of
London, ranging from
Edwardian townhouses
to more modern
properties. Millennium
& Copthorne hotels
are situated throughout
central London.
Among the mid-range
chains, Guoman hotels
cover central locations,
with convenient options
at Victoria and Charing
Cross train stations.
Premier Inn is Britain’s
biggest chain. Its Croydon
hotels offer great value for
money if you don’t mind
catching a train
into the city.
Novotel and Ibis
have city and riverside
accommodation, while
Travelodge offers
comfortable family rooms.
All promise a safe stay
in quality surroundings.
Visit the websites for
location details.
• radissonedwardian.com
• hilton.co.uk
• ihg.com
• grangehotels.com
• parkplaza.com
• marriott.com
• millenniumhotels.com
• guoman.com
• premierinn.com
• novotel.com/ibishotel.com
• travelodge.co.uk
Designer Hotels
London’s independent
hotels offer quirky
experiences in a range of
central locations.
The Soho Hotel is
tucked down an alley
in the capital’s liveliest
neighbourhood. It offers
a blend of English luxury
and eccentric furniture.
The Covent Garden
Hotel is run by the same
hotel group and is more
traditional but, happily,
just as decadent.
The Baglioni Hotel
brings Italian style to
Kensington, its Rococo
décor tucked behind
a demure Georgian
façade. The opulent
interior is decked out in
ebony, velvet, gold leaf
and black lacquer.
Miller’s Residence,
on the fringes of Notting
Hill, is an 18th-century
style hotel with five
double bedrooms, and
two salon rooms. Packed
to the rafters with curios
and antiques, it boasts
a vast candlelit drawing
room with a roaring fire.
In contrast, The Zetter
is a modern warehouse
conversion in Clerkenwell
with 70s design elements
and cosy touches such
as hot-water bottles and
old Penguin paperbacks.
Rooftop studios with
floor-to-ceiling windows
and large patios offer
fantastic views.
The Pavilion in Hyde
Park bills itself as the
‘fashion rock’n’roll hotel’
and is popular with
musicians, artists and
fashion enthusiasts.
Its 30 uniquely designed
rooms range in décor
from Moroccan to
Scottish, adorned with
everything from floral
prints to metallic colours.
• firmdale.com
• baglionihotels.com
• millersuk.com
• thezetter.com
• pavilionhoteluk.com
Airport &
Station Hotels
You’re never short
of places to stay at
London’s transport
hubs. The Hilton
hotels at Heathrow
and Stansted, and the
Mercure London offer
comfortable rooms with
pools and spas to ease
weary travellers. Or for
a more rustic experience,
try Millennium Hotels’
Copthorne Gatwick –
a 16th-century former
farmhouse amid
tranquil woodland and
landscaped gardens.
Yotel is a great option
for those on short
stopovers – you can
actually book four-hour
blocks instead of an
overnight stay.
There is a wide choice
of hotels near the city’s
railway stations. Close to
Victoria train and coach
stations, the century-old,
family-run The Goring
offers surroundings
fit for royalty. For mid-
range accommodation,
try the elegant The
Windermere hotel.
Hilton Heathrow
The Paddington area
teems with hotels, and
the Royal Norfolk is
a good traditional option.
For Liverpool Street, try
the huge ANdAZ with
its period features and
modern interior. And
there’s a Travelodge
right by King’s Cross.
• hilton.co.uk
• mercure.com
• millenniumhotels.co.uk
• yotel.com
• goringhotel.co.uk
• bestwesternvictoriapalace.co.uk
• windermere-hotel.co.uk
• royalnorfolkhotel.co.uk
• andaz.com
• travelodge.co.uk
Green Hotels
London hotels do their utmost to be environmentally
friendly and socially responsible, with many joining
the recently established Green Tourism for London
programme which helps visitors assess the green
credentials of a hotel. Chains with sustainability
policies include Grange Hotels, Park Plaza hotels
and the Hilton group. See visitlondon.com/green
for more green tips for your visit.
ACCOMMODATION
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Royal Kensington Apartments
Shared
interests:
Campuses
& Hostels
Those unimpressed by
glamour and glitz can
save a fortune by
booking into one of
London’s hostels –
budget accommodation
often with shared
facilities. The London
Hostel Association has
buildings in some of the
capital’s most desirable
locations, where you can
stay in style and perhaps
meet a few fellow
travellers. Belsize House,
close to Regent’s Park,
and Friendship House,
within strolling distance
of Tate Modern, have
obvious appeal. The
Youth Hostel
Association has
properties that are even
more central, including
one at St Pancras, where
you can now catch the
Eurostar, and another
tucked behind Oxford
Street. It has some
calmer options, too, such
as a Jacobean mansion
in Holland Park, where
Wordsworth, Dickens
and Byron have all
stayed. For a livelier stay,
try Generator London in
Bloomsbury, where
there’s a late bar and a
young clientele.
Another pocket-
friendly option is campus
accommodation during
the summer holidays.
Why not book a room in
the hallowed halls of
King’s College?
Alternatively, City
University has modern
rooms within walking
distance of Islington’s
Hostels &
Houses
Don’t fancy a hotel? London offers
plenty of options in the shape of
budget-busting hostels and rooms
Upper Street bars and
restaurants. The London
School of Economics
and Imperial College
also offer centrally
located accommodation.
For details, visit:
• london-hostels.co.uk
• yha.org.uk
• generatorhostels.com
• kcl.ac.uk/kcvb
• city.ac.uk/ems
• lse.ac.uk/vacations
• imperialaccommodation
link.com
Second
homes:
Serviced
Apartments
If you’re visiting London
for longer periods, or
simply seeking extra
privacy, you can find a
plush pied-a-terre in
Paddington, a bohemian
bed in Bloomsbury, or
A place for everyone
For 5-star international hotels,
charming family-run B&Bs, swanky
apartments, cosy townhouses,
lively hostel and campus rooms,
accommodation agencies, even
caravan and campsites, see the
Visit London Accommodation Guide
2009, available in tourist information
centres, or see visitlondon.com
for more information.
Visit London Accommodation
Booking Service
If you need somewhere to stay,
Visit London can help you find
exactly the right accommodation –
whether you’re here on business,
a romantic weekend getaway or a
sightseeing holiday with the whole
family. For accommodation bookings
go to visitlondon.com or call
+44 (0)870 1566 366.
whatever else suits your
tastes and wallet. The
opulent Royal
Kensington Apartments,
overlooking Kensington
Palace, each have two
bedrooms, two
bathrooms and a lounge
– plus butler service,
a health club, restaurant
and bar. Just a touch less
swanky is Manor Lodge,
north of Bond Street and
Selfridges, and the
bright, modern Roland
House, close to South
Kensington’s museums
and shops. The Regency
Apartments, near
Pimlico and Tate Britain,
offer pristine
accommodation within
a gated development.
Cheval Apartments
offers all sizes of smart
accommodation in the
leafy residential area
of Knightsbridge. A host
of homes-away-from-
home are also offered by
Coach House London
Vacation Rentals, with
accommodation ranging
from studios to
family-sized holiday
houses.
• londonserviced
apartments.co.uk
• servicedlets.com
• rentals.chslondon.com
• visitlondon.com
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Accommodation
Showcase
From four-star glamour
to chic boutique, here
are some hotels worth
checking out in London
Springfield Hotel
54 Sussex Gardens, Paddington W2 1UD
T: +44 (0)20 7723 9898
F: +44 (0)20 7723 0874
E: info@springfieldhotellondon.co.uk
springfieldhotellondon.co.uk
A warm, welcoming hotel that puts people
immediately at ease on arrival. Traditional
values ensure a happy, comfortable stay.
We are minutes away from Paddington
station, Oxford Street, Hyde Park and
all of London’s famous sights. Plenty of
information is available to enhance your
visit to London, while our wonderful English
breakfast sets you up for the day and the
experiences of London. The hotel may be in
a very quiet location, but it is not at all remote,
being less than a moment away from many
restaurants and bars, and just two minutes
from the Underground station. All rooms are
en suite, with TV, tea and coffee facilities and
hairdryers. Many customers return year after
year; please come and find out why.
Duke of Leinster
20 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater
London W2 3AN
T: +44 (0)20 7259 2888
F: +44 (0)20 7259 2999
E: cro@crystalhotels.co.uk
crystalhotels.co.uk
The hotel is conveniently situated in
Bayswater, close to Queensway’s
wide range of restaurants and shops.
Nearby, there’s Notting Hill with its
antique emporiums and the famous
Portobello Road Market; and Oxford
Street and West End Theatreland
are only a short distance away.
Formerly the charming London
townhouse of the Duke of Leinster,
this elegant hotel is set beside a quiet
residential square. All rooms offer
comfort with a contemporary feel
providing up-to-date facilities, including
tea and coffee maker, hairdryer,
satellite television, refrigerator, in-room
safe and WIFI internet.
Other nearby hotels in the Crystal
Hotels Collection:
• Brunel Hotel (Paddington)
• Edward Hotel (Hyde Park)
• Kensington Court Hotel (Earl’s Court)
• Reem Hotel (Bayswater)
Millennium
Gloucester Hotel &
Conference Centre
London Kensington
4-18 Harrington Gardens
Kensington, London SW7 4LH
T: +44 (0)20 7373 6030
F: +44 (0)20 7373 0409
E: reservations.gloucester@
mill-cop.com
millenniumhotels.com
If you’re looking for an impressive
modern hotel in London, the
Millennium Gloucester Hotel and
Conference Centre, in prestigious
Kensington, should be at the top
of your list. In this 4-star deluxe
hotel, décor inspired by both
Eastern and Western influences
creates an environment where
you’ll relax in sophisticated
elegance, become accustomed
to attentive service and enjoy
a refreshing experience.
If your taste is more traditional,
neighbouring hotel the Millennium
Bailey’s, with its warm interiors,
classic décor and stunning
architecture, will certainly
impress. Both hotels are just
a short walk from Gloucester
Road Underground station, within
easy reach of London’s major
attractions and most exclusive
shopping districts.
ADVERTORIAL
Park Plaza Sherlock
Holmes Hotel London
Boasting 119 stunning rooms
this 4-star deluxe hotel combines
traditional and contemporary style
offering guests a unique, boutique
style hotel, perfectly located on the
world-famous Baker Street.
Park Plaza
Victoria London
Boasting 287 rooms, this 4-star
deluxe hotel, is perfectly located in
the heart of London, within walking
distance of a number of tourist
attractions including Buckingham
Palace, Harrods in Knightsbridge
and is just two minutes from Victoria
Underground station.
To book a Park Plaza hotel contact:
T: +44 (0)20 7034 4820
parkplazahotels.net
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Park Plaza County
Hall London
Park Plaza’s newest London property
is perfectly located just south of
Westminster Bridge overlooking the
River Thames, and is within walking
distance of many of London’s most
famous attractions including the
London Eye, Big Ben and the
Houses of Parliament.
Park Plaza
Riverbank London
Situated on the south side of the River
Thames opposite the Tate Britain
art gallery, this stunning hotel offers
breathtaking views of the Houses of
Parliament, Big Ben and the London
Eye observation wheel.
Central London Hotels
168-176, Sussex Gardens
Hyde Park, London W2 1TP
T: +44 (0)20 7402 3456
F: +44 (0)20 7262 2055
E: info@westpointhotel.com
centrallondonhotels.com
hydeparkhotels.com
From just £24 pp/pn Abbey Court
Hotel, Westpoint Hotel and Aspen
Apartments are simply the best
for comfort, convenience, location
and value. All three are just a short
walk from Paddington Station
and overlook peaceful, tree-lined
Sussex Gardens. All our rooms are
en suite, with colour TV, direct dial
telephone, and tea/coffee making
facilities, whilst our apartments have
a fully equipped kitchen and are
also serviced daily. We have a fully
licensed restaurant, guests’ bar,
meeting rooms, free internet access,
24-hour reception and lifts to all
floors. We are close to all London’s
top sights, shops, restaurants and
theatreland. For full details, maps and
to book online visit our website.
Our hotels and apartment suites are comfortable, convenient and great value for money. Be-
cause we don’t take large groups or pay agents’ commission, we give you the full value of
your room. Book direct with us and save as much as 20% on what you might pay elsewhere.
Rates Per Person Per Night
Singles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from only £56
Doubles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from only £37
Triples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from only £29
Family Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from only £24
Rates Per Person Per Night
Singles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from only £59
Doubles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from only £39
Triples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from only £30
Family Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from only £25
ABBEY COURT HOTEL
174 Sussex Gardens
Hyde Park,
London, W2 1TP
Tel (020)7402 0704
Fax (020)7262 2055
www.abbeycourthotel.com
e-mail info@abbeycourthotel.com
• All our rooms are clean, comfortable and well decorated with ensuite facilities, colour
TV, direct dial telephone and tea/coffee making facilities
• Lift to all floors • Car parking by arrangement
• Free daytime luggage room facility • 24 hour reception • Free internet access
• Fully licensed restaurant • Guests’ bar • Meeting rooms
WESTPOINT HOTEL
168–172 Sussex Gardens
Hyde Park,
London, W2 1TP
Tel (020)7402 0281
Fax (020)7224 9114
www.westpointhotel.com
e-mail info@westpointhotel.com
…in Central London
ASPEN
APARTMENTS
EASY TO FIND
Our hotels and apartment suites are just two
minutes from Paddington station for Heathrow
Express, Heathrow Connect, British Rail, excellent
bus and taxi services and four tube lines (Baker-
loo, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City).
▲ CONVENIENT & CENTRAL
We are right at the heart of London, just a few
minutes by direct tube from Oxford Circus and
Embankment for sightseeing, shopping,
restaurants, theatreland and the River Thames.
ASPEN APARTMENTS
Fully serviced, en-suite studio, one and two
bedroom apartments with lift and 24-hour
reception.
176 Sussex Gardens,
Hyde Park,
London, W2 1TP
Tel (020)7262 2325
Fax (020)7262 0889
www.aspenhydepark.com
e-mail info@aspenhydepark.com
▲ EASY TO REACH
Whether you arrive by Eurostar or
plane or train tor Ë tube, our hotels are
easily accessible and couldn’t be easier to reach.
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ent, per night.
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Accommodation Booking
Service 104
Green Hotels 103
Hostels & Houses 104
Serviced Apartments 104
Spas 102
Dance
and Music 79
Royal Festival Hall 79
Southbank Centre 79
Drinking 71
Bars 71
Design & Hotel Bars 73
Pubs 71
Pubs by the river 73
Eating 61
Bars Serving Food 67
British 61
Café/Brasserie 67
Chains 67
Eat and Shop 54
French 63
Hotel Dining 68
Indian 64
Italian 63
Landmark Locations 66
Museum Restaurants 62
World Cuisine 65
Events 94
Families 85
Entertainment 87
Food & Drink 88
Outdoors 87
Shopping 86
Sightseeing 85
Festivals 96
Nightlife 80
Cabaret 80
Casinos 80
Comedy 80
Gay and Lesbian 82
Live Music 80
Nightclubs 81
Outdoors 47
Sport 51
Parks 47
River Tours 50
Royal Parks 48
Shopping 53
Antiques 57
Books 58
Currency Exchange 58
Department Stores 53
Fashion 54
Home & Living 58
Markets 56
Shoes and Accessories 55
Shopping Destinations 55
Souvenirs 58
Traditional Shops 57
Sightseeing 33
Attractions 34
British Airways
London Eye 34
Fuller’s Griffin Brewery 37
London Aquarium 37
London Dungeon 37
London Zoo 37
Madame Tussauds 37
Shakespeare’s Globe 37
Tower Bridge
Exhibition 37
Tower of London 37
Trinity Buoy Wharf 37
Vinopolis 37
Windsor Castle 39
Galleries 44
Ben Uri Gallery 44
Courtauld Institute
of Art Gallery 44
Dali Universe 44
Dulwich Picture
Gallery 44
Estorick Collection of
Modern Italian Art 44
Guildhall Art Gallery 44
Hayward, The 44
London Glassblowing
Workshop 44
National Gallery 44
National Portrait Gallery 44
Queen’s Gallery 44
Royal Academy
of Arts 44
Saatchi Gallery 45
Serpentine Gallery 45
Tate Britain 45
Tate Modern 45
Wallace Collection 45
Whitechapel 45
White Cube 45
Historic
Landmarks 33
British Library 33
Central Hall
Westminster 33
HMS Belfast 33
Houses of Parliament 33
London Bridge
Experience 33
Old Royal
Naval College 33
Royal Observatory 33
Somerset House 33
St Martin-in-the-
Fields Church 33
St Paul’s Cathedral 34
Westminster Abbey 34
Westminster
Cathedral 34
Houses
& Palaces 39
Apsley House 39
Banqueting House 39
Buckingham Palace 39
Carlyle’s House 39
Chapel Royal of
St Peter Ad Vincula 39
Eltham Palace 39
Fenton House 39
Goldsmiths Hall 39
Ham House & Garden 39
Hampton Court Palace 39
Kensington Palace 39
Kew Palace 39
Middle Temple 39
Osterley Park House 39
Queen’s House 39
Red House 39
Royal Mews 39
Sutton House 39
Windsor Castle 39
Museums 42
Bank of England
Museum 42
British Museum 42
Churchill Museum and
Cabinet War Rooms 42
Design Museum 42
Fan Museum 42
Foundling Museum 42
Geffrye Museum 42
Handel House
Museum 42
Imperial War Museum 42
Late Night Opening 42
London Canal Museum 42
London Transport
Museum 42
Museum of Brands,
Packaging and
Advertising 43
Museum of London 43
National Army
Museum 43
National Maritime
Museum 43
Natural History
Museum 43
Royal Air Force
Museum 43
Science Museum 43
Sir John Soane’s
Museum 43
Two Willow Road 43
V&A Museum of
Childhood 43
Victoria and Albert
Museum 43
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Britain at War 43
Tours 40
A Nous Deux Londres 40
Astral Travels 40
BBC TV Centre Tours 40
Big Bus Company 40
British Tours 40
Cities In Sound 40
Context London 40
Do Me London 40
Fat Tire Bike Tours 40
Golden Tours 40
Good Company 40
iPodCityWalks 40
Judith Blacklock
School 40
London Bicycle
Tour Company 40
Mikro Tours 40
National Theatre Tours 40
Original London
Sightseeing Tour 40
Original London Walks 40
Luxury Vacations UK 40
Photo Walks of London 40
Ripper Tours 40
Sandemans New
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Theatre Royal Drury
Lane Tour 40
Walk Talk Tours 40
Sport 51
Chelsea FC 51
Sporting Tours 51
Theatre 75
Arts Centres 75
Booking Tickets 77
Off West End 77
West End Shows 76
West End Theatres 76
Transport 98
Airlines 99
Buses 99
Coaches 100
Congestion Charge 100
Cycling 100
DLR 99
Eurostar 99
Gatwick Airport 98
Heathrow Airport 98
London City Airport 98
London Luton Airport 98
London Stansted
Airport 99
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Oyster Cards 100
River Transport 100
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Trams 100
Travel Information 99
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Trip Planner 91
Age Restrictions 92
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Currency Exchange 91
Discount Cards 92
Emergencies 92
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Left Luggage 92
Lost Property 92
Money 91
Opening Hours 91
Public Holidays 91
Post and Email 91
Smoking 92
Tax Free Shopping 92
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Toilets 92
Travel Insurance 92
Travellers with
Disabilities 92
Visas 91
Visitor Information 92
Visitor
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Bar itinerary 73
First time visitor 34
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Hoxton 81
The River Thames 50
Vintage shopping 56
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