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Welcome to London at one of the best times of the
year. Our great city offers you unrivalled shopping,
superb restaurants and bars that are bursting with the
festive spirit.
Our world-famous boulevards are looking their best
and glittering with Christmas lights. Check out the
Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square as you listen to the
carol singers beneath. Try ice-skating at Somerset
House (p. 36) or Kew Gardens (p. 35). These two
London icons are always worth a visit and they raise
their game even higher as the temperature drops.
There's a Christmas market on the South Bank of the
river (p. 21), while special offers and family-friendly
events can be found at 600 stores across the West End during the first weekend in December and
if you're there on 6 December, both Oxford Street and Regent Street will be free of cars (p. 62).
London welcomes you all year round, but I'm confident you'll have a magical time if you're with us
during this season.
Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
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CHRISTMAS
25 Dec You cant avoid it this
month is all about a certain celebration at the
end of the month Even if Christmas isnt
your thing, you wont be able to avoid getting
into the spirit of things the city is covered
in beautiful decorations and theres so many
marvellous events happening (p. 20).
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DINING
Discover great
places for Christmas
dining and to celebrate
the New Year. Find out
why Apsleys (right)
and Bentleys fly the
flag for European
cuisine, and settle in to
the gorgeous Coach &
Horses and Camden
Brasserie (p. 70).
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If you cant indulge in a little retail
therapy in December, when can you? Weve
got the lowdown on festive food (like this
Harvey Nichols hamper, below), great gifts
for men, and where to find party shoes thatll
keep your toes twinkling all night (p. 62).
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QUEENS
Its all about incredible
dance this month, from
Edward Scissorhands
(from 2 Dec, left) to
magical ballets at the
Royal Opera House. But
never fear for those who
fancy a bit of slapstick,
pantomimes are out in
force (p. 86)!
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GET COSY
in one of the citys fantastic public houses.
There are so
many old and
comfortable pubs
where you can
warm up and
indulge in a
pint and some
fascinating
history
(p. 25).
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with some serious bling
in Magnificence Of The
Tsars (from 10 Dec).
And learn even more
about the Egyptians at
the British Museums
brand-new Michael
Cohen Gallery
(from 2 Dec,
p. 47).
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Welcome 03
Editors foreword
Editors Picks 04
This months highlights
If You Have Only One Day 07
Londons classic sights
Londons Compass 8
Area focus: Covent Garden 11
Itinerary 14
On the trail of iconic writers
Out Of Town 18
Great places outside the city
A Festive Affair 20
The best venues to really get
into the Christmas spirit
My London 22
Pantomime dame Clive Rowe
Time, Gentlemen, Please! 25
A few of Londons cosiest pubs
Sightseeing
Museums & Galleries
Shopping
Dining
Entertainment
Nightlife
Stay
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Planning Your Day 12
Central London Streets 57-59
Theatreland 101
Underground Map 114
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OUT OF TOWN
For this months trips outside our fair city,
visit ancient Cambridge and its graceful university
(Kings College, above), learn more about A
Christmas Carol at Dickens World and indulge in
some Edwardian luxury at the glorious Waddesdon
Manor (p. 18).
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Check out some
of the popular annual
events which keep us
coming back, like the
London International
Horse Show (16-22
Dec), and why learning
how to fence is good for
you. We also offer simple
tips to enjoying New
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1BRITISH MUSEUM
This world-famous museum, created
in 1753, houses some of the worlds
greatest treasures, including
the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin
Marbles (p. 48).
2TATE MODERN
This one-time power station sits on
the South Bank and hosts a globally
recognised modern art collection with
ever-changing exhibitions (p. 60).
3NATIONAL GALLERY
This incredible gallery is filled with
priceless art belonging to the nation,
including Botticelli, Da Vinci and
Monet (p. 53).
4NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The natural world in a vast building.
Dinosaurs galore, including a full-size
diplodocus, impressive permanent
displays and excellent, child-friendly
exhibitions (p. 54).
5LONDON EYE
Take in the full glory of London with
magnificent views to Primrose Hill and
Tower Bridge (p. 34).
6SCIENCE MUSEUM
Superb fun for children but just as
great for bigger kids who want to
know how the world works.
Interactivity is a watch-word for this
impressive attraction (p. 60).
7VICTORIA AND ALBERT
MUSEUM
3,000 years of art, design, jewellery,
photographs, sculpture, textiles and
fashion. Excellent exhibitions show
off the collection (p. 60).
8MADAME TUSSAUDS
150-year-old museum loved by
visitors for its life-like waxworks of
famous folk of past and present, plus
interactive exhibits (p. 34).
9TOWER OF LONDON
The 1,000-year-old fortress of
England has been home to kings,
prisoners, ghosts and the Crown
Jewels (p. 38).
!0 NATIONAL MARITIME
MUSEUM
The one-time Royal Naval College,
offering maritime history and art in
glorious Palladian surroundings. Its a
World Heritage Site (p. 53).
With so many attractions, both historical and contemporary, London is one of the worlds
most exciting tourist spots. These are the top 10 destinations (according to visitor
numbers in 2007) that you wont want to miss.
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CENTRAL LONDON
Londons heart is made up of many
districts including Camden, Islington
and the City of Westminster plus
the City of London, the main
financial area of the capital. This
buzzing region has a dense
concentration of offices, embassies,
theatres, museums, nightspots,
shops and state buildings and is the
official home of HMThe Queen. Its
famed for its arts hubs, including
the West End and Bloomsbury.
Hidden Gem: Prince Charles
Cinema. Its small, cosy and cheap,
and for some reason, not too many
people know about it. Its a nice way
to escape the city.
7 Leicester Place, WC2.

08708 112 559.


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Leicester Square. Map C6.
NORTH LONDON
More than 120 languages are
spoken in this multicultural and
vibrant region, which is steeped in
history, renowned for its culture
and boasts excellent transport
links. Areas of interest include
Hampstead Heath. The views from
Parliament Hill, one of the citys
highest points, are spectacular.
Hidden Gem: Bruce Castle
Museum. Set amid 20 acres of
parkland, this makes for a splendid
escape from the citys clamour. The
castle dates back to the 16th
century when William Compton, a
member of Henry VIIIs court,
constructed the oldest surviving
parts of the building. Definitely worth
a wander off the beaten track.
Lordship Lane. NW17.

020
8808 8772. Tottenham Hale.
Off map.
SOUTH LONDON
Otherwise known as south of the
river, this area is less built-up
than the north and is appreciated
for its array of open spaces such as
Clapham Common and the parks in
Crystal Palace and Richmond. Its
popular for sporting attractions
such as the Wimbledon Lawn
Tennis Museum and cricket at the
Brit Oval. Its also home to
Greenwich, arguably the most
famous (and stunning) maritime
site in the country.
Hidden Gem: The Grenadier And
Its Ghost. One of the most famous
haunted pubs in London. The main
attraction is the ghost of a young
guards officer who was killed in a
scuffle (or by flogging there are
two tales) following the discovery that
he was cheating at cards.
18 Wilton Row, SW1.

020 7236
3074. Hyde Park Corner.
Map D5.
EAST LONDON
Once the capitals poorest area,
east London is going through a
fruitful period of regeneration and
will play a huge part in the
London 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games. Factories and
working docks have given way to
a unique arts scene, funky bars
and clubs, and popular markets
such as Spitalfields.
Hidden Gem: Postmans Park.
Tucked away from the hungry gaze
of many tourists is Postman's Park,
a charming public space in the
City of London.
Kind Edward Street, EC1.
St Pauls. Map B8.
WEST LONDON
Much of west London runs
alongside the leafy parts of the
River Thames, making it a highly
desirable area to live. Here youll
find Kensington and Chelsea,
which houses some of the capital's
most affluent residents, Notting
Hills fashionable restaurants and
shops and Portobello Road, the site
of one of the capitals most well-
loved markets.
Hidden Gem: Linley Sambourne
House. This is a unique example of
a late Victorian townhouse. Home
to the cartoonist Edward Linley
Sambourne and his family from
1874, it survives with almost all of
its furniture and fittings intact.
House open Saturday and Sunday,
or by appointment.
18 Stafford Terrace, W8.

020 7938 1295 (Sat & Sun).


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all of Londons regions are the best
Little Venice, north-west London
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This is the perfect
place to indulge your
sweet tooth. Candy
Cakes offers an array of tempting cupcakes and exotic
toppings all made from natural ingredients with no
preservatives or additives. Stop for a bite amid its bright
pastel walls and find yourself instantly uplifted.
Unit 30, Covent Garden Piazza.

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6 FUEL BAR AND
RESTAURANT
Located at the heart of Covent Garden,
you cant miss Fuel Restaurants delicious
menu and buzzing atmosphere. Its
sophistication and charm make it a great place
to have dinner and drinks with friends. Upstairs
youll find a terrace offering fantastic views
across the piazza.
21 Covent Garden Market.

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7 TOMCAT LEATHER
The rich smell of leather overwhelms this cosy shop
on Neal Street. With Tomcats selection of mens and
womens jackets, shoes, and accessories, youre sure
to find whatever leather goods you desire.
29 Neal Street.

020 7240 1834.


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GRILL
Many restaurants in the
central area can be rather
pricey, but at Covent
Garden Grill youll find the
perfect mixture of the
refined and affordable.
Settle into one of the
comfy white booths and
enjoy traditional English
dining after a long day
of shopping.
16 Henrietta Street.

020 7240 9600.


8 TERRA PLANA
Whether you confess a shoe fetish or not, you
may find yourself in love with Terra
Planas funky collection. The shop
is rather bijou, but there is still
a decent selection of womens
boots, platforms and heels
for those with a slightly
eccentric side.
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1 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
You simply mustnt overlook the Royal Opera House. As
historic as it is spectacular, the Grade-I listed building
dates back to 1858. Its home to the Royal Ballet, the
Royal Opera, and the Orchestra Of The Royal Opera
House. Dont miss fantastic performances of Hansel And
Gretel and The Nutcracker during the Christmas season
(p. 98). You can also tour the building every day (p. 41),
and enjoy the Ampitheatre Restaurant.
WHY? Unique yet sophisticated, Covent Garden
offers an endless variety of shops, restaurants and
cafs, bars, and markets. A must see for tourists and
a regular stop for locals, the area has something for
everyone, including plenty of holiday festivities.
WHEN? Every day to shop, or the evenings for a
taste of the nightlife. For more info visit
:coventgardenlondonuk.com
Christmas in the Piazza
3 LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM
Discover the history behind Londons transport
system. This museum includes original artwork, and
reveals the stories of those who have worked and
travelled in the area over the last 200 years (p. 52).
5 ROKIT VINTAGE
Rokits clothing spans the decades and guarantees
authentic vintage and plenty of eclectic and unique
fashion for your wardrobe.
42 Shelton Street.

020 7836 6547.


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7
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6
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7
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6
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5
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6
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D
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6
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4
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C
5
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C
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6
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C
6
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7
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C
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5MEDIEVAL FUN
Down to the South Bank now, to
see Shakespeares Globe, a perfect
reconstruction of the great
playwrights theatre (p. 36). Then
head east to the George Inn, an
ancient galleried coachyard where
the bard once drank. Nearby is the
site of the Tabard Inn. Chaucer's
pilgrims began their journey here in
The Canterbury Tales.
77 Borough High Street, SE1.
:
nationaltrust.org.uk
London Bridge. Map C8.
2BY DICKENS!
No-one has captured
London quite like Charles
Dickens, and I could write
a feature on locations in
his novels. Forced to work
as a child, Dickens had an
innate sense of injustice which informed all his books,
none more so than A Christmas Carol. Every year the
Charles Dickens Museum (the site of the great mans
home 1837-1839) decorates the house to show how
his family would have celebrated Christmas. Visitors
can meet costumed guides and find out about
Victorian customs from carol singing to puddings.
Charles Dickens Museum, p. 46.
Considering how inspiring this glorious city can be to
normal folk, imagine how it works on the mind of an
author. You can virtually hear their neurones fizzing
from here. Throughout modern history Britains
greatest writers have lived in, loved and written about
London. Follow in the footsteps of just a few
1BLOOMSBURY DELIGHTS
Start your day in Londons most famous literary district. Home
of the British Library (p. 48), it was here that Virginia Woolf
ran the Hogarth Press and that T.S. Eliot worked at Faber on
Russell Square, editing Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes. Wander
past and you might see one of its new authors. Its probably
too early to have a drink in Victorian gem The Lamb on
Lambs Conduit Street (Charles Dickens and the Bloomsbury
Group drank here) so try the incredible coffee from Tuttis just
down the road (

020 7404 9254).


Holborn/Russell Square. Map A/B6.
4GOING UNDERGROUND
Time to hop on the tube to get to your next destination. As
you do, reflect on Neil Gaimans fantasy, Neverwhere. In this
marvellous book there really is an angel at Islington, the Earls
Court controls the trains, and you really need to Mind The Gap.
:
tfl.gov.uk
:
neilgaiman.co.uk
3WALKING THROUGH
WALLS
Head on up to the grand
Kings Cross station. Its here
that you can find Platform
9 3/4 and head off with Harry
Potter to Hogwarts. Just try
not to bang your head too
much! Afterwards visit St.
Pancras International, and grab
a bite at the Betjeman Arms
or St. Pancras Grand.
:
stpancras.com
Kings Cross. Map A6.
6GIVE US A CLUE
Although he was fictional,
Sherlock Holmes was one of
our most famous residents,
conducting his sleuthing
from 221b Baker Street
(p. 60). His study is as it
would have been between
1881-1904. Also check out
the costumed players at the
Sherlock Holmes pub (10-11
Northumberland Street, WC2.

020 7930 2644) who


act scenes from the books.
7WILDE NIGHT
Historic Cadogan Hotel
saw some great
characters, from Lillie
Langtry and Edward VI to
Oscar Wilde, who was
arrested in room 118 in
1895. End your day with
the delicious ARTea
(p. 82), great food at
Langtrys (p. 74) or by
staying for a night.
75 Sloane Street, SW1.
:
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Out Of
Town
By Susannah OGrady
Attraction: Dickens World
Christmas wouldnt be complete without some Dickensian drama. For
it was the great author that immortalised the British winter in many
of his novels including A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. The
cobbled narrow lanes, colourful characters, smells and sounds of the
19th century that were the inspiration and backdrop to his literary
masterpieces can be found just one hour outside London at the
fantastical Dickens World. This indoor attraction has recreated the
scenes that Charles Dickens so famously penned: take the Great
Expectations Boat Ride, watch
an animatronic show in The
Britannia Theatre or head to
Fagins Den, a soft play area for
little ones. Theres even a
themed restaurant and bar.
Daily 10.00-17.30. Admission
12.50, child 7.50.
Leviathan Way, Kent, ME4.

01634 890 421.


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Victoria to Chatham then bus.
City: Cambridge
Cambridge really is a tale of two cities: a
lively university centre during term-time, and
a sleepy, relaxed destination over the
holidays. In December take your pick of
which youd rather visit, as lessons end on
the 5th, ensuring high jinx and fun before
students head home for Christmas.
Whichever time you choose, there is a
plethora of beautiful architecture and
fascinating history to explore. The world-
famous university boasts 31 magnificent
colleges, its most spectacular being Kings
(above), an imposing gothic structure with
a Rubens ceiling and programme of
atmospheric choral services. For more
entertainment head to the Cambridge Corn
Exchange to see a lavish production of
Beauty And The Beast. The Cambridge
County and Folk Museum offers a
fascinating history lesson on the areas
arable past, while art lovers should visit the
finest small museum in Europe, the
Fitzwilliam Museum.

08712 268 006. :visitcambridge.


org T Kings Cross/Liverpool Street
to Cambridge.
Hidden Gem: Waddesdon Manor
In the heart of Buckinghamshire lies a beautiful and unusual
structure Waddesdon Manor a 16th century neo-renaissance
French-style chateau built on such a grand scale you may feel
you have wandered into a dream. Despite its appearance, this
vast site was built in the late 19th century for the Rothschild
family, an influential name in the banking industry. Its opulence
and purpose was grandiose, to house an extensive collection of
art and entertain rich guests. This month, the venue is
transformed into a magical Christmas destination as it is lavishly
decorated, revealing how festive fun may have been in times
gone by. From 6-14 Dec (exc. Mon) a Christmas Food Market
offers seasonal produce. Until 23 Dec, times vary please check.
Nr Aylesbury, HP18.

01296 653 226. :waddesdon.


org.uk T Marylebone to Aylesbury then bus.
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GREENWICH & THE O
2

Over to the east is one of Londons


prettiest districts, and at its heart is
the Maritime Greenwich World
Heritage Site. What better place to
celebrate the festivities? To help you
along the way, theres a magnificent
Christmas village, with market stalls,
twinkling lights and a christmas tree
at its centre. On 9 Dec join revellers
in the Painted Hall for classical
music plus dinner (45.

020
8269 4799). On 14 Dec theres
family workshops galore at the Old
Royal Naval College (p. 34).
Just round the corner, The O
2
, which
last year featured an ice disco, has
gone winter wonderland crazy, with
two huge ski slopes, a chalet and an
ice rink (p. 54).
PARK LIFE

The parks themselves might be a


little chilly, but they host some tip-top
happenings. Hyde Park Winter
Wonderland opened for the first
time last year, and I loved its
charming German market, hilariously
retro haunted ride, the huge skating
rink and of course the Ferris wheel,
a grand 50m high. Its the perfect
spot to while away a winter evening
(until 4 Jan. :hydeparkwinter
wonderland.com). Meanwhile, ZSL
London Zoo has taken a different
direction, by looking away from the
North Pole and at how its
inhabitants spend their Christmas
for most, its positively tropical. Also
check out the Christmas Through
The Ages guided walks on 11 & 12
Dec (:royalparks.org.uk/events),
and the Peter Pan Cup (p. 26).
WEST LONDON WONDERS

Its not just birds at the London


Wetland Centre. From 6-7 Dec this
marvellous nature reserve has a
Winter Wonderland where you can
meet Santa. On 10 Dec theres
Carols by Candlelight, and on 19-
22 Dec, get into party spirit with its
famous pantomime (p. 34).
Kew Gardens, another fabulous
attraction in the west, is also going
all out. From 13 Dec marvel at the
wonderful decorations, meet Santa
in the Enchanted Woodland, and
enjoy a breathless skate (p. 35).
The Complete
Christmas
Theres so much festive fun to be had in the capital this
month, we hardly know where to start. Whether youre
interested in getting colour in your cheeks whizzing round an
ice rink, shopping your heart out in charming market stalls,
keeping the kids entertained, or simply singing your
favourite carols, try our guide to the bigger celebrations
By Hermione Barnett and Amanda Moreno
KEY:
: Childrens fun
: Trees and decorations
: Ice rinks, funfairs and exercise
: Markets and shopping
: Singing and worshipping

Carols in Trafalgar Square


Get your skates
on at Kew
Trafalgar Square
and St. Martin-In-
The-Fields
Hyde Park
Winter
Wonderland
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SOUTH BANK/BANKSIDE

The South Bank, always pretty as a


picture, truly comes into its own in
the holiday season. Experience a
Victorian Christmas at the Florence
Nightingale Museum where you
can make cards and other festive
decorations to enjoy (p. 55). If you
need a break from the packed
shopping streets, wander down to
the Southbank Centre Christmas
Market (until 23 Dec), where lovely
jewellery, arts and crafts will be sold
from chalet stalls, or try the Slow
Food Christmas Market. Of course
you cant forget the family at this time
of year take them all to the tree
lighting celebration at Southwark
Cathedral (3 Dec, London Bridge,
SE1.

020 7367 6700). Or


perhaps heart-warming film The
Polar Express at BFI Imax (p. 29) is
just the ticket. Struggling to find the
perfect gift? Try the Winter Market
outside Tate Modern (12-21 Dec,
p. 60) and the craft and design fair
in the Menier Gallery (12-13 Dec).
:southbanklondon.com
TRAFALGAR SQUARE

We know Christmas has finally


arrived when the tree on world-
famous Trafalgar Square is alight
once more. Donated annually by
Norway for Britains support in
WWII, the lighting ceremony on
4 Dec is wonderful. In addition you
can sing along with carol singers
every evening from 17.00-21.00.
See :london.gov.uk for details.
Bring the family to St Martin-In-
The-Fields on 7 Dec for a beautiful
Nativity Scene constructed by
Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki. In
fact, this graceful church offers a
host of activities. On 13 Dec, enjoy
a family concert featuring Corellis
Christmas Oratorio, or sign up for
the enchanting Concerts By
Candlelight on 4 and 13 Dec,
featuring The Choir of Christs
College, Cambridge (p. 40).
LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Dont miss the romance of train


journeys on the Orient Express
elegant evenings offering a delicious
Christmas menu leave and return to
Victoria (:orient-express.com)
glorious Christmas shopping at
Grays Antiques Market (58 Davies
Street, W1. :graysantiques.
com) twinkling lights in the
sophisticated Burlington Arcade
(:burlington-arcade.co.uk)
Meeting Father Christmas at
Lapland UK (Wadhurst, Kent.
:laplanduk.co.uk).
If youre not so keen on the
commercialisation of
Christmas, why not try
going back in time? Many
attractions have festive
events relating to their
subject. Dennis Severs
House is utterly magical.
Follow the fortunes of a family of weavers from the 17th-20th centuries
by moving from room to room. Its all done in hushed candelight (18
Folgate Street, E1. :dennissevershouse.co.uk). The lovely Geffrye
Museum offers the traditions of an English Christmas (p. 47).
Theres wassailing and tale-telling galore at the Tower Of London (27-31
Dec), as King Edward II and his court are entertained by his fools and
musicians, revealing what Christmas was like in 1284 (p. 38). Another
king is keeping his courtiers on their toes at Hampton Court Palace; join
Henry VIII at court or go down to the kitchens to see a feast being
prepared (p. 30). Both palaces have fantastic ice rinks too. And last for a
final delight, join Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their many children for
a Victorian celebration at Windsor Castle (p. 45).
CHRISTMAS PAST
Southbank Centre Christmas Market
Ibis contemplating a less than tropical
Xmas at ZSL London Zoo
Orient Express
Shopping galore!
Dennis Severs House
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Tell me how you got into
pantomime.
When I was very young I was taken to
my local pantomime at St. Georges
School, where I had several small
parts one of them being the back
end of the cow in The Giant! One day
I got a call from [panto writer-director]
Kenneth Alan Taylor to play Widow
Twanky in Aladdin, and Ive been
doing panto ever since.
What was your first experience
seeing a pantomime show like?
An amateur panto was the first thing
that I saw and it was a fantastic
time! I dont have any specific
experiences that made me think, I
want to be in pantomime for the rest
of my life. I stumbled into theatre,
and I was very, very lucky that it
found me. I didnt do it professionally
until 1986 when I was about 22.
Tell me about your role as Mother
Goose. What can audiences
expect?
Mother Goose is unique because
its one of the few pantomimes
thats actually about the dame. It is
also very moral in a sense it is
about what happens when
someone is pure and good and
how wealth can change that.
Mother Goose finds herself caught
between Vanity and Charity, and
in the middle between what is
right and wrong.
Tell me about the mythical,
fantastic settings Mother Goose
will be taking audiences to.
There is a wonderful mirror scene
where Mother Goose faces her
future self and what she becomes if
she chooses wealth, and that should
be stunning.
What is it like to work with [the
writer] Susie McKenna?
I love Susies work. She never
patronises or sells short our
audiences, and thats why they
come back again and again. They
dont come to see a star or
celebrity, they come because its a
great panto. One thing Susie always
says is, We do it for the five year
olds, Its the five year olds who sit
there with their mouths dropped
open because they are so drawn
into the excitement and the joy of
whats going on. If weve missed
that, weve missed the point.
What exactly goes into making a
great pantomime?
Honestly, you just need to have fun
and give truth to what youre
performing. Youve got to make
the audience believe that a horse
can fly or that Jacks beanstalk
can really grow. Its honesty to the
part, to the piece. For me, its
about having a great time, because
if Im not having a great time, the
audience wont either. The whole
auditorium should feel like theyre a
part of the show.
What do you do to prepare for a
show like this? What keeps you
inspired?
Sleep! Its two shows a day, 11 shows
a week! Im not young anymore. I do
my bit, go off stage and sleep
between shows, because I have to be
able to give 110%. More than that,
when you are doing any kind of acting,
subconsciously from the minute you
wake up youre mentally preparing for
that seven oclock show.
Youve done films, such as Shoot
The Messenger and Manderlay.
How does cinema compare to
the stage?
Its completely different. Unlike
filming, when you are on stage your
audience is only a foot away from
you, and your level of intensity has to
accommodate for that. Also, TV
wont give you the type of response
you get in theatre, where there is an
immediate reaction for something
you do its very exciting.
Tell me about the Hackney Empire.
Its such a beautiful old theatre. It is a
recently refurbished theatre by the
19th century architect Frank
Matcham, and its gorgeous. Theres
even a bar in the theatre itself, where
all the greats have had a drink.
Do you have any other favourite
theatres in London?
I love all the stages at the National,
especially Cottesloe and the Lyttleton.
I really like Regents Park Open Air,
but I think the National is one of my
favourite places.
You live in London as well. What
are some of your favourite things
to do around the city?
I love to go out for walks. When you
have lived here for a while its easy to
forget that London is full of beautiful
places to go and beautiful things to
see. I love to walk around Regents
Park, and Hackney especially.
For more info on Mother Goose at
the Hackney Empire see p. 86.
My London Clive Rowe
YOUVE GOT TO MAKE THE AUDIENCE BELIEVE THAT A HORSE CAN FLY
Hackney Empire has long
been the purveyor of
extraordinary pantomimes, in
recent years propelled by
dazzling performances from
panto dame Clive Rowe. This
year he dons the heels and
makeup once again to star as
Mother Goose a show
audiences wont want to miss.
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TIME, GENTLEMEN, PLEASE!
Originally dens of iniquity where
smugglers and pirates colluded, now
family-friendly, gastronomic delights,
British pubs have always played an
integral role in London life. Ale
houses, gin palaces and taverns have
served communities in the city for
hundreds of years, offering refuge,
entertainment and, of course, alcohol.
The Prospect of Whitby (57
Wapping Wall, E1.

020 7481
1095) is one of Londons most
charming pubs. Its chequered history
means this wasnt always the case as
it was once a bolthole for unsavoury
characters including smugglers,
hence its previous name, the Devils
Tavern. It was built in 1543 but rebuilt
after a fire destroyed much of it in the
18th century, but the interior still
oozes period features and quaint
nooks to settle into. Its riverside
position results in fantastic views of
the Thames, but dont be perturbed
by the hanging noose that interrupts
this tranquil scene. Its merely a
reminder of the pubs infamous
customer, hanging Judge Jeffreys, a
man of the law with a prolific record
of sending criminals to the gallows.
A pub with an equal measure of
gruesome history and fascinating
fables is The Grapes (76 Narrow St,
E14.

020 7987 4396). Also


located on the river, it again attracted
wayward watermen in the 1700s.
Rumour has it that these murderous
(and rather enterprising) fellows
drowned the pubs drunks in the
Thames to sell their corpses on for
medical dissection. Of course these
days are long gone and the pub now
prides itself on its warm welcome and
excellent fish restaurant.
The Victorians were also great
drinkers, and their legacy of beautiful,
ornate drinking dens is dotted across
the capital. Many have been lovingly
restored to their former glory as the
trend for character pubs takes hold.
One exquisite example of this is
the glorious Fox and Anchor in
Smithfield (115 Charterhouse St,
EC1.

020 7250 1300). Not only


is the dcor a distinct homage to
times gone by with wooden partitions
and flock wallpaper, it is also a chic
hotel with six boutique rooms waiting
for you to rest your head. The menu
celebrates traditional British cuisine
and tankards of ale are available to
get you get into the spirit of things!
The Flask (14 Flask Walk, NW3.

020 7435 4580) in the


picturesque village of Hampstead is
another example of the Victorians
love of all things alcoholic. This venue
retains many of its original features,
built in mind for the working class of
the time. A glazed partition creates an
elegant saloon bar featuring painted
panels and a cast iron fireplace, while
the conservatory serves fantastic
cuisine with fresh, local produce.
If youre after some serious gastro
grub, then head to The Only Running
Footman (5 Charles St, W1.

020
7499 2988) a traditional pub on the
ground floor with a smart restaurant
upstairs. Rated par excellence for
its food and atmosphere, it is no
surprise some locals are practically
part of the furniture. Despite its
Mayfair location, the welcome is
friendly and the prices are reasonable.
Of course a trip to the best
watering holes in London wouldnt be
complete without a visit to the pub
where everybody knows your name,
yes, youve guessed it, Cheers. This
loving tribute to the famous American
TV show is a replica version where
the staff are just as friendly and the
beers are just as cold. Dec 31 marks
its last day in its current location so
head down for one of the best New
Years Eve parties in town (p. 73).
So its easy to see why a trip to
the pub is so important its a first-
hand lesson in history and culture you
wont find in any book all for the
price of a pint.
Ale houses, gin palaces and taverns have served communities in the city for hundreds of years
A visit to a pub is the perfect way to experience the capitals culture first-hand, sample some fine
British fare and take a step back into the history of London. The winter months offer the perfect
excuse to cosy up and enjoy the citys famous hospitality, as Susannah OGrady discovers.
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Say Goodbye to 2008
Well, we cant quite believe its here, but its time to wave off the old year
and welcome in 2009. The Mayors New Year contribution is the
massive fireworks display on the South Bank, against the backdrop of
the London Eye, and with 30 minutes of fireworks big enough to be
seen from a long way away, youll be ooh-ing and aaah-ing all over the
place. Best places to view include anywhere high, along the north bank
and on the river. A great spot is Somerset House; its riverside terrace
offers ringside seats. Skating and non-skating tickets are available, and
include a drink of hot chocolate, mulled wine or champers (p. 36).
The traditional New Year haunt of Trafalgar Square still draws the
crowds for the countdown to midnight, and while big screens will display
the Mayors fireworks, we do recommend spreading out along the river.
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25 Dec Since 1864, brave members of the Serpentine Swimming
Club have eshewed a relaxing morning with their family and
instead gone for a dip in Londons most famous swimming lake.
The annual Christmas Morning Race is 100 yards (90 metres)
and the prize is the Peter Pan Cup. If the lake is frozen they just
break the ice and jump into the 4C waters anyway. The race is
handicapped, so everyone has a chance of winning. Come along
to watch the gallant winner hoist the cup, donated by author J.M.
Barrie in 1904. 09.00 start.
Next to the Serpentine Caf, Hyde Park.
:
serpentine
swimmingclub.com Knightsbridge. Map C3.
BLACKROCK MASTERS
2-7 Dec Pete Sampras, John
McEnroe and Goran Ivanisevic are
among the legends filling the Royal
Albert Hall during this years Masters
series. They may have mellowed
over the years but theyre still playing
to win: the purse is $100,000.
Theres plenty of laughter and
superb tennis, and it makes for a fun
evening out. Tickets 17.50-95.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore,
SW1.

020 7070 4404.


:
theblackrockmasters.com
Knightsbridge. Map D2.
STATE OPENING OF
PARLIAMENT
3 Dec This 500-year-old ceremony
sees The Queen arrive at Parliament
in the State Coach to set out the
governments plan for the next year.
Its a day of ancient tradition, and
while Parliament is closed to the
public, The Queen leaves
Buckingham Palace at 11.00,
returning at about 13.00 down The
Mall and Embankment. You can
watch from The Mall and in front of
the Houses of Parliament.
:
parliament.uk/faq/
lords_stateopening.cfm
Westminster. Map D6.
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS
PUDDING RACE
6 Dec Held in Covent Garden
(p. 11), this anarchic event revolves
around teams of relay runners who
have to negotiate a very silly obstacle
course while clutching a Christmas
Pudding on a tray. Theres a prize for
best fancy dress, entertainment and
plenty of pudding! 11.00 start.
Covent Garden Piazza, WC2.
:
xmaspuddingrace.org.uk
Covent Garden. Map B/C6.
LONDON INTERNATIONAL
HORSE SHOW
16-22 Dec This magnificent show is
a must for fans of equestrianism. It
not only features World Cup
dressage and show-jumping, but
also charges by the Royal Horse
Artillery (an exhilarating sight),
gymkhana displays, dog agility and
even a Shetland pony Grand
National. If youre shopping for a
pony-mad little girl, youve hit the
jackpot with the stalls. Performances
start at approx 13.00 for the
afternoon and 19.00 for the evening.
Tickets 23-49.
Olympia, W14.

08701 452 202.


:
olympiashowjumping.com
Olympia. Off map.
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Can you solve the riddle of
the princes in the Tower?
What really happened to
the princes in the Tower?
Were they murdered?
And if so, by whom?
Visit the scene of the crime.
Weigh up the evidence and
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These are the top
sightseeing attractions.
References are to the
Central London Map on
p. 57-59 for the citys
main attractions.
PLEASE NOTE: Most
attractions will close over
Christmas (24-26 Dec).
Please call ALL places
beforehand if you intend
to visit over this period.
Main Attractions
APSLEY HOUSE
Home of the first Duke of
Wellington, who defeated
Napoleon. See this
wonderful collection of art,
furnishings, porcelain and
sculpture. Wed-Sun 11.00-
16.00. Closed 24-26 Dec.
Admission 5.50, child
2.80. Joint ticket with the
Wellington Arch: adult
6.90, child 3.50.
149 Piccadilly, W1.

020
7499 5676.
:
english-
heritage.org.uk Hyde
Park Corner. Map C4.
BANQUETING HOUSE
Designed by Inigo Jones for
James I and with an exquisite
ceiling by Peter Paul Rubens,
this was a favoured spot of
Charles I. 1 Dec The Dufay
Collective Lunchtime Concert
- A Medieval Christmas.
Tickets 17.50. Mon-Sat
10.00-17.00. Closed 22
Dec-1 Jan. Admission 4.50,
child 2.25.
Whitehall, SW1.

08444 827 777.


:
hrp.org.uk Charing
Cross. Map C6.
BATTERSEA PARK
Large and lovely park on the
south side of the River
Thames. Plenty of room for
walking, plus attractions
including the Peace Pagoda
and views across the river.
Battersea Park, SW11.

020 8871 7530.


:
wandsworth.gov.uk/
parks tBattersea Park.
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BATTERSEA
PARK ZOO
Charming childrens zoo
featuring smaller animals
like monkeys, meerkats,
otters and owls, plus a
petting farm with donkeys,
chinchillas and goats.
Daily 10.00-16.00. Closed
25-26 Dec. Admission
6.50, child 4.95.
Chelsea Gate, Battersea
Park, SW11.

020 7924
5826.
:
batterseapark
zoo.co.uk tBattersea
Park. Off map.
BFI IMAX CINEMA
The biggest screen in
Britain shows films in 3D,
2D and widescreen.
Dinosaur, sea life and
blockbuster movies form
much of its impressive fare.
Book for charming festive
film The Polar Express.
Times and prices vary.
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk,
South Bank, SE1.

08707 872 525.


:
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whatson/bfi_imax
Waterloo. Map C7.
CEREMONY OF
THE KEYS
Since 1340, every night the
outer gates of the Tower of
London are locked and the
keys delivered to the
Resident Governor at 21.53.
Visitors are admitted at 21.30
for free but you need to write
to: Ceremony of the Keys,
Queens House, HM Tower of
London, EC3N 4AB, at least
two months ahead.
Tower of London, Tower
Hill, EC3.

020 3166
6278.
:
hrp.org.uk
Tower Hill. Map C9.
CHANGING OF
THE GUARD
At 11.30 on alternate days,
you can witness the
Changing of the Queens
Guard on the Palace
forecourt. The best views
are by the Palace railings.
There is no guard change in
very wet weather. Free.
Buckingham Palace, The
Mall, SW1.

020 7766
7300. :changing-the-
guard.com Victoria/
Green Park. Map C5.
The Mounted Guard
Changing Ceremony takes
place daily at Horse Guards
Parade. Mon-Sat 11.00;
Sun 10.00. The Household
Cavalrys two squadrons
alternate daily. Free.
Horse Guards, Parade
Whitehall, SW1.

020
7414 2390. St. Jamess
Park/Green Park. Map C6.
CHELSEA STADIUM
TOURS & MUSEUM
Opened in 2005 to celebrate
100 years of Chelsea
Football Club. As well as a
street scene of London circa
1905, there are TVs showing
highlights from Chelseas
games, plus artwork, images
and memorabilia from the
famous team. Stadium and
museum tours daily at 11.00,
12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00,
excluding match days.
Admission 15, child 9.
Stamford Bridge, Fulham
Road, SW6.

08719 841
955. : chelseafc.com
Fulham Broadway.
Off map.
CHURCHILL MUSEUM
& CABINET WAR
ROOMS
It was from this fortified
basement Sir Winston
Churchill and the military
fought World War II. Theres
also a museum dedicated to
the great statesman. Until
Mar Last Post:
Remembering The First
World War. How brave
postal workers kept the
Royal Mail running, no
matter what. Daily 09.30-
18.00. 12, under 16s free.
Clive Steps, King Charles
St, SW1.

020 7930
6961.
:
iwm.org.uk
Westminster. Map D4.
ELTHAM PALACE
This stunning art deco
mansion was created by the
Courtauld family in 1936
from the remains of Henry
VIIIs boyhood home. Its a
showpiece of glam 1930s
design the dining room is
a special delight. Mon-Wed
& Sun 10.00-16.00. Closed
22 Dec-31 Jan. Admission
8.20, child 4.10.
Courtyard, Eltham, SE9.

020 8294 2548.


:
elthampalace.org.uk
tEltham. Off map.
FULHAM PALACE
This stunning 15th century
building was the summer

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Magnificent music
If you havent yet visited this magnificent venue, Christmas
is the time to do so. Even if youre not religious, all of
Londons churches are at their best at this time of year, and
St. Pauls Cathedral is no exception. Theres a full
programme of services and ceremonies, including the
dramatic Advent Procession (18.00, 1 Dec), the spine-
tingling Messiah (18.30, 4 Dec) and a childrens service
(20 Dec), not to mention the ever-popular Midnight
Eucharist a wonderful way of welcoming Christmas Day
(23.30, 24 Dec). See more on p. 98.
To add to the wonder, the cathedrals Grand Organ has
undergone a 30-year service and returned to its duties on
30 Oct. To mark the occasion a series of major organ recitals
have used its 7,256 pipes, 108 stops and 5 manuals to great
effect. The re-
dedication series
ends on 7 Dec with a
performance of La
Nativit by Messiaen.
If the incredible
chords of this
masterpiece dont get
the goose-bumps
going, nothing will!
St. Pauls
Cathedral, p. 38.
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retreat of the Bishops of
London but now holds
a museum, gorgeous
botanical gardens, a gallery
space and Oliver Peytons
The Lawn restaurant, open
daily. Sat 11.00-14.00; Sun
11.30-15.30; Mon-Tues
12.00-16.00. Free.
Bishops Park, SW6.

020 7736 3233.


:
fulhampalace.org
Fulham Broadway/
Putney Bridge. Off map.
GOLDEN HINDE, THE
The full-size reconstruction
of Sir Francis Drakes 16th
century vessel, in which he
circumnavigated the globe,
is also a museum. Special
Pirate Fun Days are great
for children. Call for dates.
Daily 9.30-18.00, may vary.
Admission 6, conc 4.50.
Pickfords Wharf, Clink
Street, SE1.

08700
118 700.
:
golden
hinde.org London
Bridge. Map C8.
GUARDS MUSEUM
After youve enjoyed the
Changing of the Guard
(p. 27), learn more by
visiting their top-notch
museum. It features the
history, stories and heritage
of the five regiments, plus
two showcases of guards
on operations in Iraq. Daily
10.00-16.00. Admission
3, child 2.
Wellington Barracks,
Birdcage Walk, SW1.

020 7414 3271.


:
theguardsmuseum.
com St. Jamess Park.
Map D5.
HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Over 800 acres of natural
park, with ponds, hills, sports
facilities and Kenwood
House (p. 30). Incredible
views. Admission free.
Hampstead, NW3.
:
cityoflondon.gov.uk
Hampstead. Off map.
HAMPTON COURT
PALACE
A magnificent Tudor palace
set in 60 acres of parkland.
Costumed guided tours
daily; cookery demos first
weekend of the month and
Young Henry VIII exhibition.
Until 1 Mar Ghost Tours.
Spooky walks. Fri for
adults, 25; Sun children,
12.50. 20-23 Dec Carol
Singing. 7. 20-23 Dec
Henry VIIIs Chrismas. See
his courtiers vie for his
attention. Palace and maze
daily 10.00-17.30, park
07.00-17.30. Palace, maze,
gardens 13.30, child
6.65; maze 3.50, child
2.50; gardens 4.60, child
free; park free.
Hampton Court, East
Molesey, Surrey.

08707 537 777.


:
hrp.org.uk tHampton
Court. Off map.
HOUSEHOLD
CAVALRY MUSEUM
This special place is a living
museum, so that, as well as
discovering the history of
mounted guards, you can
watch the day-to-day life of
the regiments. See troopers
working with horses in the
original 18th century stables
and hear accounts of their
training. Daily 10.00-17.00.
Admission 6, child 4.
Horse Guards, Whitehall,
SW1.

020 7930 3070.


:
householdcavalry
museum.org.uk
Westminster. Map C6.
HMS BELFAST
Sitting dramatically in the
Thames, this ship is
Europes only surviving
World War II cruiser. In
service with the Royal Navy
until 1965, she was saved
as a reminder of Britains
naval heritage. Until 2009
Launch! Shipbuilding
Through The Ages. From
sail to modern techniques
using interactive displays
and film. Daily 10.00-17.00.
Closed 24-26 Dec.
Admission 10.30, conc
7.20, child free.
Morgans Lane, Tooley
Street, SE1.

020 7940
6300.
:
iwm.org.uk
London Bridge. Map C9.
HOLLAND PARK
Incredibly pretty park with
various sections including
the lovely Kyoto Garden, play
areas and the gorgeous
ruins of Holland House.
Open sunset-sunrise.
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Holland Park, W8.

020 7361 3003.


:
rbkc.gov.uk
Holland Park. Off map.
HOUSES OF
PARLIAMENT
The Palace of Westminster
has been the site of the
Houses of Parliament since
1265; the current building is
19th century. The Clock
Tower houses the famous
bell, Big Ben. UK visitors can
attend debates, tour the
building or climb the Clock
Tower arrange a place
through your MP or a Lord;
overseas visitors can only
attend debates. Mon-Fri
09.30-17.00. Admission free.
Westminster, SW1.

08709 063 773.


:
parliament.uk
Westminster. Map D6.
KENSINGTON PALACE
This pretty royal residence
sits on the edge of
Kensington Gardens and was
Queen Victorias birthplace
and Princess Dianas last
home. It shows dresses from
her collection including
Versaces little black dress.
Until 14 Jun 2009 The Last
Debutantes. Discover the
glamorous world of the
Debs in the 1950s. Daily
10.00-17.00. Closed 24-26
Dec. Admission 12.30,
child 6.15.
Kensington Gardens, W8.

08444 827 777.


:
hrp.org.uk High
Street Kensington/
Queensway. Map C1.
KENWOOD HOUSE
This stunning neoclassical
house, designed by Robert
Adam, sits in Hampstead
Heath (p. 28) and holds
such delights as work by
Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner
and Gainsborough. Daily
11.30-16.00, gardens
11.00-dusk. Closed 24-26
Dec. Admission free.
Hampstead Lane, NW3.

020 8348 1286.


:
english-heritage.org.uk
Archway/Golders
Green. Off map.
LONDON AQUARIUM
One of Europes largest
aquaria has around-the-
globe fish displays and is a
magical spot for kids.
Witness 350 species of
marine life, including several
species of sharks, and enjoy
5-6 & 26 Dec We Brits love horse-racing, and
winter is all about the jumps. Sandown
celebrates Christmas at the Tingle Creek race
meet (5-6 Dec). As well as top-level racing, youll
be picked up from the train station in a horse-
drawn sleigh, regaled by carol singers and little
ones will get to meet Santa.
The other major race is Kempton Parks
Boxing Day meet, home to the very famous King
George VI steeple chase (26 Dec). Its an incredible
experience to be in the crowd of such an important
event, and as a bonus kids go free. You might even
get to see the amazing Kauto Star (right) run.
Sandown, Esher, Surrey.

01372 470 047.


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sandown.co.uk t Waterloo to Esher (25 mins).
Kempton Park, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex.

01932 782 292.


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The Fan Museum Presents
Fans from Castle Friedenstein, Gotha
The Fan Museum
12 Crooms Hill
Greenwich
London
SE10 8ER
Tel: 020 8305 1441
Fax: 020 8293 1889
www.fan-museum.org
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a daily timetable of talks,
dives and feeds. Daily
10.00-18.00. Admission
13.25, child 9.75, tours
3.50 per adult.
County Hall, Riverside
Building, Westminster
Bridge Road, SE1.

020 7967 8000.


:
londonaquarium.co.uk
Westminster. Map D6.
LONDON DUNGEON
Spectacular sets, live actors
and special effects evoke
ghoulish encounters from
Britains past not for small
children or the faint-hearted!
Dont miss Extremis: Drop
Ride To Doom, based on
historical hangings.
Christmas events TBC. Daily
10.00-17.00. Admission
19.95, child 13.95. Pre-
booking recommended.
28-34 Tooley Street, SE1.

020 7403 7221.


:
thedungeons.com
London Bridge. Map C9.
LONDON EYE
This icon was constructed
to mark the millennium, and
is one of the worlds tallest
observation wheels. Look
out for Christmas activities,
plus flights to mark the New
Year. Daily 10.00-21.00,
each flight lasts 30 mins.
Standard admission 15.50,
child 7.75, with 10%
discount if booked online.
Flight and river tour
packages available.
South Bank, SE1.

08705 000 600.


:londoneye.com
Waterloo. Map C6.
LONDON WETLAND
CENTRE
The diverse ecosystem in
this 105-acre reserve
includes a host of rare
wildfowl, bats and birds. This
time of year is fantastic for
over-wintering wildfowl.
Activities include lectures
and birdwatching lessons,
Santas Grotto and carol
singers. Sunday carvery in
caf. Daily 09.30-17.00.
Closed 25 Dec. Admission
8.95, child 4.95.
Queen Elizabeths Walk,
SW13.

020 8409 4400.


:
wwt.org.uk
tBarnes. Off map.
MADAME TUSSAUDS
The world-famous home
of waxworks: pose with Kate
Moss, meet Harry Potter or
sing with Amy Winehouse.
Scream! is a new interactive
maze in the Chamber Of
Horrors. Not for the faint-
hearted. Daily 09.30-17.30.
Closed 25 Dec. Admission
price for adults and children
varies depending on booking
and ticket type: 18-40.
Marylebone Road, NW1.

08709 990 046.


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madame-tussauds.
co.uk Baker Street.
Map A4.
OLD ROYAL NAVAL
COLLEGE
This stunningly located
baroque masterpiece is the
traditional home of British
naval training. Meet
costumed characters like
pirate Grace OMalley and
visit the exquisite Painted
Hall. Grounds open daily
08.00-18.00; Painted Hall,
Chapel and Greenwich Visitor
Centre open daily 10.00-
17.00. Closed 24-26 Dec. On
Sun the Chapel is open for
worship at 11.00 and to
visitors from 12.30.
Admission free. Guided tours
4, child free.
Greenwich, SE10.

020
8269 4747.
:
oldroyal
navalcollege.org
Greenwich/Cutty
Sark, or take a boat trip
(see p.36). Map inset.
QUEENS HOUSE, THE
Englands first neoclassical
building, designed in 1616.
Dont miss the exquisite
Tulip Staircase. Until 11 Jan
Turmoil & Tranquillity. The
National Maritime
Museums outstanding
collection of 16th-17th
century Dutch maritime
paintings. Daily 10.00-
17.00. Closed 24-26 Dec.
Admission free.
Romney Road, Greenwich,
SE10.

020 8858 4422.


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RIPLEYS BELIEVE
IT OR NOT!
This new attraction is a first
for London but the
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Open for
bookings now
020 77 400 400
www.citycruises.com
info@citycruises.com
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been a hit around the world.
Ripleys presents the
stranger things in life, like
two-headed calves, genuine
moon rock, mummies,
shrunken heads and a
matchstick Tower Bridge.
There are more than 500
authentic exhibits. Daily, inc
25 Dec, 10.00-00.00
(last entry 22.30).
Admission 17.95, child
(4-15) 13.95.
1 Piccadilly Circus, W1.

020 3238 0022.


:ripleyslondon.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C4.
ROYAL BOTANIC
GARDENS, KEW
A botanical research centre
and a World Heritage Site
dating back to the
Georgian era, containing
plants from across the
globe. Dont miss the
Shirley Sherwood Gallery,
dedicated to botanic art.
From 13 Dec A Traditional
Christmas. Celebrations in
honour of Kews 250 years.
Mon-Fri 09.30-18.30; Sat-
Sun 09.30-19.30.
Admission 13, child free.
Kew, Richmond, TW9.

020 8332 5655.


:
kew.org Kew
Gardens. Off map.
ROYAL
OBSERVATORY
Greenwich Mean Time is
measured here stand on
the Meridian Line and be in
two hemispheres. Visit the
Peter Harrison Planetarium
which has four galleries on
the stars and many
marvellous shows, including
the interactive Black Holes
These beautiful open spaces are the property of The
Crown and the one-time grounds of royal homes. They are
some of the biggest green areas in London, and are
normally open from 07.00 until dusk, but check
:royalparks.org.uk
Bushy Park Hampton, Middlesex. A charming park
north of Hampton Court Palace (p. 30). tHampton
Court/ Teddington. Off map.
Green Park SW1. A peaceful haven near St Jamess.
Green Park. Map C4+5/D4.
Greenwich Park SE10. Next to the National Maritime
Museum, encompassing the Royal Observatory (below)
and offering spectacular views. t Greenwich/ Cutty
Sark. Map inset.
Hyde Park W2. Swim, boat on the lake, ride horses or
listen at Speakers Corner. Hyde Park Corner/
Lancaster Gate /Marble Arch. Map C3+4/D3.
Kensington Gardens W8. Once the grounds of
Kensington Palace (p. 32) and a continuation of Hyde
Park. Lancaster Gate/Queensway. Map C1+2/D2.
Regents Park NW1. Home to ZSL London Zoo.
Baker Street/Regents Park. Map A3+4.
St Jamess Park SW1. An ornamental park with a lake
(below). St. Jamess Park. Map C5/D5.
Richmond Park TW10. Londons largest open space
was once a royal hunting ground. Richmond. Off map.
Royal Parks
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(not for under-sevens).
Childrens walks and talks on
Sats. Daily 10.00-17.00.
Closed 24-26 Dec.
Admission free; Planetarium
shows 6, child 4.
Greenwich Park, SE10.

08707 804 264.


:
nmm.ac.uk
Greenwich/ Cutty
Sark, or take a boat trip
(see River Thames, p. 38).
Map inset.
ROYAL INSTITUTION
OF GREAT BRITAIN
This magnificent Grade I-
listed Georgian building has
a new lease thanks to a
multi-million pound
restoration. Learn about the
RIGBs 14 Nobel Prize-
winning scientists, including
Michael Faraday, via highly
interactive displays aimed at
children and adults alike, or
see scientists at work. The
space also has a new bar, a
cool restaurant and their
famous lectures are better
than ever. Please note: our
map has the RIGB marked
as Faraday Museum. Check
website for opening times
and prices.
21 Albemarle Street, W1.

020 7409 2992.


:
rigb.org Green
Park. Map C5
SHAKESPEARES
GLOBE EXHIBITION
Perfect reconstruction of
Shakespeares original
theatre. Tour backstage and
check out the recently
refurbished exhibits on The
Bards life, times and plays.
Daily 09.00-17.00; check for
late openings. Closed 24-25
Dec. Guided tours every half
hour. Admission 9,
child 6.50.
New Globe Walk,
Bankside, SE1.

020
7902 1500.
:
shakes
peares-globe.org
Southwark. Map C8.
SOMERSET HOUSE
This beautiful 18th century
building is now a cultural
centre housing the Courtauld
Gallery (p. 48) and The
Architecture Foundation.
Until 7 Dec Wouldnt It Be
It might feel like London has been totally taken over by the
spirit of Christmas, but never fear theres still plenty to do
if youre looking for something different. For example, Red
Letter Days latest experience is learning how to fence. Yup,
told you it was different!
If you caught the coverage during the Olympics in the
summer, youll know about the delicate swords, strange
white outfits and lightning quick moves. What you might not
know is just what a work out it is you can burn as many as
390 calories an hour. Its also very good fun. First off our
instructor (a top coach) warmed us up with classic footwork,
then we learned to handle the foil. Our learners swords
were made out of rubber and beeped if you touched your
opponent. As you might
imagine, the real fun came
at the end when we
fought bouts against each
other. Embarrassed at the
start of the class (I have
two left feet and,
apparently, two left hands).
I soon became ultra-
competitive and keen to
score points off my
opponent. Its perfect for
those who, like me, can
quote every line of The
Princess Bride and darn
good fun for all.
:
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beautiful, unpretentious,
infectious and great fun
(Guardian)
From 19 December
three WEEKS ONLY
Royal Festival Hall
Originally produced in association with Brighton Festival. Lost and Found Orchestra is presented in
association withYes/No Productions and Glynis Henderson Productions.
tickets 0871 663 2500
www.lostandfoundorchestra.com
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historic
castle
royal
palace
family
home
windsor castle
official residence of the queen
A visit includes
the special exhibition
to celebrate the
60th Birthday of
The Prince of Wales
Open daily, 09:4516:15 (last admission 15:00)
Castle closed 25 and 26 December, State Apartments closed 12 December
Travel by train from London Paddington
or London Waterloo
020 7766 7304
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Nice: Wishful Thinking In Art
& Design. Major exhibition.
Until 22 Jan Ice Rink. 31
Dec New Year Celebrations.
Gallery open 10.00-18.00.
Admission 8, conc 6.
South Building daily 10.00-
18.00; Seamens Hall daily
08.00-23.00; Court daily
07.30-23.00, admission free.
Strand, WC2.

020 7845
4600.
:
somerset
house.org.uk Temple.
Map C6.
ST. PAULS
CATHEDRAL
Sir Christopher Wren
designed this domed
cathedral, filled with exquisite
mosaics and carvings,
breathtaking vantage points,
plus monuments of famous
Britons. Throughout the
month there are concerts
and services see p. 29
and 98 for more. Mon-Sat
08.30-16.00. Crypt Mon-
Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun
10.30-17.00. Admission
10, child 3.50. Three
different tours: Audio: Mon-
Sat, 4; Super: Mon-Sat, 3,
child 1; Triforium: Mon,
Tues, Fri, 15.
St Pauls Churchyard, EC4.

020 7236 4128.


:
stpauls.co.uk
St. Pauls. Map B8.
TOWER BRIDGE
EXHIBITION, THE
This breathtaking bridge is
raised around 1,000 times a
year; an exhibition details its
architecture and heritage.
Wonderful views. For lifting
times, call

020 7940
3984. Daily 09.30-18.00
(last admission 17.00).
Closed 24-26 Dec.
Admission 6, child 3,
under 5s free.

020 7403 3761.


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Tower Hill, or by boat
(see left). Map C9.
TOWER OF LONDON
This ancient, historic
landmark contains the
Bloody Tower, Traitors Gate
and the Crown Jewels. The
Beefeaters (Yeoman
Warders) provide free guided
tours. Prisoners Of The
Tower permanent exhibition,
Hands On History and family
trails for children. 27-31 Dec
A Medieval Christmas. Until
Mar Tower Twilight Tours.
Weds at 21.00. Until 11 Jan
Ice Rink. Call 08444 124
640 to book. Tues-Sat
09.00-16.30, Sun-Mon
10.00-16.30. Closed
24-26 Dec. Admission
16.50, child 9.50.
Tower Hill, EC3.

08707 566 060.


:hrp.org.uk Tower
Hill or go by boat (see
left). Map C9.
VINOPOLIS WORLD
OF WINE
Informative tours about
major wine producing
regions across the world.
Visitors sample wines in
tailored tasting sessions.
Two restaurants offer great
food and wine deals.
Mon, Thurs, Fri 12.00-
22.00, Sat 11.00-21.00,
Sun 12.00-18.00.
Admission from 19.50,
depending on tour.
1 Bank End, SE1.

08702 414 040.


:
vinopolis.co.uk
London Bridge.
Map C8.
WINSTON
CHURCHILLS BRITAIN
AT WAR EXPERIENCE
Experience life on the home
front of war-torn Britain
during World War II. Learn
about evacuation, rationing,
the ways they kept up
morale and much more.
Daily 10.00-16.30. Closed
24-26 Dec. Admission
10.45, child 4.95.
64-66 Tooley Street, SE1.

020 7403 3171.


:
britainatwar.co.uk
London Bridge. Map C9.
ZSL LONDON ZOO
180 years old and still going
strong with a marvellous
menagerie. Marvel at the
Reptile House and Lion
Terraces, meet the monkeys
and check out the Gorilla
Kingdom. Dont miss the
Blackburn Pavilion, filled
with free-flying tropical
birds. Dec dates TBC
Tropical Christmas. Travel
the zoos animal world with
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The following information describes some of the major
sightseeing and ferry companies on the Thames.
A booklet giving routes, times and fares is available at
central London piers, tube stations and London Travel
Information Centres.
MAIN PIERS Nearest underground/rail stations and
Map (p. 57-59) references are: Bankside Pier
Southwark/Mansion House. Map C8. Embankment
Pier Embankment. Map C6. Festival Pier
Waterloo. Map C6. Greenwich Pier Greenwich/
Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich. Map inset.
Millbank Pier Pimlico. Map E6. St Katharines Pier
Tower Hill. Map C9. Tower Pier Tower Hill. Map
C9. Waterloo Pier Westminster. Map C6.
BOAT OPERATORS Bateaux London

020 7695
1800. :bateauxlondon.com City Cruises

020
7740 0400. :citycruises.com Thames Clippers Hi-
speed catamarans leave piers every 20 mins. Services
from Waterloo to The O
2
and on to Royal Arsenal
Woolwich, have stops at Embankment, Bankside, Tower,
London Bridge, City, Canary Wharf and Greenwich.

08707 815 049. :thamesclippers.com Thames


River Services

020 7930 4097.


:westminsterpier.co.uk Westminster Passenger
Service Association (Upriver) Ltd (WPSA Upriver)

020 7930 2062. :wpsa.co.uk


SIGHTSEEING CRUISES River Red Rover City
Cruises. Unlimited hop on, hop off between Waterloo,
Westminster, Tower and Greenwich Piers.
Fare 10.50, child 5.25.
LUNCH & DINNER CRUISES (Please book ahead).
From Embankment Pier Bateaux London

020
7695 1800. Nightly dinner cruises including a four or
five course a la carte menu and live entertainment.
Lunch cruises Wed-Sat. Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise with
live jazz music and spectacular views, embark at
Westminster Pier. The London Showboat

020
7740 0400. See the river at night on this three and a
half hour cabaret cruise, with music from West End
musicals, a four-course meal and wine. Thurs-Sun,
board at 18.45, sail at 19.00. Fare 70.
The River Thames
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17.30. Closed 25 Dec.
Admission 15.40, child
11.90, 10% discount if
you book online.
Regents Park, NW1.

020 7722 3333.


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Town. Map A4.
Places of Worship
BUDDHAPADIPA
TEMPLE
Europes only Thai Bhuddist
temple is a centre for
theoretical and practical
Buddhist teaching and is set
in idyllic grounds. The
exquisite Thai-style buildings
were built in 1980, and
highlights include murals on
the Buddhas life. Daily
09.00-18.00. Respectful
visitors welcomed.
Calhonne Road, SW19.

020 8946 1357.


:
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Wimbledon. Off map.
CENTRAL HALL
WESTMINSTER
One million Methodists
gave one guinea to build
this graceful neoclassical
hall, opposite Westminster
Abbey. Its incredible dome
is open for tours, there
are organ recitals, and of
course, services. Daily
08.00-18.00. Admission
and guided tours free;
dome tours 3.
Storeys Gate, SW1.

020 7222 8010.


:
c-h-w.com
Westminster. Map D5.
SHRI SWAMINARAYAN
MANDIR
The largest Hindu temple in
the northern hemisphere is
a beautiful creation: soaring
pinnacles and pillars on the
outside, incredible carvings
inside. Exhibition on the
history and practice of
Hinduism open 09.00-
18.00, 2. Admission to
temple is free.
105-119 Brentfield Road,
NW10.

020 8965 2651.


:
mandir.org
Neasden. Off map.
ST MARTIN-IN-THE-
FIELDS
Graceful church with a
vibrant community life and
programme of classical
music concerts, taking
advantage of its soaring
acoustics. Brass Rubbing
Centre and jazz concerts on
Wed nights. Full programme
of festive events including
special services (see p. 98
for details), concerts,
shopping and festive menus
in the Caf in the Crypt. 25
Dec Christmas Day Service.
10.30 start. Mon-Wed
10.00-19.00; Thurs-Sat
10.00-22.00; Sun 12.00-
19.00. Church open for
worship Sun-Fri 08.00-
18.00. Entry free, brass
rubbing 4.50.
Trafalgar Square, WC2.

020 7766 1100.


:
smitf.org Charing
Cross. Map C6.
WESTMINSTER
ABBEY
Consecrated in 1065, this
magnificent and ancient
abbey is the crowning and
burial site of most English
monarchs. Full programme
of festive concerts and carol
singing see website for
more. 25 Dec Christmas
Day Service. Abbey and
museum open Mon-Fri
09.30-16.00, Wed 09.30-
19.00, Sat 09.30-13.30.
Open for worship daily
08.00-18.00. Admission
12, child 9, under 11s
free; verger-led tour 5;
Audio guides 4.
Broad Sanctuary, SW1.

020 7654 4900.


:
westminster-abbey.org
Westminster. Map D6.
WESTMINSTER
CATHEDRAL
Completed in 1903, this
Catholic churchs incredible
mosaics and multi-coloured
marble plays tribute to the
Byzantine style. Plenty of
festive activities see
website for more. Abbey daily
07.00-19.00; museum
10.30-16.45. Admission free.
Bell Tower open Thurs-Sun
09.30-17.00. Admission 3,
child 1.
Victoria Street, SW1.

020 7798 9055.


:
westminster
cathedral.org.uk
Victoria. Map D5.
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BIG BUS COMPANY
Daily open-top, double-
decker sightseeing trips
providing multilingual audio
tours. A hop-on, hop-off
ticket is valid for a river
cruise and walking tours.
Closed 25 Dec. Tickets
24, child 10. Valid for 24
hours. Call or visit the
information centre.
48 Buckingham Palace
Road, SW1.

020 7233
9533.
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bigbustours.
com Victoria. Map D4.
BLACK TAXI TOURS
A luxurious way to sightsee
day or night, London
cabbies are equipped with
The Knowledge and the
London gossip. Passengers
decide the itinerary. From
95 for a five-seater cab.
7 Durweston Mews, W1.

020 7935 9363.


:
blacktaxitours.co.uk
Baker Street. Map B3.
LORDS CRICKET
GROUND
Tours at the spiritual home
of cricket incorporate the
players dressing rooms, the
MCC Museum, home of The
Ashes,plus the futuristic
Investec Media Centre.
Daily tours at 10.00, 12.00
and14.00. Admission 12,
child 6.
St. Johns Wood Road,
NW8.

020 7616 8595.


:
lords.org St Johns
Wood. Map A2.
ORIGINAL LONDON
SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Daily multilingual open-top
bus tours pass the citys top
attractions and allow you to
hop on and hop off at over
90 different stops. Kids
Club for 5-12 year olds.
Tickets 22, child 12,
this includes a river cruise
and three walking tours.
Valid for 24 hours.
Baker Street forecourt.

020 8877 1722.


:
theoriginaltour.com
Baker Street. Map A3.
ROYAL ALBERT
HALL TOURS
Join the RAHs experts on a
stroll around this exquisite
neo-gothic building, including
access to the Royal Retiring
Room and the Queens Box.
Thurs-Tues 10.30-15.30. Sun
also has Ignite Brunch tour at
11.15. Adults 8, includes
two children. Go to Door 12.
Kensington Gore, SW7.

020 7589 8212.


:
royalalberthall.com
South Kensington.
Map D2.
ROYAL OPERA
HOUSE TOURS
Explore one of the worlds
leading theatres. Tours
include a history of the
theatre, and you might see
The Royal Ballet in class or
the backstage technology.
Three tours a day Mon-Fri;
four Sat, 10.00-14.30.
Admission 9, child 7.
Covent Garden, WC2.

020 7212 9389.


:
roh.org.uk Covent
Garden. Map B6.
Tours River
LONDON
DUCKTOURS
These unique 70-minute
tours in an amphibious
World War II DUKW vehicle
depart from near County
Hall, pass major landmarks
and include a splashdown
into the river and a quick
motor around. Daily from
10.00. Closed 24-26 Dec.
Tickets 19, child 13.
55 York Road, SE1.

020 7928 3132.


:
londonducktours.
co.uk Waterloo.
Map D6.
THAMES RIB
EXPERIENCE
Fantastic boat ride which
combines the exhilarating
speed of a RIB (rigid
inflatable boat) with a
sightseeing tour. Learn about
the city as you travel as far
as Canary Wharf, Greenwich
or even the Thames Barrier,
then hang onto your hats as
you zip down the river. Adult
from 29, child from 16.
Embankment Pier,
Victoria Embankment,
WC2.

08702 244 200.


:
thamesribexperience.
com Embankment.
Map C6.
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1pm
A winter
wonderland
11am
Heavenly
choirs
7pm
Time to be
entertained
5pm
A little
Christmas magic
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TOURS
Tours include Ghosts By
Gaslight and Royal London;
options vary, call for details.
Free walks with a river
cruise; buy tickets from Big
Bus staff at any stop. Walks
depart daily from Trafalgar
Square, by National Gallery.
48 Buckingham Palace
Road, SW1.

020 7233
9533. :bigbustours.
com Victoria. Map D4.
BLUE BADGE GUIDES
Independent guides certified
by the Institute of Tourist
Guiding. Diverse range of
tours, local knowledge and
many languages spoken.

020 7403 1115.


:
blue-badge-guides.com
CHOCOLATE ECSTASY
TOURS
Indulgent walking tours for
chocaholics. Try the Original
Tour through Piccadilly and
Marylebone, or the Chelsea
Tour. Half or full days with
lunch from 65.

07981 809 536.


:
chocolateecstasy
tours.com
CITY SIDEWALKS
Imaginative walks around the
capital include City Of
Contrasts: Ancient &
Modern, The Great Fire of
London and Blessed, Cursed
And Haunted. Guides can
advise visitors who wish to
tailor-make a trail.

020 8449 4736.


:
citysidewalks.co.uk
JACK THE RIPPER
TOURS
Richard Jones of London
Walking Tours writes books
on Jack The Ripper. This is
his highly popular walking
experience, which limits
numbers for a better tour.
Booking essential. Tours
leave at 19.00 from
Aldgate East. 7.

020 8530 8443.


:
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LONDON WALKS
Londons oldest walking
tour company celebrates its
40th anniversary this year.
Favourite walks include its
superb Jack The Ripper
Walk, which departs daily at
19.30 from Tower Hill, and
ghostly walks leave daily
from different locations.
There are over 300 walks in
all. Adults 7, conc 5.

020 7624 3978.


:
walks.com
ORIGINAL LONDON
SIGHTSEEING WALKS
Walks leave from The
Original London Visitor
Centre and include Changing
Of The Guard (leaving at
10.30) Cool Britannia
(leaving at 13.00) and Jack
The Ripper (leaving at
15.30). Free with Original
London Sightseeing Tours.
17-19 Cockspur Street,
SW1.

020 7389
5040.
:
theoriginaltour.
com Charing Cross.
Map C6.
Out Of Town
Times and prices may
vary, particularly over
Christmas. Call
information centres or
venues to check. We give
approximate journey
times by train and, where
appropriate, by coach
from Victoria Coach
Station (map D4).
BLENHEIM PALACE
An 18th century baroque
masterpiece, the birthplace of
Winston Churchill and now
home to 11th Duke of
Marlborough. It is also a
World Heritage Site.
Until 14 Dec A Victorian
Christmas. Stunning
decoration in the palace.
13-14 Dec Festive
Entertainment. Carols galore.
Park open daily 09.00-
17.30/dusk; palace and
gardens Wed-Sat 10.30-
17.30, closed from 15 Dec.
Palace, park & gardens
16.50, child 10; park &
gardens 9.50, child 4.80.
Woodstock, Oxford.

08700 602 080.


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Oxford (1 hr).
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Chelsea Football
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To book call 0871 984 1955*
Or for further information visit
www.chelseafc.com/tours
*during ofce hours. All tours are subject to availability, alteration or cancellation
without prior notice. Stadium Tours and Museum will be closed on all home
Matchdays and the day before home Champions League games.
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Be captivated by the
treasures of Apsley House,
the stunning residence of
the Duke of Wellington.
Open WedSun
11am4pm
Hyde Park Corner Tube
Call 020 7499 5676 or visit
www.english-heritage.org.uk/apsleyhouse
Explore Magnicent
Apsley House
TO BOOK YOUR PLACES PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE
WWW. RI PPERT OUR. COM
or phone
020 8530- 8443
You can follow a step by step guide to our route
and read the full Jack the Ripper story BEFORE
you take the walk on our website:-
WWW.RIPPERTOUR.COM
On our walk we show you
original Victorian photographs
of the streets through which
you are walking as they were
in 1888.
We are the only Jack the
Ripper Walk to limit the
number of participants so booking is essential.
T HE SHADOWS JUST GOT DARKER
The tour costs just 6.50 and lasts around two hours
JACK THE RIPPER TOUR
See it on line before you book
...this is an eerie, historical site... and,
without a single prop, Richard Jones succeeds
in conjuring more potent memories out of
the area than from a neighbourhood full of
palaces ... The Sunday Times
Accommodation
from 18
Book with
the experts!
Great deals on hotels, B&Bs and hostels
in London and throughout the UK
50%off
hotels
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phone: +44 (0)844 445 7140
email: blvc@hotelworldplus.com
Or when in town visit us at the Britian & London Visitor
Centre at 1 Regent St, London (near Piccadilly Circus)
To make a reservation visit our website
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COTSWOLD
WILDLIFE PARK
This 160-acre reserve in
the Cotswold Hills is a great
place for children; creatures
range from anacondas to
zebras. Activities include
penguin and big cat feeding,
and a brass rubbing centre.
Keeper For A Day
experiences available. Daily
10.00-17.00, last entry
15.30. Closed 25 Dec.
Admission 10, child 7.50.
Burford, Oxfordshire.

01993 823 006.


:cotswoldwildlife
park.co.uk t Paddington
to Oxford then bus
(90 mins).
LEEDS CASTLE
This fairytale castle is
idyllically situated on an
island. The 500-acre grounds
blend heritage and fun,
including an aviary and a
maze with a secret grotto.
1-24 Dec Christmas At The
Castle. Wonderful
decorations based on The
Nutcracker. Daily, castle
10.30-16.00, grounds
10.00-17.00, last entry
15.00. Closed 25 Dec.
Admission 15, child 9.50.
Maidstone, Kent.

08706 008 880.


:leeds-castle.com
t Victoria to
Bearsted (1 hr).
OXFORD
A beautiful city with world-
famous colleges and
incredible architecture. The
Ashmolean Museum is the
oldest public museum in the
world. Great shopping, and
a good base for exploring
the Cotswolds.
Information

01865 252
200. :visitoxford.org
tPaddington to Oxford
(1 hr). Oxford Tube coach
(1 hr 30 mins).
PAINSHILL PARK
Built in the 1740s, this
stunning landscaped garden
is dotted with romantic
grottoes and temples.
Excellent programme of
events. Until 24 Dec Meet
Father Christmas. In the
18th Century Crystal Grotto.
Daily 10.30-16.00. Closed
25-26 Dec. Admission
6.60, child 3.85.
Cobham, Surrey.

01932 868 113.


:
painshill.co.uk
t Waterloo to Cobham
(30 mins).
ROALD DAHL
MUSEUM & STORY
CENTRE
Delightful museum based
around the life and works of
the world-famous author.
Two galleries reveal Dahls
fascinating life, while the
Story Centre allows children
to explore his tales and
make up their own. Opening
times vary. Admission 5.50,
child 3.95.
Great Missenden,
Buckinghamshire.

01494 892 192.


:roalddahlmuseum.org
t Marylebone to
Gt. Missenden (45 mins).
SALISBURY
CATHEDRAL
One of Britains finest
medieval cathedrals and
a very special heritage site.
Built in the 13th century, it
was immortalised by artist
John Constable. Plenty of
festive activities see
website for details. Daily
07.15-18.15, shop and caf
09.30-17.30. Admission
free, suggested donation 5,
child 3. Tower tour 5.50,
child 4.50.
Salisbury, Wiltshire.

01722 555 120.


:salisburycathedral.
org.uk tWaterloo to
Salisbury (1 hr 20 mins).
Coach (3 hrs 15 mins).
SHAKESPEARES
HOUSES
Five beautiful historic
houses and gardens,
including Shakespeares
Birthplace and Halls Croft,
situated in a lovely town. The
houses describe the great
mans life and the times he
lived in. Opening times,
tickets and prices vary.
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire.

01789
204 016. :shakespeare.
org.uk t Marylebone to
Stratford-upon-Avon
(1 hr 30 mins).
STONEHENGE
The most famous stone
circle on the planet, this
World Heritage Site is at
least 5,000 years old. The
origins of the neolithic
remains are obscure, but its
an extraordinary place.
Visitor centre, shop and caf.
Daily 09.30-16.00. Closed
24-25 Dec. Admission
6.50, child 3.30.
Salisbury, Wiltshire.

08703 331 181.


:
english-heritage.
org.uk t Waterloo to
Salisbury, then Wilts &
Dorset 3 bus (90 mins).
WINDSOR CASTLE
This magnificent 26-acre
building is the worlds oldest
inhabited castle. See the
magnificent State
Apartments, St. Georges
Chapel and until March
visitors can enjoy George IVs
private apartments. Until 22
Feb HRH The Prince of
Wales. Celebrating the life of
Prince Charles, who turned
60 this year. 20-22 Dec
A Victorian Christmas.
Discover the style in which
Queen Victoria and Prince
Albert celebrated the festive
holiday. Daily 09.45-16.15,
last entry 15.00. Admission
14.80, child 8.50.
Windsor, Berkshire.

020
7766 7304. :royal
collection.org.uk
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& Eton Riverside (45 mins).
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open its doors to the best rugby players on the planet for
a spectacular match on 3 Dec. Celebrating the London
Olympic centenary, the British Olympic Association is
hosting the first-ever rugby union match at Wembley in
a rematch of the 1908 rugby final between Great Britain
and Australia. As Great Britain no longer has its own
rugby union team theyll be represented by the
Barbarians, a dream team of international players,
including All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.
Wembley Stadium.

08449 808 001.


:
wembleystadium.com Wembley Park. Off map.
Highlights of the football season in the busy run-up to
Christmas include two London derbies in the Barclays
Premier League. West meets east as Chelsea take on
West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Dec 13, while north
London side Tottenham Hotspur, who spent 77 million
on new players over the summer, host west Londons
Fulham on 26 Dec. Arsenal entertain Wigan (6 Dec),
Liverpool (20 Dec) and Portsmouth (28 Dec) at the
Emirates and title holders Manchester United visit
Tottenham on 13 Dec. See
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full details and directions to the stadiums.
Sports in and out of London
Richie McCaw, playing for the Barbarians
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An amazing collection of over 500 artworks by the master
of surrealism, Salvador Dal. From the Lobster Telephone
and infamous melted clocks to the Mae West Lips Sofa and
the Space Elephant, at Londons most surreal art experience
you will find yourself inside the wild and twisted world of Dal
and experience his unparalleled creative genius firsthand.
Dal
Universe
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Please present this voucher at the Dal Universe
to receive two tickets for the price of one.
Open daily 9.30 18.00 and until 20.00 on Fridays. Tel: 0870 840 1111
Web: www.daliuniverse.com Situated in County Hall next to The London Eye.
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outfits is displayed for the first time in London in Magnificence
Of The Tsars, the V&As latest enthralling exhibition. The Russian
Empire (1721-1917) was, at its height, the largest country in
the world with 176 million subjects, and its power and wealth
is illustrated in this exquisite collection of more than 40
outfits. Incredible examples of fine craftsmanship include
the gold and silver embossed wardrobe of the boy emperor
Peter II and a five metre long, ermine-trimmed coronation
mantle (pictured), identical to Nicholas IIs in 1896.
V&AMuseum, p. 60.
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Festive Fun For Everyone
Moving On Up
The Photographers Gallery has long been a
Soho institution, reflecting its hip, eclectic
surroundings with a challenging programme of
funky exhibitions. It is in fact the largest public
gallery in the city dedicated to this genre and
such is its popularity, it has now outgrown its
current space. December marks its first month in
its new site on Ramilllies Street, the actual
location for its final, brand new, six-floor gallery
which is due for completion in 2011. Current
exhibitions will continue in earnest while building
work is underway. Until 8 Feb Katy Grannan: The
Westerns. A series of portraits which illustrate the
artists move to the West Coast of America and
the characters she met along the way.
Times vary. Admission free.
16-18 Ramillies Street, W1.

020 7831 1772.


:photonet.org.uk Oxford Street. Map B5.
Geffrye Museum
This atmospheric venue is
the perfect Christmas
destination. Avoid the
shopping frenzy and hustle
of modern life by returning
to the earnest festive
celebrations of yesteryear
in the magical Christmas
Past exhibition (both
pictures). The museums
11 period rooms are
authentically decorated,
revealing traditions over the
past 400 years. Other
events include Mini
Christmas Trees
Workshops and Winter
Tales for ages 5-16 (6
Dec) and a Concert by
Candlelight (11 Dec).
See p. 51.
Pitzhanger Manor and
PM Gallery
Sir John Soanes striking
manor is a serene art
space that hosts a variety
of Christmas activities for
children. A Georgian
Christmas provides
traditional arts, crafts,
songs and games for
ages 4-7, while Hand
Made At Christmas offers
kids aged 8-12 the
chance to make presents
for family and friends
(20 Dec). Tickets 4.
See p. 55.
Imperial War Museum
This award-winning
museum provides an
insightful education into
Christmas activities during
the World War I. On
6,7,13,14 Dec Christmas
Truce presents an actor
who describes the 1914
truce and how soldiers
lived in the trenches in the
cold, winter months. The
First Christmas on
20,23,27,30 Dec helps
children get creative with a
themed art activity.
See p. 52.
Horniman Museum
This charming museum
offers a musical recital for
visitors to enjoy. Its
Christmas Carol Concert
on 14 Dec is a fun, festive
event held in the pretty
gardens. Songs are
performed by the English
Baroque Choir and the
Crystal Palace Band, while
roasted chestnuts, toy
stalls, hot and cold
refreshments and a free
Santas grotto add to
the atmosphere.
See p. 51.
Museum in Docklands
While exploring the
incredible nautical
and trade history of
London, keep an eye
out for a character
who delivers his
cargo with a very
different type of
transport a
reindeer-pulled
sleigh! Yep, youve guessed
it, Father Christmas has
arrived early for the
younger ones to meet and
share their Christmas
wishes (20 Dec).
See p. 52.
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major museums and
galleries with our selection
of the best current
exhibitions. Closing dates
and opening times may
change over the Christmas
period so please contact
individual organisations
before visiting.
BANK OF ENGLAND
Charts the history of the
nations finances from the
Banks foundation in 1694
to today. 1-5 Dec Christmas
Carols And Songs. Seasonal
music performed by local
schools. Complimentary
tea, coffee and mince pies
follow performances.
Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00.
Admission free.
Threadneedle Street, EC2.

020 7601 5545.


:bankofengland.co.uk
Bank. Map B8.
BANKSIDE GALLERY
Home to the Royal
Watercolour Society and the
Royal Society of Painter-
Printmakers. 4-31 Dec Mini
Picture Show. See p. 53.
Daily 11.00-18.00.
Admission free.
48 Hopton Street, SE1.

020 7928 7521.


: banksidegallery.com
Southwark. Map C7.
BARBICAN ART
GALLERY
Europes largest multi-arts
venue. Until 18 Jan
Frequency And Volume.
Large-scale installations
using multimedia. Fri-Sun
11.00-20.00; Tues, Wed
11.00-18.00; Thurs 11.00-
22.00. Admission free.
Silk Street, EC2.

020 7638 4141.


:barbican.org.uk
Barbican. Map B8.
BRITISH LIBRARY
EXHIBITION
GALLERIES
A fascinating collection of
books, maps, manuscripts
and newspapers. Until 1 Mar
Taking Liberties The
Struggle For British Freedom
And Rights. A celebration of
the key figures and moments
that have shaped liberties in
the Britain we know today.
Documents include the
Magna Carta and Scots
banners captured after
victory from 1650. Mon,
Wed-Fri 09.30-18.00; Tues
09.30-20.00; Sat 09.30-
17.00; Sun 11.00-20.00.
Admission free; Guided tour
6, child 4.50.
96 Euston Road, NW1.

020 7412 7332. :bl.


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Cross/Euston. Map A5.
BRITISH MUSEUM, THE
View international cultural
history at one of the worlds
oldest museums. Until
15 Mar Babylon Myth And
Reality. Exhibition 8, child
free. The fascinating story
of ancient Babylon with
more than 100 objects from
the area. Sat-Wed 10.00-
17.30; Thurs-Fri 10.00-
20.30. Admission free; tour
8, under 11s free.
Great Russell Street, WC1.

020 7323 8299.


:britishmuseum.org
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Road. Map B6.
CAMDEN ARTS
CENTRE
A varied programme of
pioneering, contemporary
visual art and education.
From 5 Dec Daan van
Golden. Renowned Dutch
painter and photographer
whose inspiration is drawn
from the history of art. Tues-
Thurs, Fri-Sun 10.00-18.00;
Wed 10.00-21.00.
Admission free.
Arkwright Road, NW3.

020 7472 5500.


:camdenartscentre.org
Camden Town. Off map.
CARTOON MUSEUM
Londons original cartoon
museum with cartoonists
work past and present. Until
24 Dec We Can Work It Out.
Couples and families
relationships in cartoons.
Tues-Sat 10.30-17.30; Sun
12.00-17.30. Admission 4,
child free.
35 Little Russell Street,
WC1.

020 7580 8155.


:cartoonmuseum.org
Holborn. Map B6.
CHARLES DICKENS
MUSEUM
Visit Dickens house, as it
was in his lifetime. Until
May (date TBC) Ignorance
And Want: The Social
Conscience Of Charles
Dickens. Dickens
experience of Londons
slums. Mon-Sat 10.00-
17.00; Sun 11.00-17.00.
Admission 5, child 3.
48 Doughty Street, WC1.

020 7405 2127.


:dickensmuseum.com
Russell Square. Map A6.
CLINK PRISON
MUSEUM
Exhibition about the prison
and Londons unsavoury past,
with cells and torture
instruments. Mon-Fri 10.00-
18.00; Sat, Sun 10.00-21.00.
Admission 5, child 3.50.
1 Clink Street, SE1.

020 7403 0900.


:clink.co.uk London
Bridge. Map C8.
COURTAULD
GALLERY, THE
European art of importance.
Until 25 Jan Paths To
Fame: Turner Watercolours
From The Courtauld. More
than 30 artworks from the
esteemed painter focusing
on his shrewd and
commercial talent to create
work specifically for
the masses in order to
maximise profits and fame.
Daily 10.00-18.00.
Admission 5, child free.
Somerset House, Strand,
WC2.

020 7848 2526.


:courtauld.ac.uk
Charing Cross. Map C6.
DALI UNIVERSE
An amazing collection of
more than 500 artworks by
the master of surrealism,
Salvador Dali. Picasso:
Art Of A Genius is a
permanent exhibition and
displays rare pieces by the
Spanish artist. Daily 09.30-
18.00; Fri 09.30-19.00.
Admission 12, child 12-16
8, under 12s free.
County Hall, South Bank,
SE1.

08707 447 485.


:daliuniverse.com
Waterloo. Map D6.
DESIGN MUSEUM
World-leading style museum
that examines the effect
contemporary design has on
our lives. Until 4 Jan Design
Cities. A visual tour of the
worlds leading cities and
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British Museum is a
treasure trove of
Egyptian artefacts,
boasting the largest
and most
comprehensive
collection outside the
Egyptian Museum in
Cairo. So it comes as
no surprise that yet another gallery space is to be
dedicated to this mysterious civilisation. The brand-new
Michael Cohen Gallery presents the 11 spectacular
fragments from the painted tomb-chapel of Nebamun
(circa 1350 BC) after a ten-year break from public
viewing following a major conservation project.
Nebamuns life as an accountant in the Temple of Amun
in Karnak is depicted in the paintings alongside those of
him at leisure, hunting and surveying his estates.
Innovative technology recreates how the tomb-chapel
would have looked originally and includes an interactive
walk-through which takes visitors back over 3000 years.
The British Museum, see left.
Ancient accounts
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Open daily, 10:0017:30 (last admission 16:30)
Closed 25 & 26 December
020 7766 7301 www.royalcollection.org.uk Victoria
Entrance toThe Queens Gallery is on Buckingham Palace Road
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credentials. Daily 10.00-
17.45. Admission 7, under
12s free.
Shad Thames, SE1.

08708 339 955.


:designmuseum.org
Tower Hill. Map C9.
DR. JOHNSONS
HOUSE
In this house Dr. Samuel
Johnson compiled the first
comprehensive English
dictionary. The building
dates back to 1700 and
features period interiors.
Until 13 Dec Tea And
Coffee In The Age Of Dr.
Johnson. The rituals, social
aspects and history of
tea in the eighteenth
century. Mon-Sat 11.00-
17.00. Admission 4.50,
child 1.50.
17 Gough Square, EC4.

020 7353 3745.


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Chancery Lane.
Map B7.
DULWICH PICTURE
GALLERY
The worlds oldest purpose-
built gallery holds 17th and
18th century masterpieces.
Until 15 Feb Illuminations.
Artist and satirist Paul
Steinbergs work featured in
The New Yorker magazine
for six decades. This
retrospective exhibition
presents more than 100
works. Tues-Fri 10.00-17.00;
Sat, Sun 11.00-17.00.
Admission 5, child free.
Gallery Road, SE21.

020 8693 5254.


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ESTORICK
COLLECTION
A fine collection of Futurist
Italian art. Until 21 Dec
Cut And Paste: European
Photomontage 1920-1945.
Exploring the heritage of the
photomontage back to the
Victorian and Edwardian
eras when a scissors and
scalpel were the only tools
available to create this art
form. Wed-Sat 11.00-18.00;
Sun 12.00-17.00. Admission
3.50, child free.
39a Canonbury Square,
N1.

020 7704 9522.


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Highbury & Islington.
Off map.
FAN MUSEUM
The worlds only fan
museum with stunning
examples dating back to the
11th century. Until 11 Jan
Sleeping Beauties. Fan
Collection From Castle
Friedenstein, Gotha. Unique
collection of fans that
belonged to Duke Augustus
of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg,
the uncle of Queen Victorias
husband, Albert. Tues-Sat
11.00-17.00; Sun 12.00-
17.00. Admission 4, child
3, under 7s free.
12 Crooms Hill, SE10.

020 8305 1441.


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FASHION & TEXTILE
MUSEUM
Founded by designer Zandra
Rhodes, this vibrant museum
presents fashion, textiles
and jewellery. There is an
on-site shop and caf. Until
16 Jan Billy: Bill Gibbs
Moment In Time. Work by
the late iconic fashion
designer from his career
highs in the 70s and 80s.
Wed-Sun 11.00-18.00.
Admission 5, child 3,
under 12s free.
Fashion & Textile Museum,
Bermondsey Street, SE1.

020 7407 8664. :ftm


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Bridge. Map C8.
FIREPOWER ROYAL
ARTILLERY MUSEUM
Europes biggest historic
and modern artillery
collection. Features
interactive galleries, medals
and big guns. Wed-Sun
10.30-17.00. Admission 5,
child 2.50.
Royal Arsenal, SE18.

020 8855 7755.


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Woolwich Arsenal.
Off map.
FOUNDLING
MUSEUM
Evocative museum about
children abandoned and
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Hospital from 1739 to
1953. Until 31 Dec John
Kindness: An English
Interior. Contemporary
show featuring an array of
styles injected with
Kindness signature
humour. Tues-Sat 10.00-
18.00; Sun 12.00-18.00.
Admission 5, child free.
40 Brunswick Square,
WC1.

020 7841 3600.


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Map A6.
GEFFRYE MUSEUM
Set in 18th century
almshouses with authentic
period rooms depicting
English homes from 1600
onwards. Until 4 Jan
Christmas Past. See p. 47
Until 22 Feb Choosing The
Chintz: Men, Women And
Furnishing The Home, From
1850 To The Present.
Paintings, photos,
documents and testimonials
reveal the different
approaches men and women
have taken to interior
decorating in recent years.
Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun
12.00-17.00. Admission free.
Kingsland Road, E2.

020 7739 9893.


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Off map.
HANDEL HOUSE
MUSEUM
The composers former home
from 1723 until his death in
1759, has been faithfully
restored and is now a
museum that also hosts
musical recitals. 4 Dec A
Georgian Christmas. Carols
and highlights from Messiah
performed by a chamber
choir. Festive refreshments
served beforehand. Times
vary. Admission 5, child 2.
25 Brook Street, W1.

020 7399 1953.


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HAYWARD, THE
One of the most versatile
art spaces in Britain has a
lively events programme.
Until 11 Jan Andy Warhol:
Other Voices, Other Rooms.
Retrospective exhibition on
the iconic artist, featuring
works dating from the 1950s
to the 1980s. Films, paintings
and installations reveal his
creativity. Times vary, call for
details. Admission 8, child
12-16 4, under 12s free.
South Bank Centre, SE1.

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Waterloo. Map C6.
HORNIMAN MUSEUM
Charming museum for all
ages, it houses collections
Designs on shopping
5-7 Dec Truly original design is not hard to come by in
London, its a hub of creativity so jam-packed with
innovation, meaning there is always something for the
most eclectic tastes. The East London Design Show
presents the very best emerging and established design
talent to create a shopping fair where
visitors can buy the ultimate accessories
for themselves or their home. Categories
include art, ceramics, fashion, furniture,
glass, interiors, jewellery, lighting and
textiles, so choose from Wallace and
Sewells oh so boho scarves (pictured) or
the hip, quirky dining sets and bags from
peoplewillalwaysneedplates. Plus if youre
feeling generous, you can tick a few
people off your christmas shopping list.
Fri 12.00-20.00; Sat, Sun 10.00-18.00.
Admission 4, child free.
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street,
EC1.

020 8510 9069.


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Admission free
10am 5pm Monday to Friday.
Closed weekends and public holidays.
Entrance in Bartholomew Lane, London
EC2R 8AH. Tel: 020 7601 5545
www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum
to visit the Banks Museum for a great day out!
There are special events and more every day.
Find out what the Bank does
Learn about banknote design
Try and lift a gold bar
Audio visual displays
Museum shop
A golden
opportunity
A MUSEUM OF CIVILIAN LIFE DURING
THE SECONDWORLDWAR
WALK THROUGH THE LONDON BLITZ
SEE IT! FEEL IT! BREATHE IT!
64/66 Tooley Street,
London Bridge SE1 2TF
Every day except
24-26 December
Tel: 020 7403 3171
for group and
hospitality bookings
www.britainatwar.co.uk
info@britainatwar.org.uk
This is a unique museum of interest to all ages,
featuring evacuation, rationing, shelters,
weddings, bomb disposal and gas masks.
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Musical Instruments and
Natural History, an aquarium
and a petting farm. Until 25
Jan India Recycled. Revealing
photographs depicting the
journey of clothes starting
at UK charity shops, they are
recycled then re-sold at
markets in northern India.
Daily 10.30-17.30.
Admission free.
100 London Road, SE23.

020 8699 1872.


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ICA
Londons most innovative
contemporary arts venue
also has a funky late night
bar. From 3 Dec Dispersion.
International group
exhibition. Times vary.
Admission free.
1 The Mall, SW1.

020 7930 3647.


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IMPERIAL WAR
MUSEUM
The history of the two world
wars and other conflicts.
Until 1 Mar For Your Eyes
Only: Ian Fleming And James
Bond. A fascinating exhibition
celebrating Bond writer Ian
Fleming and his world-
famous creation. Scripts,
movie memorabilia and
research notes are on display.
Exhibition 8. Daily 10.00-
18.00. Admission free.
Lambeth Road, SE1.

020 7416 5320.


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Map D7.
LONDON TRANSPORT
MUSEUM
Learn about the past,
present and future of the
citys transport with historic
vehicles and interactive
displays. Until 31 Mar The
Art Of The Poster A
Century Of Design. Vibrant
artworks that became
synonymous with London
Transport go on display. Sat-
Thurs 10.00-18.00; Fri
11.00-21.00. Admission 8,
child free.
39 Wellington Street,
WC2.

020 7565 7299.


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MALL GALLERIES
Home to the Federation of
British Artists, these
galleries are dedicated to
exhibiting unknown painters
alongside established British
artists. 11-19 Dec Sue
Ryder Cares Art Liberating
Lives. A collection of work
created by residents of
hospices and neurological
care centres, demonstrating
the results of art therapy.
Daily 10.00-17.00.
Admission free.
The Mall, SW1.

020
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Charing Cross. Map C5.
MUSEUM OF
BRANDS, PACKAGING
AND ADVERTISING
A tribute to the advertising
industry with hundreds of
colourful and original items.
Until 31 Jan Biscuit
Bonanza. Biscuit labels and
tins of all varieties illustrate
the ideals and creativity
behind the trade. Tues-Sat
10.00-18.00; Sun 11.00-
17.00. Admission 5.80,
child 2.
2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale
Road, W11.

020 7908
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Hill Gate. Off map.
MUSEUM IN
DOCKLANDS
Charts the history of the
River Thames, from the
Roman port to the recent
regeneration of Londons
former docks. Its most
recent exhibition London,
Sugar And Slavery, recalls
the citys involvement in
transatlantic slaving. Daily
10.00-18.00. Admission 5,
under 16s free.
West India Quay, E14.

08704 443 857.


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MUSEUM OF
LONDON
The worlds largest urban
history museum and a
significant archaeological
archive. Until Dec 09
Londons Burning: The
Great Fire Of London 1666.
Personal accounts, original
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Enter the chocolate doors of
this great little museum and
delve into Roald Dahls archive
on our touch-screen monitors
create your own gobblefunk
words and stories
visit our shop and the
delumptious Caf Twit
01494 892192 HP16 0AL
www.roalddahlmuseum.org
www.roalddahlstore.com
Great Missenden: 40 minutes
direct from London Marylebone
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interactive displays recall
this major disaster which
destroyed Londons
cityscape. Mon-Sat 10.00-
17.50; Sun 12.00-17.50.
Admission free.
London Wall, EC2.

08704 443 852.


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Map B8.
MUSEUM OF RUGBY
Chronicles the history of
rugby and includes access
to the players tunnel. The
museum is home to the
biggest and most important
collection of rugby
memorabilia in the world.
Times vary. Admission and
stadium tour 10, child 7.
Twickenham Stadium,
Rugby Road, TW1.

08704 052 001.


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Off map.
NATIONAL ARMY
MUSEUM
The story of the British
Army told through
exhibitions, events and
lectures. Until 31 Dec
Helmand. The subject of the
Afghanistan War is examined
by the soldiers who fought
there. This groundbreaking
collection features personal
accounts and images. Daily
10.00-17.30. Admission free.
Royal Hospital Road,
Chelsea, SW3.

020
7730 0717.
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Sloane Square.
Off map.
NATIONAL GALLERY
Houses the national
collection of western
European paintings. Until
18 Jan Renaissance Faces:
Van Eyck To Titian. Major
collection of portrait paintings
from the Renaissance era,
Raphael, Botticelli and
Holbein feature. Exhibition
10, 12-18 5, under 12s
free. Mon, Tues, Thurs-Sun
10.00-18.00; Wed 10.00-
21.00. Admission free.
Trafalgar Square, WC2.

020 7747 2885.


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Charing Cross. Map C5.
NATIONAL MARITIME
MUSEUM
State-of-the-art museum
exploring Britains maritime
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4-31 Dec As the name suggests, the Mini
Picture Show celebrates artworks of the
smallest proportions. Prints and paintings
feature and all genres, styles and ideas are
encompassed, such as Frans Wesselmans
Present (right). The best part is, all items on
display are for sale and provide the perfect
present solution for the loved one who has
everything. Prices start from as little as 50,
ensuring all budgets are catered for. Not only
will this gift be utterly unique, there is also the
chance it could be a wise investment, rising in
value alongside the artists career. With works
from members of two historic art societies:
the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, there is
every possibility you could be purchasing a future Lowry or Hockney.
Mini Picture Show, Bankside Gallery, p. 48.
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museums fine art collection
can be found at the Queens
House, see p. 34. Until
19 Apr Beside The Seaside:
Snapshots Of British
Coastal Life, 1800-1950.
The quaint charm of Britains
seaside towns is presented
in a fascinating collection of
photography from the
Victorian era to recent years.
Daily 10.00-17.00.
Admission free.
Romney Road, SE10.

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT
GALLERY
British history told through
portraits of the rich, famous
and influential. Until 1
Feb Annie Leibovitz:
A Photographers Life,
1990-2005. A major
showcase of this world-
class, contemporary
photographer. Subjects
include famous actors
(such as Brad Pitt and
Nicole Kidman) and the
artists own family. Exhibition
10. Daily, times vary.
Admission free.
St Martins Place, WC2.

020 7312 2463.


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Square. Map C6.
NATURAL HISTORY
MUSEUM
Astounding natural history
collections in a stunning,
cathedral-like building.
Featuring The Vault, a gallery
containing some of the
worlds most precious gems.
Until 19 Apr Wildlife
Photographer Of The Year.
Beasts, beauties and bizarre
wonders of nature are
depicted in this prestigious
annual competition, which
attracts both professional
and amateur photographers.
Exhibition 7. Until 15 Mar
Darwin. A celebration of one
of the greatest scientists in
history to coincide with the
bicentenary of his birth on
12 Feb 09. This exhibition not
only marks his work, but
reveals the man behind the
science with family
photographs and letters.
Mon-Sat 10.00-17.50; Sun
11.00-17.50. Free.
Cromwell Road, SW7.

020 7942 5000.


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Kensington. Map D2.
THE O2 BUBBLE
Until 29 Aug Body Worlds
& The Mirror Of Time.
Exhibition from the famous
plastinator Gunther Von
Hagens. Real bodies are
preserved and displayed in
various stages of dissection.
Timed ticket entry. Admission
14, child 6-17 9.50.
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OLD OPERATING
THEATRE AND HERB
GARRET, THE
A macabre yet fascinating
survivor of the original St.
Thomas Hospital with
bizarre medical relics. Daily
10.30-17.00. Admission
5.45, child 3.
9a St. Thomas Street,
SE1.

020 7955 4791.


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London Bridge. Map C8.
QUEENS GALLERY
Items from the Royal
Collection obtained by kings
and queens over 500 years.
Includes paintings, furniture,
ceramics, silver, jewellery,
books, armour and textiles.
Until 26 Apr Bruegel To
Rubens: Masters Of Flemish
Painting. Collection of
paintings reveal the turbulent
political, economic and
sociological influences that
shaped some of the finest
Flemish painters from the
15th to 17th centuries. Entry
by timed tickets. Daily 10.30-
17.30. Admission 8.50,
child 4.25.
Buckingham Palace,
Buckingham Palace Road,
SW1.

020 7766 7301.


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Victoria. Map D5.
ROYAL ACADEMY
OF ARTS
Founded in 1768, the
esteemed Royal Academy
presents major exhibitions.
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Methodist Church services Sunday 11am &
6.30pm. Wednesday 12.45pm
Elegant Edwardian design, completed 1912
Famous venue for major international events
Free daily guided tours
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7222 8010 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7222 6883
E-mail: info@c-h-w.co.uk Web: www.c-h-w.com
Modern cafeteria seating for 200
Open daily 9am-4pm. Group bookings welcome
Storeys Gate Westminster London SW1H 9NH (opp Westminster Abbey)
The Jack the Ripper Walk goes every night
at 7.30pm from Tower Hill tube stop. Guides
include crime historian Donald Rumbelow,
internationally recognised as the leading authority
on the Ripper.
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The Association of
Photographers Gallery hosts
a changing programme of
photographic exhibitions.
81 Leonard Street, EC2.

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Benjamin Franklin House
The story of the great
Founding Father of the USA.
36 Craven Street, WC2.

020 7839 2006.


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London Canal Museum
Documenting the fascinating
history of the capitals canals.
12-13 New Wharf Road, N1.

020 7713 0836.


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Off map.
Clockmakers Museum
Clock and watchmaking since
the 16th century.
Guildhall Library,
Aldermanbury, EC2.

020 7332 1868.


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Map B8.
The Fine Art Society
An array of 19th and 20th
century British art from
leading artists.
148 New Bond Street, W1.

020 7629 5116.


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The Fleming Collection
Displays of Scottish art with
works by many of Scotland's
most prominent artists, from
1770 to the present day.
13 Berkeley Street, W1.

020 7409 5730.


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Map C4.
Florence Nightingale
Museum
The life and times of this
iconic woman, with objects
from the Crimean War.
2 Lambeth Palace Road, SE1.

020 7620 0374.


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Map D6.
Guards Museum
Weapons and silver medals
from the Foot Guards.
Wellington Barracks, Birdcage
Walk, SW1.

020 7414
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Kew Bridge Steam Museum
The history of steam power
with the world's largest
collection of steam engines.
Green Dragon Lane, TW8.

020 8568 4757.


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PM Gallery and House
A contemporary extension
to Pitzhanger Manor,
architect Sir John Soanes
dream home.
Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole
Park, W5.

020 8567
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South London Gallery
International, emerging
and established artists.
65 Peckham Road, SE5.

020 7703 6120.


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Off map.
William Morris Gallery
The childhood home of the
designer is now a museum
exhibiting his work.
Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17.

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More museums & galleries
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John McEnroes ghost, and its award-
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The Museum Building
The All England Lawn Tennis
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Church Road, Wimbledon,
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Until 22 Mar Byzantium
330-1453. Major new
exhibition exploring the
treasures of the Byzantine
Empire. Exhibition 12, child
(12-18) 4, (8-11) 3. Sat-
Thurs 10.00-18.00; Fri
10.00-22.00. Admission
prices vary, please check.
Burlington House,
Piccadilly, W1.

020
7300 8000. :royal
academy.org.uk Green
Park/Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
ROYAL AIR FORCE
MUSEUM
Britains national aviation
museum is situated on the
historic site of the London
Aerodrome and houses more
than 100 aircraft from
around the world. Featuring
bombers ranging from early
World War I aircraft to the
mighty Vulcan from the Cold
War. Until 31 Dec
Trailblazers. Following four
aviation pioneers from the
golden age of flight. Times
vary. Admission free.
Grahame Park Way,
Hendon, NW9.

020
8205 2266. :rafmuseum.
org Colindale. Off map.
SCIENCE MUSEUM
Renowned museum
dedicated to science and
technology that also boasts
an IMAX 3D cinema. Until
25 Oct Dan Dare And The
Birth Of High-Tech Britain.
Interactive exhibition
demonstrates the design and
invention boom post-war
Britain enjoyed. Daily 10.00-
18.00. Admission free; IMAX
7.50, child 6. For details

08708 704 771.


Exhibition Road, SW7.

08708 704 868.


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South Kensington.
Map D2.
SERPENTINE
GALLERY
This pretty gallery is a 1930s
tea pavilion in Kensington
Gardens. A challenging,
contemporary programme of
artworks features throughout
the year with the venue
associated with ber cool
artists. Times vary.
Admission free.
Kensington Gardens, W2.

020 7402 6075.


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South Kensington.
Map C2.
SHERLOCK HOLMES
MUSEUM
Dedicated to the fictional
sleuth, this museum is kept
exactly as described in Sir
Arthur Conan Doyles
novels. Stepping through
the door of Londons most
famous address is like a
journey back in time.
Daily 09.30-18.00.
Admission 6, child 4.
221b Baker Street, NW1.

020 7935 1127.


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Baker Street. Map A3.
SIR JOHN SOANES
MUSEUM
The esteemed architects
former home and one of
Londons most eccentric
museums. Soane designed
this house himself to live in
and display his collection of
antiques and works of art,
many of which are still
exhibited today. Tues-Sat
10.00-17.00. Admission free.
13 Lincolns Inn Fields,
WC2.

020 7405 2107.


:soane.org Holborn.
Map B6.
TATE BRITAIN
Traditional and contemporary
galleries showcasing British
art. Until 4 Jan Francis
Bacon. Major retrospective.
The foremost artist of his
generation until his death
in 1992, Bacons paintings
bear witness to the horrors of
World War II and illustrate his
belief that man is an animal.
Exhibition 12.50. Until
18 Jan Turner Prize 2008.
Contemporary works from
the four shortlisted artists for
the prestigious Turner Prize.
Exhibition 7. Times vary.
Admission free.
Millbank, SW1.

020
7887 8008.

020 7887
8888 for tickets. :tate.
org.uk Pimlico. Map E6.
TATE MODERN
International contemporary
art housed in a former power
station on the riverside. Until
1 Feb Rothko: The Late
Series. Landmark collection
of works from this world-
famous artist. Illustrating
Rothkos contemplative
period between 1958-70,
where dark hues and
structured forms resulted in
solemn blocks of colour.
Exhibition 12.50. Until
13 Apr The Unilever Series.
Large installation from the
prominent French artist
Dominique Gonzalez-
Foerster. Sun-Thurs 10.00-
18.00; Fri-Sat 10.00-22.00.
Admission free.
Bankside, SE1.

020
7887 8008. :tate.org.uk
Southwark. Map C8.
VICTORIA AND
ALBERT MUSEUM
One of the worlds greatest
collections of fine and
applied arts, with 3,000
years' worth of artefacts
from the world's cultures,
from ceramics to fashion to
paintings. Until 11 Jan Cold
War Modern: Design 1945-
70. Products including
furniture, film and fashion
created during the Cold War,
an illustrious period for
creativity as countries
competed to be the most
progressive. Exhibition 9.
Times vary. Admission free.
Cromwell Road, SW7.

020 7942 2000.


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Kensington. Map D2.
V&A MUSEUM OF
CHILDHOOD, THE
Home to the UKs national
collection of childhood-
related objects, some dating
back to the 16th century.
Until 19 Apr Top To Toe:
Fashion For Kids. Childrens
clothing over the ages,
includes beautiful examples
such as a 1700s wrapping
gown. Daily 10.00-17.45.
Admission free.
Cambridge Heath Road,
E2.

020 8983 5200.


:vam.ac.uk/moc
Bethnal Green. Off map.
WALLACE
COLLECTION
See four generations of
treasures displayed in this
beautifully restored home,
and dine at the excellent
Wallace Restaurant. Until
11 Jan Cartoons And
Coronets: The Genius Of
Osbert Lancaster. Renowned
illustrator, theatre designer
and cartoonist. Daily 10.00-
17.00. Admission free.
Hertford House,
Manchester Square, W1.

020 7563 9500.


:wallacecollection.org
Bond Street. Map B4.
WELLCOME
COLLECTION
More than 1,500 artefacts
from the Wellcome Trusts
collection, which relate
to our universal interest in
health and the body.
Incredible exhibits range from
shrunken heads to birthing
chairs via memento mori and
ancient medicinal recipes.
Until 15 Feb War And
Medicine. From the Crimean
War to present conflicts, this
exhibition looks at the
relationship between warfare
and medicine. Tues, Wed,
FriSun 10.00-18.00;
Thurs 10.00-22.00.
Admission free.
183 Euston Road, NW1.

020 7611 2222.


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WIMBLEDON LAWN
TENNIS MUSEUM
Exciting interactive galleries
including virtual matches,
trophies and memorabilia.
Dont miss John McEnroes
ghost, who takes you on a
backstage tour through
the dressing rooms or the
Whites Of Wimbledon
fashion exhibition. Until
spring Raising The Roof:
The Creation Of Centre
Court. The history of this
world-famous court, plus an
insight into future
developments. Daily 10.30-
17.00. Admission 8.50,
child 4.75; tour 15.50,
child 11.
The All England Lawn
Tennis and Croquet Club,
Church Road, SW19.

020 8946 6131.


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boyish Oxford laces. And to get you in
the party spirit, Office has a
plethora of treats for feet
that make the ideal
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190 Oxford Street, W1
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Oxford Circus.
Map D6.
HARVEY NICHOLS
Nothing says Christmas like
a box of food delights, and
Harvey Nics has a fine
collection of festive
hampers on offer. From the
Classic Christmas Hamper
costing 100 to the new
Ultimate Hamper priced at
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host of fine dining goodies
are available to tantalise
those festive tastebuds.
109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1.

020 8957 5030.


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Map D3.
PAXTON & WHITFIELD
For fromage connoisseurs
everywhere, this
cheesemonger is a one-stop-
shop for gorgeous seasonal
and traditional cheeses.
Choose from delights such
as the traditional Cornish
Blue, to the nutty textured
Pennard Ridge goats cheese
made to a Caerphilly recipe.
93 Jermyn Street, SW1.

020 7930 0259.


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Green Park. Map C5.
MARKS & SPENCER
Got a chocoholic in the
family?Then fill their stocking
with more than a bunch of
chocolate coins this
Christmas by heading to
M&S. Youll find a wealth of
sweet treats created
especially for the
gift-giving season
by master
chocolatier at
Artisan du
Chocolat, Gerald
Coleman. Try the
Liquid Caramels or
a selection of
Fresh Infused
Chocolates.
458 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7629 6903/4.


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Marble Arch. Map B4.
FORTNUM & MASON
Marvel at this shopping
institutions Christmas
window displays while you
feast your eyes on the
festive fare available in the
elegant food hall. From
gourmet hampers to
speciality tea and biscuit
gift boxes, there is an
edible gift available for
every budget.
181 Piccadilly, W1.

020 7734 8040.


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Piccadilly Circus. Map C5.
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Major Stores
DEBENHAMS
Great value, own-label
fashion and jewellery from
top British designers.
334 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7580 3000.


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Oxford Circus. Map B4.
FORTNUM& MASON
Gifts and china galore plus
the recent expansion of its
legendary foodhall.
181 Piccadilly, W1.

020
7734 8040.
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Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
HARRODS
The worlds most famous
store is filled with an array of
treats, with something for
every taste and budget.
Brompton Road, SW1.

020 7730 1234.


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Knightsbridge. Map D3.
HARVEY NICHOLS
Smart fashion, food and
cosmetics for those who take
style seriously.
109 Knightsbridge, SW1.

020 7235 5000.


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Knightsbridge. Map D3.
JOHN LEWIS
This useful store houses
everything from hats to
haberdashery and has a food
hall in the lower ground floor.
278 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7629 7711.


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Oxford Circus. Map B4.
LIBERTY
Olde-worlde mock Tudor on
the outside; directional
accessories, textiles, fashion
and beauty products within
its a London classic.
210 Regent Street, W1.

020 7734 1234.


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Oxford Circus.
Map B5.
MARKS & SPENCER
Food and furniture, clothing
and cosmetics are all
available from this great
British institution.
458 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7629 6903/4.


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Marble Arch. Map B4.
PETER JONES
Seven floors of retail heaven,
including hats, haberdashery
and homewares.
Sloane Square, SW1.

020 7730 3434.


:
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Sloane Square. Map E4.
SELFRIDGES
Putting the art back into
department store. Excellent
for fashion, beauty, food, wine
and dining. Regular in-store
events. Check for details.
400 Oxford Street, W1.

0800 123 400.


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Bond Street. Map B4.
Books
FOYLES
One of Londons oldest
bookshops with five floors of
books covering 56 specialist
subjects. Also houses an art
gallery and record shop.
113-119 Charing Cross
Road, WC2.

020 7434
1580.
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Tottenham Court Road.
Map B5.
LONDON REVIEW
BOOKSHOP
This charming and airy
store educates and
inspires. With an excellent
tea shop, its perfect for
an afternoon of browsing
and buying.
14 Bury Place, WC1.

020 7629 9030.


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Holborn. Map B6.
WATERSTONES
The largest bookshop in
Europe offers seven floors,
more than one and a
half million books and
three restaurants.
203-206 Piccadilly, W1.

020 7851 2400.


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Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
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Fashion
AQUASCUTUM
Thoroughly British label
offering grown-up styles with
a distinctly funky edge for
men and women. Raincoats
are a speciality.
100 Regent Street, W1.

020 7675 8200.


:
aquascutum.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
AUSTIN REED
Mens and womens mainly
classical collections, plus
tailoring and a magnificent
art deco barbering hall.
103 Regent Street, W1.

020 7734 6789.


:
austinreed.co.uk
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
BURBERRY
Cool, classic and luxurious
fashion, fragrance,
accessories and gifts for men,
women and very privileged
children.
21-23 New Bond Street,
W1.

020 7839 5222.


:
burberry.com Bond
Street. Map B4.
HERBIE FROGG
Good range of agreeably
priced tailored suits, smart
shirts, ties, and accessories in
a prime location.
18-19 & 21 Jermyn Street,
SW1.

020 7734 2992.


:
herbie-frogg.co.uk
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
MOSS BROS
Renowned for quality and
value in mens clothing for
over 100 years. Suit hire with
all of the trimmings a
speciality.
136 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7631 1047.


:
mossbros.com
Oxford Circus. Map B5.
PAUL SMITH
One of the biggest names in
British fashion, with a cool
range of colourful stripes and
ever-so-sharp tailoring.
40-44 Floral Street, WC2.

020 7379 7133.


:
paulsmith.co.uk
Covent Garden. Map C6.
PRIMARK
An Oxford Street landmark,
this huge store offers
excellent bargains in fashion
for all ages.
499-517 Oxford Street, W1.

01189 606 300.


:
primark.co.uk
Marble Arch. Map B4.
Food & Drink
BERRY BROS. & RUDD
Excellent selection of fine
wines and port in this olde-
worlde store which dates
back more than 300 years.
Wine courses are available.
3 St. Jamess Street, SW1.

020 7396 9600.


:
bbr.com Green Park.
Map C5.
Gifts
AMERICAN RETRO
Quirky mix of affordable
gifts, gadgets and funky
clothing for the young and
young at heart.
35 Old Compton Street,
W1.

020 7734 3477.


Leicester Square.
Map B5.
EDWARDS & TODD
Everything from affordable
china, glass, hand-knits and
jewellery to toiletries, cards,
toys and gift wrap.
25a Museum Street, WC1.

020 7636 4650.


Tottenham Court Road.
Map B6.
Health & Beauty
FLORIS
This company has a Royal
Warrant for its exquisite
fragrances and candles.
89 Jermyn Street, SW1.

020 7930 2885.


:
florislondon.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
GEO. F. TRUMPER
Charming and traditional
barbers offering wet
shaves, toiletries and a full
range of accessories.
20 Jermyn Street, W1.

020 7930 2885.


:
trumpers.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
RETURN TO GLORY
Bringing the best health and
beauty services to your
hotel room including
massage, make-up
pampering parties, bridal
hair and personal shopping.
Book online, by phone or
ask your hotel concierge.

08453 374 933.


:
returntoglory.co.uk
Homestyle
HABITAT
Wonderful chain offering an
always influential range of
good value designs in all
areas of home style.
121 Regent Street, W1.

020 7287 6525.


:
habitat.net
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
ZARA HOME
Well-priced, well-designed
home accessories and
loungewear with a distinctive
and funky edge.
129 Regent Street, W1.

020 7432 0040.


:
zarahome.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
Jewellery
ERNEST JONES
Huge selection of extremely
well-priced jewellery and
watches on the high street.
277 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7629 6581.


:
ernestjones.co.uk
Oxford Circus.
Map B4.
FOLLI FOLLIE
Affordable luxury for all
occasions, from bags and
purses to jewellery
and designer watches.
120 New Bond Street, W1.

020 7499 6633.


:
folli-follie.co.uk
Bond Street. Map B4.
FREY WILLE
Highly collectable enamelled
jewellery with hand-applied,
intricately designed 24-ct.
decoration.
153 Regent Street, W1.

020 7287 7382.


:
frey-wille.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
TIFFANY & CO
Live out your fantasies with
gorgeous jewellery and a full
range of gifts from this world-
famous store.
25 Old Bond Street, W1.

020 7409 2790.


:tiffany.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
Markets
BOROUGH
A justifiably popular weekend
destination for lovers of
delicious organic food and
drink. (Thurs-Sat).
8 Southwark Street, SE1.

020 7407 1002.


:
boroughmarket.org.uk
London Bridge. Map C8.
CAMDEN LOCK
North Londons famous
market offers crafts, records,
antiques and food. (Sat/Sun).
Chalk Farm Road, NW1.
16 Nov-28 Dec Are you sitting
comfortably?Then let us begin.
Fortnum & Mason is reviving a great
British family tradition with a spot of
Christmas storytelling around its tree.
Children can listen to a number of
Christmas classics being read every
Sunday, while parents either shop in
this pressie heaven or head for a
spot of afternoon tea. This is the
perfect family activity in the run-up to Christmas but advanced
booking is highly recommended for this popular event.
181 Piccadilly, W1

020 7734 8040.


:
fortnum
andmason.com Piccadilly Circus. Map C5.
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020 7485 7963.


Camden Town. Off map.
COLUMBIA ROAD
A wonderful flower market
and Sunday morning
destination, either to buy
blooms or to soak up the
experience. (Sun).
Columbia Road, E2.
:
columbia_flower_
market.freewebspace.
com Bethnal Green.
Map A9.
COVENT GARDEN
Antiques, collectables, art,
crafts and general goods
available in the various
markets spread around
Covent Garden. (Daily).
Covent Garden Piazza,
WC2.

020 7836 9136.


:
coventgardenmarket.
co.uk Covent Garden.
Map C6.
PICCADILLY
A quaint market in a
charming courtyard setting,
featuring more than 50
stalls. (Daily).
St Jamess Church,
197 Piccadilly, W1.

020 7292 4864.


:
st-jamespiccadilly.org
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
PORTOBELLO ROAD
A haunt for celebrities and
style gurus in search of
unique vintage pieces and
young designers on their way
up. (Fri/Sat).
W10/W11.

020 7229
8354. Ladbroke Grove.
Off map.
SPITALFIELDS
One of the oldest markets in
London. Great for retro
fashion, food and furniture.
(Shops daily; market Sun).
Brushfield Street, E1.

020 7377 1496.


Liverpool Street.
Map B9.
Shoes
CLARKS
One of the worlds leading
names in the shoe
business. Purse-friendly
prices and a good choice
of styles.
260 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7499 0305.


:
clarks.co.uk
Oxford Circus. Map B4.
LK BENNETT
Trend-led shoes, bags
and clothing for fashion-
conscious females.
130 Long Acre, WC2.

020 7379 1710.
:
lkbennett.com
Covent Garden.
Map B6.
Specialist Stores
APPLE STORE
Everything the Apple lover
could wish for including Macs
and iPods and the Genius
Bar for repairs.
235 Regent Street, W1.

020 7153 9000.


:
apple.com/retail
Oxford Circus. Map B5.
GODIVA
Handmade chocolates and
truffles, crafted by expert
chocolatiers. Try the fruit-
dipping sessions.
141 Regent Street, W1.

020 7734 8113.


:
godiva.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
HMV
The best in music, film and
books across the genres,
covering Abba and Zappa
and everything in between.
150 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7631 3423.


:
hmv.co.ukOxford
Circus. Map B5.
JOEL & SON
Offering a wide range of top-
quality fabrics as used by
leading couturiers from
Armani to Valentino.
75-83 Church Street, NW8.

020 7724 6895.


:
joelandsonfabrics.co.uk
Marble Arch. Map B3.
JONATHAN POTTER
You wont find a better
selection of beautifully
presented, original antique
maps from the 15th century
onwards than here. Also an
excellent source for reference
books, charts, plans, globes
and original atlases. Mon-Fri,
10.00-18.00.
New Bond St, W1.

020 7491 3520.


:
jpmaps.co.uk
Bond St. Map B4.
LONDON BEATLES
STORE
A must for all Fab Four fans,
Londons first and only
Beatles shop stocks new and
original memorabilia.
231 Baker Street, NW1.

020 7935 4464.


:
beatlesstorelondon.co.uk
NIKETOWN
Three floors dedicated to the
world of sport with regular in-
store events and a shoe
design studio.
236 Oxford Street, W1.

020 7612 0800.


:
niketown.com
Oxford Circus. Map B5.
ROYAL MILE
WHISKIES
Bourbon, grain, Irish and
blended whisky are all
here, plus a full selection
of wines and spirits.
3 Bloomsbury Street, WC1.

020 7436 4763.


:
royalmilewhiskies.com
Tottenham Court Road.
Map B5.
SOCCERSCENE
Stock up on authentic
strips and replica kits and
memorabilia of English and
international teams.
56-57 Carnaby Street, W1.

020 7439 0778.


:
soccerscene.co.uk
Oxford Circus.
Map B5.
WEDGWOOD
Exclusive retailer of fine
china, this brand has been
synonymous with the best in
British craftsmanship for
almost 250 years.
158 Regent Street, W1.

020 7734 7262.


:
wedgwood.com
Oxford Circus.
Map B5.
Toys & Games
THE DISNEY STORE
Children will be in seventh
heaven as they discover the
toys associated with their
favourite Disney characters.
360 Oxford Street, W1.

08707 591 701.


:
disneystore-
shopping.disney.co.uk
Oxford Circus. Map B5.
HAMLEYS
Five floors of kiddie-heaven,
this store is bursting with
every must-have toy, game,
gift and gadget. Perfect for
Christmas gift shopping.
188 Regent Street, W1.

08703 332 455.


:
hamleys.com
Oxford Circus. Map B5.
Frock me!
14 Dec There is nothing worse
than turning up to a festive
event in the same dress as
someone else, which is why
turning back the fashion clock
isnt a bad idea when hunting
down that perfect party frock.
Vintage fashion is always en
vogue and now you can snap up
a bargain at the Frock Me!
vintage fashion event being held
at the Chelsea Town Hall on the
Kings Road. All the top vintage
fashion dealers from across the UK will be showcasing
their wares from a bygone era, with accessories such as
hats, shoes, gloves and jewellery featuring alongside
modern designer wear. The event runs from 11.00-17.30.
Admission costs 4.
Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, SW3.

020 7254
4054. :frockmevintagefashion.com Sloane Square.
Map E4.
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For the most beautiful silk
prints, embroideries, dress
fabrics and mens suitings from
all the top designers, visit
Londons leading and largest
couture fabric shop
Joel & Son
Fabrics
Mail order available
Visit our website
www.joelandsonfabrics.com
open Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm
Joel & Son Fabrics
75-83 Church Street
London NW8 8EU
Tel. 44 207 724 6895
Fax. 44 207 724 9840
Loro Piano - Zegna - Scabal
Valentino - Ungaro - Armani
YSL - Ellie Saab - Scherrer
Beautiful hand beaded fabrics
Luxurious Bridal laces
Piccadilly Market is held in the charming setting of the
courtyard at St Jamess Church a haven of
tranquillity just yards from the bustling Piccadilly
Circus. The market has been a popular destination for
over twenty years and each week it plays host to up to
50 stalls offering an exciting selection of antiques,
crafts, arts, jewellery, souvenirs, fashions, furnishings
and more. Craft market open Wednesday-Saturday
10am-6pm. St Jamess Antiques and Collectors Market
open Tuesday 10am-6pm. St Jamess also hosts a first-
class flower stall offering a bespoke service on the
south side of the church in Jermyn Street. The stall is
open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm. www.bulbous.biz
St Jamess Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, W1

020 7292 4864


Piccadilly Circus. Map C5.
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Want to learn how to cook the perfect Christmas dinner? Follow in the
footsteps of Michelin-starred celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at A Taste Of
Christmas. Therell be hands-on cookery demonstrations, advice on seasonal
table decorations, interactive wine tastings and the chance to enjoy a fantastic
line-up of top chefs, including Angela Hartnett and Jason Atherton. Eateries
York & Albany, Maze, The Narrow, Boxwood Caf and Foxtrot Oscar will all
have outlets at the show, which will be at the ExCeL Centre in east London.

08712 305 581 or


:
tasteofchristmas.com
In other news, if youre enjoying festive entertainment at the Barbican, do try
its refurbished restaurant, by the ever-reliable Searcys. It opens with a new
executive chef, Quentin Fitch, but the same elegant views (p. 94).
Dining
With Hermione Barnett
BABYLON AT THE
ROOF GARDENS
One of the most
stunning venues in
London, Babylon
features a truly
stunning five-acre
roof garden. So you
wont be surprised to
hear its fantastic for
Christmas. Until 20
Dec Fri and Sat
nights mean
sumptuous Venetian
Balls. Dine on a
fabulous three-course
banquet, then dance
the night away. Youll
even get a Venetian
mask for flirty
moments 110pp.
99 Kensington High
Street, W8.

020
7368 3993.
:
roof
gardens.com
Kensington High
Street. Off map.
DINING ON
THE RIVER
Does it get any more
romantic than an
elegant boat ride up
the Thames looking
at the beautiful views
and twinkling lights,
before being served a
four- or five-course
dinner, followed by
live entertainment and
dancing? Its a lovely
way to celebrate
Christmas, and an
even better
way to see in
the New Year.
Bateaux
London and
London
Showboat
both offer
cruises
lasting about
three hours.
Both p. 36.
LAS
IGUANAS
We love these funky
Latin American
restaurants theyve
just opened a new
branch in Dean
Street, Soho, and we
cant recommend it
enough. On our last
visit the cava mojitos
were spot on.
Chimichanga came
with the freshest
mango salsa and
cassava fries, which
were both fluffy in the
middle and crunchy
on the outside. The
quinoa salad was,
frankly, perfect. Peles
favourite dish Xin Xim
Brazilian lime and
peanut chicken is
now my favourite. Las
Iguanas do Christmas
with style, offering a
seasonal twist and a
carnival atmosphere.
New Year at the
Royal Festival Hall
branch is a great
place to party.
p. 73.
THE LANDAU
One of Londons
loveliest dining rooms,
the Landau is
irresistible, and the
problem is worse now
theyve introduced
Sunday Roasts - the
perfect companion to
a hard day enjoying
London. Enjoy beef,
pork and chicken all
local and organic
with delicious sides
and complemented by
proper starters and
puds think salmon
tartare and baked
chocolate cake. Bliss!
1c Portland Place,
W1.

020 7965
0165.
:
thelandau.
com Oxford
Circus. Map B4.
December Deliciousness
As one of Londons most elegant hotels,
any restaurant residing in The
Lanesborough has a lot to live up to.
And after Apsleys major refurbishment,
it does amply. This lovely art deco
room is a perfect place to showcase the
sophisticated and incredibly delicious
Italian food which rolls out of Nick Bells
skilful kitchen. The service is quietly
perfect, but never snooty, and when my
partner and I devoured our aged
balsamic reduction and parmesan taster,
they smilingly brought more.
The menu is seasonal, so it will have
changed, but do try any of their ravioli
and primi piatti; the taste and texture of
the pasta alone is enough to make you
realise just why Italians dont eat pasta
out of packets. Secondi ranged from
wild boar and veal to lobster,
immaculately combined with artichoke,
pepper, caponata or perhaps courgette.
This really is modern Italian at its best.
At the end of the meal, if youre still
feeling that seasonal bonhomie, head to
the lovely Library Bar for a digestif, or
even puff a cigar in the Gardening Room.
Brilliantly, its open on Christmas Day.
Apsleys, p. 81.
Whats Hot
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Serving varied,
genuine and delicious
tastes of India at
affordable prices.
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Approximate prices
Approximate prices shown
in listings are for a three-
course meal without wine.
: up to 20 per person.
: 20-40 per person.
: 40 or more per
person. L: lunch (around
12.00-14.30); D: dinner
(around 18.00-23.00).
The Americas
CHEERS
As youd expect (it follows
the US comedy Cheers
theme) this venue is relaxed
and fun with good-value
food themed according to
the different characters.
Good for late evenings too;
it stays open to 03.00 Mon-
Sat. Daily L & D. .
72 Regent Street, W1.

020 7494 3322.


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cheersbarlondon.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
FLORIDITA
This great Cuban restaurant
has the glamour and passion
of this fabulous country.
Dishes include lobster, pork
and their famous black
beans, washed down with
sets from singers and
dancers. Daily D (open to
02.00). .
100 Wardour Street, W1.

020 7314 4000.


:
floridita.co.uk
Tottenham Court Road.
Map B5.
GAUCHO RESTAURANT
A haven for carnivores with
stunning dcor, serving
steaks from custom-cut beef
aged around six weeks
choose cut as well as
sauces. Fish eaters will love
the ceviches. Dont miss the
exclusively Argentinian wine
list. New, very stylish branch
in Smithfield. Mon-Fri L & D;
Sat-Sun all day. .
19 Swallow Street, W1
(and branches).

020
7734 4040.
:
gaucho-
grill.com Piccadilly
Circus. Map C5.
GOURMET BURGER
KITCHEN
Fantastically tasty burgers,
made with 100% Aberdeen
Angus beef from this
justifiably popular chain.
Choose from a big range of
sauces, add-ons and great
sides. Daily all day. .
13-14 Maiden Lane, WC2
(and branches).

020
7240 9617. :gbkinfo.
co.uk Covent Garden.
Map C6.
HARD ROCK CAFE
Enjoy burgers, steaks and
other North American
classics in the presence of
rock memorabilia. As the
original Hard Rock Cafe, this
venue has been emulated
(but never bettered) across
the world. Daily all day, live
music some nights. .
150 Old Park Lane, W1.

020 7629 0382.


:hardrock.com Hyde
Park Corner. Map C4.
LAS IGUANAS
Really funky Latin American
joint with great panache. The
tapas dishes are a fusion of
native, Latin and African,
and start at 4.70. They also
have great cocktails.
Warning, the mojito packs a
punch! Daily L & D, brunch
on weekends. .
1 Horner Square, Old
Spitalfields Market, E1
(and branches).

020
7426 0876. :iguanas.
co.uk Liverpool Street.
Off map.
PLANET HOLLYWOOD
The movie memorabilia is
worthy of a museum and
the American cuisine and
lively atmosphere are
a hit, particularly the
crunchy chicken. Great for
children at lunch, and large
parties in the evening. Daily
all day. .
13 Coventry Street, W1.

020 7478 1507.


:
planethollywood
london.com Piccadilly
Circus/Leicester Square.
Map C5.
RAINFOREST CAFE
Enter another world by
stepping into this simulated
tropical rainforest with life-
size animated animals, rain
storms and more. Kids love
experiencing the sights and
sounds of the jungle, plus
the food is fresh and
healthy. Daily all day. .
20 Shaftesbury Avenue,
W1.

020 7434 3111.


:therainforestcafe.co.uk
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
British
BATEAUX LONDON
Undeniably the most
stunning views of London
are on offer with a lunch,
jazz or dinner cruise aboard
these sophisticated boats.
Menus tend to favour
modern British, and always
have an inspired vegetarian
option. Daily L & D. -.
Embankment or Waterloo
Pier.

020 7695 1800.


:bateauxlondon.co.uk
Embankment/
Waterloo. Map C6.
BLACK & BLUE
One of the great joys of this
British steakhouse is
knowing youre guaranteed
a great meal. Steak is hung
for 28 days, theres a great
selection of sauces and the
fries are perfect. Plus,
theres plenty of veggie
options. Modern clean lines
add to the occasion. Daily
L & D. .
90-92 Wigmore Street, W1
(and branches).

020
7486 1912.
:
black
andbluerestaurants.com
Bond Street. Map B4.
BUMPKIN
We loved the original
Bumpkin in Notting Hill, so
were holding high hopes
for its brand-new sister in
South Kensington. The
cuisine still focuses on
British cuisine cooked
simply and wholesomely.
A good winter spot.
102 Old Brompton Road,
SW7.

020 7373 2403.


:
bumpkinuk.com
South Kensington.
Off map.
CAFE IN THE CRYPT
One of Londons best-kept
secrets, right on Trafalgar
Square once tried, youll
KEY

: Telephone
: Underground
: Docklands Light Railway
t: Overland Train
:: Website
Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill
Theres
something
about fish and
grill restaurants
that we Brits do
particularly well.
They always
seem to have
an expectant
buzz, clean lines and smart, user-friendly design. Of course
that could be because theyve all been copying Richard
Corrigans Bentleys, now in its 90th year, and still one of the
top fishy destinations in London. A sensitive restoration
means the building retains all its original fixtures but with a
freshness that suits the style of the food.
Sitting in the more laid-back Oyster Bar, choosing from the
menu was utter joy, if difficult. Langoustines, oysters and
jabugo ham danced before our eyes. I settled for scallop &
pea fritters with mint and almond aioli (exquisite), my partner
tucked into dressed crab (amazing). We waltzed onto their
signature fish pie (cleverly balanced to be filling and tasty, yet
not too weighty) and fish and chips (a delight of crispness
and succulence).
The wine list has had critics salivating, and theres also the
possibility of seeing a celebrity or two always fun. Dont
resist the lure of this destination restaurant.
11-15 Swallow Street, W1.

020 7734 4756.


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always return. In the
atmospheric basement of St.
Martin-in-the-Fields,
the caf serves top-notch
English grub from fresh,
local ingredients at prices
which belie the quality and
location. Daily B, L & D. .
St. Martin-in-the-Fields,
Trafalgar Square, WC2.

020 7766 1100.


:
smitf.org Trafalgar
Square. Map C6.
ISLAND
Chic, contemporary
restaurant with floor-to-
ceiling windows with views
towards Hyde Park. The food
is light and delicious, thanks
to the expert use of seasonal
ingredients and clever cuts
of meat, and ranges from
traditional to contemporary.
Daily L & D. .
Lancaster Terrace, W2.

020 7551 6070.


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Lancaster Gate.
Map C2.
LANGTRYS
The best-value meal in
Knightsbridge (in one of its
most elegant dining rooms)
can be found in the historic
Cadogan Hotel. Excellent
traditional cuisine; Laroche
Wine & Dinner offers three a
la carte courses with
unlimited wine for 35.
21 Pont Street, SW1.

020 7201 6619.


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com Knightsbridge.
Map D3.
LONDON SHOWBOAT
Marvellous views across the
city plus sophisticated dining
are the rewards of booking
an evening on this boat. The
price includes a drink, four-
course dinner, wine cabaret
and dancing and of course a
cruise, to The O
2
and back.
Thurs-Sat D. .
Departs Westminster Pier
at 19:00.

020 7740
0400. :citycruises.com/
showboat.htm
Westminster. Map D6.
NUMBER TWELVE
This gem of a restaurant is
made more impressive by its
good prices and useful
location. The excellent menu
has an Italian influence, but
clever dishes such as
Somerset lamb with
samphire sing for England.
Mon-Fri L, Mon-Sat D. .
2 Upper Woburn Place,
WC1.

020 7693 5425.


Euston. Map A5.
Coach & Horses
What a great spot, said my brother, as we sat down.
I could only agree. Its not every destination which grabs your
fancy before youve even had a bite, but the traditional pub
bar of the Coach & Horses, leading into the funkier dining
room (the artwork is by Eduardo Paolozzi and its superb)
made us fans. The food, is (of course) excellent. The bread
always a sign of a good eaterie was great. I loved my
anchovies and aioli, he wolfed down his charcuterie dish. For
mains, the rabbit stew was rich in taste and utterly succulent,
while my lamb chop with lentils and watercress was just the
ticket for a cold evening. We chased it down with a well-
priced Chantarel Cabernet Sauvignon and wandered off into
the night both satisfied and reassuringly, still plump in the
pocket. This place is good value as well as charming.
26-28 Ray Street, EC1.

020 7278 8990.


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NORTHBANK
A clever dining concept in an
exceptionally beautiful spot
next to the Millennium
Bridge and overlooking Tate
Modern. Northbank
specialises in food from the
south west of England.
Excellent dishes include
Falmouth crab and clotted
cream tart, and guinea
fowl with fig salad. Daily
L & D. .
One Pauls Walk, EC4.

020 7329 9299.


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com St. Pauls. Map B8.
ROOTMASTER
Utterly charming veggie-
vegan restraurant which
takes as its home a
routemaster red bus. Clever
dishes include gyoza,
broccoli tartlet with leek and
potato mash, tofu tower and
curry, and tempura banana to
follow. Organic wine is on
offer. An original and tasty
must-visit. Daily L & D. .
Elys Yard, Brick Lane, E1.

07912 389 314.


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Aldgate East. Off map.
Chinese
CHINO LATINO
Its hard to decide if this sexy,
funky spot should actually
also be in the Americas
section the clever fusion
menu offers items like
Chinese-spiced ceviche, black
cod, and a trio of beef with
truffle, tempura and XO
sauce. Its all very, very good.
Daily L & D. .
18 Albert Embankment,
SE1.

020 7769 2500.


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Vauxhall. Off map.
CHA CHA MOON
Want to dine at one of Alan
Yaus legendary restaurants
(Hakkasan, Yauatcha) but
dont have the money? Cha
Cha Moon is for you. This
new joint from Yau
specialises in noodles and
soups, while canteen-style
dining makes for a buzzy
atmosphere. Daily L & D. .
15-21 Ganton Street, W1.

020 7297 9800.


Oxford Circus. Map B5.
KAI MAYFAIR
Haute cuisine Chinese style
from this award-winning,
beautifully appointed Mayfair
eaterie. Try exquisite dishes
like Chilean seabass in miso-
style broad bean broth, or
Drunken Phoenix chicken
marinated in cinnamon bark
and wine. Dont miss the
wasabi prawns. Daily L & D.
.
46 Lexington Street, W1.

020 7493 8988.


Piccadilly Circus.
Map B5.
PING PONG
Justifiably popular mini-chain
which remains a big hit for its
sexy dcor, perfectly-formed
dim sum (personal favourites
are seafood steamed
dumpling, wakame shrimp
and char sui), a fun vibe and
good prices. Daily L & D.
-.
45 Great Marlborough
Street W1 (and branches).

020 7851 6969.


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Bond Street. Map B5.
European
ANDREW EDMUNDS
Atmospheric and always
crowded 18th century house
with wooden furniture, nooks
and crannies and candlelight
great for romantic meals,
with a range of dishes.
Friendly service, reasonably
priced. Daily L & D. .
46 Lexington Street, W1.

020 7437 5708.


Piccadilly Circus.
Map B5.
BROWNS
COURTROOMS
This large, cheerful brasserie
in a landmark building has
earned a loyal following for
its excellent pre- and post-
theatre dinner deals.
Portions are huge and tasty.
Daily B, L & D .
82-84 St. Martins Lane,
WC2 (and branches).

020 7395 6091.


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browns-restaurants.
com Leicester Square.
Map C6.
EL PIRATA
Immensely buzzy
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145 Knightsbridge London SW1X 7PA
Nearest tube Knightsbridge Station
Piccadilly Line (Sloane Street exit)
Bar & Restaurant Reservations
on 020 7 591 4664
www.thechicagoribshack.co.uk
A real slice of
America in London
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atmosphere attests to both
the deliciousness of the
tapas and the value of
the food at this attractive
eaterie just keep tasting
the fabulous dishes until
youre full! Try the chilli
prawns, bean stew and
patatas bravas. Mon-Sat
L & D. .
5-6 Down Street, W1.

020 7491 3810.


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Green Park. Map C4.
GORDON RAMSAY
Londons only three
Michelin-starred restaurant
from this world-famous chef.
Dishes range across Europe
but retain a classic feel with
bold, confident twists its
all superb. One of the best
restaurants in Europe, so
booking is for two months
ahead. Daily L & D. .
68 Royal Hospital Road,
SW3.

020 7352 4441.


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Sloane Square.
Off map.
JUST ST JAMES
This glamorous, buzzy space
is looking even better after a
major refurbishment. Great
for couples and groups alike.
As well as the delicious
modern European menu, it
now offers all-day dining, so
grab an eggs Benedict at
any time of day. Also, Royal
Afternoon or Veuve Clicquot
Teas. All day. -.
12 St. Jamess Street, SW1.

020 7976 2222.


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Green Park. Map C5.
OXO TOWER
RESTAURANT, BAR
& BRASSERIE
Elegant riverside restaurant
with stunning views and
a lovely outside terrace a
real experience. Brasserie is
mid-price, restaurant is top
end. Good food in a highly
romantic destination. The
bar does great martinis.
Book early in December.
Daily L & D -.
OXO Tower Wharf, Barge
House Street, South Bank,
SE1.

020 7803 3888.


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Waterloo. Map C7.
PORTAL
This modern European/
Iberian restaurant features
on a lot of Londoners top
ten lists. Its elegant dcor is
perfect for business or
romance, and the food is
spectacular. Try dishes like
veal carpaccio with
cinnamon ice cream or
steak with prawns and
spinach risotto in foie gras
sauce and marvel at the
artistry. Mon-Sat L & D. .
88 St. John Street, EC1.

020 7253 6950.


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Farringdon. Map A/B7.
THE BRICKHOUSE
Its a supper club but not as
we know it. Dcor is uber-
modern and very fun, the acts
are burlesque with a twist and
the excellent seasonal menu
is well-priced three courses
for 39.95 with cabaret. Try
and get a bed if you can. A
top night out in London. Tues-
Fri & Sun, L & D, Sat D. .
152c Brick Lane, E1.

020 7247 0005.


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Liverpool Street.
Off map.
PARK TERRACE
Superb views of Kensington
Gardens and light, excellent
modern food cooked with
great flair in a delightful
setting. The seasonal menu
is a delight, as is the service.
Relax with a drink in the
recently refurbished Berties
Bar. All day. .
Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24
Kensington High Street,
W8.

020 7937 8000.


Kensington High Street.
Map D1.
SARASTRO
An evening of excitement
and culture in the heart of
Theatreland. Diners can enjoy
Mediterranean cuisine from
wall-mounted opera boxes
(the dcor just has to be
seen), with live opera on Sun
and Mon evenings. A delight
for any lover of the stage.
Daily L & D. .
126 Drury Lane, WC2.

020 7836 0101.


:sarastro-restaurant.
com Covent Garden.
Map B6.
TEXTURE
Xavier Rousset and chef
Agnar Sverrisson co-own this
marvellous dining experience,
which has an originality of
style and taste that renders it
comparable to Heston
Blumenthals Fat Duck.
Sverrisson hails from Iceland,
and wild Atlantic flavours can
be tasted in every bite. Book
for Christmas L & D. Tues-
Sat L & D. .
34 Portman Street, W1.

020 7224 0028.


:
texture-restaurant.
co.uk Marble Arch.
Map B4.
.
Fish
BELGO
Popular chain whose
industrial dcor is a great
counterpoint to the Belgian-
style hospitality: delicious,
steaming plates of mussels
any way you want them,
great steaks and rotisserie
chicken, a vast variety of
beers and seriously good
fries. Daily L & D. .
50 Earlham Street, WC2
(and branches).

020
7813 2233. :belgo-
restaurants.com
Covent Garden. Map B6.
CURVE
Smartly designed, well-
priced and well-served spot
in West India Quay. The
menu runs the gamut from
brown trout to Scottish
scallops to the seafood
tower, or have the catch of
the day any way you please.
Daily L & D. .
London Marriott, West
India Quay, 22 Hertsmere
Road, E14.

020 7517
2808. West India Quay.
Map inset.
MR. FISH
Fish and chips is a must-eat
dish in London, and
Mr. Fishs well-priced, well-
cooked fare will have you
coming back for more. Their
perfectly crunchy haddock
with chips and mushy peas
is a must! Daily L & D. .
9 Porchester Road, W2

020 7229 4161.


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Bayswater. Map B2.
ONE-O-ONE
Superb food from Pascal
Proyart, who shows off his
winning ways with a menu
featuring an array of petit
plats for tasting a wider
selection of dishes. The
Camden Brasserie
Longevity in the food world is a sign of just how
wonderful a restaurant is. A prime example of this
theory is Camden Brasserie, a family-run business
that has been cooking up a storm for 25 years. Its
cuisine is a melting pot of influences. This French-
style brasserie with international flair creates
sumptuous dishes such as starters of tiger prawn
and calamari and warm duck salad. Mains are
equally exquisite entrecote steak was cooked
perfectly and the salmon fillet was an oceanic feast
on the senses. And dont forget to try the fabulous
frites, reputedly the best in town.
9-11 Jamestown Road, NW1.

020 7482
2114.
:
camdenbrasserie.co.uk Camden
Town. Off map.
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Christmas
Festivities at Imli
Book Your Christmas Party at Imli
Imli provides the perfect setting
for a fun and a stylish Christmas celebration.
Whether treating your work colleagues or your friends,
Imlis decadent sharing menu, inspired by Indian street cuisine,
provides Christmas entertainment thats sure to be fun as it is tasty.
Festive season truly a memorable one
Imli Restaurant
167-168 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR.
Closest Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Tottenham Court Road Email: info@imli.co.uk www.imli.co.uk
for resevations venue hire or information please call 020 7287 4243 or www.imli.co.uk
Victory House, 99 Regent Street, London W1
Tel: 020 7734 1401
THE TRUE TASTE OF TRADITION
Not just the best known of Indian restaurants,
its easily the best located, overlooking Regent Street,
two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus.
Here, the glamorous dining is complete:
divine dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully
served in sumptuous surroundings.
Sunday lunch 22 for 3 courses.
Part of the Masala World Group incorporating
Chutney Mary, Amaya and Masala Zone
Get Christmas
wrapped up with...
Londons leading restaurant cruises
T: +44 (0) 20 7695 1800 E: reservations@bateauxlondon.com
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GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE.
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detail and originality of the
dishes is extraordinary. The
refurbished restaurant looks
fabulous. Daily L & D. .
101 Knightsbridge, SW1.

020 7290 7101.


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Knightsbridge.
Map D3.
THE SEA SHELL
This fish and chippery is a
bit of an institution its
been dishing up the goods
to happy customers for 30
years. The fish is as fresh as
a daisy great food at good
prices. Some outside
seating. Daily L & D. .
9 Porchester Road, W2.

020 7229 4161.


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Bayswater. Map B2.
French
CHEZ BRUCE
A Michelin star and top
value for money? Only at
Chez Bruce. This superb
restaurant has a pretty
location, short but excellent
menu, smart service and a
wine list to die for. Its fixed
price for three courses, and
expect plenty of fresh
flavours. Daily L & D. .
2 Bellevue Road, SW17.

020 8672 0114.


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t Wandsworth Common.
Off map.
LATELIER DE JOEL
ROBUCHON
Uber-chef Robuchon was
coaxed out of retirement for
the concept of casual eating
concentrating on perfect
ingredients at Michelin star
level. LAtelier offers walk-in
dining; La Cuisine on the
first floor has a longer menu
with restaurant seating.
Extraordinarily good. Daily
L & D. .
13-15 West Street, WC2.

020 7010 8600.


Covent Garden. Map B5+6.
LES TROIS GARCONS
An extraordinary spot. The
boys running it are antique
experts, hence the wildly
bohemian dcor of animal
heads, hanging handbags
and mad paintings. But that
doesnt mean the food is
bad: its earthy French
cooking with top ingredients
bliss. Mon-Sat D. .
Club Row, E1.

020
7613 1924.
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garcons.com Liverpool
Street. Off map.
PAPILLON
One of our favourite French
restaurants, this elegant little
place serves riffs on classic
dishes, like gurnard with
saffron potato and socca
(chickpea crpe), as well as
escargots and perfect steak
and frites. Service is discreet
and immaculate. Mon-Sat
L, daily D. .
96 Draycott Avenue, SW3.

020 7225 2555.


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South Kensington.
Off map.
PEARL
Superb French cuisine with
international influences, from
acclaimed chef and culinary
innovator Jun Tanaka. A
specially-designed wine
cellar, strings of pearls and
chandeliers dotted
throughout the restaurant
itself make this a deeply
glamorous destination, for
dates or business. Mon-Sat
L & D. .
252 High Holborn, WC1.

020 7829 7000.


Holborn. Map B6.
QUAGLINOS
This old-school, famous
restaurant offers top
seafood (and excellent
meat dishes) in dazzling
surroundings. This venue
maintains loyal clientele,
perhaps because of its
stunning bar and dramatic
sweeping staircase. Daily
L & D. .
16 Bury Street, SW1.

020 7930 6767.


Green Park. Map C5.
Gastropubs
THE ESTABLISHMENT
We loved the retro wallpaper
and comfy dark leather
chairs, inventive cocktails
made of old English
ingredients like mead, lovage
and Geneva oh, and the
foods pretty fabulous too.
Think crab mayonnaise,
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at the award winning
THAI POT
since 1992
AUTHENTIC THAI CUISINE
Awarded:
Authentic Thai Food
Ministry of
Commerce, Thailand
4 stars
Master Chef UK
Thai Select Award
Department of Export
Promotion, Ministry of
Commerce, Thailand
1 Bedfordbury,
Covent Garden,
London WC2N 4BP
behind ENO, Coliseum,
Charing Cross Station
(Covent Garden exit)
food and service others talk about
4 stars restaurant at 2 stars price!
020 7379 4580
www.thaipot.biz
Celebrate Christmas this year and ring
in the New Year at the contemporary
Rhodes W1 Brasserie and Bar.
Award winning celebrity chef
Gary Rhodes has designed a fantastic
menu this year.
To book call 0207 616 5930 and
quote "London Planner" to receive
your complimentary glass of
Champagne on arrival.
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guinea fowl with smoked
bacon and well hung steak.
Daily L & D. .
45-47 Parsons Green
Lane, SW6.

020
7731 8703. :the
establishment.com
Parsons Green.
Off map.
GUN, THE
Top gastropub with an
enviable reputation in an
18th century building. Its
based on rich but delicate
combinations like celeriac,
truffle and wild mushroom
soup or roasted Barbary
duck with kumquat and
sweetcorn fritters. Well
worth a visit. Daily
L & D. .
27 Coldharbour Lane, E14.

020 7515 5222.


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Canary Wharf.
Map inset.
PRINCE ALBERT
Camden is famous for pubs
that ooze with character and
history and the Prince Albert
is no exception. But this funky
joint also offers a high-quality
kitchen. Head Chef David Gill
(who trained with Marco
Pierre White) is at the reins
and the seasonal menu offers
trad dishes with a creative
twist. Daily L & D. .
Royal College Street, NW1.

020 7485 0270.


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Camden Town. Off map.
PRINCE OF WALES
Currently garnering rave
reviews, this friendly
gastropub in Putney has real
style. It specialises in British
meat dishes and offers a
rotisserie; other stars
include tea-smoked
mackerel pat and roasted
partridge. Tankards on the
walls are personalised for
regulars. Daily L & D. .
138 Upper Richmond
Road, SW15.

020 8788
1552. :princeof
walesputney.co.uk
East Putney. Off map.
Indian
BOMBAY BRASSERIE
After a major refurbishment,
this legendary eaterie has re-
established its spot amongst
Londons top Indian
restaurants. Fabulous service,
magnificent dcor with a
romantic conservatory and
delicious, light cooking. Daily
L & D. .
Courtfield Close, Courtfield
Road, SW7.

020 7370
4040.
:
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london.com Gloucester
Road. Off map.
CHUTNEY MARY
A deserved west London
institution in a very pretty
room and conservatory.
Menu offers a gourmet trail
of seven Indian regions from
specialist chefs, with rarely
cooked dishes such as pan-
fried wild seabass with
tamarind and fenugreek.
Sun brunch has live jazz. Sat
& Sun L, daily D. .
535 Kings Road, SW10.

020 7351 3113.


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Fulham Broadway.
Off map.
DELHI BRASSERIE
Based in the heart of Soho,
this elegant restaurant is
perfect for pre- or post-
theatre dining. Its dcor is
pristine, and the menu
boasts traditional curries
and tandoori dishes. Daily
L & D. .
44 Frith Street, W1.

020 7437 8261.


:
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Tottenham Court Road.
Map B5.
HAANDI
Named after a cooking
utensil commonly used
to create the strong
flavours of Punjabi cuisine.
Watch as the Kenyan-Asian
chefs prepare classic
dishes. Well-priced with a
great atmosphere.
Takeaway L available. Daily
L & D. .
7 Cheval Place, SW3.

020 7823 7373.


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com Knightsbridge.
Map D3.
IMLI
This restaurant serves up
seriously good food. Take
advantage of the tapas-
sized portions and reward
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A restaurant where you
can explore the many
and varied flavours of India
18 Gloucester Road, London SW7
(nearest Indian restaurant
to the Royal Albert Hall)
Tel: 020 7589 6450/7581 3734
Fax: 020 7584 4438
Conservatory for parties etc...
Open 7 days a week
TANDOORI
RESTAURANT
32 Gloucester Road,
London SW7 4RB
Tel: 020 7584 3476/
020 7589 9315
littleindia@btconnect.com
One of the few Indian
restaurants owned and managed
by a lady. Dinner bookings are
strongly recommended as
Little India is really little!
HOME STYLE COOKING
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your tastebuds with stunning
dishes such as Chennai fish,
southern lamb and kheema
matar. 16.50 tasting menu.
Highly recommended. Daily
L & D. -.
167 Wardour St, W1.

020 7287 4243.


:imli.co.uk Oxford
Circus. Map B5.
MASALA ZONE
Some of the best Indian
food in London from this
mini-chain. Their new
branch in Covent Garden
has a lovely, well-designed
space, open kitchen and
excellent, good-value food.
Its modern Indian cooking
at its best, with balanced,
healthy dishes. Child-
friendly. Daily L & D. .
48-51 Floral Street, WC1
(and branches).

020
7379 0101. :realindian
food.com Covent
Garden. Map C6.
MELA
Bridging the gap between
upmarket Indian restaurants
and informal curry houses,
Mela offers irresistible
masalas and a clever menu.
Eat your way from the
Himalayan foothills to the
peninsulas tip, with
authentic dishes from each
region. Daily L & D. .
152-156 Shaftesbury
Avenue, WC2.

020
7836 8635. :mela
restaurant.co.uk
Leicester Square.
Map C5/B6.
QUILON
Run by the Bombay
Brasserie and the owner of a
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the river available in this city, its a really fun idea to grab
a bite and watch the world go by. These are our favourite
places to enjoy the views. Please see :visitlondon.com
for further details.
The Bingham, 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon
Thames.

020 8940 0902. . Off map. Blueprint


Caf, Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1.

020 7378
7031. :. Map C9. Cantina del Ponte, Butlers Wharf,
36c Shad Thames, SE1.

020 7403 5403. . Map


C9. Northbank, 1 Pauls Walk, EC4.

020 7329 9299.


. Map B8. Le Pont de La Tour, Butlers Wharf, 36d Shad
Thames, SE1.

020 7403 8403. . Map C9. OXO


Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie, p. 76. Plateau
Canada Place, Canary Wharf, E14.

020 7751 7100.


. Map inset. Portrait Restaurant, National Portrait
Gallery, St Martins Place, Trafalgar Square, WC2.

020
7312 2490. . Map C6. Rhodes 24, Tower 42, 25 Old
Broad Street, EC2.

020 7877 7703. . Map B9.


Skylon, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1.

020
7654 7800. . Map C7. Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1.

020 7401 5020. . Map C7/8. Vertigo Tower 42, 25


Old Broad Street, EC2.

020 7877 7842. . Map B9.


Dining with a view
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
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A winner of the Evening Standard
London Tonight Award
Free bottle of house wine when 2 dine
from the a la carte menu
(With this advert)
A stunning critically acclaimed modern Indian
restaurant where value for money and exquisite
cuisine meet.
Average spend 16-18. Three course regional
feast for 15.95
2-3 Denman Street, London W1
Tel: 020 7439 1330
Piccadilly Circus
Free bottle of house wine when 2 dine
from the a la carte menu
(With this advert)
Vibrant, award winning food, celebrating the
varied tastes of India at prices you can afford.
Average spend 25-28.
Theatre menu only 10.95.
152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H
Tel: 020 7836 8635
Leicester Square
Recommended by Michelin, Zagat & Hardens and
AA Guides
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Michelin star, this is Indian
fine-dining extraordinaire.
Full flavours are deftly
manipulated with a light
modern touch and a clever
twist black cod and
pistachio lamb are highlights.
The serene dcor is a hit.
Daily L & D. .
41 Buckingham Gate,
SW1.

020 7821 1899.


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Map D5.
SITAARAY
Paying homage to Indian
stars of stage and screen
with framed photographs,
posters and memorabilia
providing a backdrop to a
good choice of grills. Very
well priced, good quality
cuisine perfectly situated
for a pre-theatre meal.
Mon-Sat L & D. .
167 Drury Lane, WC2.

020 7269 6422.


:sitaaray.com Covent
Garden. Map B6.
VEERASWAMY
Londons oldest Indian
eatery recently underwent
a major refurbishment. The
dcor is exotic, lavish and
chic, evoking a maharajas
palace in the 1920s. The
food is excellent a
compact menu but with
something for everyone.
Daily L & D. .
99 Regent Street, W1.

020 7734 1401.


:realindianfood.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
Italian
APSLEYS
The Lanesboroughs
refurbed restaurant opened
to general acclaim; the food
served here is seriously
high-end and extremely
good. Everything from the
anti pasti to the starters
(like beef carpaccio), primi
(exquisite pasta and clever
ravioli) to seasonal mains, is
immaculate. Daily L &
D. .
The Lanesborough, Hyde
Park Corner, SW1.

020 7333 7254.


:lanesborough.com
Hyde Park Corner.
Map D4.
CARLUCCIOS CAFFE
Italian caf and deli created
by the famous chef, in a
charming location. Enjoy
outstanding coffee, liquors
and wines with your meal, or
buy ingredients for a feast at
home. Mushrooms are a
speciality. Daily all day. .
St. Christophers Place,
W1 (and branches).

020 7935 5927.


:carluccios.com
Bond Street. Map B4.
DA PAOLO
Charming Italian restaurant
in the heart of Fitzrovia. Its
leafy, cosy dcor will make
you feel like youre dining in
an Italian piazza, complete
with warm, friendly service.
Good fish dishes and
country cooking. Room for
large groups. Mon-Fri L & D,
Sat-Sun D. .
3 Charlotte Place, W1.

020 7580 0021.


:dapaolo.co.uk
Goodge Street.
Map B5.
WINE FACTORY
Part of the reliable Brinkleys
group, this is a much-loved,
buzzy Notting Hill local,
serving classic pasta and
pizzas, plus excellent mains,
at decent prices. Daily
L & D. .
294 Westbourne Grove,
W11.

020 7229 1877.


:brinkleys.com
Notting Hill. Off map.
Japanese
BINCHO
With one branch in the Oxo
Tower and another in Soho,
Bincho has great locations,
and the dcor is lovely as
well. Food comes as a series
of skewers in fantastic meat
and veg combinations at
great prices keep going
until youre full. An absolutely
excellent lunch spot. Mon-
Sat L & D. -.
16 Old Compton Street.

020 7287 9111.


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Leicester Square.
Map B5.
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Our restaurants are national and
international award winning (including the
BBC Good Eating Guide). The delicious
menu has many familiar favourites as
well as unusual dishes including good
value thalis and complete set meals. The
Frith Street branch in Soho is ideal for
pre- and post-theatre diners. Open daily
12.00-midnight. 3 rooms available to hire
for parties or functions, 1 of which is self-
contained with its own bar.
44 Frith Street, London W1
Tottenham Court Road
020 7437 8261
Also at 134 Cromwell Road, SW7, 020 7370 7617
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Open 7 days
07912389314
Elys Yard,
The old Truman Brewery,
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COCOON
Deeply elegant restaurant,
lounge and bar loved by the
beautiful people of London.
The food is exquisite, pan-
Asian with Japanese
overtones the soft-shelled
tempura crab is to die for.
Great fun around Christmas.
Mon-Sat L & D. .
65 Regent Street, W1.

020 7494 7600.


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Map C4.
YO! SUSHI
Well-designed kaiten-style
restaurants. Grab your dish
from the conveyor belt; at
the end tot up the amount of
plates, from edamame and a
range of sushi to gyoza and
tempura, colour-coded for
price. Order complex dishes
from the chef. Daily
L & D. -.
52 Poland Street (and
branches), W1.

020 7287 0443.


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Oxford Circus. Map B5.
Middle East
OCCO
Occo is a real treat, capturing
not only the glorious flavours
but the atmosphere of a
Moroccan restaurant. Lively
upstairs bar, complete with
belly dancer, and a serene
conservatory. Exotic cocktails
and superb tagines are
recommended. Daily L & D,
Sat-Sun brunch. .
58 Crawford Street, W1.

020 7724 4991.


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Road. Map B3.
NOURA
Soothing colours and
comfortable couches make
for a relaxing experience.
Start with Lebanese breads
and mezzes. Noura is a lamb
lovers paradise as the meat
comes prepared over ten
different ways. If youre not
in the mood, theres also
quail, fish, chicken and other
dishes. Daily L & D. .
122 Jermyn Street, SW1.

020 7839 2020.


:noura.co.uk Green
Park. Map C5.
PASHA
Restaurant and late lounge.
Unbelievably beautiful,
opulent dcor in which you
can enjoy north African-style
feasts. Excellent cocktails.
Check out its stunning sister
lounge, Kenza (10
Devonshire Sq, EC2). Daily
L & D (to 03.30). .
1 Gloucester Road, SW1.

020 7589 7969.


:pasha-restaurant.
co.uk Gloucester Road.
Map B9.
Thai & Malay
AWANA
One of the few Malaysian
restaurants in London, its
cuisine has to be tasted. In
elegant environs, perfect
starters emphasise
scallops and prawns; try
delicately spiced sambals
and richer curries.
First-class service. Daily
L & D. .
85 Sloane Avenue, SW3.

020 7584 8880.


:awana.co.uk
Sloane Square.
Map E3.
BALIBALI
A great spot which offers
genuine Balinese/Malay
cuisine, and garners great
reviews. Youll see satay on
the menu, but do try more
exotic dishes Indonesian
cooking is a melting pot of
cultures. and deserves more
applause. A Rijstafel set
menu will give you a fuller
taste. Daily L & D. .
150 Shaftesbury Avenue,
WC2

020 7836 2644.


:balibalirestaurant.com
Holborn. Map B6.
BLUE ELEPHANT
This luxurious restaurant
offers Thai cuisine in the
most exquisitely decorative
of rooms. Diners are
transported to an
enchanting indoor garden
filled with orchids, perfect if
youre missing summer. The
Thai green and lamb
massaman curries are
highly recommended.
Daily L & D. .
4-6 Fulham Broadway,
SW6.

020 7385 6595.


:blueelephant.com
Fulham Broadway.
Off map.
MANGO TREE
This stylish restaurant in
a top Belgravia location
produces superb traditional
Thai cuisine from the finest
ingredients. Dishes are
chosen from four regions
and include an a la carte
menu and bar snacks. If you
know your Thai food then
this is a must-visit, and
theres also a great
atmosphere. Daily
L & D. .
48 Grosvenor Place, SW1.

020 7823 1888.


:mangotree.org.uk
Hyde Park. Map D4.
THAI ON THE RIVER
This lovely riverside eaterie
has great views, especially at
night. It offers delicious Thai
food with a twist: sea bass
with mango sauce goes down
a treat. Great service and a
serene atmosphere. Mon-Sun
L & D. . Sun L buffet.
Groveside Court,
2 Lombard Road, SW11.

020 7924 6090.


:thaiontheriver.com
Sloane Square then
bus 239. Off map.
THAI POT
Based in Covent Garden,
this award-winning
restaurant has stylish dcor
and excellent food. Freshly
herbed and sauted dishes
sit alongside expertly
prepared tofu, fish and meat.
Set menus start at 12.50,
great for pre-theatre. Mon-
Sat L & D. .
1 Bedfordbury, Covent
Garden, WC2.

020 7379
4580. :thaipot.biz
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Piccadilly, W1.

020
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Circus. Map C5. The
Bentley, Harrington
Gardens, SW7.

020 7244 5555.


Gloucester Road. Off
map. The Bingham,
classic and champagne
teas. 61-63 Petersham
Road, Richmond, TW10.

020 8940 0902.


Richmond. Off map.
Cadogan, 75 Sloane
Street, SW1

020 7235 7141. Knightsbridge. Map D3. Claridges,


Brook Street, W1.

020 7629 8860. Bond Street. Map


B4. The Dorchester, Park Lane, W1.

020 7629 8888.


Hyde Park Corner. Map C4. Fortnum & Mason 181
Piccadilly, W1,

020-7734 8040. Green Park. Map C5.


Grosvenor House, Park Lane, W1.

020 7499 6363.


Marble Arch. Map C4. The Landmark, 222 Marylebone
Road, NW1.

020 7631 8000. Marylebone. Map A4.


The Lanesborough, award-winning tea. Hyde Park Corner,
SW1.

020 7259 5599. Hyde Park Corner. Map D4.


The Mandeville, Mandeville Place, W1.

020 7935 5599.


Bond Street. Map B4. The Orangery, Kensington Palace,
Kensington Gardens, W8.

020 7376 0239.


Queensway. Map C1. Parlour at Sketch, 9 Conduit St,
W1,

0870 777 4488. Oxford Circus. Map C5. The


Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, W1.

020 7493 8181. Green Park.


Map C4. Sofitel Temple Place, Afternoon Beats. Temple
Place WC2,

020-7836 3555. Temple. Map C6/7.


The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, WC2.

020 7759 4080.


Covent Garden. Map B6.
ARTea at the Cadogan
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Quilon
The Quilon is an award-winning restaurant that serves
delicious contemporary south-west coastal Indian
cuisine. Executive Chef Sriram uses only the freshest
of ingredients to bring an exquisite, unique experience.
Dishes available, the majority of which are light and
delicate, include Masala Aubergine, Guinea Fowl Stew,
Char Grilled Seabass and Black Cod Vattichathu.
Awarded the Five Star Diamond by the American
Academy of Hospitality Sciences. The Good Curry
Guide has also voted it The Best Indian Restaurant
in the United Kingdom.
Open Monday to Friday, Lunch 12 noon-2.30pm;
Monday to Saturday, Dinner 6pm-11pm, Sunday closed.
41 Buckingham Gate, Victoria, SW1

020 7821 1899


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:
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The Park Terrace Restaurant & Bar
The Park Terrace Restaurant is situated in the five star
Royal Garden Hotel in fashionable Kensington.
Spacious, light and elegant, the Park Terrace has a
wonderfully convenient location adjacent to
Kensington Gardens. With its focus on fresh British
produce, the menu always delights perfect for a
quick snack, light lunch, afternoon tea or a superb
dinner.
Open all day, every day from 6.30am to 10.30pm, you
can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne when
you order a 2 course lunch from our a la carte menu.
Quote London Planner when booking to take
advantage of this offer.
Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8

020 7361 1832


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:
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Thai on the River
Traditional Thai cuisine located on the South banks of
the River Thames situated on the off beaten tracks of
Battersea village coupled with scenic views of Chelsea
harbour and the Imperial Wharf.
Mon-Saturday Lunch: 12.00pm-3.00pm
Sunday Lunch Buffet: 12.00pm-3.30pm
Mon-Saturday Dinner: 5.00pm-11.00pm
Sunday Dinner: 5.00pm-10.30pm
1 course set lunch 4.95 - 2 course set lunch 7.50.
Open Air terrace for Al fresco dining.
Online Bookings with special offers.
Cocktail & Wine bar with snack menu.
Ideal venue for private parties and functions.
2 Lombard Road, SW11 3RQ
020 7924 6090
Fulham Broadway
:www.thaiontheriver.com
Sitaaray
Voted as one amongst 6 restaurants in London
offering value for money, Sitaaray is a North Indian grill
in a Bollywood setting serving a wide selection of grills
and curries. London is home to the best Indian
restaurants outside the sub-continent, your visit is
incomplete until you dine at Sitaaray.
Open all 7 days: Lunch: 12 midday to 3pm - 14.50
Pre & Post Theatre Dinner: 5:30pm to 7:00pm;
10:30pm to 1am - 12.50 - 14.50
Unlimited Dinner: 7:15pm to 10:15pm - 22.95
167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2 5PG

020 7269 6422, Fax: 020 7831 9442


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Londons finest classic Spanish tapas bar and
restaurant. According to two leading restaurant critics:
El Pirata offers me everything I look for in a
restaurant. Fine food, excellent choice, comfortable
surroundings, marvellous service and a bill at the
end that doesnt give me indigestion! A feast of
tasty dishes. Starting with cold tapas, huge prawns,
juicy chorizo and ham, seafood and Russian salad.
Then an array of hot tapas dishes which kept
coming. Mmmm!
This is an excellent and very popular venue, and not
surprisingly, given its excellent reviews by Zagat,
Hardens and Square Meal Guide.
5-6 Down Street, Mayfair, W1

020 7491 3810/020 7409 1315


Green Park
:
www.elpirata.co.uk
El Pirata
Mr. Fish
Newly opened in Bayswater, Mr. Fish consistently
serves the highest quality traditional fish and chips to
enjoy in the fully licensed art deco style restaurant.
Choose from cod, haddock, plaice or huss deliciously
battered, poached, bread-crumbed, grilled or coated in
Matzo meal and all cooked to a very high standard.
You can splash out on some grilled seabass washed
down with a glass of wine or simply order a traditional
fried cod and chips with mushy peas and a beer.
Let Mr. Fish serve you brilliantly prepared specimens
of his titular namesake. Time Out.
Opening Times: 11.00am to 11.30pm Daily
9 Porchester Road, Bayswater, W2

020 7229 4161


Bayswater/Queensway/Royal Oak
:
www.mrfish.uk.com
Da Paolo
This traditional Italian Restaurant, reputed as a village
restaurant in the heart of London, prides itself on its family
run feel yet maintains an air of professionalism when it
comes to the service and the authenticity of the food. The
dcor creates an intimate ambience making it
an ideal business venue at lunch and perfect for a
romantic dinner deux by night. A place where you can
enjoy a relaxing evening out, in fact, you will relax so much
you wont want to leave!
Christmas menu now available. Log on to our website.
Open: Monday to Friday 12 noon - 11.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 5pm - 10.30pm
3 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, W1

020 7580 0021/9055


Tottenham Court Road/Goodge Street
:
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The Sea Shell
Now in its fortieth year, The Sea Shell restaurant in
London has been serving the great British tradition of
fish and chips. The Sea Shell has gained a great
reputation with stars and celebrities alike, being
located close to many hotels and some of Londons
most famous landmarks such as Madame Tussauds,
Abbey Road and London Zoo.
Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm; 5-10.30pm; Sat 12-10.30pm; Sun
12-4pm.
49-51 Lisson Grove, NW1 6UH

020 7224 9000


Marylebone
:
www.seashellrestaurant.co.uk
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Haandi
Enter from Cheval Place at the rear and a small bar
area opens onto the plush, lush main salon.
Decorated with muted colours, fabrics, tropical
greenery and sparkling mirrors it leaves no doubt as to
Haandis African origin. The glass-enclosed kitchen
remains the focal point as the chefs add an element of
drama to the whole dining experience. Specialising in
North Indian Frontier cuisine, the masalas are freshly-
prepared daily and everything is created in house.
Haandi is a truly authentic Indian restaurant aimed at a
clientele that knows its raitas from its rotis.
2 Entrances: 7 Cheval Place, London, SW7
136 Brompton Road, London, SW3

020 7823 7373


Knightsbridge
:
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ADVERTISEMENT
This is one of Londons best known Indian eateries
and is said to be one of the best restaurants in the
capital, with authentic flavours of the Raj set to
tantalise your tastebuds. The setting is grand and
colonial, but the atmosphere remains warm and
convivial with a large dining room and an airy
conservatory always buzzing with chat. Those who like
Lassi will love the various Bombay versions, the wine
list, meanwhile, is short but perfectly selected. The
best chefs are flown in from India to cook up perfectly
spiced and balanced dishes. Frequented by celebrities!
Open Monday to Sunday.
Lunch 12.30pm-3pm, Dinner 7.30pm-11.30pm.
Courtfield Close, Courtfield Road, Knightsbridge, SW7

020 7370 4040


Gloucester Road
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Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2
Box Office: 0870 060 6626
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With Susannah OGrady
Pantomimes For Festive Times
Let It Snow
Aside from the traditional pantomime, the classic choral recital and the festive
musical, there is one other event that has become a Christmas institution:
Sadlers Wells production of The Snowman (Peacock Theatre, p. 97). With
life-like penguins, aerial displays, dance and music, this magical story of a
young boys friendship with a snowman who miraculously comes to life will
warm even the frostiest of hearts.
For those who wish to keep cool, head to The O
2
arena (p. 100) where
High School Musical On Ice! sees the most accomplished skaters pirouette
and glide to the story of Troy (a popular jock) and Gabriella (a shy academic)
who break with convention to follow their passion for singing. And if you
never want to grow old, Peter Pan On Ice at Alexandra Palace is the perfect
way to entertain your inner child and runs from 19-21 Dec.
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, N22.

020 8365
4386. :alexandrapalace.com Wood Green then W3 bus. Off map.
Previews from 12 Dec Put your loose change somewhere safe as
the most endearing pickpockets in London hit Theatre Royal Drury
Lane for a major new production of OLIVER!. Fagin arrives in the
shape of comedy genius Rowan Atkinson while the roles of Nancy
and Oliver are performed by the winners of the reality TV audition
show Id Do Anything. The team behind the scenes are also a feast
of first-class talent as 2008 Olivier Award-winner for Best Director,
Rupert Goold, heads direction and the hottest choreographer of the
moment, Matthew Bourne, throws his signature dance style into the
mix. A cast and orchestra of more than 100 perform some of the
most memorable songs in musical history including Food Glorious
Food, Youve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two and Consider Yourself.
OLIVER! see p. 92.
Mother Goose
From 29 Nov Riotous fun
unfolds as sinister sisters
Vanity and Charity let their
sibling rivalry get out of
control. Mother Goose
gets caught up in the
fracas and dancing
skeletons, enchanted
forests and hilarity ensues.
See p. 22 for an interview
with Clive Rowe (Mother
Goose, pictured).
Hackney Empire, 291
Mare Street, E1.

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empire.co.uk tHackney
Central. Off map.
Cinderella
13-15 Nov Prince
Charmings are few and
far between in real life,
so head to this
production to see
Cinderellas magical
fairytale. An all-star cast
includes Gareth Gates,
Joanna Page and Alistair
McGowan.
New Wimbledon
Theatre, p. 96.
Peter Pan
From 5 Dec This
swashbuckling tale of
Peter, Wendy and the
darstardly Captain Hook
will have little ones on
the edge of their seats.
Get ready to practice
your Hes behind you!
and help Peter on his
mission to save
Tinkerbell. Simon
Callow and Bonnie
Langford star.
Richmond Theatre, The
Green, Richmond, TW9.

08700 606 651.


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Richmond. Off map.
Jack and the
Beanstalk
From 2 Dec Fee-fi-
fo-fum, I smell the
blood of an
Englishman! If the
cannibalistic giant
doesnt deter you, this
panto presents Jacks
adventure of magic
beans and a very tall
beanstalk with a large
dose of humour, audience
participation and fun.
Greenwich Theatre,
p. 96.
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A visit to London isnt
complete without enjoying a
world-class West End show.
Visit London has a secure
online booking service for
an array of events. Browse
the book tickets section on
:visitlondon.com to
reserve your seats or buy
your tickets from legitimate
agents, such as STAR
members (The Society of
Ticket Agents and Retailers).
For more info and a full list
of members visit :s-t-a-r.
org.uk One such member is
West End Theatre
Bookings, who have a great
selection of theatre seats for
a variety of productions.
Book at :westendtheatre
bookings.com or

08717 899 971. Youll


also find same day tickets at
its booking desk within
Leicester Square tube
station. Half price,
discounted, full price and
same day tickets are also
available for many shows at
tkts in Leicester Square
(Theatreland Map B2).
Check the noticeboards
before queuing.
Shows are listed
alphabetically and by
category. Please check
performance times when
booking as these may be
subject to last-minute
alterations. All info is
correct at the time of
going to press, but be
aware that productions
may close early or be
cancelled.
Musicals
AVENUE Q
Tongue-in-cheek
collaboration of humans and
puppets. Politically incorrect
and full of innuendo; not
suitable for kids. Mon-Thurs
20.00; Fri 17.45, 20.45; Sat
17.00, 20.30.
Noel Coward Theatre,
Street Martins Lane, WC2.

020 7812 7465.


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co.uk Leicester
Square. Key 2.
BILLY ELLIOT THE
MUSICAL
Stage adaptation of the
much-loved film about a boy
who wants to go to the
Royal Ballet School, but
whose father would rather
see him in the boxing ring.
Mon-Sat 19.30; Thurs,
Sat 14.30.
Victoria Palace Theatre,
Victoria Street, SW1.

08708 955 577.


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com Victoria. Key 45.
BLOOD BROTHERS
Set in 1960s Liverpool,
Willy Russells musical tells
the tragic story of twin
brothers separated at birth,
who then meet years later.
Mon-Sat 19.45; Thurs
15.00; Sat 16.00.
Phoenix Theatre, Charing
Cross Road, WC2.

08700 606 629.


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Tottenham Court
Road. Key 29.
BUDDY
Charts the life of Buddy
Holly, the American singer-
songwriter who wrote a
number of hits before his
untimely death at 22.
Includes the classic song
Peggy Sue. Mon-Sat
19.30; Wed, Sat 15.00.
Duchess Theatre,
Catherine Street, WC2.

08708 901 103.


:buddythemusical.com
Covent Garden. Key 13.
CAROUSEL
This Rodgers and
Hammerstein score is sung
by the grande dame of
theatre, Lesley Garrett. The
young and nave Julie and
the charismatic Billy capture
the imagination in a play
that was a groundbreaking
treatment of love when it
opened in 1945. Mon-Sat
19.30; Thurs, Sat 14.30.
Savoy Theatre, Savoy
Court, WC2.

08700
606 642.
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Charing Cross. Key 37.
CHICAGO
Slick musical about two
chorus girls convicted for
murder who enlist the help
of a shady lawyer in an
attempt to get away with
their heinous crimes. Sexy
and full of show-stopping
tunes. Mon-Sat 20.00; Fri
16.30; Sat 15.00.
Cambridge Theatre, Seven
Dials, WC2.

08708 901
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co.uk Covent Garden.
Key 8.
DIRTY DANCING
The stage version of the
1980s classic film about
the Houseman familys life-
changing vacation.
Daughter Baby falls for
Johnny Castle, the bad-boy
dance teacher, to much
disapproval. Memorable
tunes include (Ive Had)
The Time Of My Life and
Hungry Eyes. Mon-Thurs,
Sat 19.45; Fri 17.15, 20.30;
Sat 15.00.
Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych,
WC2.

08704 000 845.


:aldwychtheatre.co.uk
Charing Cross. Key 3.
GREASE
Its singing and dancing
all the way as the students
of Rydell High cope with life
and love in 1950s America.
Featuring the hit song Grease
Lightning. Mon-Thurs 19.30;
Fri 17.00, 20.30; Wed, Sat
15.00, 19.30.
Piccadilly Theatre,
Denman Street, W1.

0844 426 666.


:greasethemusical.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Key 30.
HAIRSPRAY
Tracy Turnblad becomes an
overnight celebrity in 1960s
America after she wins top
TV dance-off The Corny
Collins Show. Starring
Michael Ball, this musical
has received rave reviews
and recently an Olivier
Award for Best Musical this
year. Mon-Sat 19.30; Thurs,
Sat 15.00.
Shaftesbury Theatre,
Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2.

020 7379 5399.


:hairspraythemusical.
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IMAGINE THIS
This epic tale of love is set
against the harsh realities of
Poland in 1942. Deep in the
Warsaw Ghetto (one of the

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From 2 Dec Make sure to
book tickets well in advance
as one of the finest theatre
actors treads our boards in
Shakespeares Twelfth
Night this month. Sir Derek
Jacobi has been knighted
for his services to theatre
and his credits on stage and
screen are an impressive list
of the most challenging
roles in acting. His latest
character, Malvolio, is no
exception as his
melancholic disposition
invites ridicule and trickery. This Donmar Warehouse
production comes under the direction of artistic director
Michael Grandage, a fellow thesp with an equal record
of highly-acclaimed plays under his belt.
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established by the Nazis),
a group of actors seek
escapism by staging plays.
But as their realities unfold
and the Final Solution is
upon them, their community
needs a real escape plan.
Mon-Sat 19.30; Thurs,
Sat 14.30.
New London Theatre,
Drury Lane, WC2.

08444 124 654.


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Holborn. Key 25.
JERSEY BOYS
The story of Frankie Valli
and The Four Seasons, one
of the most successful pop
groups of all time with a
career spanning three
decades. Hits include Big
Girls Dont Cry and Cant
Take My Eyes Off You.
Mon-Sat 19.30; Tues,
Sat 14.30.
Prince Edward Theatre,
Old Compton Street, W1.

08444 825 151.


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Leicester Square.
Key 32.
JOSEPH AND HIS
AMAZING
TECHNICOLOUR
DREAMCOAT
With a score that includes
the timeless song Any
Dream Will Do, this biblical
story about family rivalry
is still a winner. Mon, Wed-
Sat 19.30; Tues 19.00;
Wed, Sat 15.00.
Adelphi Theatre, Strand,
WC2.

08708 955 598.


:josephthemusical.com
Charing Cross. Key 1.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
Following a sell-out run at
the Menier Chocolate
Factory, this production
transfers to the West End.
Douglas Hodge stars in
this hilarious tale of an
infamous nightclub under
threat from those who dont
understand its colourful
characters. Times vary,
check for extra Christmas
performances.
Playhouse Theatre,
Northumberland Avenue,
WC2.

08700 606 631.


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Embankment. Key 31.
Bourne to dance
From 2 Dec
Matthew Bourne is
at it again. Not
content with a sell-
out run of his
autumn production
Dorian Gray
or his role as co-
director and
choreographer in
this months new
musical OLIVER!,
the Tony Award-
winner has brought
his distinct style of
dance to the dark
yet beautiful gothic
fairytale Edward
Scissorhands.
Immortalised in the Tim Burton film which starred Johnny
Depp, this version oozes Bournes big ideas and inimitable
choreography, including his quirky moves and sentimental
treatment of characters. Lavish sets and soaring scores
create a mesmerising backdrop to a moving story, as
Edward illustrates that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Sadlers Wells, p. 97.
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LONDONS No.1 SHOW.
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One of Londons longest-
running musicals at 22
years, this epic tale portrays
love, passion and courage
during the turbulent 1832
Paris uprising. This show is
produced by Sir Cameron
Mackintosh. Mon-Sat 19.30;
Wed, Sat 14.30.
Queens Theatre,
Shaftesbury Avenue, W1.

020 7812 7475.


:lesmis.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Key 34.
LION KING, THE
Adaptation of Disneys
animated film, with
elaborate costumes and
evocative rhythms. The evil
Scar sets out to kill lion
prince Simba and claim the
throne. Tunes include The
Circle Of Life. Tues-Sat
19.30; Wed, Sat 14.00;
Sun 15.00.
Lyceum Theatre,
Wellington Street, WC2.

01613 851 043.


:thelionking.co.uk
Covent Garden. Key 20.
MAMMA MIA!
This tribute to the Swedish
pop group Abba includes
singalong classics such as
Dancing Queen and
Waterloo. A woman and her
mother indulge in wedding
day nostalgia. Mon-Thurs,
Sat 19.30; Fri 17.00, 20.30;
Sat 15.00, 19.30.
Prince of Wales Theatre,
Coventry Street, W1.

08708 500 393.


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Leicester Square.
Key 33.
MONTY PYTHONS
SPAMALOT
This fantastic musical, which
lovingly rips off the spoof
film Monty Python And The
Holy Grail, features dancing
divas and killer rabbits. Mon-
Thurs, Sat 20.00; Fri 17.15,
20.30; Sat 15.00.
Palace Theatre,
Shaftesbury Avenue, W1.

08708 900 142.


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Leicester Square.
Key 28.
OLIVER!
From 12 Dec Brand-new
production of the classic
musical. See p. 86. Mon-Sat
19.30; Wed, Sat 14.30.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane,
Catherine Street, WC2.

08444 122 955.


:
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Covent Garden.
Key 40.
PHANTOM OF
THE OPERA, THE
A mysterious masked
phantom who haunts the
Paris Opera House, falls for
a beautiful singer. This
production has been running
since 1986. Mon-Sat 19.30;
Tues, Sat 14.30.
Her Majestys Theatre,
Haymarket, SW1.

020 7087 7362.


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Circus. Key 18.
SOUND OF MUSIC,
THE
During World War II, nun
Maria is sent to care for an
Austrian widowers children.
This Rodgers and
Hammerstein musical is
directed by Sir Andrew
Lloyd Webber and features
a number of classic songs
including Do-Re-Mi and My
Favourite Things. Mon, Wed-
Sat 19.30; Tues 19.00; Wed,
Sat 14.30.
London Palladium, Argyll
Street, W1.

08708 901
108.
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Circus. Key 19.
STOMP
In the junkyard, performers
use everything from brooms
to kitchen sinks in this lively
ensemble, which combines
theatre, dance, comedy and
percussion. Tues-Sat 20.00;
Thurs, Sat, Sun 15.00.
Ambassadors Theatre,
West Street, WC2.

08700 606 627.


:stomp.co.uk
Leicester Square.
Key 24.
WE WILL ROCK YOU
Hit musical set in a bleak
futuristic world where rock
music and individuality have
been banned. Set to
Queens rock anthems,
including the epic
Bohemian Rhapsody. Mon-
Sat 19.30; Sat, Wed 14.30
(last Wed of month only).
Dominion Theatre,
Tottenham Court Road,
W1.

01613 851 225.


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Tottenham Court
Road. Key 11.
WICKED
The tale of how two girls in
the land of Oz grew up to be
the Wicked Witch of the
West and Glinda the Good
Witch. This is the back story
of The Wizard Of Oz. Mon-
Sat 19.30; Sat, Wed 14.30.
Apollo Victoria Theatre,
Wilton Road, SW1.

01613 851 376.


:
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co.uk Victoria. Key 5.
ZORRO
Tale of a master swordsman
defending the people of his
land against injustice. Music
by the Gipsy Kings, with
award-winning Spanish
flamenco dancer Rafael
Amargo as choreographer.
Expect aerial acrobatics as
well as feisty flamenco.
Mon-Sat 19.30; Thurs,
Sat 15.00.
Garrick Theatre, Charing
Cross Road, WC2.

08708 300 200.


:garrick-theatre.co.uk
Charing Cross. Key 16.
Plays
39 STEPS, THE
Classic Hitchcock
adaptation where four
actors play more than
139 roles. Richard Hannay
tries to protect a woman
being chased by secret
agents. When she is
murdered, he goes on the
run. Mon-Sat 19.45; Tues
15.00; Sat 16.00.
Criterion Theatre,
Piccadilly Circus,W1.

08700 602 313.


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Circus. Key 10.
AUGUST: OUSAGE
COUNTY
A sharp, poignant look at the
darker side of a Midwestern
American family. This play
was billed by The New York
Times as the most exciting
new American play
Broadway has seen for
years on its opening in the
US. Times vary.
Lyttleton Theatre, National
Theatre, South Bank, SE1.

020 7452 3000.


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Waterloo. Key 23.
Discover some trash music
From 19 Dec If youve had more than your fair share of
Christmas and hanker after something a little more
unusual, the Lost And Found
Orchestra will be the perfect
remedy. This new production by
the creators of STOMP (see
below), fuses dancers, musicians,
singers and classically trained
instrumentalists with, youve
guessed it, instruments made
from found objects. Expect
traffic cones, soup cauldrons
and vacuum cleaners to
feature as the ensemble
create a sound unlike
anything youve heard
before.
Royal Festival Hall, p. 97.
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From 4 November
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Where freedom was found
through imagination.
Where hope and laughter
could conquer fear.
Where love knew no
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FAMILY REUNION, THE
T.S. Eliots play about family
secrets. When Harry
returns home after an
eight-year absence, his
guilty conscience is rocked
by revelations from his aunt
Agatha. Mon-Sat 19.30;
Thurs, Sat 14.30.
Donmar Warehouse,
Earlham Street, WC2.

08700 606 624.


:donmarwarehouse.
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Key 20.
GETHSEMANE
This new play by David Hare
explores the fragile
relationship between politics
and fundraising with the
added complexity of a family
scandal. Times vary.
Cottesloe Theatre,
National Theatre, South
Bank, SE1.

020 7452
3000.
:
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HAMLET
From 3 Dec This
Shakesperean tragedy is
presented by the Royal
Shakespeare Company and
stars David Tennant and
Patrick Stewart. A West End
highlight, book tickets well in
advance. Times vary.
Novello Theatre, Aldwych,
WC2.

08444 825 170.


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Key 26.
HANSEL AND
GRETEL
Perfect for ages eight plus,
the Catherine Wheels
Theatre Company present
an imaginative version of
this family favourite. This
interactive production allows
audiences to walk around
the set; seating is provided
at various points. Times vary.
Barbican Theatre, Silk
Street, EC2.

08451 207
511.
:
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MOUSETRAP, THE
A murderer strikes at a party
in the remote countryside in
Agatha Christies classic
whodunnit. Now in its 54th
year. Mon-Sat 20.00; Tues
14.45; Sat 17.00.
St. Martins Theatre, West
Street, WC2.

020 7836
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Square. Key 36.
NO MANS LAND
Harold Pinters superb tale
of two ageing writers and
their alcohol-fuelled evening
of conversation and power
games stars Michael
Gambon and is directed by
Rupert Goold. Mon-Sat
19.30; Sat 14.30.
Duke of Yorks Theatre,
St. Martins Lane, WC2.

08700 606 623.


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Leicester Square. Key 14.
NORMAN
CONQUESTS, THE
Until 20 Dec A trio of plays
by comic genius Alan
Ayckbourn which follow the
same six characters.
Protagonist Norman fulfils
his belief that he must show
women love to make them
happy. Staged in a recreated
in-the-round theatre, they
can be enjoyed as a series
in any combination or as
seperate productions.
Choose from Table
Manners, Living Together
and Round And Round The
Garden. Times vary.
The Old Vic, Waterloo
Road, SE1.

08700 606
628.
:
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Waterloo. Key 27.
OEDIPUS
5-9,16,17 Dec Sophocles
tragic tale of Oedipus is
brought to life by Ralph
Fiennes with direction
from the esteemed
Jonathan Kent. When the
people of Thebes look to
Oedipus to lift a curse from
the city, his journey turns
into one of self-discovery
with horrifying results.
Times vary.
Olivier Theatre, National
Theatre, South Bank,
SE1.

020 7452 3000.


:
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This stage adaptation of
the 1988 Oscar-winning
film stars Hollywood star
Josh Hartnett and Olivier-
nominated actor Adam
Godley. Raymonds autism
and Charlies floundering
business and failed love life
force a brotherly bond which
takes them on a moving and
hilarious adventure. Mon-Sat
19.30; Sat, Wed 15.00.
Apollo Theatre,
Shaftesbury Avenue, W1.

08444 124 658.


:
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Piccadilly Circus. Key 4.
RIFLEMIND
When an ageing group of
musicians decide its time to
reunite their iconic rock
band, the unpleasant side of
the music world unfolds.
Trafalgar Studios,
Whitehall, SW1.

08700
606 632. :the
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Charing Cross. Key 42.
TREASURE ISLAND
Robert Louis Stevensons
famous story of
swashbuckling pirates and
buried treasure is brought to
the stage. Keith Allen,
famous for his roles in
Shallow Grave and
Trainspotting, stars as Long
John Silver. Mon, Wed-Sat
19.30; Tues 19.00; Wed,
Sat 14.30.
Theatre Royal, Haymarket,
SW1.

08454 811 870.


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play.com Piccadilly
Circus. Key 41.
TWELFTH NIGHT
From 5 Dec Derek Jacobi
takes the role of Malvolio
in Shakespeares tale of
unrequited love and
mistaken identity. Directed
by Michael Grandage. See p.
89. Tues-Sat 19.30, Wed,
Sat 14.30; Sun 15.00.
Wyndhams Theatre,
Charing Cross Road, WC2.

08444 825 120.


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Key 46.
WAR HORSE
This moving yet harrowing
production returns to the
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Londons fringe theatres vary from those that are near to
the West End, to intimate venues across the whole of the
capital. London Planner does not always list
performances for these venues but the information below
will help you find out more.
BAC (Battersea Arts Centre) 176 Lavender Hill, SW11.

020 7223 6557.


:
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The Bush Shepherds Bush Green, W12.

020 7610
4224. :bushtheatre.co.uk Shepherds Bush.
Drill Hall 16 Chenies Street, WC1.

020 7307 5060.


:drillhall.co.uk Goodge Street. Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill, SE10.

020 8858 7755. :greenwich


theatre.org.uk tGreenwich. Hampstead Theatre
Avenue Road, NW3.

020 7722 9301.


:hampsteadtheatre.com Swiss Cottage. Kings
Head 115 Upper Street, N1.

020 7226 1916.


:kingsheadtheatre.org Angel. New Wimbledon
Theatre The Broadway, SW19.

08700 606 646.


:theambassadors.com/newwimbledon Wimbledon.
Pleasance Carpenters Mews, N7.

020 7609 1800.


:pleasance.co.uk Caledonian Road.
Orange Tree 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, Surrey.

020 8940 3633. :orangetreetheatre.co.uk


Richmond. Riverside Studios Crisp Road, W6.

020 8237 1111. :riversidestudios.co.uk


Hammersmith. Soho Theatre 21 Dean Street, W1.

020 7478 0100. :sohotheatre.com Tottenham


Court Road. Southwark Playhouse 62 Southwark
Bridge Road, SE1.

020 7620 3494. :southwark


playhouse.co.uk Borough. Theatre Royal Stratford
East Gerry Raffles Square, E15.

020 8534 0310.


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sellout run earlier this year.
Extraordinary life-sized
puppets recreate horses as
young boy Albert follows his
beloved pet into World War I.
Times vary.
Olivier Theatre, National
Theatre, South Bank, SE1.

020 7452 3000.


:
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Waterloo. Key 23.
WOMAN IN BLACK
The eerie tale of a solicitor
sent to finalise the affairs of
a dead woman who lived in
solitude on a vast estate.
Years later he narrates his
disturbing experiences with a
few screams along the way.
Mon-Sat 20.00; Tues 15.00;
Sat 16.00.
Fortune Theatre, Russell
Street, WC2.

08700
606 626. :thewoman
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mentioned, so do check
with your chosen venue
for more information.
Ballet &
Contemporary
PEACOCK THEATRE
From 3 Dec The Snowman.
Charming annual production
of Raymond Briggs festive
show, now in its 11th year.
A favourite with the whole
family. Times vary.
Peacock Theatre, Sadlers
Wells, Portugal Street,
WC2.

08444 124 300.


:
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Angel. Key 65.
COLISEUM, THE
3-14 Dec The Sleeping
Beauty. With the English
National Ballet. See p. 100.
17-30 Dec The Nutcracker.
With the English National
Ballet. See p. 100.
Times vary.
St. Martins Lane, WC2.

020 7632 8300.


:eno.org Charing
Cross. Key 52.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
From 15 Dec The
Nutcracker. Three-act ballet.
See p. 100. Times vary.
Floral Street, WC2.

020
7304 4000.
:
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Covent Garden. Key 60.
SADLERS WELLS
From 2 Dec Edward
Scissorhands. Matthew
Bournes lavish production.
See p. 90. Times vary.
Rosebery Avenue, EC1.

08444 124 300.


:
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Angel. Key 65.
Classical Concerts
& Recitals
Concerts start at 19.30
unless otherwise stated.
BARBICAN HALL
8 Dec BBCSymphony
Orchestra/Robertson.
Featuring the world premiere
of Sam Haydens
Substratum. 12 Dec Yo-Yo
Ma and Catherine Stott. The
celebrated cellist and Stotts
imaginative piano work
create a sublime recital of
Schuberts Sonata In A
Minor. 21 Dec London
Symphony Orchestra/Andr
Previn. Haydn, Mozart and
Strauss scores feature.
Barbican Centre, Silk
Street, EC2.

020 7638
8891.
:
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Barbican. Key 48.
PURCELL ROOM,
QUEEN ELIZABETH
HALL & ROYAL
FESTIVAL HALL
2 Dec A Night Under The
Stars. A charity musical gala
featuring The Orion
Orchestra and works by
Brahms. Champagne
reception follows. 8 Dec
Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment. Sir Simon
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Schumanns symphonies.
10 Dec Messiaen Centenary
Concert. Pierre Boulez and
the Ensemble
Intercontemporain pay
tribute to one of the 20th
centurys most influential
composers. 14 Dec
Philharmonia Orchestra.
Brahms, Mendelssohn and
Beethoven scores feature.
Times vary.
Southbank Centre,
Belvedere Road, SE1.

08703 800 400.


:sbc.org.uk
Waterloo. Key 60.
Opera
ROYAL ALBERT HALL
11 Dec Jos Carreras.
Eminent Spanish tenor is
joined on stage by dancer
Sara Baras and her
Flamenco company.
Kensington Gore, SW7.

020 7589 8212.


:
royalalberthall.com
South Kensington.
Key 59.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
From 9 Dec Hansel And
Gretel. This new production
of the much-loved childrens
tale is perfect for the whole
family. Expect colourful sets
with forests, gingerbread
houses and wicked witches.
Times vary.
Floral Street, WC2.

020
7304 4000.
:
roh.org.uk
Covent Garden. Key 60.
Rock, Pop, Jazz
& World
For info about jazz
visit
:
jazznights.co.uk
For rock and pop info visit
:
gigsandtours.com
CARLING ACADEMY
BRIXTON
8,9 Dec Duffy. Soulful Welsh
songtress whose hits
include Warwick Avenue
and Mercy. 12,13 Dec The
Prodigy. Iconic dance group
with a reputation for
controversial lyrics and
videos. 15,16 Dec James.
English rock band.
18,19 Dec The Pogues.
Unmissable performances
from this legendary Irish
group. Their song Fairytale
Of New York is perfect for
the festive season. Expect
a high-jinx, boisterous
atmosphere. Times vary.
211 Stockwell Road, SW9.

020 7771 3000.


:
brixton-academy.
co.uk Brixton.
Off map.
JAZZ CAFE
5,6 Dec British Jazz Funk
Special. Prominent artists
from the jazz funk scene
gather for two popular
concerts. 21-24 Dec
London Community Gospel
Choir. Seasonal songs from
Britains premier gospel
choir. 27-31 Dec Roy Ayers
Ubiquity. Legendary funk,
soul and jazz performer
presents his greatest hits.
Times vary.
5 Parkway, NW1.

08700
603 777. :jazzcafe.co.uk
Camden Town. Off map.
SHEPHERDS BUSH
EMPIRE
5,6 Dec The Saw Doctors.
Irish folk-rock band.
8 Dec Billy Bragg. Folk and
punk music from this
influential British singer-
songwriter. 10 Dec
Supergrass. Alternative rock
band perform their plethora
of hits including Richard III
and Alright. 22 Dec Merry
Xmas Everybody Tour 08.
Featuring Slade, T-Rextasy
and Mud2. Times vary.
Shepherds Bush Green,
W12.

020 8354 3300.


:
shepherds-bush-
empire.co.uk
Shepherds Bush.
Key 66.
ST. MARTIN-IN-
THE-FIELDS
Jazz nights take place on
alternate Wednesdays in
the atmospheric Caf In The
BARBICAN HALL
19 Dec Hayley Westenras Christmas Wishes. Including
carols for all to join in. 20 Dec Brenda Edwards Gospel
Christmas. Soulful carols. 22 Dec Christmas Gala. Classical
carols with the London Concert Orchestra. 26 Dec Boxing
Day Classics. Gershwin and Tchaikovsky scores feature.
19.30. See p. 97.
ROYAL ALBERT HALL
13,19,21 Dec White Christmas. Traditional songs including
Santa Baby and Let It Snow. 13 Dec Classic Carols. Well-
loved carols including O Come, All Ye Faithful. 14,19 Dec
Messiah. Handels masterpiece is presented by four
renowned soloists and three choirs. 20 Dec Christmas
Classics. With a guest appearance from the Fanfare
Trumpeters of the Band of the Welsh Guards. 21-24 Dec
Carols By Candlelight. Festive classics with readings.
22 Dec Santas Christmas Cracker. Family event with Father
Christmas and his elves plus carols. Times vary. See right.
ST. JOHNS, SMITH SQUARE
1 Dec The Glory Of Christmas. Handel and Vivaldi scores
feature. 11 Dec Carols By Candlelight. With the Bach Choir
and London City Brass. 13 Dec A European Celebration.
Including Corellis Christmas Concerto Grosso in G Minor op.
6 no. 8 by the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
14 Dec Hoary Winters Night. Traditional Medieval Carols.
21-23 Dec Handels Messiah. By the Polyphony Britten
Sinfonia. 29,30 Dec New Years Day Parade Gala Concert
Series and London International Choral Festival. 19.30.
Smith Square, SW1.

020 7222 1061.


:
sjss.org.uk
Westminster. Map D6.
ST. MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS
Free lunchtime concerts on Mon, Tues, Fri 13.00. Ticketed
candlelit concerts Tues, Thurs-Sat 19.30. 6 Dec Christmas
By Candlelight. Carols and traditional seasonal scores by the
English Baroque Choir. 13 Dec Family Christmas Concert
With Audience Carols. 16.30. 19 Dec Christmas Gala By
Candlelight. The Festive Orchestra perform excerpts from
Bachs Christmas Oratorio. 20 Dec Carols For Shoppers.
Afternoon of reflection. 16.00. 23 Dec Handels Messiah.
With the English Chamber Choir. 27 Dec Boxing Day
Baroque. 19.30 unless otherwise stated.
Trafalgar Square, WC2.

020 7766 1100.


:
smitf.org Charing Cross. Key 64.
ST. PAULS CATHEDRAL
13 Dec Ceremony Of Carols By Benjamin Britten. 16 Dec
Christmas Concert. In aid of Cancer Research UK. Celebrity
guest readers and contemporary and classic carols. With the
choristers of St Pauls. 20 Dec Family Carols for All Ages.
Children especially welcome. More concerts and services at
St. Pauls can be found on p. 29.
Carols and choirs at Christmas
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the atmospheric Caf In The
Crypt. Food and drink
available. 20.00.
Trafalgar Square, WC2.

020 7766 1100.


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smitf.org Charing
Cross. Key 64.
THE O2 ARENA
3 Dec Simply Red. Soulful
pop from Mick Hucknall and
co. 4,6,7 Dec Barry Manilow.
American singer-songwriter
whose hits include
Copacabana and Mandy.
11 Dec Kings of Leon.
Rousing rock songs from this
hugely popular and cool
quartet. 13 Dec Elton John.
This rare London
performance from the king of
flamboyant pop is part of his
famous Las Vegas show The
Red Piano. 14-16 Dec
Coldplay. Atrio of nights from
this immensely popular British
band. Hits from their latest
album Viva La Vida Or Death
And All His Friends feature
alongside classics such as
Yellow. 19 Dec Madness.
Lively ska-pop from this
iconic band. Times vary.
Drawdock Road, SE10.

08719 840 002.


:theo2.co.uk North
Greenwich. Map inset.
PURCELL ROOM,
QUEEN ELIZABETH
HALL & ROYAL
FESTIVAL HALL
6 Dec John McCuskers
Under One Roof. Scottish
fiddler performs folk songs.
7 Dec ZUM. Highly
acclaimed fusion of world
music including roots, jazz,
Arabic and Celtic.
7 Dec Bombay Jayashri
and Shubha Mudgal. Duet
performance from two
leading Indian vocalists.
Times vary.
Southbank Centre,
Belvedere Road, SE1.

08703 800 400.


:sbc.org.uk
Returning to its annual spot on the
Christmas calendar is The Nutcracker, an
enchanting ballet of dancing icicles, sugar
plum fairies and sweetie kingdoms. There
are two very different productions to
enjoy during December. At the Royal
Opera House (p. 97) youll find the most
nostalgic version performed by The Royal
Ballet, with classic costume designs and
staging reminiscent of the time it was
written. Meanwhile, the English National
Ballets contemporary approach (pictured)
to the dazzling Tchaikovsky score with
candy-coloured sets, flamboyant
characters and energetic choreography is
perfect for all ages. The legendary dance company start the month with a traditional
rendition of The Sleeping Beauty, hailed a masterpiece by many. Both shows can be
found at the stunning London Coliseum (p. 97), a grand venue which adds to the
lavish sets and festive atmosphere.
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1 Adelphi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
2 Noel Coward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
3 Aldwych . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4
4 Apollo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
5 Apollo Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . D3
6 Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
7 Barbican . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4
8 Cambridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
9 Comedy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
10 Criterion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
11 Dominion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
12 Donmar Warehouse . . . A3
13 Duchess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4
14 Duke of Yorks . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
15 Fortune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
16 Garrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
17 Gielgud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
18 Her Majestys . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
19 London Palladium . . . . . A1
20 Lyceum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B4
21 Lyric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
22 Lyric Hammersmith . . D1
23 National . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C4
24 New Ambassadors . . . . A3
25 New London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
26 Novello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4
Key to Theatres
Key to Dance and Music Venues
47 100 Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
48 Barbican Hall . . . . . . . . . . . D3
49 Earls Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D2
50 Hammersmith Apollo D1
51 London Astoria . . . . . . . . . . A2
52 London Coliseum . . . . B3
53 Peacock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4
54 Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
55 Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
56 Purcell Room . . . . . . . . . . . C4
57 Queen Elizabeth Hall . C4
58 Ronnie Scotts . . . . . . . . . . A2
59 Royal Albert Hall . . . . . C1
60 Royal Festival Hall . . . C4
61 Royal Opera House . . A3
62 St Jamess Piccadilly... B2
63 St Johns, Smith Sq. . . . D3
64 St Martin-in-the-Fields B3
65 Sadlers Wells . . . . . . . . . . A4
66 Shepherds Bush
Empire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D1
67 Wigmore Hall . . . . . . . . . . A1
Londons major theatres and music venues can be located on
this map using the grid reference in the key below. Key:
references in the listings also refer to this map. Venues with
a Map: reference can be found on the Central London Map
on pages 57-59.
Visit London have a secure online booking service for all
major current and forthcoming theatre productions. Visit the
book tickets section on visitlondon.com and book your
tickets today.
27 Old & Young Vic . . . . . . . . C4
28 Palace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
29 Phoenix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
30 Piccadilly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
31 Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C3
32 Prince Edward . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
33 Prince of Wales . . . . . . . . . . B2
34 Queens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
35 Royal Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C1
36 St Martins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
37 Savoy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
38 Shaftesbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
39 Shakespeares Globe . . B4
40 Theatre Royal
Drury Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4
41 Theatre Royal
Haymarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
42 Trafalgar Studios . . . . . . . C3
43 Vaudeville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
44 Venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2
45 Victoria Palace . . . . . . . . . . . D2
46 Wyndhams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3
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ringing in 2009 with a cruise up the capitals great river. Numerous
party boats and dinner cruises launch from various points along the
Thames, with cruises available to suit every taste and budget. You can
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Nightlife
With Kathryn Hanks
Here are some of the top
nightlife attractions in
alphabetical order.
For advice on transport and
visitor information please
turn to p. 112.
All info is correct at the
time of going to press.
Bars
BAR ITALIA
This 24-hour venue is a
genuine Soho institution.
Open since 1949, it serves
cold beer, great espressos,
and anyone who is anyone
has whiled the night
away here. When Italy is
playing football, the
atmosphere is electric.
22 Frith Street, W1.

020 7437 4520.


:
baritaliasoho.co.uk
Tottenham Court Road.
Map B5.
ECLIPSE
Sophisticated chain of bars
from the people behind royal
hang-out Boujis. The
understated, elegant dcor
hits the right notes and its a
great place to grab a well-
mixed martini or whiskey
sour and party the night away
with the jet-set.
111-113 Walton Street,
SW3 (and branches).

020 7581 0123.


:
eclipse-ventures.com
South Kensington.
Map E2.
ELECTRIC BIRDCAGE
Cool bar and dim sum palace
with quirky, fun dcor, fab
cocktails (the Frozen Vanilla
Honey Bee is absolutely
delicious) and tasty bites,
such as a mix of oriental
nibbles and reasonably-
priced dim sum. Look out for
the waitresses fantastic
kitsch costumes very
Catch Me If You Can!
11 Haymarket, SW1.

020 7839 2424.


:
electricbirdcage.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
BUDDHA BAR
This top Paris nightspot has
opened branches in all the
coolest cities, so it was only a
matter of time for London.
Expect funky music to go
with the superb dcor, and
excellent oriental cuisine.
Daily 16.00 till late.
8 Victoria Embankment,
WC2.

020 3371 7777.


:
buddha-bar.com
Embankment. Map C6.
HUSH
Choose from the elegant
Lounge with tasty cocktails,
La Cave, a smart cellar with
an excellent wine list, the
brasserie for dining and
the charming terrace.
Opening times vary.
8 Lancashire Court, Brook
Street, W1.

020 7659
1500.
:
hush.co.uk
Bond Street. Map C4.
FREEDOM
The same words come up
again and again when talking
about this friendly, inclusive
Warm the cockles of your
heart with a good old
chuckle courtesy of the
top comedians found
frequenting these comedy
night spots.
THE COMEDY STORE
Since launching in Soho
back in 1979, this
institution has launched
the careers of some
comedy greats. We defy
your face not to ache
after a night out here.
1a Oxenden Street, W1.

08448 471 728.


:
thecomedystore.co.uk
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
COMEDY CAF
This purpose-built
comedy venue is
hosting Christmas Party
nights throughout
December with a three-
course dinner and
dance to accompany
the laughs. And if you
fancy taking to the
stage yourself, you can
try out your best jokes
at the famous Open
Mic night..
66-69 Rivington Street,
EC2.

020 7739 5706.


:
comedycafe.co.uk
Old Street. Map A8.
THE CORNER STORE
Downstairs plays host
to the award-winning
The Funny Side... of
Covent Garden comedy
night. Laugh out loud
every Wed-Sat from
19.00 and on Sunday
from 18.30.
33-35 Wellington Street,
WC2.

08704 460 616.


:
thefunnyside.info
Covent Garden.
Map B6.
COMEDY CARNIVAL
AT THE GRAND
Venturing south of river
is well worth the effort
for a side-splitting
Saturday night night out
at the Clapham Grand.
Three top name
comedians entertain
the crowd and only a
brave man heckles the
MC here. Popular, so
book tickets in advance.
21-25 St Johns Hill,
SW11.

020 7736
1446.
:
comedy
carnival.co.uk tClapham
Junction. Off map.
CANAL CAF
THEATRE
Home to NewsRevue,
the Guinness World
Record Holder for the
longest running live
comedy show, a night
here offers a mix of
sketches and songs
based on topical satire.
The Bridge House,
Delamere Terrace, W2.

020 7289 6054.


:
canalcafetheatre.com
Warwick Avenue.
Map A2.

: Telephone
: Underground
: Docklands Light Railway
t: Overland Train
:: Website
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gay bar: colourful, fun, arty,
funky. Its eclectic mix of
nights ensure theres plenty
going on at the turntables,
and they often have art
shows. Mon-Sat 17.00-
03.00, Sun to 23.30.
60-66 Wardour Street, W1.

020 7734 0071.


Tottenham Court Road.
Map B5.
JEWEL
Opened by Jennifer Lopez,
Victoria and David Beckham,
Elton John and Lulu are just
a few of the famous faces
who have passed through
the doors of this chic bar and
club in the heart of the West
End. The interiors have to be
seen to be believed.
4-6 Glasshouse Street,
W1.

020 7439 4089.


:
jewelbarlondon.co.uk
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
ROXY BAR & SCREEN
Beats most other cinemas
hands down. Not only are the
films on offer a good mix of
art house and blockbuster,
they are also entirely free.
And you can order gorgeous,
brasserie-style food to keep
you happy during the
screening. Never has a trip to
the cinema been such fun!
128-132 Borough High
Street, SE1.

020 7407
4057.
:
roxybarand
screen.com Borough.
Map C8.
MOLTON HOUSE
Exciting new destination
from Nick Valentine, the man
behind The Cuckoo Club.
This five-floor venue offers
sleek cocktails on the
ground floor, dining on the
first, and a funky club in the
basement, open to 03.30 to
its members and guests.
43 South Molton Street,
W1.

020 7493 1688.


:
moltonhouse.co.uk
Bond Street. Map B4.
TRADER VICS
While it may not have the
cachet of its 1980s heyday,
this is still one the best bars
in town for relaxing with a
well-made cocktail. Its in the
flagship Hilton Park Lane,
has delightful Hawaiian Tiki
dcor and has been serving
Mai Tais since 1963. Sun-
Mon 12.00-01.00, Fri-Sat
noon-03.00.
22 Park Lane, W1.

020
7208 4113.
:
tradervics
london.com Park Lane.
Map C4.
Casinos
G CASINO
A very fun and laidback
casino with plenty of classic
games and low stakes tables
for beginners. Restaurant
and late bar. Smart-casual
dress, ID required. Daily
12.00-06.00.
3-4 Coventry Street, W1.

020 7287 7887.


:
gcasino.co.uk
Leicester Square.
Map C5. Off map.
Clubs
606 CLUB
For more than 30 years, this
jazz club and restaurant has
remained a firm favourite
with those who know their
music soul, latin, blues and
rnb also feature on the
menu. Opening times vary.
90 Lots Road, SW10.

020 7352 5953.


:
606club.com
Fulham Broadway.
Off map.
FABRIC
Super club Fabric retains its
global reputation due to its
willingness to try new DJs
alongside its famous
residents. A huge sound
system and comfy seats
mean you can hang out till
dawn. Admission 10-15.
Open Fri 21.30-05.00; Sat
22.00-05.00.
77a Charterhouse Street,
EC1.

020 7336 8898.


:
fabriclondon.com
Farringdon. Map B7.
HEAVEN
This famous gay nightspot
attracts as many straight
customers as its target
audience. Wide range of
music designed for dancing
leave your inhibitions
outside. Casual/smart dress.
Mon, Wed 22.30-03.00, Fri
22.30-06.00, Sat 22.00-
03.00.
Under The Arches, Villiers
Street, WC2.

020 7930
2020.
:
heaven-
london.comCharing
Cross. Map C6.
MO*VIDA
This clubs brash dcor and
sexy clientele is a real draw.
The club is members only,
but if you dress fabulously or
reserve a table (minimum
spend), youll be fine, so get
ready to party with the stars.
Wed-Sat 20.00-03.00.
8-9 Argyll Street, W1.

020 7734 5776.


Oxford Circus. Map B5.
MADAME JOJOS
Splendidly fun, old-school,
anything-goes venue. Nights
range from cabaret, to
rockabilly, ska etc. Look out
for nights with live bands. No
dress-up policy, but on some
nights you might look dowdy
next to some of the feistiest
transvestites in London.
8-10 Brewer Street, W1.

020 7734 3040.


:
madamejojos.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
NOTTING HILL
ARTS CLUB
West Londons favourite
club: a subterranean dive
with a well-deserved rep for
original music, whether its
Swedish electro, flamenco or
hip hop. Busy, so get there
early. Admission from 5.
Mon-Sun 18.00-02.00.
21 Notting Hill Gate, W11.
:
nottinghillartsclub.com

020 7460 4459.


Notting Hill. Off map.
OCTAVE
Located in the heart of
Covent Garden, Octave is
host to some of the finest
established and upcoming
artists in the jazz world. You
can either dance the night
away or have dinner in the
restaurant. Mon-Wed
17.00-23.00; Thurs-Sat
17.00-02.00.
27-29 Endell Street, WC2.

020 7836 4616.


:
octave8.com.
Covent Garden.
Map B6.
PIGALLE CLUB, THE
Taking inspiration from the
eponymous 1930s supper
club, this venue recreates the
Pigalle in all its decadent
glory. Pop in for drinks, dinner
and entertainment, followed
by dancing in the late night
lounge club. 60 with three-
course meal, 25 show.
215 Piccadilly, W1.

08453 456 053.


:
thepigalleclub.com
Piccadilly Circus.
Map C5.
SALSA!
You dont need to be able to
salsa just turn up early
enough to join in the dance
lessons and grab a partner.
Daily from17.30-02.00. A
good-value night on the
town. No dress code.
96 Charing Cross Road,
WC2.

020 7379 3277.


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Charing Cross. Map C6.
When new kid on the
block Diva Beach was
described to me as
Miami-style, I had no
idea what to expect -
until I walked in, and
then it was obvious.
This fabulously sexy
venue is small, intimate and all about white leather sofas
and beds where the beautiful people lounge; clever, multi-
coloured mood lighting, and great dance music. Its the
perfect antidote to a cold winters evening check it out.
222 Fulham Road, SW10.

020 7351 7711.


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beach.com Fulham. Off map.
Viva La Diva
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Be the first to stay at the Franklin, the latest instalment from the
international ber hotel company, Design Hotels. This boutique pad is
a truly decadent destination fired-oak floors, black onyx surfaces,
hand-tufted rugs and pearlescent walls ooze luxury and high-design.
Due to open this month, it is an elegant mix of contemporary ideas,
sensitively installed into the hotels space of four adjoining London
townhouses. There are 40 rooms, including 14 suites all fitted with
the latest technology and for those who are keen to indulge, a spa
with glorious ESPA treatments awaits. Best of all, this fabulous little
hideaway is located right in the centre of London, and boasts some
rather famous neighbours including the V&A and Harrods.
22-28 Egerton Gardens, SW3.
:
designhotels.com/thefranklin
South Kensington. Map D3.
Stay
With Susannah OGrady
From 5 Dec If you are set to
spend time at Heathrow as you
wait to leave, enter or transfer
through the capital, book a room
at The Park Inn and you will
stumble on a curious sight, an
Alpine village. An ice rink, fir
trees, log cabins and toasty
snacks to keep you warm will
provide an atmospheric treat for
all ages. Guests can skate for
free or for those staying nearby,
tickets are bookable online.
Tickets 10, 7.50 children.
:
ticketmaster.co.uk
Bath Road, UB7.

020 8759
6611.
:
heathrow.parkinn.co.uk
Heathrow. Off map.
Ice Flight
Hotels For The Holidays
SHOPPERS DELIGHT
The chic myhotel venues located
in Chelsea and Bloomsbury are
offering the ultimate package to
put the fun back into shopping.
On check-in you will be greeted
with a cocktail, then a waiting
car will whisk you off to
either Kings Road or Oxford
Street. Once you are shopped
out, the car will bring you back
to your hotel where a calming or
Indian head massage awaits.
Bliss! Breakfast is also
included. From 99.50 per
person per night.
myhotel Chelsea, 35 Ixworth
Place, SW3. South
Kensington. Off map.
myhotel Bloomsbury, 11-13
Bayley Street, WC1. Goodge
St. Map B5.

020 7637 2000.


:
myhotels.com
FESTIVE FANCIES
The best part of Christmas (apart
from the presents) is the food
and drink. The sumptuous
Mandeville Hotel is celebrating
this with a delectable gingerbread
Martini orange vodka,
gingerbread liquor, honey and
gingerbread sure to keep the
chills out! Their famous afternoon
tea will feature turkey and
cranberry sandwiches, gingerbread
and handmade mini mince pies.
Mandeville Place, W1.

020
7935 5599.
:
mandeville.co.uk
Bond Street. Map B4.
NOSTALGIC
NIGHTS IN
You wont want to
go outside if you
stay at the
beautiful five-star
Threadneedles
Hotel from 24-28
Dec. All luxury
rooms will be
transformed into a
winter wonderland
with lavish
decorations,
seasonal movies,
mince pies, shortbread and
chocolates. Room upgrades are
available and breakfast is included.
From 195 per room per night.
5 Threadneedle Street, EC2.

020 7657 8080.


:
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collection.com/threadneedles
Bank. Map B8.
FEET TREATS
Christmas shopping, as we all
know, is hard work and the area of
your body that suffers most is
those tootsies. Pamper them at
Browns luxury spa with a
Christmas Cranberry Pedicure. Sit
back and sip champagne as
cranberry sauce is massaged into
those tired soles, followed by a
brown sugar exfoliation and a
soak in warm milk, cream, apples
and cranberries. A vanilla paraffin
foot wrap and polish follow. Your
feet will be good enough to eat!
85 per person.
Albemarle Street, W1.

020
7493 6020.
:
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collection.com Covent
Garden. Map C5.
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London Planner tries
to include only
establishments that
are of a good standard
or reputation.
Unfortunately we cannot
accept responsibility for
any problems that may
arise during your stay.
Accommodation in London
ranges from the very grand
to the intimate, from the
luxurious to the accessible.
You can choose to stay in
world famous hotels,
boutique B&Bs, guest
houses, self-catering
apartments or good-quality
hostels. There really is
something to suit every
taste and every budget.
Types of
Accommodation
If money is no object, then
London can offer some of
the best hotels in the world.
Names like the Baglioni,
Claridges, the
Dorchester, the Waldorf
Hilton, the Cadogan, the
Gore (right), and Landmark
London are famous across
the world and offer the last
word in luxury and tradition.
Many of these magnificent
hotels have fine-dining
restaurants and classy
cocktail bars, as well as
lavishly appointed suites and
bedrooms. A stay
at one of these hotels
is the ideal way to indulge
yourself and to imagine
what its like to be
rich and famous.
For those on a more
restricted budget, new
boutique hotels, B&Bs
and guest houses offer
stylish and comfortable
accommodation at very
good prices. Most offer
ensuite rooms, although
smaller establishments
might only have shared
bathrooms on offer.
Chains such as Ibis and
Travelodge offer a good
standard of comfortable
accommodation at prices to
suit most pockets. By far
the cheapest places to stay
in London are hostels such
as St. Christophers Inn
and YHA London. These
offer a secure
environment and sociable
atmosphere, often for less
than 15 per night.
If youre looking for
something more
flexible, self-catering
accommodation is the ideal
option. Youll find
everything from brand-new
apartments to 17th
century cottages on offer
in almost every area of
the city and at a huge
range of prices. Your own
kitchen and living area
means that you can decide
exactly how you want your
day to pan out, and self-
catering often works
out cheaper than hotels
or B&Bs.
Booking
Accommodation
If you are travelling
from abroad, it is
advisable to make
your accommodation
The Gore
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bed & breakfast hotels
MITRE HOUSE
HOTEL
An independent hotel
designed for individuals
178 - 184 Sussex Gardens,
Hyde Park, London W2 1TU
Tel: (020) 7723 8040
Fax: (020) 7402 0990
web site: http://www.mitrehousehotel.com
e-mail: reservations@mitrehousehotel.com
FEEL COMPLETELY AT HOME IN LONDON
ASPEN APARTMENTS
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refurbished & newly furnished Fully equipped
kitchen All en-suite Close to theatres, shops,
sights & restaurants 24 hour reception
Best Value Apartments in London!
FULLY SERVICED STUDIO,
ONE & TWO BEDROOM
APARTMENTS FROM JUST
80per night
incl. continental breakfast
176 Sussex Gardens, London W2 1TP
Tel: 020 7262 2325 Fax: 020 7262 0889
e-mail: info@aspenhydepark.com
t Paddington 2 minutes walk
www.aspenhydepark.com
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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
(Bakerloo, 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
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& ASPEN APARTMENTS
ASPEN APARTMENTS
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176 Sussex Gardens,
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Tel (020)7262 2325
Fax (020)7262 0889
www.aspenhydepark.com
e-mail info@aspenhydepark.com
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Whether you arrive by Eurostar or
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Because we dont 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
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Rates Per Person Per Night
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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
WESTPOINT HOTEL
168172 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
FOR SPECIAL OFFERS, SEE OUR WEBSITES
For the greatest value hotels and apartments in Central London, book on line at
www.centrallondonhotels.com
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leave home, especially
during peak periods.
Londons premier
information website
:visitlondon.com is
a good place to start; it
offers a fantastic range of
hotels, B&Bs and hostels
and often has great offers
on hotel prices. It helps to
mention London Planner
when making enquiries.
On arriving in London you
can call the Visit London
accommodation line

020 7234 5800


(Mon-Fri 09.00-17.30).
Youll need a credit
card and there is a 5
booking fee, or go to
:visitlondon.com
(no booking fee). You can
also visit the Britain &
London Visitor Centre,
1 Regent Street, SW1 (map
B+C5) or any London
Tourist Information Centre
(TIC). Establishments with
four or more bedrooms are
required to display notices
showing minimum and
maximum overnight
charges. Prices include
service charge and VAT at
17.5%. Its worth checking
whether breakfast and
evening meal are included
in the total price.
Accommodation
Ratings
A quality rating is a sign
that an establishment has
been checked to a
minimum standard and
assessed to agreed criteria
on all quality aspects. While
the Quality Assurance
Scheme is not compulsory,
the rating is
a sign of quality and is
designed to give you
confidence in the
accommodation you book.
VisitBritains and the AAs
star ratings are the official
signs of quality for
accommodation. These
are awarded following
checks by trained,
impartial assessors.
Annual visits are made
to give up-to-date
assurance of what to
expect. All participating
establishments are awarded
between one and five stars.
The more stars, the higher
the quality.
Simple, practical, no
frills accommodation.
Well-presented
and well-run.
Good level of
quality and comfort.
Excellent
standard throughout.
Exceptional
standard, with a degree
of luxury.
Gold and Silver awards
are given to both hotels
and B&Bs/guest
accommodation for top
quality housekeeping,
service, hospitality,
bedrooms, bathrooms
and food. In previous
years, diamonds were
also used and have
now been replaced
with stars.
New Providence Wharf
Or see pages 106-107 for details and maps
Simply
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FOR LOCATION
We are just a few minutes from all
Londons top sights, theatres and shops.
FOR CONVENIENCE
Paddington main line and tube stations,
Heathrow Express, Heathrow Connect and
red buses are just two minutes away.
FOR COMFORT
Our rooms are all comfortable, clean and well
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Book on line at
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020 7402 0704


info@abbeycourthotel.com
WESTPOINT HOTEL

020 7402 0281


info@westpointhotel.com
ASPEN APARTMENTS

020 7262 2325


info@aspenhydepark.com
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Airports
Prices quoted are for
single journeys. All fares
and times are correct at
time of going to press.
Go to :visitlondon.com to
check times of services
before starting your
journey.
AIRPORT TRANSPORT
CONTACTS
Easybus

08701 417
217. :easybus.co.uk
First Capital Connect

08456 769 904.


:firstcapitalconnect.co.uk
Gatwick Express

08458
501 530. :gatwickexpress.
com Green Line Express
Coach 757

08706 087
261. :greenline.co.uk
Heathrow Express

08456 001 515.


:heathrowexpress.com
National Express Airport

08705 757 747.


: nationalexpress.com
National Express
dot2dot Clever compromise
between price and direct
travel.

08453 682 368.


: dot2.com
Southern Railway

08451 272 920.


:southernrailway.com
Stansted Express

08458 500 150.


: stanstedexpress.com
Chauffeur Hire: Browns
Chauffeur Hire,

08700
500 605. Chauffeur Drive

01638 723 972.


GATWICK AIRPORT

08700 002 468.


: baa.co.uk
First Capital Connect To and
from tLondon Bridge and
tBlackfriars, up to four
trains an hour. Journey 30
mins. Fare 10, child 5.
Gatwick Express To and
from tVictoria, up to four
trains an hour. This is a direct
service. Journey 30 mins.
Fares from 16.90. National
Express Airport To and from
Victoria Coach Station, up to
two coaches an hour. Journey
1 hr 20 mins. Fares from
6.60. Southern Railway To
and from tVictoria, every 15
mins. Journey 40 mins. Fare
10.90, child 4.50.
HEATHROW AIRPORT

08700 000 123.


:baa.co.uk
:terminal5.ba.com
One of the biggest airports in
the world is served by
London Undergrounds
Piccadilly line, which runs
between central London and
Heathrow Terminals
1-4 and 5 every 4-5 mins
between 05.00 and 00.30.
Journey 60 mins. Fares from
4, child 2. Heathrow
Connect To and from
tPaddington, stopping at
Hayes, Southall, Hanwell,
West Ealing and Ealing
Broadway, two trains an hour.
For Terminal 4 and 5, change
at Terminals 1, 2 or 3.
Journey 25 mins. Fares from
6.90. Heathrow Express
To and from tPaddington,
four trains an hour. This is a
direct service. Journey 15-20
mins. Fares from 14.50.
National Express Airport
To and from Victoria Coach
Station, three coaches
per hour. Journey from 40
mins. Fares from 10. To and
from tKings Cross, up to
two coaches an hour. Fares
from 10.
LONDON CITY
AIRPORT

020 7646 0088.


: londoncityairport.com
London City Airport.

020 7363 9700. Trains to


and from Canary Wharf
(change at Poplar),
Canning Town,
Bank and other
stations every 7 mins.
Journey 8-22 mins. Fares
from 1.50.
LONDON LUTON
AIRPORT

01582 405 100.


:london-luton.com
:easyBus.co.uk From
coach stop 19, Gloucester
Place, near Baker Street
and from bus stop A, Baker
Street, near Baker Street,
every 20-60 mins. Journey
60 mins. Fares from 2
online. First Capital Connect
To & from tSt. Pancras
International. Up to 11 trains
an hour. Journey 35 mins,
followed by free shuttlebus to
London Luton Airport. Fares
from 10.70, child 4.75.
Green Line Express Coach
757 To and from Victoria
Coach Station, every 30 mins.
Journey 1 hr 30 mins. Fares
from 9, child 4.
STANSTED AIRPORT

08700 000 303.


:baa.com
Stansted Express To and
from tLiverpool Street, up
to four trains an hour. Journey
45 mins. Fares from 15.
National Express Airport To
and from Victoria Coach
Station, up to four coaches an
hour. Journey from 1hr 15
mins. Fares from 10.
Travel Info
For all you need to plan your
trip, go to Visit Londons
official website
:visitlondon.comor

08701 LONDON
(08701 566 366, UK only).
You can also tune in to
London TV via
:visitlondon.com24 hours
a day for up to date news and
information. 24 hour London
travel information is also
available on

020 7222
1234 or :tfl.gov.uk/
journeyplanner For
information on bars,
restaurants, shops, attractions
and more go to
:visitlondon.com
Travel Information
Centres can be found at
tVictoria, tEuston,
Liverpool Street,
Piccadilly Circus,
Heathrow 1-3, West
Croydon Bus Station, Victoria
Coach Station and Camden
Direct (by the Town Hall).
TRAINS
There are ten main rail
stations in London.
Paddington serves the West
Country, Wales and the South
Midlands. Liverpool Street
and Fenchurch Street serve
East Anglia and Essex.
Euston, Kings Cross,
Marylebone and St Pancras
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Victoria serve southern
England. For information on
timetables and tickets visit
:nationalrail.co.uk or call

08457 484 950 (UK


only)/020 7278 5240.
Eurostar uses St Pancras
International :eurostar.
com or

08705 186 186


(UK only)/01233 617 575.
COACHES
Londons main coach services
use Victoria Coach Station,
SW1.

020 7730 3466.


:tfl.gov.uk/coaches.
Victoria. Map D4. Green
Line Coaches

08706
087 261. :greenline.co.uk
Megabus.com

09001
600 900. National Express

08705 808 080.


:nationalexpress.com
DOCKLANDS LIGHT
RAILWAY (DLR)

020 7363 9700.


Approx every 3.5-14 mins
Mon-Sat 05.30-00.30; Sun
07.00-23.30. Particularly
useful for visiting Docklands
and Maritime Greenwich and
excellent views.
LONDON BUS
SERVICES
Buses run from 05.00 to
00.30. Night buses (00.00-
04.30) operate on many
major routes, and several
services are 24-hour. Bus
passengers in Zone 1 must
have a valid ticket or Oyster
card before boarding.
LONDON
UNDERGROUND
:tfl.gov.uk In this magazine
underground stations are
indicated by the symbol .
See p.114 for the
Underground Map. Services
run regularly from around
05.00-00.30 (Sun 07.30-
23.30) on most routes.
TAXIS
Hail one of Londons famous
black cabs (some are multi-
coloured) when the yellow
For Hire sign is lit they can
take you anywhere within
greater London. Please note
fares increase after 20.00.
Private hire or mini cabs must
be booked in advance. We
advise you against getting
into any vehicle that
approaches you in the street
purporting to be a minicab.
See :tfl.gov. uk/pco for
details of local licensed
minicabs.
TRAVELCARDS/
OYSTER CARDS
Travelcards are valid for one,
three or seven days as well
as monthly or seasonal
periods. An Oyster card (an
electronic smartcard) can
only be bought in increments
of one week or over. It can
also carry a cash value for
pay-as-you-go journeys and
offers much cheaper fares.
The system is divided into six
Zones with Zone 1 being the
central area. Travelcards and
Oyster cards are valid on
Underground, bus, some
National Rail services, DLR
and tram journeys and offer
discounts on river services.
See : tfl.gov.uk/river
Visitors can purchase
Travelcards and Oyster cards
from TICs, any TfL outlet, or
in advance at VisitBritains
online store :visit
britaindirect.com For further
information go to
:visitlondon.com/travel
RIVER SERVICES
: tfl.gov.uk/river
(see p.38)
Thames Clippers

08707 815 049.


: thamesclippers.
com Luxury hi-speed
catamarans leave major
piers every 20 minutes.
Services between Waterloo
pier and The O
2
(QEII pier)
and on to Royal Arsenal
Woolwich pier have
scheduled stops every 20
minutes at Embankment,
Bankside, Tower, London
Bridge, City, Canary Wharf,
Greenwich etc.
Refreshments and snacks
available onboard. Adult
single 4, or buy a River
Roamer which allows
unlimited hop-on, hop off
travel from 8 per adult or
18 for a family. See River
Thames box on p. 38 for
other services.
CAR HIRE
Please make sure your driving
licence is valid for the UK.
Avis

08700 100 287.


:avis.co.uk Europcar

08706 075 000.


:europcar.co.uk
Easycar.com

09063
333 333. Hertz

020
7730 8323. :hertz.co.uk
Kendall Cars Ltd

020
8542 0403. :kendall
cars.com Rent-A-Car

0800 800 227. Sixt

01246 506 776.


:e-sixt.co.uk
CONGESTION CHARGE
There is an 8 congestion
charge to drive into central
and parts of west London,
Mon-Fri 07.00-18.00, but
this must be paid in
advance or on the day of
travel. Pay Next Day allows
drivers to pay the charge
the following day, but the
fee rises to 10.

08459 001 234 (UK


only)/020 7649 9122, or
visit : cclondon.com
LOST PROPERTY
Credit cards: American
Express,

01273 696 933;


Diners Club,

08701 900
011; Mastercard,

0800
964 767; Visa,

0800 891
725; London Transport:

08453 309 882.


Taxis:

020 7918 2000.


EMBASSIES AND
CONSULATES
For genuine emergencies
that are no fault of your own,
and where local help has
been exhausted, your
Embassy or Consulate may
be able to help. Australia

020 7379 4334.


Belgium

020 7470 3700.


Canada

020 7258
6600. China

020 7299
4049. France

020 7073
1000. Germany

020
7824 1300. India

020
7836 8484. Ireland

020
7235 2171. New Zealand

020 7930 8422. South


Africa

020 7451 7299.


Spain

020 7589 8989.


Tourist Info Centres
BRITAIN & LONDON VISITOR CENTRE 1 Regent
Street, Piccadilly Circus, SW1. Mon 09.30-18.30; Tues-Fri
09.00-18.30; Sat-Sun 10.00-16.00.

08701 566 366.


:visitbritain.com A one stop shop with multilingual
staff providing free advice in Dutch, English, French,
German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
and Welsh. The centre offers a wide range of services that
includes last-minute accommodation, booking transport,
tours, theatre and entertainment tickets, as well as
exchanging foreign currency and VAT refunds. Visitors can
also access the web in the internet lounge, browse the
souvenir shop and purchase Transport for London
Travelcards and Oyster cards. Piccadilly. Map C5.
Other TICs include: Original London Visitor Centre
Theatre tickets, days out, entry into attractions, car hire, tours
and cruises. Daily 10.00-18.00. 17-19 Cockspur Street, W1.
Piccadilly Circus. Map C5.

020 7389 5040.


:theoriginaltour.com Map C5/6. City of London Mon-Sat
09.30-17.30. St. Pauls Churchyard. EC4. St. Pauls. Map
B7. Greenwich Daily 10.00-17.00. Cutty Sark Gardens,
SE10.

08706 082 000. tGreenwich/ Cutty Sark


for Maritime Greenwich. Map inset. For other London TICs

020 7234 5800. Victoria Station Mon-Sat 07.15-


21.15; Sun 08.15-20.15. Victoria, SW1. Station Concourse,
TW6.

09068 663 344. Victoria. Map D4. Liverpool


Street Underground Station 07.15-21.15; Sun 08.15-
20.15. Liverpool Street, EC2. Liverpool Street. Map B9.
Also look out for London Ambassadors on the streets of the
capital. They can be identified by a badge on their uniformm
and are happy to help with free visitor information and
advice. More info on this and locations of all TICs in the city
can be found on :visitlondon.com/welcome
For booking services see :visitlondon.com/book
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Be our guest
in Central London
ABBEY COURT HOTEL
174 Sussex Gardens,
Hyde Park, London W2 1TP
Tel 020 7402 0704
Fax 020 7262 2055
info@abbeycourthotel.com
WESTPOINT HOTEL
168-172 Sussex Gardens,
Hyde Park, London W2 1TP
Tel 020 7402 0281
Fax 020 7224 9114
info@westpointhotel.com
ASPEN APARTMENTS
176 Sussex Gardens,
Hyde Park, London W2 1TP
Tel 020 7262 2325
Fax 020 7262 0889
info@aspenhydepark.com
www.abbeycourthotel.com www.westpointhotel.com www.aspenhydepark.com
Choose from our two great hotels or our fully serviced apartments. We are just a few
minutes from all Londons top sights, theatres and shops. Paddington main line and tube
stations, Heathrow Express, Heathrow Connect, plentiful taxis and red buses are just two
minutes away. In fact, we are simply the best for location, convenience, comfort and value.
For the greatest value hotels and apartments in Central London, book on line at
www.centrallondonhotels.com
or call our 24 hour booking line

+44 (0)20 740 23456


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The fastest way
to central London.
15 minutes from Heathrow Airport. Every 15 minutes.
Heathrow Express is the dedicated,
non-stop train service between
Heathrow Airport and central London,
with an amazing journey time of
just 15 minutes. We are also the
quickest way to central London from
Heathrows brand new terminal, T5,
with the trip to London Paddington
taking just 21 minutes. You can book
online at heathrowexpress.com or
buy your tickets at Heathrow Airport.
Timetabled journey times from Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 to London Paddington. First train departs 05.12
(05.08 Sundays). Last train departs 23.48 (23.53 Sundays).
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