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FALL & WINTER GUIDE 2009/2010
The best places to eat, sleep and play in London this fall and winter
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90. I wear some tanks under a shirt and always have a sweater to wear under a raincoat. You name it.E. from pubs to palaces. Since then. Ohio . they’re a no-no for “a smart restaurant” so bring something less casual for the evenings. Winters see shorter days and cool temperatures. making it the most populous city in the European Union. Inside LONDON One of the world’s top destinations. While the spring can be fickle. Dress well: While jeans are fine for sightseeing. has collected the best insider tips from its 35 million monthly visitors to produce a unique series of travel guides.000 hotels. But don’t pack away that umbrella—the sunny skies can be punctuated with thunderstorms. In addition to the best hotels. you’re not used to walking seven to nine hours a day on concrete and cobblestones. Pa.INTRODUCTION TripAdvisor. how to get around and where to find the best views. They’re smooshy and lovely. It’s become a center of commerce and court intrigue and developed into a city of culture.com 2 PACKING TIPS 1.com. exciting city with a diverse cross-section of offerings. writers and musicians flock. you’ll get great advice about what to pack. Keep that rain slicker handy! tripadvisor. with sun mixing with rain and clouds. Learn from other travelers what to expect before you make your plans. Today.com. Avoid sore feet: “Bring duct tape and put it on your heels. — TripAdvisor Member. buy Savion Blister Plasters with Tea Tree Oil at Boots. The Romans. London has it in abundance. And two pairs of shoes in case one needs to dry out. I don’t care how good your shoes are or how tough your feet are. Take a hat and small umbrella.000 restaurants on TripAdvisor. summers are generally mild: perfect sightseeing weather. Allentown. London’s a cosmopolitan metropolis. 2.”—TripAdvisor Member. burned and bombed. You’ll find reviews for more than 450. first put London on the map. home to more than seven million inhabitants of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. Cleveland. restaurants and attractions for every type of traveler. the most trusted source for where to eat.”—TripAdvisor Member. sleep and play in thousands of destinations around the world.tripadvisor. 43. a place to which artists. Stay comfortable: “Layers are the key. Be sure to check out the guides at www. London is a thriving. Absent that. London has been fought over. after their arrival in Britain in C. London 3.000 attractions and 560.
”— TripAdvisor Member. U. Meet directly outside Queensway. etc. Edmonton. Paul’s Cathedral. http://www. 020 7738 6310 2. an elaborate Ferris wheel. Cromwell Road. England Regent’s Park. sits across the River Thames from Big Ben. Meet at Barbican Station. Cabinet War Rooms. It was a great way to get an overview of the city and a first look at some of the sights. Horse Guards Road. and Europe and this is one of the best. http://www. Paul’s Cathedral. 020 7563 9500 9. 020 7930 1793 Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. Twenty-five people can fit into one of 32 enclosed transparent “pods” and see for up to 25 miles. statues and lake. including Tower Bridge. Lambeth Road. Broad Sanctuary. computers. Cardiff. National Gallery. it’s definitely London’s best park and a great place for views of Westminster and Buckingham Palace. formal gardens and state apartments of Hampton Court Palace in Surrey is “the next best thing to time travel. Hertford House. It was relaxing to sit and watch the sights pass by.”— TripAdvisor Member. 0870 870 4868 Arrive early to the Tower of London to miss the queues. With its British trees. James’s Park. Paul’s Churchyard. 78 8233 8779 3. Cycle Tours of London. A classic British setting. with sections dedicated to aeronautics. 020 7624 3978 FAMILIES “We’ve been to science museums all over the U.citycruises. Clive Steps. Ariz. New Jersey St.com “You absolutely cannot miss a trip to St. St Louis.”— TripAdvisor Member. Surrey. Paul’s. 020 7747 2885 5. The Storeyard. Imperial War Museum.K. you could spend a week there and still not see everything!”— TripAdvisor Member. 020 7930 6961 8. Natural History Museum.”— TripAdvisor Member.”— TripAdvisor Member. the London Eye. Tower of London. Exhibition Road. take a ride on the river. Trafalgar Square. Dublin.com 3 . Hampton Court Palace. 63 Shoe Lane. Fat Tire Bike Tours London. Lancaster.com LONDON’S BEST VIEWS The British Airways London Eye.” A visit to the maze. 020 7222 5152 10. 0870 990 8883.Top VIEWS For unobstructed views of some London mustsees. “Loved it. the Parliament Buildings and Big Ben. “I took a River Thames cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster Bridge. British Columbia Thames Cruises. medicine. Gren Tours. Tower Hill. Bristol.”—TripAdvisor Member.”—TripAdvisor Member.K. Tower of London. 0870 751 5175 St. the Globe Theatre. huge open space with several small cafes. space. Mo. 020 7416 5000 4. Along the banks of the Thames are the many landmarks of London. Wallace Collection. Manchester Square.”— TripAdvisor Member. “Not only was the whole place filled with wonderful history but the guide added so much to the tour. Ireland Science Museum. 020 7625 5155 7.” 6. King Charles Street.S. London Walks. 013 2243 3100 PLAY “You absolutely cannot miss a trip to St. Phoenix. “From the actual building itself (look at the pillars to see birds and lizards carved into the stone) to the multitude of fantastic exhibits. this was one of the first things I did on my trip to London. James’s Park is “a lovely place to have a stroll any time of the year. Westminster Abbey. Plus. The Blood and Tears Walk. Alberta British Airways London Eye. It’s amazing to stand alongside the dome and gaze over London until it fades off into the haze of the horizon. St. what a place for pictures. 020 7740 0400.ba-londoneye. Jubilee Gardens. U. The Science Museum is massive. St. 020 3166 6000 Plan for lots of time at the Natural History Museum. Vancouver. 020 7236 4128 Where to TOP 10 Attractions 1. 020 7486 7905 “…the next best thing to time travel. 020 7942 5011 ROMANCE The undulating fields and scenic water gardens make Regent’s Park “an oasis of calm in the city: a superbly maintained.
“There are two different lounges. in all its forms..” “If you want to pretend you’re the next David Beckham.Where to PLAY Tate Modern art gallery. two Jacuzzis. “you must view a production here!”— TripAdvisor Member. The Central Nave is splendorous with the laudable recovery of the High Altar. 020 8348 9908 ADVENTURE “Hyde Park provides a fantastic backdrop for all your sporting needs. Broad Sanctuary. 020 7434 4300 TripAdvisor members have posted more than 2. Calif.”— TripAdvisor Member.”—TripAdvisor Member Urban Golf Soho. 020 7942 2000 “Hampstead Heath is a revelation—like a bit of the countryside brought to the city. You can also play tennis or try your hand at the putting course. Baltimore. cricket and football can be found all along the park. The shrine.000.com 4 . 020 8986 8615 “Just because you’re in the city. Homerton Road. this is your museum. then check out Hackney Marshes. 020 8340 1834 Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. 0870 770 3350 “…nice authentic Elizabethan atmosphere” Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a replica of the original Globe where many of the Bard’s plays were first staged. The art work is “much more cutting edge than the Museum of Modern Art in New York. is “beautiful. Urban Golf has come to London thanks to a state-of-the-art facility in Soho. is housed in an old power plant.”—TripAdvisor Member. Hermosa Beach. Great Russell Street.”— TripAdvisor Member.”—TripAdvisor Member Hyde Park. S. It’s almost like being there! Westminster Abbey “is a magnificent monument. chapels. Md. Bankside. where you can play over 50 of the most famous courses with the latest in golf simulators. Cleveland. Hackney. British Museum. For “nice authentic Elizabethan atmosphere” and a cheaper alternative to a West End show. yet surprisingly not spooky. Cromwell Road. Spartanburg. South Kensington. mysterious. 020 7902 1400 Out of town. so show up and make some new friends. London Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. one of the largest museums of applied arts in the world.C. 020 7887 8888 BUDGET One of the nice things about London is how many of the museums are free! Not that you’d mind paying to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. Valencia. “You should plan to see only a small portion of the collections during your visit—plan ahead and you’ll have a great time. which is quite famous for its 87 football pitches (the largest number in all of Europe in one place). Go with your friends or have some quality me time. Amherst. 020 7222 5152 EDUCATIONAL/HISTORICAL The British Museum houses the world’s greatest collection of international antiquities. Portugal Westminster Abbey. 33 Great Pulteney St. your golf swing doesn’t have to suffer.”— TripAdvisor Member. 12 Floral St. Covent Garden. the bad and the very candid. 020 7323 8299 “Original London Walks is an excellent way to see London! The tours showed us parts of London we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. jog or blade along the Paths during the nice weather. sauna and a steam room. 020 7262 3474. What a hidden jewel!”—TripAdvisor Member. also free. Tourists and locals flock to the Park to cycle.”— TripAdvisor Member.000 photos on the site. Get your comfy shoes out for a nature stroll. 020 7723 2813 “Much more cutting edge than the Museum of Modern Art in New York. All of the guides were great and were very knowledgeable. tombs. Swain’s Lane. Ohio Highgate Cemetery. My favorite treatments include a lomi-lomi signature treatment and a hot stone facial. full of history and meaning. “If you like art. Porto. London The Sanctuary.”—TripAdvisor Member. Informal pickup games of rugby. Southwark. Highgate. quire and cloisters enrich this royal symbol of London. 020 7624 3978 RELAXATION Pamper yourself at Sanctuary spa.”—TripAdvisor Member Hackney Marshes. Spain Victoria and Albert Museum. Mass. the Highgate Cemetery. The good. where Karl Marx is buried. 21 New Globe Walk. Hampstead. Tate Modern..”—TripAdvisor Member. Hampstead Heath. Southwark. organ. two swimming pools. Original London Walks.
restaurant has a unique jazz club downstairs. you’ll eat for even less.”— TripAdvisor Member. 88 Wardour St. Abbotsbury Road. 020 7437 9595 “Families will enjoy the casual atmosphere at Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill. 020 7493 8181 BUDGET Local chain Giraffe is always a good deal. complete with brown paper tablecloths that the kids can draw on. to eat Want more information on London? TripAdvisor.What’s the TOUR How to Get Around Don’t get clamped: “Pay attention to parking signs.m.m.K. 7 Kensington High St. 3 Yeoman’s Row. Holland Park. 10 Dean St. order a few more dishes.”— TripAdvisor Member. its Dean St. I Tavistock St. elegant room with a terrace..”— TripAdvisor Member. fish and chicken grills feature.”—TripAdvisor Member.”—TripAdvisor Member Spicy Food Plus. United Kingdom Hummus Bros. London WHERE FAMILIES Many of the chains are child friendly.”—TripAdvisor Member. Rhode Island Wagamama. and the service was on par with the best restaurants in London.”—TripAdvisor Member. London Giraffe. 83 Wilton Road. Calif. Dublin. If you want to save a bit of money. Kids welcome. but try something different from the usual fast food. Huntington Beach. chatting.com offers free weekly e-mail updates filled with new deals.” Celebrate a special occasion at Julie’s. “Pizza Express is a chain restaurant that is miles apart from Pizza Hut. 020 7938 1221 Additional locations throughout London.. London Locations throughout London. London Navigate like a local: Pick up a bus map from the visitor’s center or a tube station. Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill. “one of the most atmospheric restaurants in London. on weeknights. Dirt cheap. Soho.. Pacific fusion style food—burgers. Complimentary mint teas kept us there for another half hour. 135 Portland Road. 020 7836 3330. Additional locations throughout London. Otherwise your car could be clamped or towed away. 150 Piccadilly. Pizzas and grilled items will appeal to everyone in the family.”—TripAdvisor Member. and 7 p.”— TripAdvisor Member. Covent Garden. Berkshire. a beautiful.. 020 7834 8068 Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor.com 5 . This is actually my favorite place to eat in London. U. situated in one of London’s most beautiful parks. —TripAdvisor Member. 020 7229 8331 ROMANCE Wow your love with the spectacular views at “The Belvedere in Holland Park. Hummus Bros. Yummy puddings and smoothies. delicious Indian food. Hove. “You can place an initial order and then if people are still hungry. you can buy an off-peak pass which only works after 9:30 AM. Holland Park. “The map is a generous fold-out kind with buses and tubes marked on it—most useful!”—TripAdvisor Member “A Travelcard provides unlimited travel for the combination of zones purchased. but if you eat between 5 p.”—TripAdvisor Member. and also the Express makes real Italian pizza. is the “credit crunch winner of Wardour Street! The food was delectable. 020 7734 1311 “Don’t let the cafeteria-like setting at Spicy Food Plus throw you off—the food is great. this is cultured dining. 020 7590 9999 “…ten out of ten. Firstly.. England Julie’s Restaurant & Bar. “Certainly relaxed and unstuffy. Wagamama is a local chain of noodle houses perfect for larger groups. reviews and articles for London or any other destination you choose. 020 7602 1238 ”The ambience and fine food at The Ritz’s dinner dance” (which happens on Friday and Saturday nights) get a “ten out of ten.” Both incur heavy fines. Ireland The Ritz. Belvedere.
great location near Covent Garden.org Step back in time at the annual Twelfth Night Celebration on the banks of the Thames.regentstreetonline.londonbbcgoodfoodshow. 020 7287 3833. Regent Street. 74 Blackfriars Road. Begins in Parliament Square. 020 7695 1800 SPECIAL EVENTS Discover the latest cutting edge films.95). Battersea Park. “in the alley behind Hogarth Road is the quaint Little French Restaurant.com Ring in the New Year with tens of thousands of revelers. Utah Baltic. watch the skies light up with one of the city’s brightest fireworks shows over the Thames. from avant garde to blockbuster hits. 31 Neal St. from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice. http://www. as troupes of performers enact ancient midwinter traditions. Who says you have to stay still to enjoy good food?”— TripAdvisor Member.uk/lff Regent Street illuminates the holiday season with the lighting of thousands of brilliant Christmas Lights. They have quite a lot of innovative meat substitutes. 020 7370 0366 “Upscale Baltic serves Eastern European food with flair. the roguish Raindance Festival of independent films (September 30 – October 11) and the esteemed Times BFI London Film Festival.co. 020 8246 4848. The fish was excellent.londonparade. (October 15 – 30) Raindance Festival. Elegant glass and traditional boats give an unparalleled view of the city from a totally different perspective on the Thames. 020 7928 3232. (January 1) New Year’s Day Parade..uk Watch the history of London unfold in parade form at the Lord Mayor’s Show. 50 Marylebone High St. http://www. 020 7928 1111 “For a different dining experience. The switch-on event features music. 19 Lower Regent St. it was all very tasty. the Great Christmas Pudding Race. Covent Garden Market. London.html Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. —TripAdvisor Member. 020 7836 0239 “The food at Eat and Two Veg was good.. thelionspart. Bankside.co. Great place if you love vegetarian cuisine and won’t mind sharing the table with strangers.. with lovely food at very low prices (three-course meal for £9. Rome. Apollo Cinema. 020 7152 5852. 0780 325 1936. (December 5) Great Christmas Pudding Race. Embankment Pier.. http://www. acrobats.”—TripAdvisor Member. Sweden The Little French Restaurant. 020 8566 8586. Hammersmith Road. 18 Hogarth Place. (November 14) Lord Mayor’s Show. 45 Lexington St. check out Bateaux London.com Discover high culture without breaking the bank at the Affordable Art Fair. balloons and floats at the New Year’s Day Parade. dancers. In the evening.affordableartfair. Mildred’s.lordmayorsshow. Olympia Grand Hall.uk Savor the delicious offerings of some of London’s most esteemed restaurants or show off your own cooking skills during the Live Invention Test at MasterChef Live. fireworks and entertainment to kick off the shopping season. the food is “good and inexpensive” (but they don’t take reservations).raindance. Bateaux London. Salt Lake City. 020 7258 8595 HIDDEN GEMS Tucked away in Earl’s Court. Italy Food for Thought.com 6 .com Raise money for Cancer Research UK with the zaniest race of the season.org. London Eat and Two Veg. http://www. 084 4579 3183. http://www. 079 1860 8499.bfi. http://www.co. at two of London’s most illuminating festivals. dodging obstacles and carrying Christmas pudding. http://www. Watch as the Mummers act out Medieval combat and the Holly Man rises out of the river. where costumed competitors relay around the West Piazza of Covent Garden. Join in a “wassail” or toast to the New Year. But you must enjoy it with a divine Baltic Spring martini. http://www.uk Times BFI London Film Festival.”— TripAdvisor Member. musicians. featuring reasonably priced artworks from painting and sculpture to photography and holograms from over a hundred galleries worldwide. http://www.xmaspuddingrace. a well-known Soho vegetarian café. Huntington Beach. Calif. (November 13 – 15) MasterChef Live. where colorful floats and jubilant bands march through the streets to celebrate London’s survival of catastrophes from the Plague to the Blitz. cheap.uk/twelfthnight/index.”—TripAdvisor Member. (January 3) Twelfth Night Celebration.org. Various venues. 020 7494 1634 to eat “I love the smell of the food at Food for Thought! Very informal place. (October 22 – 25) Affordable Art Fair. (November 3 – January 6) Regent Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event.”— TripAdvisor Member.WHERE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS At Mildred’s.
Location is very good.. Monterrey. 18-30 Lexham Gardens.”— TripAdvisor Member. Eggs. Belgium Parkcity. baked tomatoes. U. I would stay here again because of the spacious room. theaters. The location is exceptional. 020 7917 1000 The Soho Hotel is “newly renovated and has a whimsical style. and the hotel has the most beautiful entrance. Germany Melrose House. assorted beverages. etc. 020 7806 1000 At the Chesterfield Mayfair. The Milestone Hotel. beans.”— TripAdvisor Member. I couldn’t help but have seconds— maybe thirds. This is the place you want to stay. Westphalia.”— TripAdvisor Member. 26 Cadogan Gardens. “this hotel is absolutely magnificent. “the staff were attentive. In fact. 020 7747 2200 LUXURY The Covent Garden Hotel is “a wonderful little hotel located on a quiet street in a very convenient location. polite and extremely helpful. 020 7491 2622 Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. 12 Leconfield Ave. “The Milestone is a beautiful hotel that has anticipated all the needs of its guests. rooms are spacious. it’s close to Covent Garden and it’s very family friendly. And it’s very cheap. Comfortable. 6 Waterloo Place.”—TripAdvisor Member. Our room was very clean. in my opinion. so you needn’t spend a fortune. Heidelberg. the reasonable price in London terms and the pillows! It’s in a quiet location and in a very safe neighborhood. New Southgate. 020 7559 3000 “It was truly perfect!” BUDGET With a quiet location. 89 Lennard Road. Los Angeles. Rome. Sweden The Renaissance Chancery Court. assorted breads with various spreads.C. 54 Upper Berkeley St.”— TripAdvisor Member. Germany B and B In Barnes. Italy The Chesterfield Mayfair. 35 Charles St. 020 8351 2836 Melrose House is “a reasonably priced place with a great breakfast. clean room. Covent Garden Hotel. galleries and just about everything else. too!”—TripAdvisor Member. It is a typically old-world hotel. God save the Queen and the Bay Tree House!”—TripAdvisor Member. Chester.” —TripAdvisor Member. fresh fruit.K. Paris.’ And the staff is just a dream!”—TripAdvisor Member.” —TripAdvisor Member. sausage. 020 8392 0605 “When can I move in?” “I honestly cannot fault the Sofitel St James. situated on a quiet street. Marble Arch. The staff are very nice and helpful. the atmosphere feels very much ‘at home. comfortable and spacious. When can I move in?”—TripAdvisor Member. 59 Brookdale. You feel like you’re staying in your chic designer friend’s home. 10 Monmouth St. Kensington. We found the location to be ideal for shopping. the hotel exuded a kind of affable approachability. London Sofitel St James. Amalfi. yogurt. Calif. But I also don’t think you’d want to leave your bed as it is soooo comfortable. Piccadilly. 4 Richmond Mews. Kensington. walking distance to most tourist destinations and shopping. We didn’t have to ask for anything extra or have anything changed because it was truly perfect!” —TripAdvisor Member. a 2008 Travelers Choice winner for luxury hotels.com 7 . There are local grocery shops very close by. 252 High Holborn. Italy The Soho Hotel. France The Draycott Hotel. D. 020 7730 6466 Have questions about London? Get insider advice from local experts in our forums. You forget you are in central London.. Washington. 1 Kensington Court. Mexico Bay Tree House B&B. Barnes. Walking distance to Soho. 020 7723 2244 FAMILIES Parkcity offers “great value for the money. than B and B In Barnes. the Bay Tree House B&B “is literally home away from home. bacon. 020 7829 9888 ROMANCE “We had a wonderful stay at the beautiful Draycott. The staff was friendly—not at all snobby.Where to STAY The Sumner is a “lovely hotel in one of the best London locations.. 020 8776 8884 “There is no better place to stay in London. the design not being too modern or stuffy. Covent Garden. We elected for the Bloomsbury Rooms and were NOT disappointed. owners who go above and beyond to make your stay pleasant and phenomenal English breakfasts. especially for shopping.. I discovered that I love English breakfasts. The staff are very friendly. To put it plainly. The majority of questions are answered within 24 hours. 0870 765 7333 At The Renaissance Chancery Court. The Sumner Hotel.
Where to STAY Hotel 41 is a “gorgeous boutique hotel. airlines and other travel products and services submitted by users of tripadvisor. New York. the Knightsbridge Hotel felt very new and very clean. where to stay and how to play for 70. TripAdvisor. 41 Buckingham Palace Road. Such third parties are owned and operated by independent retailers or service providers. 020 7300 0041 HIDDEN GEMS “The Luna Simone is run by a wonderful. easier than ever. Munich. Knightsbridge Hotel. photographs and other content regarding destinations. and TripAdvisor cannot ensure that you will be satisfied with their products. This brochure contains reviews. friendly family who offer excellent hospitality.000 destinations around the world. The location is perfect for sight seeing—so close to Buckingham Palace you can see it. 10 Beaufort Gardens. your best vacation. Inc. Edited/compiled by Vivienne Crow and Michelle Schwartz This brochure and its contents are copyright © 2009. such third party by TripAdvisor. although we chose to walk to most places. reference to any products.com is the most trusted source for travel recommendations about where to go. if slightly small. sponsorship or recommendation of or affiliation with. TripAdvisor recommends that you pursue any and all investigation you feel necessary or appropriate before transacting with any third party. TRIPADVISOR. Most importantly. and the room was beautiful. Further. business practices or provided information. N. Definitely recommend staying here for a treat. processes or other information of any third party does not constitute or imply endorsement. representations or other information contained in such user content. The location was perfect. comments. Location is very central to Victoria Bus station and Victoria/Pimlico Tubes. The staff is young. The three lobby spaces are beautifully decorated— modern but not minimalist. friendly and tech savvy. services. TripAdvisor. Australia The Luna Simone Hotel. Perth. 020 7584 6300 “I felt chic as soon as I walked in. A London gem!”—TripAdvisor Member. the owl logo and all other marks displayed herein are registered and/or common law trademarks of TripAdvisor and/or third parties. Reviews and ratings represent the opinions of such users. all rights reserved. accommodations.Y.com also provides easy access to the major online travel sites to make booking your next vacation. services.com.”—TripAdvisor Member. The staff was attentive and friendly.”—TripAdvisor Member. TripAdvisor does not sponsor or endorse any user content and therefore is not liable for any statements.com 8 . TripAdvisor.000 hotels and attractions. Each evening I had a drink in the library and felt like I was staying in a modern English country house.” About TRIPADVISOR TripAdvisor is the largest travel community in the world with 35 million monthly visitors and featuring more than 30 million reviews and opinions of 540. 020 7834 5897 “I felt chic as soon as I walked in. Representations made in this brochure are current as of its publication date. Germany Hotel 41. Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. 47/49 Belgrave Road.. My room was small but beautiful.
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