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Welcome to the Visit London Official City CONTENTS


Guide 2011, your guide to the world-class 5 Welcome LI STI N G S
city that attracts 25 million visitors a year. 6 Top 10 Sights 35 Sightseeing
8 2011 Events 49 Outdoors & Sport
You’ll discover all the things that make 55 Shopping
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London such a unique, exciting place to 10 Westminster
65 Food & Drink
visit, whether it’s your first time here or 12 West End
81 Entertainment
91 Trip Planner
you know the city well. From blockbusting 15 Covent Garden
100 Accommodation
attractions to tips from Londoners, it’s 18 South of the river
20 City of London
packed with ways for you to get the most R E FE R E NCE
23 Shoreditch 110 Index
out of your stay. 26 Camden 112 Tube & bus maps
28 Notting Hill 114 London street map
With the London 2012 Olympic Games 30 Kensington and

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TOP
10 SIG HTS
See the
listings sections
for family ideas

Check out London’s most popular


attractions for sights that
dazzle, inspire and entertain

1 The British
3 Tate Entry is free at s
Museum Modern
national museubu m
Founded in 1753, and
with its spectacular
The most popular
modern art gallery on and galleries, a t
there may be
charge for special
Great Court added the planet is a must.
in 2000, The Tate Modern has a
British Museum is free permanent exhibitions
unmissable. It has exhibition of work by
more than seven artists including
million artefacts, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí
including Egyptian and Warhol, while the
mummies, the Rosetta Turbine Hall is almost
Stone and sculptures as breathtaking as
from the Parthenon. FREE the exhibits. FREE

2 The National
Gallery
Crammed with
4 Natural
History
Museum
5 The Merlin
Entertainments
London Eye
6 Science
Museum
Visit one of the world’s
7 Tower
London
Of

Be dazzled by the
8 Madame
Tussauds 9 Victoria
and Albert
Museum
Madame Tussauds’
10 National
Portrait
Gallery
masterpieces by Meet the dinosaurs, The most spectacular largest science Crown Jewels, which first waxwork exhibition This magnificent See the world's largest
da Vinci, Rembrandt, including a 26m-long views of London can be museums, crammed include the world’s in London was in Victorian museum of collection of portraits
Cézanne, Caravaggio, diplodocus, at the seen from Europe’s with games, gadgets largest cut diamond, at 1802. Today you can art and design is home for free at the oldest
Canaletto and Titian, National History largest observation wheel, and an IMAX cinema. the 900-year-old meet the Queen or to one of the richest portrait gallery in the
the National Gallery Museum. The the city's most popular Travel through time Tower. The Beefeaters, have your photo collections of world. The fabulous
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

has one of the best prehistoric reptiles sit paid-for attraction. Since exploring 300 years of who guard the Tower, taken with Michael photographs, displays includes
collections of Western alongside recent being built to celebrate scientific adventure can tell you about the Jackson at the place sculpture, textiles, paintings by masters
European art in the additions such as the Millennium, the and discover what former prison’s bloody that proves you paintings, ceramics, such as Holbein and
world. Get up close The Power Within, a London Eye has become space smells like in history and the ghosts haven’t made it furniture, fashion, Hockney alongside
and personal with Van dramatic earthquake iconic. You can see for the Force Field that are said to roam until you’ve been glass and jewellery sculpture, photography
Gogh’s 4VOnPXFST FREE experience. FREE 40km on a clear day. simulation theatre. FREE the grounds. immortalised in wax. in the world. FREE and video. FREE

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O N LY I N The Trafalgar
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Cinnamon Club
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National Portrait Gallery
npg.org.uk

Unique eats
Changing the Guard Take in Trafalgar Square from
The Trafalgar’s roof terrace.
Get a clear view of Nelson’s
Column (pictured) from the
Portrait Restaurant. Have
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Westminster Abbey, a beautiful Britain’s secret headquarters in the
700-year-old church where kings, Second World War, and has been left 10 Downing Street
queens, poets and rebels are buried in exactly as it was in 1945.
EXPLORE MORE gothic splendour. The entire area is a Continue up Whitehall to Trafalgar
World Heritage Site. A walk through Square, known for cultural events and
Mayfair the abbey’s Dark Cloister leads to public art. On one side of the square is
As any Monopoly player knows, College Garden, laid out by monks in The National Gallery, full of European
Mayfair is expensive. Located the 11th century. It’s thought to be the masterworks from the 13th to 19th
northwest of Green Park, it’s home oldest garden in England. centuries. Around the corner is the
 WESTMINSTER & AROUND
to The Ritz hotel, Savile Row, Head up Whitehall to the gated National Portrait Gallery. Both offer
the home of great British bespoke

W
estminster is home to Downing Street. The prime minister free entry to the permanent collections,
tailoring, and a maze of fascinating
many of London’s most lives at number 10; its front door can with a charge for special exhibitions.
streets. Shepherd Market has
iconic attractions. At its cosy restaurants, smart shops and only be opened from the inside. Close If you’re in need of peace, seek
heart are the imposing traditional pubs – treat yourself by, you’ll find one of the city’s best small sanctuary across the street in the
Houses of Parliament (also known to a pint in Ye Grapes. museums, the Churchill War Rooms. beautiful Georgian church of
Pimlico Road
as the Palace of Westminster), the Alternatively, drop in to The This underground complex was St-Martin-in-the-Fields, which farmers’ market
seat of the British government. Guided Punch Bowl on Farm Street, featured in the film 'PVS8FEEJOHTBOE
tours are available on Saturdays, and in a star-studded pub owned by See the B'VOFSBM. It has free lunchtime concerts
the week during the Summer Opening. Madonna’s ex-husband, Guy Ritchie. sights by bus every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at EXPLORE MORE
Although most of the gothic building
was built in 1834, some parts are much
 GREEN PARK
A great way to see the
1pm, and you can buy tickets for
evening performances most nights.
Belgravia
grand embassies,
sights is by open-top bus. Belgravia is home to
luxury shops and smart restaurants.
The Ritz
older and are fascinating to explore. A short walk from Trafalgar Square is
The Original London
In Old Palace Yard is the Jewel The Mall, which leads to Buckingham Tucked behind exclusive Sloane
Tower, which was built in 1365 and Sightseeing Tour and Palace. In summer, the palace's Street is Motcomb Street, with
one of only two surviving sections of The Big Bus Company magnificent State Rooms display the Michelin-starred Indian restaurant
the old Palace of Westminster. The offer hop-on, hop-off Queen’s treasures to the public. Amaya and two shops that supply
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other section is Westminster Hall. tickets. Both also include Try to catch the Changing the the Queen: couturier Stewart
The Queen Mother lay in state here in a free river cruise and Guard outside the palace. Check Parvin and Waitrose Belgravia.
2002 as more than 200,000 people walking tour. changing-the-guard.com first, as Elizabeth Street runs from
came to pay their respects. the free spectacle happens only on Buckingham Palace Road to King’s
On the eastern end of the Houses of certain days. Road. It is packed with luxury labels
Parliament is Big Ben, the world’s such as Philip Treacy and jewellers
See listings
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largest four-faced chiming clock. De Vroomen. Pimlico Road is


Big Ben is not the name of the tower, sections or known for its design and homeware
shops, galleries and restaurants.
however, but of the vast bell inside it. visitlondon.com Churchill War
Rooms
St Martin-in-the-Fields
stmartin-in-the-fields Foodies should head to its farmers’
Next to the Palace of Westminster is for more cwr.iwm.org.uk .org
market every Saturday.
information The Big Bus Company
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Sofra

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wallacecollection
.org
St Christopher’s Place
stchristophersplace
.com

Designer fashion Time for tea


Department stores Selfridges, The Ritz, The Dorchester Sweet treats
at The Berkeley
on Oxford Street, and and The Waldorf Hilton all
Liberty, near Regent Street, offer traditional afternoon
sell labels such as Burberry. tea. Swissôtel The Howard
Cutting-edge Browns is Liberty
creates treats in the shape
on South Molton Street. of Big Ben and Tower
Alexander McQueen can be Bridge. And cakes at The
found on Bond Street, while EXPLORE MORE Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea
Comme des Garçons is at St Christopher’s are inspired by the latest
Dover Street Market. couture collections.
Place
Opposite Bond Street Tube station
is the West End’s best-kept
shopping secret, St Christopher’s
Place. Explore boutiques such as
Mulberry, Coast and Hampstead
Bazaar, or grab an outdoors table
at Sofra or Carluccio’s and watch EXPLORE MORE
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the world go by.
 BOND STREET
Soho
 MARBLE ARCH & AROUND This bohemian area between Oxford
Street and Shaftesbury Avenue

L
ondoners naturally gravitate a million lines. Halfway down Oxford the neon lights of Piccadilly Circus,
is a melting pot of cultures and
towards the West End, and no Street at Oxford Circus is Topshop, with the Eros statue and Europe’s
personalities, and home to the
visit would be complete which has an exclusive range designed largest bookshop, Waterstone’s
largest Chinatown in Europe.
without a day – or night – by Kate Moss. Piccadilly. From here, continue across Old Compton Street has alfresco
spent soaking up its many attractions. South of Oxford Circus on Regent to Leicester Square to catch a film at cafés and a lively gay scene.
The area is world famous for Street is the Apple Store, a haven of one of the huge multiplexes or grab Frith Street’s iconic Bar Italia
shopping. Start at Marble Arch, on the iMacs, iPods and iPads. Hamleys, a drink in one of the many bars. has served coffee since 1949
northeast edge of Hyde Park, where Europe’s oldest and largest toyshop, is The West End can be busy, so and is open 24 hours. Don’t miss
Bayswater meets Europe’s busiest just down the road. It’s easy to spend escape the crowds at the Royal Busaba Eathai, Wardour Street’s
shopping street, Oxford Street. It’s hours here – even if you’re an adult. Academy of Arts on Piccadilly, where Thai institution, or award-winning
home to flagship stores for Marks There’s also a fantastic café for kids. you’ll find masterworks by Michelangelo cupcakes at The Hummingbird
EXPLORE MORE This area is home to some of and Turner, or Haunch of Venison Bakery opposite. Soho is famous
Theatreland

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& Spencer, Debenhams, HMV and
for jazz bars including Ronnie
Carnab y St London’s swankiest nightclubs, gallery on Burlington Gardens. The
CROWN ESTATE; TRISTRAM KENTON; ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS;
Urban Outfitters. Pop into Primark
The West End has more including Paper on Regent Street, Wallace Collection on Manchester Scott’s and hang-outs such as
for cut-price designer-inspired fashion.
theatrical performances than l Street exit at
Take the Argyl Mo*vida on Argyll Street, and Square has the greatest display of The French House.
Further down Oxford Street are the
anywhere else in the world. Oxford Street Tube station and The Cuckoo Club on Swallow Street. 18th-century French painting and  TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
department stores Selfridges, which
Get half-price tickets from you’ll find your way to Carnaby And if you’re after a unique cocktail, porcelain shown together anywhere in
is more than 100 years old, and John
Street, the famous birthplace of
tkts (tkts.co.uk) on Leicester Lewis, which sells everything from the Swinging Sixties. The Carnaby
wrap up warm for the ABSOLUT the world. You can also find a quiet spot
Square. See the Official homeware to high fashion. John Lewis area now consists of 12 streets
ICEBAR LONDON on Heddon Street, in The Phoenix Garden, a well-loved
a bar made almost entirely from ice. community garden behind the Phoenix
London Theatre Guide with art galleries, fashionable bars,
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opened in 1864 and stocks half


At the bottom of Regent Street are Theatre on Charing Cross Road.
(officiallondontheatre.co.uk) restaurants and cool boutiques.
or whatsonstage.com for Don’t miss Kingly Court, a hidden
shows and reviews. Regent Street West End courtyard off Carnaby Street with Royal Academy
outlets that sell unique retro and
Association information
regentstreetonline westendlondon.com Hamleys of Arts
.com westendvip.com cutting-edge clothes. hamleys.com royalacademy.org.uk
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O N LY I N Simpson’s-in-the-Strand
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around it you’ll find magicians, mime
artists, comedians and musicians.
See listings Dominating Covent Garden on Floral
sections or Street is the Royal Opera House,

Dramatic dining visitlondon.com home to The Royal Opera, The


for more Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of
DISCOVER Covent Garden is popular for
pre and post-theatre dining. information the Royal Opera House. You can
take a tour as it prepares to open its

LONDON’S At the Royal Opera House’s


Amphitheatre Restaurant
spent an evening. For a
doors for the evening performance.
Nearby is the Theatre Royal Drury
you can eat your starter
DNA and main course before the
performance and dessert in
taste of tradition, Rules is
the city’s oldest restaurant,
Lane, the oldest theatrical site in
Britain: it has been in use since the
17th century and a tour is available.
Get under the skin the interval. The Phoenix or try Simpson’s-in-the- The English National Opera is
of the world’s most Artist Club under the Strand. Table for two? based in the imposing London
Phoenix Theatre is Clos Maggiore is a Coliseum on St Martin’s Lane. It’s
iconic city, at London where many an actor has classic French dining room. Britain’s only full-time repertory opera

Transport Museum, And there’s live opera at company. A more intimate venue is
Sarastro, a Turkish St Paul’s Church on the Piazza,
Covent Garden restaurant on Drury Lane. which hosts classical concerts.
Value options include Feeling active? Pop in to Pineapple
ltmuseum.co.uk Dance Studios on Langley Street for
Masala Zone on Floral
a class in ballet, tap or street dance.
Street or Ponti’s.
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London Transport Museum on


Wellington Street lets you turn back the
Amphitheatre Restaurant

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Freed of London

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FINEST SHOW SINCE THE ORIGINAL PHANTOM’
Seven Dials shops
"Covent Charles Spencer - The Daily Telegraph

and restaurants
sevendials.co.uk
Garden has
a brilliant
atmosphere
and some
Bloomsbury great dance
shops!"
Ella Kleinig, ballet student
from Kent

clock and hop aboard heritage


transport vehicles such as buses, trams
and Tubes.
Another way to keep active is by
shopping. There has been a fruit and
EXPLORE MORE vegetable market here since the 13th

sbury
BloomGarde century, and the Real Food Market
every Saturday is continuing the and Neal’s Yard Dairy, which sells
n, bookish
North of Covent tradition. The Apple Market, on the delicious cheeses. For more fragrant
Bloomsbury is known for its Piazza’s south side, sells antiques, arts aromas, pop in to Neal’s Yard
academic institutions, museums and crafts, and is magical at Christmas. Remedies for its essential oils.
and rich literary history. Charles
Nearby, Seven Dials is a cobbled
Dickens, Virginia Woolf and William
Designer boutiques including Paul
Yeats all lived here. The British Smith, Nicole Farhi, Koh Samui, roundabout surrounded by cafés and
Museum, on Great Russell and Swarovski line the streets around boutiques. It’s also home to the
Street, has more than 13 million Long Acre. For shoes, stroll up Neal Donmar Warehouse theatre, where
historical objects and is a terrific Street, then on to Shelton Street, where Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow and
place to start. For more raucous you’ll find cowboy boots up to the Nicole Kidman have performed.
fun, visit Bloomsbury Bowling ceiling in vintage treasure chest Rokit. In Seven Dials is The Radisson
Lanes, on Bedford Way, for tenpin On St Martin's Lane, near The Royal Edwardian Mountbatten Hotel.
bowling and karaoke. Head to Ballet School, Freed of London sells Its chic Dial Bar is the place to be
picturesque Lamb’s Conduit Street dance shoes and ballet slippers. seen. Or have a drink at Covent
for refreshments. Drinkers at The charming cobbled enclave of Garden’s oldest pub, 300-year-old The
The Lamb, a perfectly preserved Neal’s Yard is home to the popular Lamb and Flag on Rose Street.
Victorian pub, spill out onto the lunch spot Neal’s Yard Salad Bar It was a favourite of Charles Dickens.
pavement. Up the road, Coram’s ‘THE ALLURE OF
Fields is home to London’s only
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Covent Garden at Christmas

flock of sheep.
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The British Theatre Royal

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Tate Boat
tate.org.uk/tatetotate
Shakespeare’s Globe
shakespeares
-globe.org
Tate Modern
tate.org.uk/modern
SEA LIFE London Aquarium

London RIB Voyages


Southbank Centre, film fans can Marine life
spend hours at the BFI Southbank or The SEA LIFE London
catch a 3D film at BFI IMAX, Britain’s Aquarium has one of
biggest cinema screen. Inexpensive Europe’s largest collections
eats can be found at Las Iguanas. of marine life, with an
A short stroll eastwards is Gabriel’s underwater glass walkway
Wharf, a charming waterside pocket of
that lets you come nose-to
shops and cafés. Further along is
-nose with sharks. The
Bankside, home to Tate Modern, the
most popular contemporary art gallery
quirky Horniman Museum
Take a river trip in the world. Situated in a radically
in Forest Hill is a treasure
See London from the water converted power station, its Turbine Hall trove full of marine exhibits
on a London Eye River is spectacular. You can also get here and interesting oddities.
Cruise or dine as you float from St Paul’s Cathedral by walking
on a Bateaux London across the Millennium Bridge, The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich Park
Restaurant Cruise. For designed to look like a beam of light.
something a little racier, don After Tate Modern you could head
a lifejacket and whizz along back up the Thames in the Damien Shakespeare helped found in 1599. It
the river on a breathtaking Hirst-dotted Tate Boat to Tate puts on major productions from May
speedboat tour with London Britain, which houses more classical to September; you’re encouraged to
RIB Voyages, every hour works. Alternatively, keep walking stand for a more authentic Elizabethan
from the London Eye. eastwards to Shakespeare’s Globe, experience. Standing tickets cost from
a faithful replica of the theatre that £5. Tours are available all year.
Further east still is Tower Bridge,
Clapham Common
/ WATERLOO & AROUND where the Tower Bridge Exhibition

A
cross the Thames from the Get a foodie fix offers stunning views from high-level EXPLORE MORE
Houses of Parliament, the
South Bank is London’s
The award-winning Borough walkways. Moored close is HMS
Belfast, the largest preserved Second
Greenwich
Market, under the railway Maritime Greenwich is one
playground and perfect for World War warship in Europe. of four World Heritage Sites in
arches at London Bridge, is

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a lazy afternoon. It’s a short walk from Learn about 1,000 years of dark London. Stand where time begins
Waterloo station, or you can reach it by the oldest food market in history at The London Dungeon on on the Meridian Line at the Royal
walking across the Golden Jubilee the city. It’s open Thursdays, Tooley Street, while the thrilling Observatory. The Old Royal
Bridge (and taking in spectacular Fridays and Saturdays for London Bridge Experience, in the Naval College, designed by Sir
views) from Embankment Tube station. wholesale fruit, veg and more. arches of the 1831 bridge nearby, Christopher Wren, is set in the
The area has been a cultural hotspot After shopping, enjoy a hearty offers the 2,000-year-old story of the beautiful grounds of the Tudor
since the 1951 Festival of Britain, when British meal at Roast. famous bridge. More thrills are in store palace where Elizabeth I was
EXPLORE MORE the Southbank Centre was built. It in The London Tombs next door, born. Greenwich Market has
more than 120 arts and crafts
m
Claphaproud includes the internationally renowned
concert venues Royal Festival Hall,
formerly a plague pit.
For early-birds the Bermondsey stalls. See exquisite fans at The
of its
This area is justly Fan Museum and then relax in
Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Square Antiques Market is open
lively bars such as The People’s Greenwich Park over lunch at
Purcell Room, plus the Hayward every Friday from 4am. Bermondsey
Republic on Clapham Common Greenwich Park Bar & Grill.
South Side, Aquum on Clapham Gallery, the only gallery in the world Street is where you’ll find Zandra
ILLUSTRATION: RICH SHEEHAN

DLR/
GREENWICH
High Street and Babel at Clapham created in the brutalist style. Behind the Rhodes’s Fashion & Textile
Junction. You can enjoy a glass of Museum, full of cutting-edge design.
wine with a film at the Clapham South Bank
South London has plenty of green
Greenwich Park Royal Observatory
Picture House and the Common southbanklondon HMS Belfast space, and golfers will want to swing by royalparks.org.uk Greenwich
hosts festivals all summer. .com iwm.org.uk London Golf Club in Ash, Kent. /greenwich nmm.ac.uk
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O N LY I N Barbican
barbican.org.uk
Dr Johnson‘s House
drjohnsonshouse.org
Inner Temple Gardens
innertemple.org.uk

City bars are buried. The cathedral is open to names such as Pudding Lane, where
See listings visitors Monday to Saturday and you the Great Fire started in a bakery. The
There is no shortage of sections or can hear Evensong at 5pm for free. Monument, another of Wren’s London
swanky bars in the City. Its
tallest skyscraper, Tower 42, visitlondon.com North of St Paul’s on Silk Street is landmarks, was built to commemorate

has a champagne bar, Vertigo,


for more the Barbican, one of London’s top arts the blaze that destroyed the medieval

at the top (book in advance). information venues. It is home to galleries, cinemas, city. Climb the 311 steps to the top.
theatres and the London Symphony Inner Temple Gardens is a hidden
1 Lombard Street is a Orchestra. Next door, the Museum oasis near Fleet Street. Another pocket
buzzing bar in a former of London tells London’s story from of peace is Postman’s Park, a small
banking hall and Prism pre-Roman times to the present day, Victorian garden near St Paul’s
in Leadenhall Street oozes and has recently added some new Cathedral with a fascinating memorial
glamour. Both Cinnamon interactive galleries. to ordinary people who lost their lives
Kitchen in Devonshire Square The Bank of England Museum, by trying to save others. For a traditional
and Mint Leaf in Angel Court Bank Tube station, traces monetary pint in a historic pub, pop in to Ye Olde
have beautiful bars and serve history from 1694. You’re allowed to Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street,
incredible Indian food. handle a gold bar, but, sadly, you have frequented by Dr Samuel Johnson,
to give it back before you leave. whose house is around the corner and
London is falling back in love with the open to visitors.
skyscraper, and you can’t miss ‘the
Gherkin’, or 30 St Mary Axe, to give it
Mint Leaf
its proper address. Designed by EXPLORE MORE
Norman Foster, the bullet-shaped
building is not open to the public. Tower of
 ST PAUL’S
The City is full of unusual street London
On the edge of the City sits the
Churches

T
he City of London, also known Tower of London, a fascinating
as the City, is the historic heart Sir Christopher Wren built former prison and execution house.
of London. Today, it houses the more than 50 churches in Here you can marvel at the Crown
financial district, packed with Jewels, including The Great Star
the City, but many were of Africa, the largest cut diamond
ancient buildings and gleaming
demolished in the 19th in the world. And don’t miss the
skyscrapers. While it buzzes in the week,
many shops and bars shut at weekends.
century or destroyed in ancient Ceremony of the Keys
St Paul’s Cathedral, with its
the Blitz. The City’s oldest (the locking of the Tower), which
enormous dome, still dominates the church, All Hallows by the has happened nightly for 600 years.
Tower, was founded in 675. Straddling the river is Tower
skyline. It was designed by Sir EXPLORE MORE Bridge, which has spectacular
At St Olave church you’ll
Christopher Wren after the Great Fire
of London in 1666. Don’t miss the Clerkenw ell find the grave of London views. Cross it to reach the bars
City, this trendy
Just west of the and restaurants at Butlers Wharf.
diarist Samuel Pepys
ANDREA BRUNSENDORF; ILLUSTRATION: NAOMI WU

Whispering Gallery on the inside of


area has more creative companies (pictured).
 TOWER HILL
the dome, or the crypt – the largest in
than anywhere else in the world.
Europe – where Nelson and Wellington
See what it used to be like at
Sir John Soane’s Museum,
then stroll down Hatton Garden,
famous for its jewellers. If you go
Sir John Soane’s Museum for a drink at boutique hotel The
Bank of England
Zetter on St John’s Square, you
bankofengland.co.uk St Paul’s Cathedral Beduin can get free spring water from
/museum stpauls.co.uk beduin-london.co.uk its well. Finish with a cocktail at
Beduin on Charterhouse Street. Ceremony of the Keys at Tower of London

/ FARRINGDON

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See the Houses of Parliament,
Big Ben O N LY I N
and the London Eye.
 OLD STREET & AROUND

T
he multicultural East End is
Then go down for breakfast. both wonderfully historic and
newly fashionable, thanks to
the regeneration of former
industrial spaces. By day you can
explore London’s heritage, stopping in
hip cafés, shopping in trendy boutiques
and sampling cutting-edge art: try
up-and-coming arts centre Rich Mix
on Bethnal Green Road.
The area’s rich history in furniture
making is celebrated at the Geffrye
Museum, where a permanent
exhibition shows a typical English
sitting room through the ages.
EXPLORE MORE Afterwards, stop for lunch or dinner at

Spitalfields
To the south of Shoreditch,
Spitalfields has a long tradition of
market trading. At Old Spitalfields
Market, the big day is Sunday,
when stalls sell food, fashion, art,
Park life jewellery, books and records. For
New hotel opposite Big Ben. From Kingsland Road, walk refreshments try a Square Pie with
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London is now up Regent’s Canal, alight at mash and gravy. The market is also
busy in the week, with deli food on
open. Enjoy spacious, contemporary guest Broadway Market and within Wednesdays, antiques on Thursdays,
rooms, a fitness centre and pool, five dining five minutes you’re in London and fashion and art on Fridays. The
options, 31 meeting rooms, a 1200sqm pillar- Fields, with its popular lido. whole area of Spitalfields has a
free ballroom and a location unmatched by From there, the canal winds wide variety of shops and cafés that
any other in London. Situated on the vibrant past Victoria Park, a lovely are open daily. Vintage shopping
expanse of trees, ponds and / LIVERPOOL STREET
The areas around Spitalfields
South Bank, in the heart of London, this
landscaped lawns. Enjoy a and Brick Lane are full of flea
extraordinary new hotel offers spectacular hearty lunch at The Pavilion.
choice for the business and leisure traveller, markets and boutiques selling
second-hand clothes. Beyond
both inside and out.
Retro on Cheshire Street has
JOHN STURROCK; ILLUSTRATION: RICH SHEEHAN

about 15,000 items for sale.


Enquiries: Rokit on Brick Lane is smaller
e: PPWLConf@pphe.com and more upmarket, while
t: +44 (0)844 415 6790 EXPERIENCE THE SPECTACULAR Absolute Vintage on Hanbury
Quote ‘VLA’ Street claims to have the UK’s
largest selection of shoes.
ParkPlaza.com/Westminster East End Canals
London Fields Lido Spitalfields waterscape.com
spitalfields.co.uk /daysoutguide

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Canary Wharf bars Jack The Ripper Tour The O2


and restaurants jack-the-ripper-tour theo2.co.uk
mycanarywharf.com .com

one of the cheap Vietnamese Brick Lane – also known as


restaurants nearby. Loong Kee, the Banglatown – is the home of the curry,
first as you go south down Kingsland and where to go for a cheap meal. Stop
Road, is the cheapest and one of for a nightcap at the Vibe Bar: the
the best. On Saturdays, follow place to see and be seen.
Regent’s Canal to Broadway In the heart of Shoreditch, trendy
Market, where stalls serve a mix of places come and go, but the Albion on
ethnic and British delicacies, and Boundary Street is one of the classiest
vintage clothes and furniture. additions. The café-deli-restaurant
Near Bethnal Green Tube station, the serves coffees, juices, all-day EXPLORE MORE
V&A Museum of Childhood gives a
fascinating insight into toys down the
breakfasts and cakes. And wherever
you wander, keep an eye on the walls,
Docklands
Once the world’s biggest port, the old
years. Also packed with curiosities is bridges and shady corners – this area
docks were destroyed in the Second
The King and Queen of Bethnal is a favourite of graffiti artist Banksy. World War. Regeneration began in
Green, Kim Heidi Lewis’s boutique of the 1980s and now Canary Wharf
clothes and bizarre knick-knacks. is a buzzing business district
As darkness falls, brave a Jack The boasting Britain’s tallest building, One
Ripper Tour. Down eerie backstreets, Canada Square, and world-class
you follow in the footsteps of the serial shops, bars and restaurants, such
killer, whose identity is still a mystery. as Roka, Wahaca and Canteen.
To learn about the history, visit the
Museum of London Docklands.
The O2 is another big draw: it is the
world’s most successful concert
venue, and home to the British Music
Experience, the only fully interactive
exhibition devoted to pop music.
/D LR CANARY WHARF

Flower power
It wouldn’t be a proper
Sunday morning in East
London without a visit to
EXPLORE MORE Columbia Road Flower
rd
StratfoLond Market, where all manner
on is being
This part of East of flowers, plants, shrubs
regenerated and is now home to Olympic Park and even trees are available
the 500-acre Olympic Park – you at bargain prices. Stop off
can tour around the site with a at the Café Columbia for
Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Since bagels and coffee afterwards.         
construction began in 2006, the
area has been transformed, with
a seven-minute rail link direct
to the centre of London, and the Westfield
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largest shopping mall in Europe, westfield.com ExCeL London


Westfield Stratford City. /stratfordcity excel-london.co.uk
Columbia Road Flower Market
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Roundhouse

O N LY I N Regent’s Park
royalparks.org.uk
/regents
Designer
Warehouse Sales
designerwarehouse
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sales.com Islington
Alight at Angel Tube for Upper
Regent’s Canal Street’s great shops, antiques
To get a different perspective market and eateries. Islington is
on the city, stroll or cycle also known for its arty cinema
along Regent’s Canal, which Screen On The Green and
runs through Camden from its theatres, from the highbrow
Almeida and Sadler’s Wells (for
Hackney to Paddington. Or ballet) to the King’s Head Theatre
hop on a barge – boat trips & Pub. Fashionistas flock to the
Calling begin at Camden Lock. Stop Designer Warehouse Sales,
cricket fans at Camley Street Natural which are held every two or three
Lord’s Cricket Ground Park and Waterside Café months in Thane Villas.
hosts matches from April to in Little Venice.  ANGEL

September. Pack a picnic and


savour the atmosphere of
this most English of sports. If Live music
rain stops play, visit the MCC
Museum, home to the Ashes See big gigs at KOKO, the
urn, or take a guided tour. Kenwood House
Roundhouse and HMV Forum,
and smaller acts at Dingwalls and
Underworld. New talent can be
EXPLORE MORE found at The Dublin Castle and
Highganorthteof Hampstead Little Venice
waterscape.com/daysoutguide
the Camden Crawl festival in May.
Kenwood House hosts classical
This pretty area
is one of London’s highest points. It
and rock concerts in summer.
 CAMDEN TOWN
boasts posh restaurants and shops You’re never far from a pub in early to beat the queues for attractions
and a lovely old pub, The Flask, on

C
amden Town is famous for Camden. Try The Hawley Arms on such as the Gorilla Kingdom and the
the green. The area is most famous
View from Primrose Hill
its alternative culture. At Castlehaven Road. It’s a favourite with children’s zoo, Animal Adventure. A
for its atmospheric cemetery, weekends, the whole length celebrities including Amy Winehouse. relaxed way to get there is by canal boat
where Karl Marx is buried. of the High Street is brought For a little opulence, head to African from Little Venice or Camden Lock.
 HIGHGATE to life by Camden Market, where -themed Shaka Zulu, a bar, restaurant For those seeking peace and quiet,
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ENGLISH HERITAGE; ANNE MARIE BRISCOMBE; ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON


visitors come to buy cool clothes, hang and club in Stables Market. Regent’s Park is one of London’s
Highgate
Cemetery out in one of the cafés or just watch all Hampstead Camden is also known for its music prettiest pockets. It’s a beautiful, rolling
the colourful people going by. Shops North of Camden lies this leafy scene. Britpop was born here in the green space, with fragrant rose gardens
are open all week, too. ‘village’, one of London’s most early 1990s; Blur and Oasis used to and hundreds of shady trees to sit
If you’re looking to bag a bargain, or prestigious postcodes. As well as drink in The Good Mixer on Inverness under on a sunny afternoon. Plus
find a cheap bite to eat, head to its quaint High Street, the area is Street. These days, there are numerous The Honest Sausage kiosk does
Camden Lock and Stables Market. much loved for wild Hampstead venues with live music seven nights a the best organic hotdog in the city.
It’s the biggest market area in Europe. Heath. On the edge of the heath is week. The Jazz Café on Parkway From May to September, the
The maze of stalls sells clothes at great
Inverforth House; visitors flock to attracts top acts in jazz, R&B, hip-hop Open Air Theatre in the park’s Inner EXPLORE MORE
its exquisite gardens. To the north
prices, while countless alfresco food
of the heath is another grand old
and world music. Phone ahead to book Circle has nightly productions of plays, se Hill
Primroceleb
kitchens serve up a variety of ethnic one of the balcony tables, where food weather permitting. As well as modern rities and yoga
ILLUSTRATION: RICH SHEEHAN

home, Kenwood House, which has Home to many


cuisines every day. a fabulous café, The Brew House. is served. Not far from the top end of dramas, there is plenty of Shakespeare centre Triyoga, this exclusive area
Nearby, The Spaniards Inn dates Parkway is ZSL London Zoo. Arrive on offer, and one of London’s most also boasts one of London’s best
back to 1585. Legend has it, it’s enchanting experiences is to see firework displays on Bonfire Night.
Camden Lock Market where the highwayman Dick Turpin ZSL London Zoo Triyoga ".JETVNNFS/JHIUT%SFBN on Restaurants and bars line Regent’s
camdenlockmarket.com was born. zsl.org triyoga.co.uk midsummer night itself. Park Road, and The Queen’s
 HAMPSTEAD Head pub has lovely views.
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Portobello Road

O N LY I N The Electric Cinema


electriccinema.co.uk
BBC Shows and Tours
bbc.co.uk/showsandtours

Westfield London
This vast shopping mall has
a spectacular roof that fills
the building with light. Its 265
stores include designer luxury
in The Village and high street
names including M&S and
Debenhams. It’s open until
10pm on Thursday and Friday.

"If you like


a treasure
Notting Hill Carnival hunt, come
to Portobello
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urt on a Friday.
Earl’s anCo It's amazing"
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area of diverse
Earl’s Court is Wembley Stadium
Westfield London Shepherd’s
ethnic communities, shops and Becca, student from Sweden
restaurants. It is also home to Earls Bush
Court Exhibition Centre, which Thanks to Westfield, multicultural
will play host to Olympic volleyball Monday to Thursday selling pastries, Shepherd’s Bush has undergone
in 2012. Nearby in Kensington, organic bread and cheeses. It’s a a renaissance and is full of quirky
Olympia is a similarly vast events favourite of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. bars and great gastropubs. It has
centre. If you’re looking for You’ll also find good food at The Cow a lively street market and two of
somewhere to eat, try the serene,  NOTTING HILL GATE gastropub on Westbourne Park Road. London’s finest music venues: O
stylish Plum Bar & Grill at the

N
otting Hill is known for its The tranquil streets around Portobello on Portobello Road is London’s oldest Empire Shepherd’s Bush and 2
Hilton London Olympia. pretty pastel town houses, Road are full of treasures. Halfway cinema. Comfy leather armchairs, wine Bush Hall. In nearby White City
 EARL’S COURT colourful nightlife and down Portobello is Blenheim Crescent, and canapés pull in the crowds, the BBC Television Centre has
PIA
/ KENSINGTON OLYM daily tours.
world-famous market. It with art galleries, cafés and The Travel whatever is showing. The Sausage
may no longer be as bohemian as it Bookshop, made famous by Hugh & Mash Café is a lunchtime favourite.  SHEPHERD’S BUSH

once was – property prices are sky-high EXPLORE MORE Grant and Julia Roberts in the film Further down, Portobello Road meets
– but it’s still home to Europe’s biggest /PUUJOH)JMM (although the nearby shoe Golborne Road, the heart of the
street festival, The Notting Hill Wembley shop Notting Hill served as the actual capital’s North African and Portuguese
Carnival, which brings the area to Wembley Stadium, with its iconic location). Opposite it is the wonderful communities. You’ll find incredible
vibrant life every August Bank Holiday. glittering arch designed by Norman Books for Cooks. custard tarts at Lisboa Patisserie.
Portobello Road is where you’ll Foster, is the home of English Elgin Crescent is equally charming, Wherever you are in Notting Hill,
find the largest antiques market in the
football. It also hosts rugby matches offering designer clothes at Graham you can’t miss the eye-catching
and huge concerts. If you can’t join
world. Every Saturday, it’s packed with & Green and funky alternatives at the Trellick Tower. The 31-storey 1972
ANNIE COLLINGE; BBC TOURS

the 90,000 football fans on a match


shoppers browsing endless stalls Fara Charity Shop. The legendary concrete block, designed by Hungarian
ILLUSTRATION: NAOMI WU

day, take a tour of the changing


selling jewellery, art, vintage clothes, room and climb the sacred Trophy Rough Trade record store is nearby architect Ernö Goldfinger, is now a
Earls Court Exhibition Centre bric-a-brac and curios. There’s Winners’ steps to raise a replica on Talbot Road. This tiny shop has listed building but was so unpopular
Plum Bar & Grill The Cow a vintage clothes market on Fridays FA Cup. hosted gigs by Blur and Radiohead. when it was first built that it inspired the
hilton.co.uk/olympia thecowlondon.co.uk and Saturdays and a food market from / WEMBLEY CENTRAL Built in 1910, the Electric Cinema name of Ian Fleming’s Bond villain.
 WEMBLEY PARK Bush Hall

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O N LY I N Hyde Park
royalparks.org.uk
/hyde
London Wetland
Centre
wwt.org.uk/london

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South West
"Liliane South West London is known for
genteel neighbourhoods such as
Culture for kids loves the Barnes, with its duck pond and
At the Natural History villagey pubs. It’s also home to
Museum you can experience butterflies at the London Wetland Centre, a
an earthquake and find the Natural unique wildlife reserve. Further
west, sports fans can visit the
the world’s oldest insect.
In winter, the museum has
History Twickenham World Rugby
Museum and tour the stadium,
open-air ice-skating and a Museum" while history buffs should journey
Christmas market. At the Liliane and Jude on to Hampton Court Palace,
Science Museum, the IMAX from Ealing, West London formerly home to Henry VIII. All are
cinema simulates the feeling easy to reach by train.
 BARNES / TWICKENHAM
of being blasted into space or / HAMPTON COURT
swimming in the ocean.

 SOUTH KENSINGTON courtyard. A short walk up Exhibition

O
Marble Hill House
Royal Botanic ne of London’s most
elegant and expensive
Road is a less well-known museum,
The Royal College of Music’s
Gardens, Kew neighbourhoods, the Museum of Instruments, where
This World Heritage Site Royal Borough of more than 800 musical instruments are
houses the planet’s largest Kensington and Chelsea is packed with on display. It also hosts concerts, many
living plant collection. With museums and historical sites, and two of them free.
vast lawns, glasshouses and a of the city’s biggest and best parks. Opposite is the distinctive Royal
treetop walkway, the gardens EXPLORE MORE Clustered around South Kensington, Albert Hall, home of the BBC Proms,
are a treat any time, whether each no more than a few minutes’ walk the largest classical music festival in
you visit for spring flowers, Richmond from the Tube, are three of London’s the world, and the only venue where
Easily accessible by Tube, or by most famous museums, all of them free The Beatles and the Rolling Stones
summer picnics, autumn leaves train from Waterloo, Richmond is a
or winter ice-skating. (apart from selected temporary shared a billing. There are daily tours if
picturesque town on the Thames. exhibitions) and all of them world-class. you can’t get a ticket to a concert.
Hire a bike in beautiful Richmond The largest, the Natural History Across Kensington Road from the
Park and explore the largest urban
Museum, with its dinosaurs and Royal Albert Hall, two of London’s

ANNIE COLLINGE; RBG KEW; MARCUS GINNS


parkland in Europe. Or spend a lazy
afternoon on Richmond Green Darwin Centre, is a must for children, best-loved parks provide the lungs for
watching the local cricket team who will also adore the Science the city. Hyde Park, to the east, is
Museum, with its interactive exhibits. home to the Serpentine lake. Hire a

ILLUSTRATION: RICH SHEEHAN


play. While few houses in Richmond
are small, Marble Hill House, a The Victoria and Albert Museum, rowing boat or laze in a deckchair and
Giant lilies at Kew mile from the station, is one of the a moment’s walk away, has incredible watch others make the effort to cross
largest and loveliest. Set in 66 acres collections of architecture, fashion the water.
Science Museum
sciencemuseum of riverside gardens, the restored Royal Albert Hall and furniture. The museum is open The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen
.org.uk Palladian villa is open to visitors. royalalberthall.com until 10pm on Fridays and there and The Lido Cafe are both great
/ RICHMOND is a beautiful café and outdoor spots for an alfresco lunch. Next to

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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Kensington Gardens Kensington Palace $Q\FORVHUDQG\RX OOKDYHWRJHWZHW


royalparks.org.uk hrp.org.uk
/kensington /kensingtonpalace

Hyde Park is Kensington Gardens, and visit Brompton Cemetery, a


a tranquil, leafy park where you’ll find wildlife haven and oasis of peace set in
the Serpentine Gallery with fine 40 acres of greenery.
displays of contemporary art. Art fans should head to the Saatchi
At the western end of Kensington Gallery on Duke of York Square, off
Gardens is Kensington Palace, the King’s Road. The gallery is owned
former home of both Queen Victoria by one of England’s most prolific art
and Diana, Princess of Wales. It has the collectors, millionaire Charles Saatchi,
largest public collection of the late and has free entry.
princess’s designer frocks on display Football fans can visit Stamford
here. Afterwards, pop next door to The Bridge, home to Chelsea FC and its 7KH5DLQIRUHVWVRIWKH:RUOGDUHDWWKH
Orangery for afternoon tea; the cakes fleet-footed stars. Stadium tours will EXPLORE MORE
are almost as glamorous as the setting. take you through the club’s museum, Wimbledon
There’s no shortage of green space into the changing rooms and dug-out To most people, Wimbledon means
in Chelsea either, with the second and even onto the hallowed turf itself. one thing: tennis. But if you can’t
oldest botanical garden in England, Who knows, you may even catch a visit the tournament in June and

Chelsea Physic Garden. Or you glimpse of John Terry or Frank July, head to the Wimbledon Lawn
could take the Tube to West Brompton Lampard on your route. Tennis Museum, packed with
trophies, exhibitions and a state sealifelondon.co.uk
Harrods Food Hall
-of-the-art cinema. Horse riders can
saddle up at Wimbledon Village
Stables. Lessons are available. Or
ramble across the vast Wimbledon
Common before exploring the shops
and eateries in Wimbledon Village.
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a tour of the historic building Alexandra Palace Investigate the city’s grisly This reconstructed
that’s home to the House Family recommendations Enjoy magnificent parkland history in this spooky 16th-century theatre
of Commons, the House of London has plenty to keep the whole family overlooking the city. This labyrinth of tunnels. The overlooking the Thames

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Palace Theatre Royal PERFORMANCE
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shows for every adult paying full price.
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TTT Foreign Exchange closed and never leave bags holiday and so is Tuesday
Corporation, Money Health unattended. You can phone 27 December. Many shops
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Exchange Global counter – Boots is the 112 for serious incidents. Look out for special events.
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a currency-conversion on Sundays. You can also on a Saturday in 2011 so Discrimination Act of 1995,
system, First Currency turn up at the Accident and Monday 3 January is a all new tourist attractions
Choice, that uses a credit Emergency department of holiday), Good Friday and and hotels now make full
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heritage Routemasters) The minimum amount Smoking is banned in all
are low-floor, wheelchair for a telephone call at a enclosed public places. This
INFORMATION
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offering easy access for you sign up to Fonmigo’s and clubs. visitlondon.com is the
all passengers. For maps mobile phone service you official one-stop shop for
showing step-free routes can make calls or send Lost property all you need to know about
around the city, and emails paying local rates. Lost property should be London, plus booking and
information on black cabs The company rents local reported to the police. special offers.
and which Tube stations UK smartphones and All items left on London  

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before you travel, so you Lost Property Office at sTo find guides and
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Opening hours If you have received good School in London, on and leaflets on London.
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GETTING HERE
GATWICK AIRPORT 5 mins. Online fares from
 
 £2 to £8 single, walk-up
gatwickairport.com fares £10 single.
easybus.co.uk
To London by rail
Gatwick Express runs four HEATHROW AIRPORT
trains an hour to Victoria  

station. Fares from £15.20 heathrowairport.com
single; journey time
30 mins. As with all To London by
airport transport services, rail/Tube
check the website for The Piccadilly line
departure times. connects all terminals with
gatwickexpress.com central London. Fares from
£4.50 single (from £2.40 Walk this way
Southern operates with an Oyster card);
Need a map to help you explore?
Keep an eye out for the new
three trains hourly to journey time about an hour.
Legible London posts like this
Victoria station. Fares from tfl.gov.uk/tube
one springing up on London
£11.30 single; journey time streets. They’re designed to
around 40 mins. Heathrow Express runs help you find your way around.
southernrailway.com four non-stop trains For more information, see
every hour to and from legiblelondon.info
First Capital Connect runs Paddington station. Fares
up to four trains an hour to from £16.50 single;
Blackfriars/London Bridge. journey time 15-20 mins. To London by bus LONDON LUTON
Fares from £8.90 single; There are three Heathrow There are no direct bus AIRPORT
journey time 35 mins. Airport stations: Central services to central London  

firstcapitalconnect.co.uk for Terminals 1, 2 and 3, by day, but Night Bus london-luton.co.uk

National Express Coaches


Terminal 4 (change at N9 goes to Aldwych via
Central for shuttle), and Trafalgar Square and High Luton Airport Parkway
Terminal 5. Transport for Street Kensington every station is near the airport,
London (TfL) Travelcards 20 mins; fare £2 single; and a regular shuttle bus
and Oyster cards are not journey time 1 hour 5 mins. service connects them.
valid on this service. tfl.gov.uk/buses Fare £1.
heathrowexpress.com
To London by coach LONDON CITY To London by rail
There is an hourly coach Heathrow Connect AIRPORT First Capital Connect
service to Victoria Coach runs to Paddington via five  
 operates up to eight trains
Station run by National stations in West London. londoncityairport.com an hour to St Pancras
Express Coaches. Fares Fares from £7.90 single. International, Farringdon,
Docklands Light Railway
from £7.50 single journey; Trains run every 30 mins; and City Thameslink. Fares
time 1 hour 30 mins. journey time 25 mins. from £12 single; journey
nationalexpress.com heathrowconnect.com time from 35 mins.
firstcapitalconnect.co.uk
easyBus runs a service To London by coach
every 20 mins to a stop National Express runs East Midlands Trains
near Fulham Broadway three services every hour Docklands Light Railway operates a regular service
Tube station (West to Victoria Coach Station. connects City Airport to the to St Pancras International.
Brompton when Chelsea Fares from £5 single; city. Fares from £2.40; Fares from £11.90 single;
FC are playing at home). journey time 40 mins. journey time 22 mins to journey time from 23 mins.
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To London by AIRLINES GETTING AROUND


coach British Airways carries
Green Line operates three passengers between 175 Travel information Buses
coaches an hour domestic and international The Transport for London Some routes are especially
to Baker Street, Marble destinations. (TfL) website provides good for sightseeing, such
Arch and Victoria. Fares ba.com information on all modes as routes 8 and 11, and
from £14 single; journey of London transport – see services 9 and 15 use
time 75 mins. bmi, Britain’s second- tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround heritage Routemasters
greenline.co.uk largest airline, operates For 24-hour travel info call (heritage red double-
from Heathrow Airport. It +44 (0)843 222 1234. deckers) during the day.
easyBus runs a service offers low-cost domestic TfL also has a network Most services operate from
every 15 minutes to Baker and European flights. It of Travel Information 5am to 12.30am daily, with
Street (1 hour 10 mins) and also flies to international Centres located in stations many routes now operating
Victoria (1 hour 20 mins). destinations. throughout the city. See 24-hour services. Tickets
Online fares from £2 single. flybmi.com visitlondon.com/welcome must be purchased before
easybus.co.uk Tickets and information are boarding a bus in Zone 1.
You can also take taxis from also available at the Britain They are available from
LONDON STANSTED and to all airports – check & London Visitor Centre ticket machines at bus
AIRPORT their websites for more at 1 Regent Street, near stops and cost £2.
 
 details. Piccadilly Circus.
standstedairport.com Docklands
Journey Planner is a useful Light Railway
To London by rail tool that tells you the best The DLR connects the
Stansted Express operates routes to and from specific City and the Underground
up to four trains an hour locations, by rail, Tube, bus network with Docklands.
to Liverpool Street station. or on foot, and it’s available It’s also a useful link to
From £18.80 single; journey in 19 languages. Maritime Greenwich.
time from 45 mins. Arriving by tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner Services operate from
stanstedexpress.com Eurostar™ 5.30am to 12.30am and
+44 (0)843 218 6186 For further information tickets must be purchased
To London eurostar.com on London’s attractions, before boarding a train.
by coach stpancras.com and to plan your own
National Express runs Frequent daily services itineraries online, go to National Rail
three separate coach from Paris (journey time visitlondon.com/explorer Trains are useful for reaching
services into London. 2 hours 15 mins) and places that are not served by
nationalexpress.com Brussels (1 hour 51 Underground the Tube, such as Hampton
mins) bring travellers to There are 11 colour-coded Court in South West London
easyBus runs a service St Pancras International Underground or ‘Tube’ lines. and Blackheath in South
every 20 to 30 mins to station – connecting Most operate from 5am East London. There are 13
Baker Street Tube station straight into the National to 12.30am Mon-Sat, and major National Rail stations
(1 hour 15 mins). Online Rail network and the TfL from 7.30am to 11.30pm in London. Paddington
fares from £2 single. bus and Underground on Sundays. It’s cheaper serves the West Country,
easybus.co.uk systems. to avoid the rush hour and Wales and the South
travel after 9.30am. The Midlands. Liverpool Street
Terravision Express Shuttle network is divided into and Fenchurch Street serve
operates two coaches per nine zones – Zone 1 is East Anglia and Essex.
hour to Liverpool Street the central area. Before Euston, King’s Cross,
and Victoria Coach Station. For 24-hour your journey always check St Pancras and Marylebone
Fares from £9 single; travel info call 34 whether there are any serve the Midlands, North
journey time 55 mins to 12
+44 (0)843 222v.u planned engineering works, and central Britain, and St
Liverpool Street and or go to tfl.go k especially at weekends. Call Pancras International is the
1 hour 15 mins to Victoria. +44 (0)843 222 1234 or station for Eurostar services.
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Street, Blackfriars, Waterloo, and all drivers and vehicles
London Bridge and Victoria are licensed by the Public Make your journey from the airport
serve southern England. Carriage Office. eco-friendly with Carbon Voyage (carbon
nationalrail.co.uk voyage.com), which can arrange for you
thetrainline.com Minicabs to share a vehicle with others. An even
Private hire companies or greener way to travel in London is by bike.
Trams ‘minicabs’ cannot be hailed
In the past two years, millions of pounds
have been invested in cycling in the city,
Tramlink’s service links on the street; they must be
and the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme lets
Croydon with, among other booked by telephone or in
you hire a bike within central London.
places, Wimbledon. person at the operator’s For more details see tfl.gov.uk/cycling
tfl.gov.uk/trams base. To check if an For more tips on making your stay a
operator is licensed, call green one, see visitlondon.com/green
River services +44 (0)845 602 7000
For information on the great or go to tfl.gov.uk/pco
places you can visit by boat, Do not get into a vehicle
including prices and routes, that is not licensed, or if the TICKETS TO TRAVEL
check out tfl.gov.uk/river driver approaches you in the Single fares are available
and visitlondon.com street. Text CAB to 60835 for any journey at ticket
to get the phone numbers machines, however, can travel as many times
Coaches of three local, licensed it’s cheaper to get an as you like in a day and the
A quick and inexpensive minicab companies sent to Oyster card. You can also daily price cap means that
way of making a day trip out your mobile phone. purchase single tickets and you will never pay more than
of London. Victoria Coach travelcards in advance at the price of an equivalent
Station is a major hub for Chauffeurs groundline.com One Day Travelcard.
various UK and international Central Chauffeur Services
coach services. See has chauffeur-driven cars Oyster cards Where to buy
nationalexpress.com/save and limousines. See The Oyster card is You can save time by
for discount cards. centralchauffeur.com London’s travel smartcard buying an Oyster before
tfl.gov.uk/coaches and is the easiest and you arrive in London at
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eurolines.co.uk For information on cycle travel around London get one when you arrive
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confidence, or to plan your Tube, bus, tram, DLR, National Rail stations.
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tfl.gov.uk/cycling National Rail services. Using your Oyster
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advance or on the day of is getting low, you can add to touch in at the start.
Taxis travel. If you pay by midnight another Travelcard or more For further information
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2011 Events 8 Michelin-starred Carlyle’s House 39 Natural History Museum 45 London Symphony Shakespeare’s Globe 37 Hairy Goat London City Airport 94
restaurants 68 Eltham Palace 39 Royal Air Force Museum 45 Orchestra 85 Tower Bridge Exhibition 37 London Photography London Luton Airport 94
Accommodation 100 World cuisine 72 Fenton House 39 Science Museum 45 Royal Albert Hall 85 Tower of London 37 Mystery Tour 40 London Stansted Airport 96
Accommodation Goldsmiths’ Hall 39 Two Willow Road 45 Royal Opera House 85 Vinopolis 37 It’s Your London 43 Minicabs 99
agencies 108 Galleries 46 Ham House and Garden 39 V&A Museum Sadler’s Wells 85 Jack The Ripper Tour 43 National Rail 96
Apartments & Barbican 46 Hampton Court Palace 39 of Childhood 45 St Martin-in-the-Fields 85 Sport 53 Judith Blacklock Flower Tickets / Oyster cards 99
self-catering 108 Courtauld Gallery 46 Kensington Palace 39 Victoria and Chelsea FC 53 School and Gallery of River services 99
B&Bs 107 Estorick Collection of Kew Palace 39 Albert Museum 45 Shopping 55 Crystal Palace National Floral Art 43 Taxis 99
Caravans & campsites 108 Modern Italian Art 46 Middle Temple 39 Wellcome Collection 45 Antiques 61 Sports Centre 53 Leisure Quests 43 Trams 99
Hostels & campus 108 Haunch of Venison 46 Osterley House 39 Winston Churchill’s Britain Department stores 56 Epsom Downs Live The City 43 Travel information 96
Hotels 104 Hayward Gallery 46 Queen’s House 39 at War Experience 45 Eat while you shop 58 Racecourse 53 The London Bicycle Underground 96
Quality assurance 100 London Glassblowing & Red House 39 Family recommendations 62 Fulham FC 53 Tour Company 43
Glass Art Gallery 46 Royal Mews 39 Nightlife 86 Fashion sales 56 London Golf Club 53 London Sightseeing Trip Planner 91
Drink 79 The National Gallery 46 Sutton House 39 Food & music 88 Markets 61 The O2 53 Runs 43 Age restrictions 92
Design & hotel bars 79 National Portrait Gallery 46 Windsor Castle 39 Gay & lesbian 86 Museum shops 62 Relaxation 53 London Treasure Hunts 43 Communications 92
Pubs 79 The Queen’s Gallery 46 Live music 88 Shopping destinations 55 Sandown Park London Walks 43 Health 91
Royal Academy of Arts 46 Museums 43 Nightclubs 86 Souvenirs 62 Racecourse 53 National Theatre Tours 43 Left luggage 92
Entertainment 81 Tate Britain 46 Bank of England Sports shops 62 Sporting tours 53 The Original London Lost property 92
Arts centres & venues 81 Tate Modern 46 Museum 43 Only in... 10 Traditional 58 Sightseeing Tour 43 Maps 92
Cinemas 82 Wallace Collection 46 The British Museum 43 Camden 26 Top 10 Sights 6 Premium Tours 43 Money 91
Comedy 85 Churchill War Rooms 43 City of London 20 Sightseeing Sandemans New Opening hours 92
Film festivals 82 Historic Design Museum 44 Covent Garden 15 Attractions 37 Tours 40 London Tours 43 Post and email 92
Theatres 83 Landmarks 35 The Fan Museum 44 Kensington and Chelsea 30 Alexandra Palace 37 A Nous Deux Londres! 40 StrollOn Audio Tours 43 Public holidays 91
West End shows 83 The British Library 35 Florence Nightingale Notting Hill 28 British Music BBC Shows and Tours 40 Theatre Royal Drury Smoking 92
Where to get tickets 82 Central Hall Museum 44 Shoreditch 23 Experience 37 The Big Bus Company 40 Lane Tour 43 Tax-free shopping 92
Westminster 35 The Foundling Museum 44 South of the river 18 British Postal Museum 37 Brit Movie Tours 40 Urban Adventures 43 Tipping 92
Food 65 HMS #FMGBTU 35 Geffrye Museum 44 West End 12 Chinatown 37 British Pullman by Walk Talk Tours 43 Toilets 92
Bars serving food 78 Houses of Parliament 36 Household Cavalry Westminster 10 London Bridge Orient Express 40 Way2GoGuides 43 Travellers with
British/Modern Old Royal Naval College 36 Museum 44 Experience 37 British Tours 40 accessibility needs 91
European 65 Royal Observatory 36 Imperial War Museum 44 Outdoors 49 The London Dungeon 37 Capital Sport 40 Transport 94 Visas 92
Cafés/brasseries 76 Somerset House 36 London Canal Museum 44 Parks 49 The Merlin Entertainments The Celebrity Planet 40 Airlines 96 Visitor information 92
Chains 78 St Martin-in-the-Fields 36 London Transport River tours 52 London Eye 37 City Jogging Tours 40 Buses 96
Chocolate treats 72 St Paul’s Cathedral 36 Museum 44 Royal Parks 50 ZSL London Zoo 37 Cycle Tours of London 40 Coaches 99 Visitor Itineraries
Dining with culture 75 Westminster Abbey 36 Museum of London 44 Sport 53 Madame Tussauds 37 Fat Tire Bike Tours 40 Congestion Charge 99 Eating in Islington 67
Family favourites 69 Museum of London Pasaje Del Terror 37 Fuller’s Griffin Cycling 99 London from a height 45
French 69 Houses Docklands 44 Performance 85 Ripley’s Believe Brewery Tour 40 Docklands Light Railway 96 Historic pubs 79
Indian 71 & Palaces 39 National Army Museum 44 City Academy 85 It Or Not! 37 The Ghost Bus Tours 40 EurostarTM 96 Hip Hoxton 87
Italian 71 Banqueting House 39 National Maritime English National Ballet 85 SEA LIFE London Golden Tours 40 Gatwick Airport 94 Bridges walk 52
Landmark locations 76 Buckingham Palace 39 Museum 44 English National Opera 85 Aquarium 37 Good Company 40 Heathrow Airport 94 Marylebone shopping 57

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