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What to do in London

See London from the top of a bus

London wouldn’t be London without its buses. The open-top sightseeing tours, such as the Big Bus and the Original London Tour, are good, but for authenticity catch an old red Routemaster – the iconic red buses still run on Heritage route number 15 between Trafalgar Square and Tower Hill.

Trafalgar Square (starting point)
Westminster
WC2N 5DN
+44 20 7983 4750
tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/new-routemaster

Take a graffiti tour

East London is full of colour, as you’ll discover on this alternative street art tour and workshop. Not only will you see work by infamous aerosol shakers such as Banksy, Invader and ROA, but you might catch some taggers in the act. There’s also a workshop where you can hone your own street art skills.

The Alternative London Bus
1-3 Rivington Street
London
EC2A 3DT
+44 7551 911 822
alternativeldn.com

Look inside Buckingham Palace

It’s not every day you get to visit a Queen’s house, so a trip to Buckingham Palace is a must. The 300-year-old palace opens its doors every summer, when the public has access to the State Rooms, Queen’s Gallery and gardens. The highlight is The Royal Mews, where the Queen keeps her coaches, horses and limousines.

The Mall
SW1A 1AA
+20 7766 7300
royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

Have a night at the museums

London has some of the best museums in the world, and a lot of them stay open late for special events. The Victoria and Albert Museum has DJs and film nights, the Science Museum hosts silent discos, but best of all is Dino Snores For Grown-ups, an adults-only sleepover at the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD
+44 20 7942 5000
nhm.ac.uk

Explore Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Even if you didn’t make it to the London 2012 Olympics, you can experience the spirit of the Games with a walking tour of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Go it alone, or be guided through acres of parkland for a close-up look at the London Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark, Copper Box Arena and the Olympic Stadium.

Westfield Avenue
E20 2ST
+44 800 072 2110
queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/the-park/things-to-do/park-tours

Eat on the street

Dining out in London isn’t just about the restaurants. The London street food scene has pop-up restaurants, cool food trucks dispensing everything from tacos to tapas, and some great markets. Try Borough Market, where you can tuck into everything from British oysters to Ethiopian stew.

8 Southwark Street
SE1 1TL
+44 20 7407 1002
boroughmarket.org.uk

Where to eat in London

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St. John (British)

Housed in an old smokehouse in Smithfield, St. John might just be one of the most casual Michelin-starred restaurants you’ll ever visit. But while the vibe is laid-back, the cooking is meticulous – Chef Fergus Henderson knows how to turn earthy British offal and fish dishes into works of art.

26 St. John Street
Smithfield
EC1M 4AY
+44 20 7251 0848
stjohngroup.uk.com

Ottolenghi (Mediterranean / Middle Eastern / International)

You may already own one or two of Yotam Ottolenghi’s fantastic cookbooks, but to experience the real thing head to his flagship deli-bakery-restaurant in fashionable Islington. The menu is all about quality ingredients and big flavours, whether you’re tucking into Mediterranean seafood or a Middle Eastern salad.

287 Upper Street
Islington
N1 2TZ
+44 20 7288 1454
ottolenghi.co.uk

Hedone (Scandinavian / Modern European)

This Michelin-starred restaurant is named after the Greek goddess of pleasure, and it lives up to its name. Started by Swedish food blogger Mikael Jonsson, this stylish spot has taken London by storm, placing emphasis on local ingredients, creative cooking and unfussy dishes.

301-303 Chiswick High Road
W4 4HH
+44 20 8747 0377
hedonerestaurant.com

Ember Yard (Italian, Spanish)

Just like its sister restaurants Opera Tavern, Dehesa and Salt Yard, this Soho spot specialises in small plates, but with an emphasis on charcoal-grilled tapas from Tuscany and the Basque country. Pull up a stool at the dark-wood counter and enjoy the spiced and grilled free-range chicken wings with Romesco.

60 Berwick Street
W1F 8SU
+44 20 7439 8057
emberyard.co.uk

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (British)

At his two Michelin-starred restaurant Dinner, kitchen magician Heston Blumenthal goes back in time to re-invent old British recipes and give them a modern twist. The menu has long-forgotten dishes like marrowbone (a hit in 1720) and Baked Sussex Pond Pudding (which dates back to 1670).

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge
SW1X 7LA
+44 20 721 3833
dinnerbyheston.com

Chiltern Firehouse (Modern European)

Fancy rubbing shoulders with the stars? Kate Moss, David Beckham and Lindsay Lohan have all been spotted dining at this converted fire station in Marylebone. But even if you don’t spot any celebrities, this place, headed by Portuguese Head Chef Nuno Mendes, is worth the visit, especially for the crab doughnuts. You must book ahead.

1 Chiltern Street
Marylebone
W1U 7PA
+44 20 7073 7676
chilternfirehouse.com

Places to stay in London

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Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

Situated on lively Piccadilly, overlooking Green Park, The Park Lane Hotel features an impressive restaurant and a modern fitness centre. With private parking and free WiFi access, there is also a stylish bar. The large, elegant rooms feature an art deco design and each have an en-suite bathroom and interactive flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Rooms also offer free toiletries, designer beds and ample work space, and some have original fireplaces and marble bathrooms. The Smith & Whistle bar takes its name from historical figures, Detective Inspector Smith and Mr. Whistle, who would meet at the bar in the 1920s. It offers a cocktail list, British draft beer, craft beer and fine English wines. The onsite restaurant, Mercante's, offers home made Italian dishes. Just a short walk from fashionable Bond Street and Knightsbridge, The Park Lane Hotel is 20 minutes’ walk from London’s West End. Green Park Underground Station is a 5-minute walk and Piccadilly Circus is 10 minutes away.

Piccadilly
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Baglioni Hotel London - The Leading Hotels of the World

Offering exquisite luxury beside Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, the elegant Baglioni Hotel London with spa is close to the Royal Albert Hall, famous museums and Kensington High Street. The prestigious hotel overlooks Kensington Gardens and boasts views of Kensington Palace. Its fabulous interiors are bright, peaceful and stylish and echo Baglioni's Italian flair. A personal butler service is available on all floors, and guest rooms feature 5-star facilities including free music and movies for your room's interactive plasma TV screen. Facing Kensington Gardens, the Brunello Restaurant offers classic Italian dishes alongside more contemporary interpretations. Many ingredients are delivered fresh from Italy, conserving their original perfumes and flavours. The wine list has around 500 labels including a precious vertical collection of Sassicaia wines. The closest Tube stations are High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road, both located just a 10-minute walk away.

60 Hyde Park gate
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Landmark London

In the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone, this deluxe hotel has a stunning glass-roofed 8-story atrium with towering palm trees, an award-winning restaurant, luxurious bedrooms and an indoor pool and spa. The spacious air-conditioned rooms are decorated with fine fabrics and elegant furniture. They feature a flat-screen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi access and marble bathrooms with designer toiletries. At the Spa & Health Club guests can indulge in relaxing and therapeutic treatments including massages, reflexology and hot stone treatments. It also boasts a steam room, sauna, relaxation room and a fully equipped gym. Please note the Spa is closed until 24 April 2017. Situated at the heart of the atrium, The Winter Garden offers fine modern cuisine, whilst twotwentytwo Restaurant & Bar offers European dishes in sophisticated surroundings. Guests can also relax in the Gazebo and the Mirror Bar, and have free access to the health club and spa. Regents park and Lords Cricket Ground are both less than 10 minutes’ walk away. Marylebone Tube is 50 metres away, providing excellent access to all London’s attractions.

222 Marylebone Road
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Henry VIII

With an indoor swimming pool, sauna and free Wi-Fi, Henry VIII is a short walk from Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Paddington Rail Station. The cosy Henry VIII has a bar and serves a continental buffet breakfast in the mornings. Customers can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, cinemas and tourist attractions just few minutes away. The building is also accessible from five different Underground stations, including Paddington and Queensway, from which guests can travel across London. Oxford Street and Harrods, on Brompton Road, are 2 miles away. Kensington Palace, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall are all nearby.

23 Leinster Gardens
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Park International Hotel

Set in a prime location within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Park International Hotel offers modern accommodation and elegant Victorian architecture. The hotel is only a 3-minute walk from Gloucester Road Tube Station and 30 minutes by taxi from Heathrow Airport. All of the air-conditioned rooms have satellite TV, a comfortable bed and an individual private bathroom. Guests also receive a 'Handy Smart Phone' which allows them to make free local and international calls and enjoy internet connection outside the hotel. A Full English and Continental buffet breakfast is served every day in the Orchid Room. The Checkmate Bar & Restaurant offers a delicious Thai and British dinner menu, live piano and a wide range of cocktails. WiFi is available throughout the building. The Park International is within 20 minutes’ walking distance of many leading London attractions, including the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Hyde Park and some of the city`s most exclusive shopping areas. Harrods is around 20 minutes’ walk away.

117-129 Cromwell Road
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Belgrave Hotel

This bright, clean and friendly hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the Oval Cricket Ground and Tube Station. Good-value rooms each have a flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Modern rooms at the Belgrave Hotel each feature satellite TV, a telephone, radio and tea/coffee facilities. Wireless internet is available, and there is on-site parking. The tourist attractions surrounding Westminster and Buckingham Palace are just a few stops on the Tube away. Waterloo Train Station and the South Bank can be reached in 10 minutes’ Tube journey.

9-13 Clapham Road
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