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London the capital of England. One of the world’s most visited cities, buzzing with creativity and culture, everything from stunning parks and memorising museums, but this isn’t all London has to offer.
Take a city break to London, be part of the breath- taking and exciting activities. Soak up the atmosphere in the form of food, fashion and a vibrant nightlife, or take the opportunity to relax in the green spaces, there is always something to do. Some of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK can be found, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square to name a few.
Another great attraction includes Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty the Queen’s residency in the UK and view the changing of the guard. Obviously a trip to London wouldn’t complete without a ride on the London Eye, with panoramic views of the whole city.
Art lovers will thrive in London – with a vast amount of art galleries to explore including, National Gallery, Tate Modern and for an historical feel the amazing British Museum and Natural History Museum are a must. Oxford Street is a definite for any serial shopper, with designer boutiques, great shopping centres, including Harrods and an array of smaller independent stores to explore.
London is booming with bars, clubs and delightful restaurants. Soho is edgy, whilst Brick Lane, favours some of the most authentic food in the city. A fantastic city for music, where there are live performances from a classical concerts or a rock gig in a local pub, there’s always something different going on to suit all ages.
Relax in the city and get away from hustle and bustle and visit many of the parks, St James’s park and Hyde Park are great for picnics or if you just want to take in breath-taking views try Hampstead Heath with some of the most photographic views of the city.
Finding the right accommodation in London is integral to your London experience, and there is no shortage of choice. The city has some of the most stunning hotels and many are experiences in their own right. Rooms in many of the popular hotels often need to be booked well in advance. The city has the best hotels to suit every budget from Luxury accommodation to trendy hostels.
One of London’s legendary grand hotels The Savoy set in the bustling Convert Garden district the landmark hotel dates back to the 1880’s. With a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, Art Deco glamour and two distinctive cocktail bars, close to the National Gallery and the Houses of Parliament
There’s an excessive amount of places to stay in London on a budget including boutique hotels and guest houses.
Hazlitt’s is in the middle of Soho, built in 1718 it comprises of four Georgian houses, the Soho gem was once home to the essayist William Hazlitt. Now refreshed with sloping wells and individually- furnished rooms are named after who visited in Hazlitt’s day. Surrounded by Soho’s restaurants and clubs, this luxury boutique hotel and only a five minute walk from the shopping delights of Oxford Street.
Montcalm Royal London House
The independent Montcalm Royal London House – City of London Hotel is one of the City of London’s most sought-after spaces.
Situated just moments from Liverpool Street station and close to Shoreditch, the 253-bedroom hotel marks a remarkable transformation of an imposing mid-century office building into a stylish five star property with uniquely striking views of London’s City skyline.
The building breathes fine mid-century features, with statement copper pipe lighting and exposed brick walls mixed with original reclaimed parquet flooring and silk-lined corridors, feature staircases and turquoise leather stools.
Its beautifully designed bedrooms and lounge areas blend effortless comfort with bespoke feature designs and boast a high IT-spec in each room.
Bedrooms include 18 junior suites, 14 master suites with 55 inch TVs, 9 studio suites with kitchenettes perfect for long stays and 5 business suites. Two stunning Palm Suites with private balconies overlooking the Shard and other iconic City landmarks.
As with all Montcalm properties, attention to detail is key, with luxury touches such as a pre-order pillow menu, in-room Nespresso machines and an in-room aroma of choice, as well as Elemis and Hermès toiletries and private butler service on request.
On the ground-floor, the ‘Burdock’ features a juice bar, lounge area and restaurant. It is a truly modern yet comfortable third space perfectly designed for breakfast meetings and networking, as well as business lunches, after work drinks and dinner.
‘Aviary’, a unique concept of Bar and Restaurant on the roof top and boasting some of the capital’s best skyline views.
London is now home to many of the world’s most innovative and impressive chefs and the restaurants cater for all tastes and budgets with an ever-increasing selection of innovative and inspiring restaurants.
Experience the Savoy and find some of the best well known restaurants and bars. Kaspars Sea Food Bar and Grill, Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill and the British Institution Simpson’s in the strand. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Themes Foyer an enduring custom where there is a high selection of teas to choose from and is proud to be a member of the Tea Guild of Excellence.
Visit Borough Market and indulge choc-a-block with takeaway choices and enjoy the prime produce and smells that make anyone hungry on the hoof. The market runs from Wednesday-Saturday and also a lunch run on Monday’s and Tuesday’s. Try beef bagels from Nana Fanny’s, Thai coconut puddings from Khanom Krok and a slow cooked kid from a Gourmet Goat. Suits all budgets and make a meal out of the free samples .
See London in one day on a full day site seeing visit the historical sites Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral while traveling around the West End and City of London. Watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace and take a tour of the Tower of London. Experience the River Themes by river cruise.
Take a spin on the London Eye with 360 degree views of the city including, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament. Be 135 meters high, Each rotation takes a gracefully slow 30 minutes.
Visit London’s British Museum the largest museum in the UK and one of the oldest and finest in the world. The museum offers Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Eastern galleries, and many others. It is one of London’s most visited attractions, drawing over 6 million visitors a year.
Camden Market gets a whopping 10 million visitors a year and is another of London’s top attractions. There are four main market areas Buck Street Market, Lock Market, Canal Market and Stables Market – although they seem to all blend together. Find dozens of food stalls at the Lock Market and the Stables Market. Offering a variety of street food from English, French to Caribbean quality is excellent and affordable. Or eat at the communal tables by the canal.
Getting to and from London
London Heathrow Airport is 15 miles from west central London and can be easily reached by car or public transport
- Trains offer the quickest link between Heathrow and central London. There are two services to choose from.
- Heathrow Express – Stopping service to London Paddington and London Heathrow Airport departing every 30 minutes and calling at local stations in west London. Journey time varies between 31 and 49 minutes.
- Rail-air Bus Links – Bus services link Heathrow with the national rail network at Feltham, Reading, Woking and Watford Junction.
- London Underground’s Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow and the capital.
- Journey time by Tube is under an hour and then no longer than ten minutes for a train, even off-peak.
- London’s famous black taxis stop at the ranks outside each Heathrow terminal. Drivers are fully licensed and have passed the Knowledge of London examination. All taxis operating at Heathrow have wheelchair access
- Private Hire Taxi – Book a fixed-price journey to or from any UK destination. Book online or by telephone and your driver will meet you in arrivals or drop you outside departures.
- Terminals 2 & 3 – Exit the M4 (junction 4) or M25 (junction 15) and follow signs for Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3.
- Terminal 2 Postcode: TW6 1EW
- Terminal 3 Postcode: W6 1QG
- Terminal 4 – The south end of the airport and has separate entrance to the other terminals – Exit the M25 at junction 14 and follow signs for Heathrow Terminal 4. If you’re coming from the M4, leave at junction 4b and follow the M25 south to junction 14.
- Terminal 4 Postcode: TW6 3XA
- Terminal 5 – The terminal is on the Western Perimeter Road and has its own separate access road, reached from junction 14 of the M25. If you’re coming from the M4, exit at junction 4b and follow the M25 south to junction 14.
- Terminal 5 Postcode: TW6 2GA