on 3 Feb 2017
Harrods, Piccadilly Circus, Beefeaters. Mind the gap. London’s calling.
‘Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’..— Samuel Johnson
Blighty’s capital, London flies the Union Jack loud and proud. The sheer scale of this city of patchwork villages interconnected by a brilliant transport system called the Tube means London demands a minimum five nights of your time. Your reward will be a city stay par absolutely fabulous.
See the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, stroll along Pall Mall and clamber upon the lions at Trafalgar Square. Witness the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Ride the London Eye. Explore Seven Dials and Covent Garden. Splash some cash at Harrods and Harvey Nicks. Cheer on Chelsea at a home game at Stamford Bridge. Cruise the Thames to Greenwich. Take in a concert at the O2 or Royal Albert Hall. Eat a full English at a greasy spoon. See a show in Theatre land. Dare to do a Ripper walk.
Lovers of English tradition will enjoy The Milestone (Kensington Ct, Kensington). For modern English style check in to The Corinthia (10 Whitehall Place, London). And for a design hotel in the Mr and Mrs Smith style, book in at Citizen M London Bankside (20 Lavington Street, London).
For the best Ruby Murray – try Michelin-starred Veeraswamy (99-101 Regent Street, London), for London's finest Indian cuisine. The curries are to die for here at Veeraswamy. And, if your pockets are a little on the short side - head to Brick Lane (nearest Tube - Aldgate East), where curry houses are plentiful and cheap.
For traditional English, head to Rules Est. 1798 (35, Maiden Lane) for steak and kidney pud and Rum Baba.
Selfridges Department Store (Oxford Street, London) for exquisite home wares, textiles, clothing, perfume and food. Marks and Spencer for lunchtime sarnies on the go and wardrobe classics.
London boasts many watering holes, but Beach Blanket Babylon (45 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill) takes some beating. Ostentatious, yet immediately likeable, the Babylon is non-traditional. At the other end of the scale – there’s Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese – built 1667 (145 Fleet Street, London).
Ladies, treat yourselves at Rigby and Peller (Hans Road, Knightsbridge) – a lingerie specialist and grantee of a Royal Warrant to the Queen. Gentlemen, enjoy a close shave at the Spa and Barber at Alfred Dunhill (Bourdon House, 2 Davies Street, Mayfair)
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