LONDON

Urban Guide

Foody? Arty? Fashionista?

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Don’t miss…

1) English breakfast at Tower Bridge followed by a visit of the Tower of London.
2) A bus trip across London.
3) A visit to the National Gallery or the British Museum.
4) Lunch in Covent Garden.
5) A wander through the heart of the British institutions, from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament, with St James’s Park, Big Ben, Westminster and lots of tourists thrown in.
6) An evening in Leicester Square or Soho, two of London’s busiest thoroughfares.

 

London for Fashionistas

1) Enjoy breakfast in your hotel room as you sift through the strategic shopping addresses and then subject the hotel concierge to close interrogation to ensure you are not going to miss anything essential.
2) Launch yourself into a mad shopping spree either in Knightsbridge/Sloane Square or Mayfair for the big names, Soho/Covent Garden for the smaller designers or Marylebone High Street for a bit of both.
3) Live a little! Stop off for tea in one of London’s luxury hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental, the Dorchester or the Savoy.
4) Pop your head into a gallery in Mayfair to check out the latest art trends.
5) Lose yourself in the magic of a show, an opera or a concert.
6) Have a night out in a members-only club

  

London for Foodies

1) Enjoy a dozen oysters in a whirl of activity at Borough Market (on Saturdays) or a steak at Smithfield Market (weekdays).
2) Hunt out a gastropub for lunch.
3) Have a gentle postprandial saunter through a park.
4) Take a tour of the merchants: visit an old wine & spirits shop or a purveyor of delicious British cheeses.
5) Wind down late afternoon with a port in Gordon’s Wine Bar or a beer in an old-fashioned pub.
6) Discover a rising star of London’s gastro-scene

 

London like a Londoner

1) Go shopping in the department stores or at Camden market.
2) Grab a sandwich at lunchtime in one of the fast-food restaurants which are taking over the city.
3) Enjoy a walk along the South Bank.
4) Go bowling.
5) Have an (early) evening meal of fish and chips in a pub
6) Have a bet on the greyhounds or go to a football match.

  

London for Arties

1) Hunt out an old work of art or a weird object in the area around Notting Hill.
2) Sift through the boxes of a record shop in Soho.
3) Have lunch at the Tate Modern or lose yourself in Hyde Park trying to find the Cosmic Egg at the Serpentine Gallery
4) Have a wander through an arty ethnic quarter of East London.
5) Dine at Wagamama or in a curry house (two fairly different experiences which amount to the same thing in terms of price).
6) Attend one of the latest productions at the Barbican Centre (www.barbican.org.uk), Sadler’s Wells (www.sadlerswells.com) or the Place Theatre (www.theplace.org.uk).



London for Lovers

1) Have brunch at Spitalfields market before heading to Columbia Road for the city’s biggest flower market (Sundays).
2) Wander through London’s Little Venice to Primrose Hill for the view over London and the lovely Primrose village.
3) Saunter through Regents Park.
4) Feel your heartbeat quicken in front of Mayfair’s jewellers.
5) Enjoy a glass of champagne at the Champagne Bar.
6) Dine on the banks of the Thames.

 

London for Traditionalists

1) Have a hunt round one of the city’s antique markets.
2) Gather your thoughts at St Paul’s Cathedral or Temple Church.
3) Have a suit made to measure.
4) Visit the Wallace Collection.
5) Enjoy an Earl Grey tea at Brown’s.
6) Dine in a gentlemen’s club.