City Guides: London
Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium.
London is a world cultural capital. It is the world's most-visited city as measured by international arrivals. It contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich. Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard.
City Guide: London
With all that in mind, we'd like to introduce you to our City Guide for London - a new resource for members much like a tailored Trip Advisor. A way for our members to share insider tips on a city.
If you're in London for any of the reasons below, make use of our guide and let us know your feedback.
|Best hotel for business||The Connaught, Soho Hotel (and its famous cat), Hilton London Tower Bridge, The Landmark Hotel|
|Best hotel for pleasure||The Goring Hotel, Dean Street Hotel (boutique and unpretentious), The Kensington Hotel, Soho Hotel, The Ritz|
|Best bar for celebrating||Searcys The Gherkin, Little Italy followed by Bar Italia for paninis then the Soho Arts Club with the teapots, Golden Fleece (Mansion House), Claridges Art Deco Bar|
|Best bar for a business drink||American Bar (The Savoy), Searcys at The Gherkin, Soho House, Pitcher & Piano (Bank station)|
|Best restaurant for a business lunch||The Ivy, Boca di Lupo, Cerviche, Chiswell Dining Rooms (Chiswell Street), 1901 at Andaz Liverpool Street|
|How to spend an hour in-between meetings||Walk to St Paul's to the Tate Modern over the Millenium Bridge and back; wander round Soho and take in the colour, smells and culture; go up The Shard; depending on your starting point, either the Espa Life spa at the Corinthia Hotel, a walk round the back streets of Mayfair or browse Daunt Books on Marylebone high street (and another bookshop to check out is Persephone Books in Bloomsbury, which reprints neglected books by mid-century writers (mostly women), or finally the Cast Courts at the V&A (newly reopened after a three-year rennovation). This room originally opened at the end of the 19th century and conceived as the definitive collection of Europe’s great works all reproduced in plaster cast.|
|Best restaurant for dinner||Balthazar (Covent Garden), La Bodega Negra, Sushi Samba, Gaucho (City), Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental|
|If you only have time to do one thing in my city, do this...||
Check out Queen Elizabeth I's tomb in Westminster Abbey; take a walk up the southbank along the river, past the cafes, hustle and bustle, the skateboarder and the market, and finish up with cocktails at the top of the OXO Tower enjoying breathtaking views of the London skyline; go to Madame Tussauds; Dennis Severs' House in London’s east end, it’s a still life drama of what life would have been like for a huguenot silk weaver and is totally unique.
How to get involved
Read more about City Guides here. If you would like to submit yours for London or other cities (we're also after Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Singapore, LA, Sydney, Dubai, New York, Glasgow and Mumbai) then email us or tweet to #msoccityguides.
(Feature image courtesy of Karen Roe.)