SHOPPING

Major shopping areas

Bond Street: The home of luxury shopping in London, lined with elegant stores featuring exclusive luxury brands and designer boutiques, plus auction houses Sotheby’s and Bonhams.

Carnaby: At the core of London’s West End, Carnaby has over 100 international and British heritage labels, independent boutiques, one-off concepts, beauty emporiums, grooming salons and bespoke jewellery specialists, plus a selection of trendy restaurants and bars.

Covent Garden: A former fruit and Veg market located in the West End of London, Covent Garden is renowned for its luxury fashion and beauty stores as well as award-winning restaurants and theatres. Nearby is Seven Dials with an array of quirky independent shops.

Hatton Garden: A hidden corner of the capital lies London’s historic diamond district – a renowned destination in the UK to create and buy fine jewellery

Jermyn St + St James: Some of the oldest specialist menswear shops are located in this area, including shirt makers and hatters.

Kings Road: Once famous for upmarket fashion and cutting edge style, this boutique lined street in Chelsea has plenty to choose from. Look out for Duke of York Square featuring over 30 chic stores, restaurants, artisan food markets and the iconic Saatchi Gallery.

Oxford Street: Europe’s busiest shopping Street boasting a vast array of shops from firsts to flagships, including the famous Selfridges department store.

Regent Street: Nicknamed ‘The mile of style’ fashionable regent Street is a border between elegant Mayfair and trendy Soho. Luxury brand stores include Michael Kors, Mulberry and Liberty London.

Savile Row: London’s most famous suiting street located in Mayfair, renowned for its selection of traditional bespoke tailors.

Major Stores

Fenwick: Brilliantly British designer department store located on New Bond Street.

Fortnum and Mason: Established in 1707, this upmarket department store in Piccadilly is famed for its food hall offering traditional teas and treats, luxury gifts and decadent afternoon tea.

Hamleys: The finest toy shop in the world situated on Regent Street bear Oxford Circus, where you will find a massive range of children’s toys for all ages, spread over 7 floors.

Harrods: Located on the doorstep of 15 Basil Street, the world-famous Harrods department store houses luxury fashion, beauty and furniture with a magnificent Edwardian food and meat hall.

Harvey Nichols: A fashion focused luxury department store located in Knightsbridge. 

Selfridges: The largest shop on Oxford Street, this flagship store famed for its yellow carrier bags features luxury fashion, accessories, technology and food all under one magnificent roof.

Markets

Brick Lane: The busy centre of London’s Bengali district famed for its brilliant curry houses where you will find fantastic food, spices, silks and sarees, plus a Sunday market.

Camden Lock: Trendy market place with something for everyone with 1000+ unique shops, stalls, bars and cafes. Waterbuses run from Camden to Regents Park.

Petticoat Lane: World famous Sunday morning clothing market located in trendy Spitalfields.

Portobello Road: The world’s largest antiques market selling antiques, collectables and vintage clothing. It’s worth a visiting for its bustling atmosphere, even if you don’t intend to buy!

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament: While there has been a Palace of Westminster on this site since 11th century, Westminster Hall is all the remains from that time period. The present structure has held two Houses of Parliament, The House of Commons and House of Lords, since the 16th century. Probably the most famous structure within The House of Parliament is the tower including Big Ben, the 14-ton bell hung in 1858 that has kept exact time almost continuously since 1859. Open only during July and August. 10 Downing Street, the Prime Ministers city home is just around corner, off Parliament Street.

Buckingham Palace: The London home of the present Royal Family was built in the early 1700s, but was substantially altered by John Nash in the 18th century and did not become a grand state palace until Queen Victoria’s reign. The Palace is only open for public during August and September. Nearby is The Royal Mews including 18th-century Riding School, ceremonial carriages and Queen’s Gallery. 

London Eye: The world’s largest observation wheel soars 135 meters above the River Thames and gives spectacular views over London. The wheel was built and opened for the millennium and offers a bird’s-eye view spanning over 25 miles. 

Changing of the Guard: Dazzling display of pageantry by the Foot Guards of the Household Division, the Queen’s personal guard. The Old Guard forms up in the Palace forecourt before going off duty and handling over to the New Guard, which leaves Wellington Barracks and marches across Birdcage Walk into Spur Road, around the Victoria memorial to the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, accompanied by a band.

Madame Tussauds & London Planetarium: Madame Tussaud first developed the process for wax figures during the French revolution, when she made death masks. Now one of London’s top tourist attractions, Madame Tussauds allows you to mingle with celebrities through the ages from Muhammad Ali to Lady Gaga and the British Royal Family before experiencing the ‘Spirit of London’ time-travel ride. The London Planetarium next door offers you a film trip to the night sky.

Shakespeare’s Globe: Historically accurate reconstruction of Shakespeare’s life and times, plays, music, techniques and more. It explores the history of Elizabethan theatre and examines Shakespeare’s contribution to language. 

St Paul’s Cathedral: This is the fourth cathedral built on the site and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after The Great Fire of London in 1666. It has become a symbol of national endurance, particularly since World War II when it survived bombing all around. It features superb baroque interior and many attractions including the Whispering Gallery, the Stone Gallery and the dome (only 627 steps) with amazing 360-degree views over London.

Tower Bridge: The bridge is one the most famous landmarks and is raised more than 500 times a year to let ships through. The bridge was built 1886-1894 and inside features an exhibition on the bridge’s architecture and heritage.  

Tower of London: The Tower of London has served as a royal residence, armoury, treasury and prison for enemies of the Crown since 1097. Many were imprisoned and executed within the tower walls, including the sons and heirs of Edward IV and Henry VIII’s wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Today, the tower houses the Crown Jewels. Residents include the Beefeaters – the Yeomen Warders who protect the castle.

Westminster Abbey: Since 1066, the Abbey has been a setting for Royal coronations and weddings. It is also the burial place for more than 3000 of England’s poets, politicians, monks and royalty. Monuments and tombs honouring Britain’s greatest public figure line the aisles of the Abbey. Unique structure include The Nave, the highest point in London and the Henry VII chapel, built in the early 1500’s. Today the Abbey is a national church and museum.

Museums & Galleries

British Museum: The world’s oldest museum, founded in 1753, and certainly one of the greatest, with 4 km of galleries displaying artefacts.

Imperial War Museum: This museum studies the impact of war with amateur videos, oral history, exhibits of firearms and perspectives from civilians, loved ones, heroes and villains.

Museum of London: Displays incorporate artefacts, audiovisuals and street scenery tracing life in London from its beginnings to the 20th century.

Tate Modern: Housed in what used to be the Bankside Power Station, the museum shows modern art on five concourses.

National gallery: The Grand façade serves as an appropriate introduction to magnificent artwork inside, which spans an impressive 700 years from the late 13th century to early 20th century.

National Maritime Museum: State-of-the-art museum with thought-provoking displays on Britain’s maritime past, present and future.

Natural History Museum: The museum is known for its cathedral-like exterior and interesting displays. Galleries are divided into Life & Earth and highlights include an array of dinosaur fossils and the huge blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling of Hintze Hall.

Science Museum: World-famous museum covering the history and development of science and technology. Welcome Wing contains an IMAX 3D cinema.

Victoria and Albert Museum: Former museum director Roy Strong once described the museum, covering 11 kilometres as an ‘extremely capacious handbag’. Galleries divide works by art, design, material and technique.

Serpentine Gallery: It the south east corner of Kensington Gardens is the Serpentine Gallery, which houses temporary exhibitions of contemporary paintings and sculpture. The building is a former tea pavilion built in 1912.

Royal Parks

Green Park, SW1: An undulating landscape of grassland, trees and a favourite site for duels in the 18th century. 

Hyde Park, W2: Once a hunting forest for King Henry VIII. More than 340 acres of parkland where you can relax, swim and boat on the Serpentine lake, ride a horse on Rotten Row, listen to orators on a Sunday at Speaker’s Corner and visit The Princess Diana memorial fountain. 

Kensington Gardens, W8: The former grounds of Kensington Palace became a public park in 1841 and are a continuation of Hyde Park to the east. Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria, was once home to late Diana, Princess of Wales. The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection is open for public.

Regent’s Park, NW1: Designed by John Nash with beautiful formal gardens, a boating lake and London Zoo.

St James’s Park, SW1: Originally a marsh, this is now London’s most ornamental park, with wildlife and a lovely lake.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

British

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195 Kings Road: Modern British menu. Serves breakfast also. Garden terrace.

The Botanist, 7 Sloane Square: Simple modern British food, all day restaurant. 

Steak

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge, 3 Yeoman’s Row: Cosy atmosphere. Great steak restaurant with extensive wine/cocktail list. Also serve very good seafood options.

Nusr–Et, The Park Tower Hotel Knightsbridge: Internet sensation Nusret Gokce first London restaurant.

French

La Poule au Pot, 231 Ebury Street: Romantic cosy French bistro.

The Restaurant at The Capital, 22-24 Basil Street: Exceptional British cuisine with a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

Petrus, 1 Kinnerton Street: Gordon Ramsey’s modern French fine dining restaurant.

Claude Bosi at Bibendum, 81 Fulham Road: Elegant Michelin-starred French haute cuisine nestled within the iconic Michelin House. 

Chinese

Ken Lo’s Memories of China, 67 Ebury Street: Cantonese and mandarin specialties served in an intimate, traditional dining room.

Mr. Chow, 151 Knightsbridge: Chic, arch ceilinged dining room, serving creative Mandarin dishes since the 1960’s. A London institution.

Indian

Amaya, Halkin Arcade: Seasoned Michellin star performer with sophisticated cooking via a theatrical open kitchen.

Italian

Harrys Dolce Vita, 27-31 Basil Street: Italian restaurant great for both pizzas and pasta

Sumosan Twiga, 165 Sloane Street: High end restaurant, mix of both Japanese and Italian cuisine.

Scalini, 1-3 Walton Street: Classic Italian cuisine restaurant

Signor Sassi, 14 Knightsbridge: Glitzy Italian restaurant with many plenty of fish options. Photos of past celebrity diners line the walls.

Sale e Pepe, 9-15 Pavilion Road: Contemporary trattoria with a classic menu. Lively atmosphere and singing waiters.

Japanese

Zuma: 5 Raphael Street: A popular informal, high-end restaurant, with a robata grill and sushi counter offering views over the kitchen.

Nobu, Metropolitan Hotel: An excellent and ever-popular Japanese restaurant. 

Benihana Chelsea, 77 Kings Road: Entertaining Japanese dining experience.

Thai

Nipa Thai, Royal Lancaster London: Located at our sister hotel, just a short walk across Hyde Park. An award-winning restaurant serving the most authentic Thai cuisine outside of Bangkok.