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 trendy 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 stores include the iconic 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 near Oxford Circus, where you will find a huge range of children’s toys for all ages, spread over 7 floors.

Harrods: Located on our doorstep, 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 with a bustling atmosphere!

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament: The Palace of Westminster serves as the meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Probably the most famous structure is the Elizabeth Tower, home to the great clock and 14-ton bell more famously known as ‘Big Ben’.

Buckingham Palace: The London home of the present Royal Family was built in the early 1700s but did not become a grand state palace until Queen Victoria’s reign. The Palace is only open to the public during August and September.

London Eye: The world’s largest observation wheel soars 135 meters above the River Thames and gives spectacular views over London spanning 25 miles.

Changing of the Guard: Dazzling display of pageantry by the Foot Guards of the Household Division, the Queen’s personal guard accompanied by a band.

Madame Tussauds: 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.

Shakespeare’s Globe: A world-renowned theatre, education centre and cultural landmark dedicated to William Shakespeare, located on the bank of the River Thames.

St Paul’s Cathedral: This is the fourth cathedral built on the highest point in the city, designed by Sir Christopher Wren after The Great Fire of London in 1666. Inside, attractions include the Whispering Gallery and the dome (only 627 steps)
with amazing 360-degree views over London.

Tower Bridge: A famous landmark built between 1886-1894. 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. 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.

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 include 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: The world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, with a permanent collection of over 2 million objects.

Serpentine Gallery: The Serpentine Gallery is a former tea pavilion in Kensington Gardens, which hosts contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year.

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 home to the world-famous 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 menus served in a refined, art-filled space with a garden terrace and an orangery.

The Botanist, 7 Sloane Square: Simple modern British food served in an airy, all-day Chelsea restaurant.

Steak

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge, 3 Yeoman’s Row: Prime cuts of matured beef and other British classics served in a polished, art deco-style space.

Nusr–Et, The Park Tower Hotel Knightsbridge: First London restaurant of internet sensation Nusret Gökçe aka “Salt Bae”.

French

La Poule au Pot, 231 Ebury Street: Romantic cosy bistro with candlelit tables.

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 Michelin star performer with sophisticated cooking via a theatrical open kitchen.

Gymkhana, 42 Albemarle Street: Tandoor oven roasts, sigri charcoal grills and seasonal curries at this Raj-era themed Indian restaurant with a Michelin star.

Italian

Harry’s Dolce Vita, 27-31 Basil Street: Polished establishment serving upscale Italian dishes with handmade pasta, global wines and cocktails.

Sumosan Twiga, 165 Sloane Street: High end restaurant, fusing Japanese and Italian cuisine.

Scalini, 1-3 Walton Street: Classic Italian cuisine, known for generous portions and famous for seafood.

Signor Sassi, 14 Knightsbridge: Glitzy Italian restaurant famed for its simple Italian food and incredible atmosphere.

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.