London City Guide
Every since I posted a photo tour of LONDON last year, you’ve been asking for a more in-depth city guide. If you are traveling with kids, there’s plenty in London they will enjoy especially a Harry Potter tour. If you’re a fashionista, spend an afternoon strolling Bond Street and Mount Street and after a visit to Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols take a (long) leisurely stroll down Sloane Street towards Sloane Square. If you’re a foodie, then a visit to Borough Market is a must and be sure to try the coffee at Monmouth. If you’re a design enthusiast, don’t miss Portobello Road or OKA in Chelsea. For a bluesy evening out, check out Ronnie Scott’s or Night Jar Jazz.
MUSEUMS + MONUMENTS
Plan one day of royal sightseeing starting with the official residence for Her Majesty The Queen. In the summer, tours of the state rooms are open to the public and if you arrive around 11:30am you can see the changing of the guard. Also, visit the Royal Mews and Queen’s Gallery.
While walking around look for Blue plaques on buildings where famous people lived.
A couple of hours here to see artifacts from ancient civilizations like Greece and Rome is a must-do.
Row a boat on The Serpentine, visit the Princess Diana Memorial fountain, or stroll Kensington Gardens like the Duchess.
One of the largest in Europe with over 350 different species.
Great for a rainy day with works by Damien Hirst to Cy Twombly.
See 20th century artists like Mondrian, Rothko and Warhol. Then take the Tate to Tate boat down the Thames for a bit of sightseeing.
V & A Museum
With over 145 galleries, don’t miss the costume and jewelry.
Tom Aiken’s “brasserie” is my favorite when I am in the mood for fish and chips.
For a quick bite and delicious Spanish tapas.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
There’s a two month wait for a table. Blumenthal is known for molecular gastronomy.
Top female chef Hélène Darroze’s cooking is creative and top notch.
Quintessential London and if you can score a table, take it.
Michel Roux. Need I say more?
La Petite Maison
Try the whole roasted black leg chicken with foie gras with a side of macaroni pasta with truffles.
Made In Italy
Neopolitan pizzas with unique combinations.
For a special occasion, try this Michelin-two star, modern French restaurant.
Discovered while wandering Mayfair. Try the Pea Risotto or Club sandwich with veggie crisps.
Usually if it’s about the “scene”, the food suffers. The verdict? We really enjoyed our evening and the seafood was prepared beautifully. Service was excellent and yes, it was THE place to see and be seen because everyone was there.
Recommended by a London friend for its reasonably-priced, market-fresh menu.
Zuma has some of the best Japanese food in London.
For every grand dame hotel in London, there is a hip and trendy one which makes finding a hotel that suits your personality no problem.
This legendary hotel is all about impeccable service.
Known for their Pret-a-Portea, it’s also a wonderful hotel.
Charlotte Street Hotel
If you want privacy in a well-appointed setting, then this Soho townhouse hotel is for you.
There’s just something about The Connaught. Elegant rooms, service and a stellar location.
This hotel has two of the most talked about restaurants in London–Bar Boulud and Dinner by Heston.
“The One” is known for its incredible design and commitment to service.
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