The City of London – Staying in Hotels

There’s only one thing you need when you travel to London, and that’s a list. There’s so much to see and do that the key to getting round it all is organisation. Make a note of all the places you want to go and work your way through them.

Websites and travel guides will give sound advice, but don’t underestimate the value of local knowledge. Ask cab drivers, shop assistants or, if you’re brave, city workers on the tube. Start with the concierge at your hotel. London folk love sharing their passion for their city and their secret insider tips will make your trip to the capital extra special.
Here are five favourite London hot spots
London’s skyline wouldn’t be the same without it – The London Eye is the world’s highest observation wheel. It has 32 capsules each holding 12 people. On a fine day it offers breathtaking, panoramic views of London and most of its famous landmarks. Book a romantic evening “flight” for a trip with a difference.

Take a Thames cruise from Westminster down to the Tower of London. This palace, with a 900 year history, is most famous for King Henry VIII, his penchant for wives, locking people up and beheading them. His daughter, Princess Elizabeth, went on to become the Virgin Queen and had an equally bloody reign. For a bit of light relief, queue up to see the Crown Jewels.

Borough Market is probably London’s most popular food market and a source of excellent British and international produce. In London Bridge – one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods – it’s open on Friday afternoons and Saturdays and is a massive draw for professionals and amateur foodies. You’ll be stuffing the fridge in your London hotel room with brown paper bags of deliciousness.

On a fine day, there’s nothing sweeter than a wander down Regent’s Canal. Start at Little Venice, near Paddington, and meander your way along the tow path until you get to London Zoo. The canal is sandwiched between the wolf enclosure and the aviary – quite a sight! Then carry on down to Camden Lock for a root through the market and a cold beer before jumping on a bus or tube back to your hotel.

St Paul’s is London’s Cathedral. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710, it is a stunning work of architecture inside and out. The state funerals of Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill were held here and, of course, it was the chosen venue for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. It also boasts the most spectacular views of the city from the top of its famous dome. It’s a hard climb up quite a few hundred steps but the effort is well worth it. Just don’t forget your camera.