To make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible, the
LondonHotelSite team have collated some of our favourite London
links to give you the full flavour of our great city.
There's so much for children to do in London. For an interactive
idea try the BBC
Tours where you can learn all about how television and radio
works. Of course, if you're children are misbehaving you can always
threaten them with a trip to The
Here's some more of our favourite places to go with
children of all ages
The National History
Museum - roar your way around the Dinosaurs
- go see the bears, lions and tigers
When your feet get tired of walking jump on a bus - Open
Top Red Bus Tour
Tower of London
and Tower Bridge next door
There's lots to do at Funland from ten pin bowling
to arcade games. It's also free to enter and indoors if it's raining
Wonder at the history of the stars and planets at the Planetarium
Tussauds - the world famous wax works
If your into ships don't miss HMS Belfast - An historic
There's more Lego than you've ever seen before at Lego
- See the whole of London in one go!
Sherlock Holmes Museum - It's elementary my dear Watson!
There are also lots of Royal Parks and Gardens
all over London to have a good run around. For a fun eating experience,
try Planet Hollywood (Britney
Spears's is a fan) or The
Hard Rock Cafe.
A sports fan's dream
Goal!! London has some huge football clubs. For starters try Arsenal, Tottenham
Hotspurs, Fulham United and the Wimbledon¯s Crazy Gang.
members and cricket fans alike there¯s all the history of a trip
to Lords or the Oval,
even if there¯s isn't a game on.
New balls please! Tennis
at Wimbledon - also see their museum site
If rugby's your
game then don't miss a visit to Twickenham
at Crystal Palace - for both clubs and international meetings
American Style Ten Pin Bowling
The very English game of Bowls
Peddle this way to hire a Bicycle
For the budding Michael Schumacher's amongst you, get into gear
To find informational on a wider variety of sports visit the British Sports website.
For tickets and corporate hospitality at most of London's sporting
events go to Ticket Master
Just about on every corner of central London you'll find a piece of history.
From Big Ben to the Houses
of Parliament, there's so much to see
10 Downing Street
- Britain's Prime
Minister's Official Residence. You can't go in so have a look
Don't miss Sir
Christopher Wren's magnificent master piece St Paul¯s Cathedral
WWII Cabinet War
Office - Churchill's
War Time Head Quarters
The tallest building London is Canary Wharf
- Take the DLR through Docklands
for a vision of the past and the future
Don't miss out on London¯s Historic
Markets, but brush up on your Cockney Rhyming Slang
before you go!
Looking down over Trafalgar Square
Nelson's Coulmn stands testatment to one of our great naval heroes
Wander along the Thames and around
South Bank Centre and enjoy the restaurants, arts and 1950s
Built by Queen Victoria in memory of her late husband Albert the
Royal Albert Hall is one of London's most impressive concert
halls and the setting for the yearly London Proms
Enjoy the daily craft markets and buskers at Covent Garden
- famous for its pavement cafes, restaurants, coffee bars, gay
bars, late bars, the buzz, the theatres, strip joints, leatherwear...
no trip to London is complete without a wander through Soho
Royalty and pageantry
Be prepared - book your hotel early for the Queen's Golden
Jubilee Celebrations in 2002. The informative official website
of the British Monarchy
and The Royal Site
are really worth a visit.
- open to the public during the summer months. Don't miss the dramatic
Trooping of the Guard - it takes place at 11.30am every other
- the former residence of HRH Diana Princess of
Palace - and the Kew Botanical Gardens
Tower of London is steeped in London's bloody history
Also try English Heritage
for a wealth of useful London and UK information.
For a wealth of information on London's many museums try the 24 Hour Museum. However,
if you're in a hurry just click on our favourites below. Nearly
all of London's museums now have FREE entry.
Victoria and Albert
Imperial War Museum
Mad about boats? Don't miss a visit to the Golden Hinde and the Cutty Sark Museums
The British Library
Greenwich Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory
MOMI - Museum of the Moving Image
Some of greatest artworks in the world are on display in London¯s Free
Art Galleries. If we haven't list what your looking for below try
The National Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
The Institute of
UK Art Festivals
National Art Fund
Shopping, shopping, shopping!
You can never go too far wrong with shopping - even if its only window
shopping. For posh togs try Knightsbridge,
where Harrods and Harvey
Nichols reign supreme.
Alternatively, lose yourself amongst the beautiful boutiques that adorn
Road. (Blending in with the locals is easy - just look stylish
and immaculate!) For designer labels head straight for Bond
Street. And for a truly Great British shopping experience (and
a spot of celebrity spotting) lose yourself in Selfridges.
but certainly not least, no London shopping trip is complete without
some bargain hunting in the city's celebrated markets such as Camden
and Islington markets.
Most famous of all, of course, is Portobello Road market
in Notting Hill on Sunday mornings for some uniquely beautiful clothes,
antiques and more.
out the UK Government page on VAT
Refunds for travellers and Duty
Free shopping in the UK. Know your rights with regard to shopping
Protection in the UK.
To impress a loved one or to treat yourself to something really special,
experiment with exotic lingerie at specialists Agent Provocateur,
for both him and her. Alternatively, go to Rigby
and Peller, the Queens Corsetieres - by Appointment to Her Majesty.
If shopping's been just all too much! then have a day of undisturbed
relaxation at The Sanctuary. (Sorry
gentlemen, it's ladies only).
To rest your legs, do the quintissentially English thing by having Tea at the
Ritz. (Gentleman are advised to wear a tie). Not quite as refined,
but equally unmissable is some light refreshment at the British Museum restaurant
which is enclosed under the most
magnificent glass panelled ceiling you¯ll ever see.
Shows, theatre and cinema
Once you arrive in London you¯ll find a mind-blowing variety of entertainment
on offer. Here is a selection of starting points to find your way
to some of the best cultural experiences in the world:
London Theatre Guide
Shakespeare Globe Theatre
to Z of West End shows
The Prince Charles cinema just of Leicester Square great if you're
on a tight budget. Not so much more expensive but oh-so-much more
opulent is the Electric cinema in Notting Hill. For details of these
and all other cinemas, go to A
to Z of London cinemas.
Stringfellows - the
Lane - big boys toys
and Hawkes - Savile Row's premier address has the largest choice
for the gentleman
- famous for lighters, leather goods and now, beautiful suits
Bus- for when you really shouldn't drive!
Hire - be a VIP for a night
Lane Curryhouses - a man's got to do what a man's got to do
when he's hungry!
London pubs and bars
You can legally buy alcohol in a British pub when you are 18
or older. However, you may be asked for ID if you look a little
young. Our pubs and bars generally close at 11pm, except on Sundays
when they cloe at 10.30pm. Britons rarely tip in pubs, but may do
so in bars if the drinks have been brought to their table.
Here are a few London watering holes we've frequnted for you! For inespensive,
popular and lively bars, take a look around LateNightLondon.
- astunning subterreanean cocktail bar best kept for special occasions
Dove - areal quaint Ol English pub nestled on the bank
of the Thames at Hammersmith
Bar - live music in an intimate setting every night of the week
of Cambridge - an organic gastropub
at Hodgsons - retro style of faux-Seventies bar
Bar - Clean and serene bar off the lobby of the hip 'n' trendy
Also, check out the London
Bars Guide for reviews and more.
As you'd expect, London has vast, eclectic range of excellent restaraunts
and fast food outlets. Take your pick from the London Eats Guide or poach
yourself a discount dining experience from Top
Here's all you need to know to get around London on public transport.
If you take a taxi try to use the London Black Cabs
which are cleaner and safer than unlicensed minicabs, which tend
to overcharge and not know the way.
Buses Routes and Fare
Dockland Light Railway
Services on the Thames
Get London transport information direct on your WAP phone
If you need further help finding your way around London then telephone
the London Transport Information Line on: +44 (0) 207 7222 1234.
If you're driving in London, be careful and patient -
there's a lot of traffic. Click here for additional
UK Transport links.
Useful telephone numbers
In ALL emergencies dial 999, for free
Police - Tel. 999
- Tel. 999
Ambulance - Tel.
Directory Enquires - Tel. 192
International Operator - Tel. 155
The Online Doctor Service
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