A Guide to London

London is a vibrant capital noted for it’s culture and rich history.  Boasting some of the world’s greatest museums, architectural marvels, and amazing nightlife, it is no wonder London is  considered one of the world’s greatest cities.

Where to Stay in London

Hub

Centrally located in Covent Garden and reasonably priced, Hub is a great home base.  Many major sites are within walking distance, and as an added bonus, you can control everything in your room- from the TV to the lights- through the Hub App.

Ace Hotel Shoreditch

The Ace Hotel is conveniently located in one of the cultural hubs of London. The neighborhood boasts street art by Banksy, Vibrant Bars, and Spitalfields Market.  It is about a  20 minute Tube ride to most major sites.

Things you Must See in London

Every travel guide will tell you London’s major sites (Parliment, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey) that are worth seeing.  While we agree that you should definitely go, there a number of other places in London that you won’t want to miss!

Museums

One of our favorite things about London is that the Museums are free.  While V&A, Natural History Museum and National Portrait Gallery are all impressive, they can get incredibly crowded during the weekends.  To beat some of the crowds, we recommend also visiting Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery

Located in a former power station, the Tate Modern is a great museum for history buffs and modern art aficionados alike.  When walking to the museum, be sure to check out the Millenium Bridge (featured in Harry Potter) and the amazing view of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Saatchi Gallery is located near Sloane Square in West London.  It boasts an impressive collection of contemporary art including works by Tracey Emin, Peter Doig, and Atul Dodiya, to name a few.  The neighborhood around Saachi is also wonderful to walk around and explore.

Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

Parks

London has a reputation for being damp and grey.  Despite the occasional dreary day, there is an incredible amount of green space in the city.  Take the tube to St. John’s wood to reach Primrose Hill, where you will find unparalleled views of London’s skyline and an escape from the city noise.

If Palaces & Pimms is more your thing, check out Hyde Park.  You can stroll through the gardens of Kensington Palace and enjoy a Pimms cup from one of the stands on a sunny day.

View from Kensington Palace, London, United Kingdom

View from Kensington Palace, London, United Kingdom

Greenwich

If you are looking to escape the city for half a day, venturing out to Greenwich is a great option.  Head to Greenwich by water taxi to view all of the major sites from the Thames.  You can also access Greenwich from London by taking the DLR train.  

Some of the major draws to Greenwich are the Royal Naval College and Royal Observatory.  While in Greenwich be sure to also check out the Greenwich Market.

Royal Naval College, London, United Kingdom 

Royal Naval College, London, United Kingdom 

Sites

There are many buildings in London worth seeing beyond the major tourist sites.  If you are a fan of Modern Architecture, check Richard Rogers’ Lloyd's Building and Millennium Dome.

For fans of classical architecture, stop by Covent Garden and admire Inigo Joan’s Covent Garden Square & St. Paul’s in Covent Garden.  Be sure to look inside St. Paul’s.  The church is known as “Actors Church” and there are memorials for actors such as Charlie Chaplin inside.

If you are looking for a unique view of the city, head to the Monument to the Great Fire of London, designed by Christopher Wren.  You can climb to the top of the monument and catch a great view of Tower Bridge and The Shard!

View of Lloyd's from Leadenhall Market, London, United Kingdom

View of Lloyd's from Leadenhall Market, London, United Kingdom

Where to Eat & Drink in London

The Gun

If you are in search of good pub food, look no further than “The Gun” in Canary Wharf.  This gastro pub has an inviting interior and unparalleled views of the Thames, making it a great spot to have a pint and enjoy a delicious Sunday roast.  

Burger & Lobster

This popular chain has multiple locations throughout London.  The menu is comprised of three items: a burger, half a lobster, or a lobster roll, each paired with fries and a salad and costing only £20.  Despite having a short menu, the waits can get very long at peak dining times since reservations are only taken for large parties.  

Afternoon Tea at the Berkeley

Located in Posh Knightsbridge, this tea is as fashionable as it is elegant.  The tea is themed after the most recent runway collections and trends.  High fashion has never tasted so good!  Make sure you book a reservation in advance.

Ben’s Cookies

Walking around London, it’s hard not to notice that there are Ben’s Cookies everywhere.  This chain is popular for good reason.  Who doesn’t love a fresh-out-of the oven cookie!  Trust us and try the triple chocolate.

Borough Market

It can be easy to work up an appetite exploring London.  If you are looking for a great lunch spot to sample a lot of food, stop by Borough Market near Tower Bridge.  Our favorite stand is Pie Meister.

Queen of Hoxton

Located in Shoreditch, Queen of Hoxton is a great spot to go out in London if you are looking to dance. Be sure to check out the awesome rooftop.  The neighborhood has a lively vibe and many of the patrons that frequent the Shoreditch bars are from London.  The Shoreditch neighborhood has many great bars and is a fun spot to go out on a Saturday night.  Some other great Shoreditch bars are XOYO and Hoxton Pony.

La Perla

La Perla is a Mexican restaurant/bar located in Covent Garden.  It’s a great place to grab a strong margarita and enjoy a fun atmosphere.  Be sure to check out their happy hour specials.

High Fashion Tea at the Berkeley, London, United Kingdom 

High Fashion Tea at the Berkeley, London, United Kingdom 

How to Get Around London

The public transportation in London is incredibly good.  The Tube/Bus network can get you virtually anywhere you need to go.  If you don’t have a lot of luggage we recommend taking the Tube into London from Heathrow or the Gatwick Express from Gatwick Airport.  If you are flying into Stansted or Luton, Easyjet offers some reasonable bus shuttles into London.

If you are looking to use a car service from the airport, BA Transfer has very reasonable rates.  Within the city, Addison Lee and Uber are both reliable car services and often cheaper than black cabs.  

What do you love in London?