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Whether you’re going for a family-friendly outing at the Natural History Museum, celebrating the holidays with caroling and ice skating, or going for al fresco adventure in the summer, London has something for everyone during every season. 

Where to Stay in London

London City

With both modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks, the City of London is considered the financial district but it’s also much more. Club Quarters Hotels has two hotels in this central location: Club Quarters Hotel, London City, on Gracechurch Street and Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul’s, near the 17th-century domed cathedral. Close to covered markets, green spaces, restaurants and bars, and iconic destinations, but also to businesses, the City of London is an accessible location for both work and play.

 

West End

North of the Thames, the West End is a collection of neighborhoods known for shopping, theaters, and entertainment. Within close proximity to government buildings and businesses, Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square is also a convenient base for work trips while the Club Quarters Hotel, Covent Garden Holborn is within walking distance to theater houses, the Royal Opera, and public transportation.

 

London Dining

40 Maltby Street

40 Maltby Street

Located in the warehouse of a wine shop, this restaurant serves a rotating selection of small plates in a laid-back atmosphere.

 

Gymkhana

42 Abermarle Street 

This Michelin-starred favorite features tandoori oven roasts and chaat-style dishes in a decor of polished timber furniture, rich fabrics, and hunting trophies.

 

Koya Soho

50 Frith Street

The original location of this minimalist noodle bar serves small plates and freshly made udon made either hot or cold, in broth or with dipping sauces.

 

Spring

Lancaster Place

Set in the neoclassical Somerset House, this quietly elegant restaurant showcases seasonal produce with dishes such as onion squash tortellini and lamb with girolle mushrooms.

 

London Attractions

British Museum

Great Russell Street

From ancient history to present day, the British Museum covers the history of human civilization through art and artifacts. 

 

Kew Gardens

Kew, Richmond

A collection of botanical wonders, Kew Gardens features tree-fringed walkways, Victorian glasshouses, and an astonishing variety of rare plants.

 

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square

This museum houses thousands of famous works including Jan Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait; Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers; and George Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières.

 

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road, South Kensington

Discover fun facts at this family favorite with eye-opening exhibits on whales, dinosaurs, and human evolution.

 

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Churchyard

This architectural marvel is nothing short of ethereal. Explore the mysterious crypt, the contemporary and classic art collection, and a soon-to-be-reopened library of tomes and manuscripts.

 

Tate Modern

Bankside

Browse the galleries of the Tate Modern for the national collection of British art and a standout selection of modern and contemporary work–all which can be viewed free of charge.

 

Westminster Abbey

20 Dean’s Yard

Coronations and royal weddings have taken place at this Gothic church; it’s also the final resting place of past monarchs and other famed Brits. 

 

London Shopping

Benjamin Pollack’s Toystore

44 The Mkt 

Step back into time at this vintage and retro toy shop. Its music boxes, Victorian toy theaters, puppets, and kaleidoscopes inspire nostalgia. 

 

Fortnum & Mason

181 Picadilly Street

Shop for loose leaf teas, biscuits, and gourmet gifts at this legendary department store founded in 1707. Or stop by the elegant tea salon for finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries.

 

Lock & Co. Hatters

6 St. James’s Street

A seventh-generation family business dating back to 1676, Lock & Co.’s handcrafted hats range from baker boys and fedoras to trilbies and beanies.  

 

Swain

127 Bond Street

Serving royalty, military, and nobility for centuries, the house of Swain celebrates traditional craftsmanship with leather goods, bespoke hats, and other fine-quality accessories.

 

London Events

GALA Festival

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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The Choir of Man

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Bruce Dickinson

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Disney's Frozen

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Hannah Berner

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Getting There

Getting Here

London has two major international airports: Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW). Other airports – London Stansted (STN) London Luton (LTN)  London City (LCY) — serve mostly European destinations or low-cost carriers The Eurostar connects London to France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

 

Getting Around

The London Underground is one of the most efficient ways to get around town; the bus network is also inexpensive and convenient (purchase an Oyster Card for public transportation). Rideshares and taxis are also available around the clock, and cycle hires are good for short trips around central London.

 

Local Intel

Know the Lingo

Bangin’: Good. Bill: The check at restaurants. Black cab: London’s signature taxi though (they’re not all black). Chip butty: a sandwich filled with fries. Crikey: An expression of surprise. Cuppa: A cup of tea. DLR: Dockland’s Light Railway. Ends: Neighborhood where someone is from. Fry-up: A full English breakfast. Roll with: Hang out with. Standard: Of course. The Tube: London’s underground metro system. Yard: Your house.  

 

Insider Tips

You can enjoy London even if you’re on a budget. Besides the many free museums, galleries, and gardens, you can catch lunchtime classical music concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields or performances at the Royal Opera House’s Live at Lunch.

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