London Hotels Guide
London is one of the world's best cities to visit as a tourist with stunning architecture, both modern and historic sites along with some of the world's finest art galleries and museums. Big Ben, the Tower of London and St Pau's Cathedral are its most iconic sites, but as much a charm as any single building are the quaint pockets of individual London towns scattered around the city.
St Pauls Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral
Tower of London
The British Museum
The London Eye
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London Holidays Guide
London has many 'up-market' towns, Notting Hill, Highgate and Chelsea are just a few. Earl's Court is a hub for young Australians and New Zealanders visiting on working holidays and has an excellent pub scene. Soho, in the West End, is an up and coming thriving place, having been transformed in the mid 80's, now offers superb restaurants and night life, also home to the palace theatre. In swanky Chelsea eat at exclusive restaurants like the Jam Tree, for award winning Sunday roasts, or The Awana for truly Malaysian cuisine. Stay at plush hotels like The Hilton London Kensington Hotel and the expensive, but fabulous No 11 London, stylish private apartments. Fashionable Kensington heaves with wealth and style, The Royal Garden hotel overlooks Stunning Kensington Palace, if affordable, it is luxury at its best.
Famous celebrity hangouts like The Dorchester Hotel and the Ritz both offer exquisite restaurants. Book a table at the Ivy to do some celebrity spotting. Bars like The Embassy London; in up market Mayfair, The Collection Bar in Chelsea, The Hansom Cab and the Sugar Hut in Fulham all have exclusive clientele on their guest list. The Punch Bowl in Mayfair is owned by no other than Madonna and Guy Ritchie and always worth a quick drink to see who is about. London has one of the best club scenes in the world and since the city never sleeps, try the most exclusive on offer like The Kanaloa Club, the famous China White and Café de Paris in trendy Oxford Circus, and Funky Buddha in Mayfair.
If shopping is your thing and expense is not an issue, than London is a shopper's paradise. The famous Kings Road is buzzing with unique boutiques. Sloane Street offers all the big names, Christian Dior, Harvey Nichols, Prada and Valentino. Fashionable Knightsbridge is home to the famous Harrods store, exclusive and very expensive. Oxford Street and Carnaby Street are also desirable shopping areas. To get to all these great places around the city why not have your own private car and driver, available to hire, allowing you to get all over the city, without having to worry about parking in exclusive places. London a fashionable place to eat, shop, drink and have the time of your life.
London is home to some of the world's best museums and galleries. The most obvious that comes to mind is the Tate Modern, with pieces of contemporary and modern art from around the world. The National Gallery boasts paintings that are hundreds of years old, by artists such as Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. The National Portrait Gallery features pictures of famous people like Richard Burton and Sir Paul McCartney. For something a little different, The Kennel Club Gallery is a wonderful display of antique paintings of dogs and is the largest collection in Europe. The Queens Gallery is located within Buckingham Palace, and displays some of royalty's best pieces of history, such as The Duchess of Cornwall's wedding dress that recently went on display.
In London the list of museums is endless, The British Museum, Grant Museum of Zoology, The Royal Artillery Museum and the Pollock Toy Museum to name but a few. The Charles Dickens Museum tells the story and works of the famous author whose books include Oliver and Great Expectations. Sitting on the banks of the Thames is the Clink Prison Museum, built on the original site of the prison and housing the original artefacts such as torture devices.Perhaps a little less harrowing is The Florence Nightingale Museum, tells the story of this well-known nurse and all she did for wounded soldiers. The Household Cavalry Museum offers an insight into the work that goes on to run the cavalry. On display are stunning rare treasures like ceremonial uniforms, horse furniture and gallantry awardsLondon's vast collection of museums would not be complete without a museum on the country's national sport, football, here you will find The Arsenal Museum, Crystal Palace Museum, West Ham Museum and the Chelsea Museum, each has its own individual history in the world of sport. One of the best reasons to visit London's museums and galleries, apart from the fact that they are home to some of the world's oldest and intriguing objects, the majority of them are totally free to go and view. So you can enjoy them again and again.