“I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me,” wrote Charlotte Brontë. “Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?”
Wherever you go in London, you can still feel the spirit of that great city. Its origins can be traced back to Roman times when it was known as Londinium. The city has developed through the millennia to become one of the world’s leading financial centres and cultural capitals with strengths in the arts, entertainment, fashion and tourism.
Swinging (and historic) London
Multicultural, noisy and energetic, London has a vibrancy that is hard to capture until it’s experienced.
If you’re travelling to London in the near future, here are some places to stay, restaurants to enjoy and things-to-do that will help you make the most of what London has to offer.
Where to stay
Hotel 41 “Exceptional service from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.” says a review on Tripadvisor.ca “. Hotel 41 not only lives up to its (5 star) rating but goes beyond it in terms of the friendliness and professionalism of its staff. Best hotel experience we have ever had!”
Just one of the reasons why Hotel 41 in London was rated #1 out of 1058 reviewed hotels by the Tripadvisor online community.
Taj 51 Buckingham Gates Suites and Residences A PriceFinder.com Travellers Choice winner in 2015, the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences is located minutes from Buckingham Palace in the heart of Westminster in Central London. It’s three townhouses – Kings, Minsters and Falconers, have been fully restored and collectively offer 85 luxurious suites with the ambiance of a private home complete with separate kitchen and living area..
Where to eat
Rock Star Sushi Bar Unit 5, Merton Abbey Mills | Watermill Way
A family friendly sushi restaurant with an experienced and certified chef, Rock Star Sushi Bar offers exceptional quality at a comfortable price.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road 68, London Holding three Michelin-stars, Chef Patron Clare Smyth leads Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant in providing elegant modern French cuisine using the finest seasonal ingredients and employing both classic and modern techniques. If you are not Gordon Ramsay, please keep swearing at a minimum.
The Andover Arms is known as London’s hidden gem with hearty pub fare, beverages and ambiance. Everything you want from a traditional English pub at a great price. The roast shoulder of lamb is a specialty.
What to do – January in London
London Pub Crawl: There are few experiences as wonderful as relaxing with a pint in one of London’s historic pubs. Oh, if the walls could speak.
January 31: Polar Bear hugs, Snow Zones and some of London’s most famous landmarks during the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, London’s only winter charity run.
Nov13-Jan31: Hogwarts in the Snow: Get up close and personal with props and models used in the Harry Potter films. Take a look around famous movie sets and also discover how artificial snow is created and how special effect fires are controlled on set.
What to do – Sports
Canary Wharf Squash Classic March 7-11, 2016: Using the latest all-glass court system, the event gives spectators the chance to see the world’s best players fight for squash supremacy from all four sides of the court.
Wembley Stadium Tour: You must experience the unforgettable history of the Wembley Stadium Tour. Walk in the footsteps of the world’s sporting legends. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour through the England’s change-rooms, into the players’ tunnel and towards the legendary turf. Your dreams of playing Wembley may not be lost after all!
Wimbledon Tour: A multi-faceted tour of the most coveted title in tennis: Wimbledon. The tradition, trials and triumphs are all on display in this world-class museum.
UFC Fight Night London: O2 Arena February 27 In the main event, watch fan-favorite Michael “The Count” Bisping take on his most dangerous challenge to date: The former UFC World Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
Two London tours for the consummate football fan
1 – Do not miss this tour of Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club. The tour takes you through of one of football’s most storied franchises, giving you access to areas normally reserved for officials, team members and players, including: The Chelsea FC dressing room, the visitor dressing room, pitch side and dugouts, the press room and a walk through the player’s tunnel.
2 – Incorporating state-of-the-art facilities while honoring Arsenal FC’s Highbury past, a visit to Emirates Stadium gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of one of Europe’s most technologically advanced sporting arenas.
On this tour, you get an opportunity to see what Arsenal FC players experience on match day. Enjoy a tour though the beautiful change room and into the tunnel before taking a seat in the dugout.
What to see – Theater
La Traviata: The tragic story of a courtesan who sacrifices all for love. Playing now at the Royal Opera House.
Billy Elliot: Dubbed “the greatest British Musical I have ever seen!” by the London Telegraph, Billy Elliot has thrilled audiences around the globe and is playing the Victoria Palace Theatre, London until 9th April 2016.
Bend It Like Beckham: Playing at the Pheonix Theatre on Charing Cross road, the story follows a young Sikh woman named Jesminder, who’s been forbidden by her family to play football. Despite their rules, Jess plays in the park anyway which eventually leads her to want to join a league.