London like a local
From Soho to Notting Hill via Hackney and Hampstead, this is the London of Londoners
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A perfect itinerary for the repeat visitor to London, spend your time exploring the locales and neighbourhoods preferred by Londoners themselves. While still offering historical interest and cultural discovery, you’ll bypass the crowds and learn about the city that 8 million people call home.
Partner up with our passionate local guide and embark on a tour of Soho, a favourite hangout in the heart of central London. From here it’s a stone’s throw to some of the capital’s best shopping districts focussed around the main arteries of Oxford Street and Regent Street. Stroll along the River Thames at the Southbank and visit some of the city’s prime cultural venues away from the big ticket attractions.
In North London you’ll discover Hampstead, a typically English village implanted in the heart of metropolitan London. This prestigious address has been home to many noteworthies and walking through the village you can visit the former homes of many important historical figures, or simply go for a walk across the Heath.
Across in East London, Hackney is London’s creative hub. The young, trendy vibe continues south to Brick Lane, a lively district that is known for its street art. Notting Hill and nearby Kensington Gardens are two of the most elegant locations to while away a day in central London have a host of local eateries and boutique shops to explore.
Example Trip Itinerary
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Accommodation in London
- 73 rooms and suites
- Berners Tavern restaurant
- Private Punch Room and lobby bar
Under the watchful eye of Studio 54 founder Ian Schrader, in collaboration with Marriott, the London EDITION is a grand city centre hotel, located in Fitzrovia on the edge of London’s buzzing Soho neighbourhood. 73 guest rooms and suites feature oak floors and wood-panelled walls in either dark walnut or light oak creating an intimate, chalet-like feel, with design touches such as luxurious linens, George Smith seating and baroque framed photography by Hendrik Kerstens. Select suites, including the Penthouse, offer oversized terraces with fantastic city views. The restaurant, Berners Tavern, is among the most sought-after restaurant reservations in London. Under the direction of Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jason Atherton, this all-day dining destination offers seasonal, contemporary British cuisine in a truly grand setting. Tucked away at the back of the hotel is the reservation only bar, Punch Room, an oak panelled den inspired by manor house libraries and London’s nineteenth-century private clubs. The lobby’s cool and casual bar has tufted sofas and wingback chairs by the fire and a snooker table.
- 96 rooms and suites
- Bowling alley
- Buzzing restaurant and bar
- Roof terrace
Just moments from bustling Soho and a stone’s throw from Mayfair, the Ham Yard Hotel is an oasis of calm in the heart of central London. Quintessentially British but with a modern twist, the hotel is bursting with character and is impeccably styled, its decor a unique mix of vibrant colours, patterns and textures. Each room has been individually designed and features floor-to-ceiling windows. There is the option of interconnecting rooms, making it an ideal base for families. Enjoy sweeping views across the London skyline from the roof terrace, a haven of tranquility with lush planting and tinkling fountains. There’s a real buzz around the beehive and the kitchen garden keeps the hotel restaurant’s larder well stocked. When you need to put your feet up, you can relax with the papers or a book in the library or curl up in front of the fireplace in the drawing room. There’s a world of culture on your doorstep, but in between soaking it up at the nearby galleries and museums be sure to pull up a chair at the bar and sip an expertly mixed cocktail or enjoy a decadent afternoon tea.
- 126 rooms and 24 suites
- Fitness suite
- Spa treatment room
With its grand stucco facade, The Kensington is a classic Victorian town house just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and the beautiful Kensington Gardens. Each of the 126 rooms and 24 suites are individually styled – bright and spacious with sumputous fabrics and sleek furnishings. There is also a wonderful family room for those on a family adventure to the capital. The restaurant comprises three interconnecting drawing rooms with fireplaces and large bay windows, and serves contemporary, creative British cuisine. Afternoon tea here is a real treat, displayed on a three-tiered china stand with a delectable selection of sweet and savoury bites. The K Bar with its wood-pannelled walls and blue glass ceiling is the perfect place to unwind with a G&T after a day exploring. For those that like to keep active while away, there is a fitness suite while those looking to really relax will want to make a beeline for the spa treatment room.
- 257 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Swimming pool
- Spa and fitness centre
Surrounded by fashion boutiques and upmarket eateries, this luxury hotel in Marylebone Village is just minutes from trendy and bustling Oxford Street. Art, culture and design play important roles in the hotel’s aesthetic lending the public spaces and 257 rooms and suites a vibrant charm. Contemporary and antique furnishings and art add character. The three London suites feature private terraces and offer impressive views of the city. Dine at 108 Brasserie and 108 Pantry, or end the day with a cocktail or two at 108 Bar. Menus feature seasonal cuisine and local ingredients. Expect your meal to be relaxed, yet still stylish. Take care of your body and mind with fresh juices and smoothies and spend time in the Third Space gym, wellness centre and spa.
London is one of the most exhilarating and diverse cities in the world. This thriving metropolis has a rich history evident at every street corner and yet it continues to innovate, reinvent itself and lead the world.
Head to Soho for a walking tour of one of London’s most eclectic and mixed neighbourhoods. So many rock stars and fashionistas have passed through this way, including the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, whose flat you can visit at a nearby museum. There are still record and vintage fashion shops around here, or you can go for more modern labels in the Carnaby Street boutiques.
Expert shoppers themselves, our guides know not only the headline stores such as Harrods and Liberty, but also smaller boutiques, quirky shopping precincts and local neighbourhood shopping districts. Spend some time shopping in Carnaby Street, which has been a fashionista’s paradise since the Swinging Sixties, or in the fashion mecca of Oxford Street, home to another famous department store, Selfridge’s.
London’s unofficial culture mile, the Southbank, boasts free exhibitions, movies at the British Film Institute and shows at the National Theatre. To escape the crowds, either dive into Southwark Cathedral where Shakespeare worshipped or head around the corner to the George Inn, the only remaining galleried inn in London.
Hampstead is one of London's urban villages: until the 19th century, a sleepy rural settlement perched on a hill overlooking The Big Smoke below. As London expanded, it swallowed up Hampstead. Still, the village managed to retain its character and atmosphere, and today is one of the most peaceful - and exclusive - neighbourhoods in the city. Not only this but over the centuries the village was home to several prominent artists and cultural figures: John Constable, John Keats, Freud, Agatha Christie and many more besides. This artistic legacy has left an incredible collection of small museums celebrating the village's history. Perhaps the best art collection is at Kenwood House with its British paintings and European Old Masters. The house sits on the edge of Hampstead Heath, one of London's most popular spots for locals to come walking. Enjoy the view over London from Parliament Hill or if you're feeling brave and the sun is shining, take a dip in the Hampstead Ponds.
Visit the atmospheric Highgate Cemetery; opened in 1839 the cemetery is divided into east and west and is where many illustrious figures from the 19th century are buried, including Karl Marx.
You can also walk along the high street and browse the boutiques and cafes, and visit Hampstead Parish Church to see John Constable’s grave in the churchyard. Or if you feel like nosying around the houses of some of London’s most famous residents, there are plenty of house museums including Freud’s House, Keats House, and 2 Willow Road, former home of the modernist architect, Ernö Goldfinger.
Hackney is one of London’s up-and-coming areas and one of the coolest places to hang out at. Start your day at London Fields, either with a swim in the restored 1930s lido, or a pleasant stroll past the urban meadows to Broadway Market if you're visiting on a Saturday. Browse the boutiques and bookshops then cross Regents Canal and head to Brick Lane in time for lunch. See the hipster cafes, including the somewhat controversial Cereal Killer Cafe, and Bangladeshi curry houses, or explore the fashion houses and sari shops. Stop by a pub and get your first introduction to to English bitters and English sparkling wine.
See some of the local hangouts such as Boxpark and the Whitechapel Gallery which continue to be at the forefront of London’s creative scene and maybe pop into Christ Church Spitalfields, a working church that is also used for numerous community events.
The pastel-coloured houses lining the streets of Notting Hill were the backdrop to the hit movie starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant and are just as picturesque in real life. The centre of activity is Portobello Road with its famous Saturday antiques market.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Kensington Palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and has been the official London residence of many members of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria (as Princess) to Princess Diana and her two sons. Hyde Park is adjacent to Kensington Gardens and here you can stroll along the Diana Walk or visit the latest exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery.
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