Big Ben is one of London's best-known landmarks. It adjoins the Houses of Parliament, and looks most spectacular at night when the clock faces are illuminated. The four dials of the clock are 23 feet square, the minute hand is 14 feet long and the figures are 2 feet high. A lesser known fact is that the name Big Ben actually refers to one of the bells rather than the clock itself.
The heart of the English monarchy, Buckingham Palace is a must for any visitor from abroad. It is the official home to the monarchy since 1837. The Changing of the Guard takes place at 11:30 a.m. daily from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting
Tel: 020 7839 1377
With its broad piazzas and historic buildings Covent Garden Market has a lively atmosphere, which is totally unique. Fashion, food, unique arts & crafts, a huge choice of restaurants and the world famous street entertainment make this one of the capital’s most interesting places to visit.
Houses of Parliament
All visits are by guided tour, which start at Victoria Tower and proceed through the Robing Room, Royal Gallery, Chambers from the House of Lords and House of Commons, Central Lobby, St Stephens Chapel and Westminster Hall. The public may visit Westminster Hall free of charge with entry through St Stephens Entrance.
Tel: 020 7344 9966
Hyde Park is London's largest Royal Park and was originally a hunting forest belonging to Henry VIII. Hyde Park has 340 acres of trees and grass with boating and swimming on the Serpentine lake and horse-riding in Rotten Row. Visit Speakers' Corner and the beautiful formal gardens around Kensington Palace, the residence of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Kensington Palace in London is a working Royal residence. Of great historical importance, Kensington Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and the former residence of Diana, Princess of Wales. Today Kensington Palace accommodates the offices and private apartments of a number of members of the Royal Family. Although managed by Historic Royal Palaces, the Palace is furnished with items from the Royal Collection.
Tel: 0844 482 7777
The London Aquarium holds over 350 different species including eels, sharks, piranhas, rays, jellyfish, clownfish, tangs and many more...
Daily events include feeding time, talks and dives.
The London Eye takes you 135 metres above the London skyline - you'll be twice the height of the famous Prater Wheel in Vienna and 30 metres higher than the previous tallest observation wheel in Yokohama Bay.
You can see up to 25 miles in each direction with views over some of the world's most famous sights, including St Paul's, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and on clear days even Windsor Castle.
Tel:087 0500 0600
London Zoo is one of the world's most famous zoos and home to over 755 species of rare and beautiful animals. It covers 36 acres which are spread over three areas of garden linked by tunnels and bridges. There are about 15,000 animals in total!
The attraction also offers a Children's Zoo, with interactive exhibits designed to educate children aged 4 to 8 years, as well as displays, face painting and outdoor demonstrations.
Tel: 020 7722 3333
St Paul’s Cathedral
Cathedral dedicated to St. Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD. The current Cathedral – the 4th to occupy this site – was designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who wanted London’s leading church to be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.
Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894 and is one of the finest, most recognisable bridges in the world. In the Tower Bridge Exhibition/Experience, visitors can enjoy breath-taking views from the high-level walkways and learn about the history of the Bridge and how it was built. Tower Bridge Walkways have specially designed windows, giving visitors a unique opportunity to take photos of the views without them being obscured by glass.
Tel: 020 7403 3761
Westminster Abbey is the scene of the coronation, marriage and burial of British monarchs and one of Britain's finest Gothic buildings. Visitors can see the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, Royal Tombs and Shrine of St. Edward the Confessor, the Coronation Chair, Lady Chapel and Poets Corner, Pyx Chamber, Nave and cloisters, the Royal Chapels and the Undercroft Museum.
Tel: 020 7222 5152
Windsor Castle is the Home of Queen Elizabeth II and the oldest castle in the world continuously inhabited by the same Royal family. Inside the sumptuous State Apartments are Old Master paintings, furniture, tapestries, armour. Queen Mary’s Doll’s House, one twelfth normal size, has furniture, books, paintings by contemporary artists. Visit 15th century St. George’s Chapel housing tombs of Kings and Queens, ancient stained glass and carved oak choir stalls where banners of the Knights of the Order of the Garter flutter.
Tel: 020 7766 7304
The Barbican Centre
The Barbican, Europe's largest multi arts and conference venue, lies at the heart of the 35-acre residential estate known as the Barbican. Home of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Barbican presents a year-round programme of art, music, film and theatre.
Tel: 020 7638 4141
Home to the English National Opera, the London Coliseum is the largest theatre in London and was built in 1904 with the ambition of being the largest and finest ‘people’s palace of entertainment’ of the age. The Coliseum reopened in 2004 after a major 4 year restoration and is now considered one of the finest theatres in London.
Tel : 0871 911 0200 (Box Office)
The National Theatre
Located just across the river from The Savoy, the National Theatre has 3 different theatres; the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe. In addition, the theatre regular hold talks & events with free music and exhibitions in the foyer.
Tel: 020 7452 3400
The Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfill the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort) of a 'Central Hall' that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences and would stand at the heart of the South Kensington estate, surrounded by museums and places of learning. The Hall is a Grade I Listed building; and has been in continuous use since it was opened in March 1871. It was always conceived as a multipurpose building to host not only concerts of music but exhibitions, public meetings, scientific conversations and award ceremonies.
Tel: 020 7589 8212
Tel: The Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery stand on the south bank of the River Thames, alongside the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room forming the Soutbank Centre. Located on the broad sweep of the River between Westminster and Waterloo Bridges, they command some of the finest views of London and offer music and art to suit every taste, alongside a broad selection of dance, mime, literature, cabaret and children’s events.
Tel: 087 1663 2501
Royal Opera House
Opening its doors for the first time in 1732, this world-famous theatre is home of the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera and the ROH Orchestra. It is open during the day to the general public, as well as being open to ticket holders during performances.
Enjoy a morning coffee or lunch at the Amphitheatre Restaurant, or take a drink out to the Amphitheatre Terrace with its stunning views across the Covent Garden Piazza.
Tel: 020 7240 1200
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Against the historical background of Bankside, the City of London's playground in Shakespeare’s time, the exhibition focuses on the role of the actor in Shakespeare's plays; on the architecture and craftsmen who designed, built and decorated the playhouses and on the audiences attending the performances.
Tel: 020 7902 1400
Most of London’s theatres are located in the West End, an area that is a short walk away from the hotel. Shows range from Shakespeare to musicals to comedy –something for everyone. The hotel concierge can advise of current shows and book tickets.Alternatively www.whatsonstage.com is an online guide to the West End with plenty of opinions and reviews in the discussion area.
The British Museum
The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world, a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, the collection is one of the finest in existence.
Tel: 020 7323 8000
The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture, and its Gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections. Based at Somerset House and open daily, the Gallery contains iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, as well as numerous other important paintings and works on paper from the Renaissance through to the 20th century.
Tel: 020 7848 2526
Madame Tussauds is a well-known London landmark situated on Marylebone Road, just one minute's walk from Baker Street underground station (take the Bakerloo line from the Embankment tube station, a 5-minute walk from the Savoy). You can't miss the famous green dome!
Tel: 087 0999 0046
The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from 1260 to 19th centuries. It includes work by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Also special exhibitions, lectures, video programmes, audio-visual programmes, guided tours and holiday events for children and adults. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.
Tel: 020 7747 2885
The National Portrait Gallery
The Gallery was founded in 1826 to collect portraits of in all mediums, from oil and watercolour to sculpture and drawings depict famous and infamous British men and women from the Tudors to the present day.
Tel: 020 7306 0055
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.
Tel: 020 7300 8000
Tate Britain is the world centre for the understanding and enjoyment of British art. The displays at Tate Britain call on the greatest collection of British art in the world to present an unrivalled picture of the development of art in Britain from the time of the Tudor monarchs in the sixteenth century, to the present day.
Tel: 020 7887 8888
Created in the year 2000 from a disused power station in the heart of London, Tate Modern displays the UK’s national collection of international modern art (post 1900). It is located in Bankside, a short walk down the Thames from The Savoy.
Tel: 020 7887 8888
Tower of London
One of the most famous fortified buildings in the world, the Tower of London was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror. The Tower of London has been the setting for many great events during its 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution (including 3 Queens), arsenal, mint, menagerie and jewel house. Today the Tower houses the priceless Crown Jewels. Also on view are the Medieval Palace, the infamous Bloody Tower and the inscriptions in the Beauchamp Tower.
Tel: 084 4482 7777