Selfridges

 

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Selfridges is one of London’s premier shopping destinations. Selfridges is a department store located on Oxford Street. It has the largest cosmetics hall in Europe and arguably London’s best food hall.

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Selfridges Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed 09:30-20:00
Thu-Sat 09:30-21:00
Sun12:00-18:00

Location: 400 Oxford Street London W1A 1AB
Nearest underground tube station: Bond Street or Marble Arch

 

Brick Lane

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Brick Lane is a long street in the East End of London popular with London visitors and locals and famous for its Sunday Market.

Brick Lane is located  in the heart of the Bangladeshi community, and the area is affectionately known as Banglatown. It is one of the most vibrant areas of London. In recent times it has become one of the trendiest areas of London. At the north end of  Brick Lane is arty bohemian Shoreditch.

Brick Lane  is lined with fantastic curry houses, hip boutiques and cool bars.
At the north end of the lane is the 24 hour Brick Lane Beigel Bake which is a East End institution famed for its cream cheese and salmon beigels.

Brick Lane is also very popular with street artists and cool graffiti can be found on many walls and shop shutters.

Brick Lane Market

Every Sunday there is a market located at the north end of the street. Almost anything can be found on Brick Lane, from antique books to vintage clothes and old 78rpm records. For many years it hosted a stall selling nothing but rusty cog wheels. A large part of its charm is the possibility of such strange discoveries. Bargain hunters from across London value it greatly. Brick Lane market hosts a cornucopia of delights and is a photographers dream – although beware not all the stall holders want to be featured in your London art project, so its best to seek permission before snapping.

Brick Lane Market Opening Times

Brick Lane Market runs from 8am to 2pm every Sunday.
Location: Brick Lane, London E1

Nearest underground tube stations:
Aldgate East (Distric Line) Liverpool Street (Central Line)

Tower of London

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The Tower of London is a Royal Palace and Fortress, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of London’s oldest buildings. The Tower of London is a fantastic place to visit, full of history and artefacts. If you want to get a sense of London’s history and monarchy this is a super place to spend a day.

The Queen’s Royal Jewels are kept here, guarded by the Tower’s Beefeater guards in their famous red and black uniforms.

It is located on the north side of the River Thames and within walking distance of Tower Bridge.

 

 

 

 

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is probably the world’s most famous bridge and certainly one of the most photogenic. With its two spectacular towers it dominates the River Thames.

Opened in 1894, the bridge is 800 feet (244 meters) in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 m) high, built on piers. The central span of 200 feet (61 m) between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 83 degrees to allow river traffic to pass.

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To learn more about the history, design and building of Tower Bridge, the people involved in its construction and why it was needed, visit The Tower Bridge Exhibition which is situated inside the bridge’s towers and is open daily.

Location:Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1
Nearest Tube: Tower Hill

Trafalgar Square

No visit to London is complete without a visit to Trafalgar Square. The capital’s largest and most iconic square.

Trafalgar Square is a large open space dominated by Nelson’s Column – a 145 foot tall stone column, that has on its top, a statue of one of Britain’s greatest military heroes, Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Admiral Nelson led the British Navy to victory in a the naval sea battle against the French and Spanish fleets in 1805. Although the British won the battle Admiral Nelson was killed during it and hence the column and the square itself commemorate his life and contribution to British history.

At the base of the column are four large bronze panels that depict some of Admiral Nelson’s many naval battles. Surrounding the column are four huge lions that tourists can be seen attempting, and often failing, to climb.

Heritage wardens are on duty in Trafalgar Square to provide help to visitors including answering queries about local attractions and the square’s heritage.

Opening Times:  Always open
Nearest Underground Tube Station: Charing Cross
Admission:  Free

Sloane Street

Sloane Street is popular London shopping destination for high end designer brands. It is famous for the department story Harrods.

The area is particularly popular with overseas Royalty, premiership footballers and their model girlfriends, and rich Russians. Many of the buildings on the West side of Sloane Street, at the Knightsbridge end, are now owned by members of Dubai’s ruling family.

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Interesting fact:  Sloane Street, along with nearby Sloane Square, gives it to the name to “Sloane Rangers” a name given in the eighties to a type of young upper class privately educated rich English ladies that can be seen in the area.

Nearest Underground Station:  Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line)

Location: Sloane Street London SW1

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Helicopter Tours of London

Helicopter tours of London can be found running from a number of nearby small airports such as Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey or the more central Battersea Helicopter port.

Flights are approx £2000 for a 30 minute tour. Its not cheap but it will be the ride of a lifetime.

Top 5 Romantic Hotels in London

Here are our top 5 most romantic hotels in London.

 

THE DORCHESTER, Park Lane W1

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The Dorchester on Mayfair’s Park Lane is a hotel of grand opulence. Popular with Royalty and A list celebrities. The hotel’s Alain Ducasse restaurant has 3 michelin stars.

Get a Room:  Splash out on the Oliver Messel Suite which makes Liberace’s interior designing look tame. Its all swooshing florals and sweeping drapes and the bed is so big you could have a five some!

THE LONDON EDITION, Berners Street W1

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Hipster meets grandeur, this Ian Schrager designed in Central London hotel just off Oxford Street, is chic cool and swish.

Get a Room:  Scandi style dark woods, ambient lighting and soft sheepskin  blankets will get you in the mood for luurve.

SOUTH PLACE HOTEL,  South Place EC2

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Roaring fire, elegant furniture and quirky artworks greet you to this London love den on the edge of the City.

Get a room: All 80 rooms are urban London cool but Suite 610 is the one you really want – it has panoramic views of the City and a glass bath cheekily set by a window. Its one for the exhibitionists.

THE ROOKERY, Farringdon EC1

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This hotel’s style is Charles Dickens meets the 21st century London. This hotel is where Kate Moss used to have her love trysts with Pete Doherty and is perfect for a dirty weekend.

Get a room:  The bedrooms are luxuriant in Georgian styling, full of antiques and oil paintings.

BLAKES HOTEL,  South Kensington

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Anouska Hempel’s London boutique hotel has been attracting romantic couple since the  eighties. With impeccable interior design and astonishing attention detail its still a firm favourite.

Get a room: It won Sexiest Bedroom in The World at the Smith Hotel Awards 2013. Need we say more?

London Sightseeing Tour by Floating Car

London Duck Tours run a floating car 75 minute tour of London that involves travelling on road and river .

The tour is in an amphibious vehicle originally used in World War II in the D Day landings.

The Classic Sightseeing tour last 75 minutes with approximately half an hour on the River Thames. Their fun and exciting vehicles hold 30 people and its a great way to see London.

Tours run daily.

TOP TIP: The tours often sell out a few days in advance so we advise you advance book to avoid disappointment.

Times:
Weekends and school holidays: Every 15 minutes from 09:30 to sunset.
Weekdays in term time: Every 30 – 60 mins from 10.00 depending on demand and availability.

Ticket Prices:
Adult: £21
Children (1 – 12 yrs):£14
outh (13 – 17 yrs): £16

Location: The tour starts  from Chicheley Street SE1, which is just behind the London Eye.

James Bond Tour
Once a month they also run a James Bond Tour –that takes you to some of the London locations used in the James bond films – they will also show you where  Ian Fleming lived,  Q worked and Bond bought his boxer shorts.
Check website for details.

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is a large, ancient park in North London covering 320 hectares (790 acres) and just 6 miles from Trafalgar Square. Hampstead Heath is the wildest of London’s parks and a fantastic place to escape the city and return to nature. During the summer it is a fantastic place to sunbathe, picnic and cool off in the refreshing freshwater swimming pools. While in winter it’s a great place for a bracing walk and to while away an afternoon feeding the ducks and exploring the lush woodland, meadows and bogs, much of which is designated as areas of scientific interest by English Nature.

Londoner’s Local Info: The Western side of the Heath is a popular gay cruising area. George Michelin in particular has been a vocal admirer of its nocturnal charms.

Hampstead Heath Highlights

Parliament Hill
This is one of the highest points in London and its summit provides a fantastic view of the city. St Pauls, the Canary Wharf tower and the London Eye can all be viewed from here. It’s a popular spot for kite flyers and lovers.

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Swimming
Hampstead Heath has 3 three open-air public swimming ponds (Men only, Ladies only and Mixed).
Running along the Eastern Perimeter these freshwater ponds are a fantastic place to cool off on a hot sunny day. Or can give you a racing swim in winter.
Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds Opening Times:
The swimming ponds are open every day of the year from 7am.

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Kenwood House
In the North East corner of the park is Kenwood House one of London’s most beautiful period houses. It has a lovely café where you can have cream teas. It also hosts a superb collection of paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner and Gainsborough, as well as the Suffolk collection of rare Elizabethan portraits.

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Things to do and see in London