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The Editors' Guide to London

For many savvy world travelers, London has been the quintessential stopover en route to hundreds of destinations throughout Europe. Some leave it as just a layover for a few hours to grab a quick pint and then return to the friendly skies wherever their travels may be taking them. Others however simply can't get enough of everything this marvelous city has to offer and opt to spend a few days catching up on the latest and greatest that her majesty has in her kingdom.

Arguably Europe's most active city there is always something going on no matter what time of year you stop by. It has been said the city of London has an ever-evolving reputation, two things that used to keep people away were the gloomy weather and not so favorable cuisine; these both have changed drastically over the years, call it global warming and a global culinary takeover but London is now one of the hottest cities in the world to visit.

Possibly the most convenient location in all of the city the London Marriott Hotel County Hall is the perfect place to lay your head during your stay in England's capital. Literally minutes away from a plethora of London's most iconic landmarks from the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament it is hard to beat this piece of real estate's iconic location. Once the former London County Hall which opened in 1922 the property holds an extensive amount of history inside her walls. Converted into a hotel in 1998 the London Marriott County Hall has been one of the most visited in the city since its opening. A stone's throw from the Westminster Bridge on London's South Bank one can literally walk out the Thames river facing back doors and be at the queue for the London Eye in just a few steps.

A recent multi-million-pound renovation to all of the rooms and many of the public areas in this historic building has given the perfect melding of old meets new for the ideal luxurious hotel stay. If you are lucky to get a river facing room the view

is absolutely riveting with the London Eye being only a few feet away from your window.

The hotel's main dining establishment Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar is fully stocked with the best gins in town (over 100 types) as well as known for plating a mean cut of beef with locally sourced steaks from O' Shea's Butchers. Gillray's also showcases excellent views across the Thames river and day or night the riverfront comes alive attracting tourists from all over the world.

Across from the hotel's main entrance is Noes Lobby Champagne Bar which got its name because it was once the location where local politicians went to vote "No". Enjoy a glass of bubbly or a spot of tea depending on your mood for the day.

Stop by the Library and be transported back to the roaring 1920's! The décor features bookcases fully stocked with English classics along with busts of literary and historical figures to complement the overall style and feel of the room.

After a restful nights sleep make sure to get an early morning workout in at the state of the art fitness center located on the 6th floor. Fully equipped with a large 25m length pool, multiple classes to join and a weight room that is hard to beat you will be more than ready for the hotel's signature breakfast buffet.

Classic Cocktails at The Churchill

Before a night on the town or maybe your final destination for the evening there is no better place to wind up (or wind down) than The Churchill Bar & Terrace. Located in the heart of Marylebone The Churchill is the perfect place to just sit back and relax after a long day in the fast-paced city of London. Handcrafted cocktails are the huge draw here with seasonally-themed cocktail menus bringing in tourists and locals alike on a daily basis. If you are a whiskey fan you will definitely want to try the 5 Senses experience. Inspired by the five regions of Scotland the 5 Senses is an immersive whiskey based tasting experience that is said to awaken and engage all of the senses. Starting from the Highlands and making your way to the Lowlands you will get a great sampling of Scotland, an area that Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine loved so dearly. For those who have a little more daring personality opt for giving "The Compass" a shot. The Churchill Bar team will bring you the bespoke compass and you can try your luck by giving it a spin to see where it lands, nothing like a little surprise cocktail! All the English classic cocktails are offered with a special Churchill twist and don't forget to order some of their delectable small plates to share with friends or loved ones. Choose from a wide variety of British classic dishes including some of Winston Churchill's favorite ingredients such as beef tartare or the scotch quail's eggs.

Feel like a little romance? After dinner sit back and read the original love letters between Sir Winston Churchill and his beloved wife Clementine that adorn the walls, Next time you visit London put this on your must-do list, a little piece of history coupled with a top-notch cocktail menu, delicious food and a little romance make this establishment hard to beat!

Experience the Coca- Cola London Eye in Style

Perhaps the most photographed landmark in London, the London Eye has been a mainstay on the River Thames since the year 2000 when it opened as the world's tallest Ferris wheel. This cantilevered observation wheel is the most popular paid attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually. The ideal way to take in London's stunning skyline, make sure you bring your camera for some jaw-dropping views of the city below. 360° views from your glass pod on a clear day will give you a birds-eye view of the historic cityscape that literally seems to go on forever. Although a great encounter in itself to be sharing incredible London skyline views with friends don't you think it could be just a tad better with maybe a glass of champagne or two? How about a chocolate tasting? These two experiences are both offered for the ultimate London Eye rendezvous.

Champagne Experience

We have to agree everything is better with bubbles! Share a toast with loved ones as you raise a glass of chilled Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and gaze out over London's breathtaking skyline. The perfect way to start or end an evening, make it a special occasion or just call it a Tuesday, the choice is yours! Ticket includes priority Fast Track boarding as well to make the experience that much better.

Hotel Chocolat Tasting

Who doesn't love a chocolate tasting? Start your experience by meeting your very own personal London Eye host and prepare to indulge in a chocolate and truffle tasting with a Hotel Chocolat Ambassador. Two 30 minute rotations and two glasses of Prosecco sounds like a great idea to us! After your ride is over you will leave with a take-home Hotel Chocolat goodie bag and free entry to a 4D cinema experience.

Madame Tussauds

If you have had the chance of visiting any of the Madame Tussauds locations around the world you have probably had a good look at some incredibly lifelike wax figures of world-renowned celebrities that can sometimes even seem a little eerie. Unbeknownst to many, there are actually 21 locations worldwide and it all started in the city of London over 200 years ago. A visit to the mothership on the famous Baker street will be an eye-opening experience, where you will be exposed to a mixture of incredible history and a bird's eye view of over 250 lifelike wax figures. If you have the chance to learn the story of Madame Tussauds do yourself a favor and read up on what has been called Europe's first true entrepreneur. Born

in 1761 Marie Grosholtz grew up with an obsession for creating wax figures of whoever was popular in those times. Her journey through the French Revolution, spending time in prison and taking her exhibition on tour to the British Isles has brought us to where we are today with a magnificent display of human passion that has caught on across the globe. London's majestic location survived a devastating fire in 1925 and was even struck by a German World War II bomb destroying 352 head molds as well as the cinema.

Today the original location still stands strong with immersive experiences from Alien, Star Wars, The Voice UK and the newest interactive exhibit with Dua Lipa! Don't just take our word for it, a visit to Madame Tussauds London is one you will never forget!