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ON YOUR MARKS! Mo Farah and Usain Bolt’s lap of honour
QUEEN OF HEARTS Princess Diana’s London legacy
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
From fashion to souvenirs, how Cath Kidston became a great British success story
Memorabilia from British legends
PLUS Outdoor films Beer festivals Children’s gifts
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Contents See more of London at www.wheretraveler.com/london
LONDON CITY GUIDE ®
RECOMMENDED BY YOUR CONCIERGE
WWW.WHERETRAVELER.COM AUGUST 2017
ON YOUR MARKS! Mo Farah and Usain Bolt’s lap of honour
QUEEN OF HEARTS Princess Diana’s London legacy
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
From fashion to souvenirs, how Cath Kidston became a great British success story
Memorabilia from British legends
PLUS Outdoor films Beer festivals Children’s gifts
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Inside Cath Kidston’s store Photographer: Michael Bowles Model: Daisy Pettinger Hair and make-up: Jesse Walker Styling: Romilly Smith
22 SIGHTSEEING Visit the out-of-thisworld Alien: Escape experience at Madame Tussauds, which celebrates Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi thriller. 40 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES Matisse in the Studio, at the Royal Academy of Arts, brings together the artist’s private collection of props used in his works. 50 ENTERTAINMENT Movie fans gather in the glorious courtyard at Somerset House for the annual Film4 Summer Screen series. 64 SHOPPING From Bowie to The Beatles, find the best music memorabilia, bespoke products and stylish accessories in the capital.
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20 FROM LONDON WITH LOVE
10 A GREAT BRITISH BRAND Be tempted by the gorgeous gifts, accessories and clothing at Cath Kidston.
12 THE QUEEN OF HEARTS Discover more about the life of Princess Diana, 20 years after her tragic death.
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90 MY PERFECT DAY Discover entrepreneur Lord Verjee’s favourite spots in the city.
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16 BRING ON THE CHAMPIONS Top sports stars compete at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the IAAF World Athletics Championships.
This month’s best festivals, from BBC’s Good Food’s Feast to the Notting Hill Carnival.
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THE ORIGINAL. LIVE ON STAGE. Summer in the city London comes alive in the summer! As the sun shines, you will see the city – literally – in a new light. Enjoy alfresco fun in spectacular settings, from film screenings in the courtyard at Somerset House (p. 50), to theatre shows at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (p. 56). It has been 20 years since Princess Diana’s tragic death. Discover just how many London sights are intertwined with her life (p. 12). Visit Kensington Palace, her former home, for Diana: Her Fashion Story, an exhibition that documents her style journey. Did you know she was the first royal not to wear hats at formal events, so she could hug children? Who can forget the London Olympic Games in 2012? This month sees the city get into the sporting spirit again: the World Athletics Championships begin with sporting heroes including Mo Farah and Usain Bolt (p. 16). Cath Kidston is a great British success story – the brand, now globally recognised, started here in London. We shot our cover in the flagship store on Piccadilly and fell in love with its quirky souvenirs (p. 10). Enjoy your trip!
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NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL SUN 27–MON 28 AUGUST
Enjoy August in London! Dance at the Notting Hill Carnival, welcome the new football season, and get free theatre tickets for the kids
Europe’s biggest street festival is the place to shake your stuff: since 1966, millions have joined the annual celebration of Caribbean culture. Floats with DJs, steel bands, African drummers and costumed dancers create a lively atmosphere. Sunday is the family day and more suitable for younger kids. www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com
As India marks its 70th anniversary of independence from British rule on August 15th, both nations celebrate their cultural ties with the UK India Year of Culture, with events across the capital. Don’t miss the BFI’s India on Film programme of screenings, events and exhibitions throughout the year, which celebrates the country’s film-making diversity. Look out for Firaaq (10 & 16 Aug), about the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat massacre, and, on a lighter note, some all-singing, all-dancing Bollywood classics. www.bfi.org.uk
BBC GOOD FOOD’S FEAST SAT 26–MON 28 AUGUST
In Henry VIII’s day, Hampton Court Palace was accustomed to serving lavish Tudor banquets for the rotund royal, with roasted venison and lashings of ale. At this annual food festival in the palace’s grounds, you can be sure of more variety, plus plenty of health-conscious treats. Watch demonstrations from top chefs including Michel Roux Jr and Antonio Carluccio, taste your way around dozens of artisans’ produce and enjoy a picnic in front of the bandstand. www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com
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It’s the perfect curtain-raiser for the 2017-18 football season. Held one week before the league begins, the winners of last season’s Premier League play the FA Cup holders in this traditional fixture at Wembley Stadium. This time it’s a London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal, two heavyweight teams where pride is at stake – it’s also a good chance to see any new signings in action. www.wembleystadium.com
EAST LONDON WATERWAYS FESTIVAL MON 28 AUGUST
This charming festival celebrates the reopening of the Carpenters Road Lock in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – after 40 years. From noon, enjoy free boat trips and pedalo hire, plus a boat flotilla, dragon boat racing and canoeing. Live music and dance performances shake things up even further, while Nomad Cinema screens an evening film. www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk
KIDS WEEK 1–31 AUGUST
This popular month-long event brings a host of free theatre tickets for under 16s. Kids can see dozens of top London theatre shows such as Half a Sixpence, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and 42nd Street for free when they are accompanied by a full-paying adult; adults can also buy a further two half-price kids’ tickets. Activities and workshops give them a fascinating insight into theatre. www.kidsweek.co.uk
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Take an ambient candlelit tour of Sir John Soane’s Museum (p. 44) Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ends this week – catch her best-known songs (p. 52) Climb inside a sculpture at the Southbank Centre’s Summertime festival (p. 34) Escape with the English National Ballet’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet (p. 62) Enjoy the final performance of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe Enter Buckingham Palace and see the exhibition of the Queen’s Royal Gifts (p. 26) Cheer on the world’s top athletes at the IAAF World Athletics Championships (p. 16) If it’s a clear day, make the most of The View from The Shard for city views (p. 33) Sample real ales at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London (p. 80) At the Royal Opera House, enjoy Mariinsky Ballet’s performance of La Bayadère Jesus Christ Superstar begins at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre tonight (p. 56) The Premier League starts today – head to a football match or watch one live in a pub The powerful drama Angels in America, set in the mid-1980s, ends soon (p. 60) See the burial place of Charles Dickens and other greats at Westminster Abbey (p. 34) Enter the world of sci-fi at the Barbican’s exhibition, Into the Unknown (p. 44) Gaze at amazing jellyfish in the new display at SEA LIFE London (p. 32) It’s the final week of the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition (p. 48) Admire the world-famous glasshouses and summer blooms at Kew Gardens (p. 31) Head to the basketball between GB and Greece at the Copper Box Arena Enjoy a night at the famous jazz venue for Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion! (p. 62) See the new Matisse in the Studio exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts (p. 40) Visit Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum to see the huge blue whale (p. 41) Explore the gardens of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s former home (p. 38) Take the kids to see Jungle Book, part of the South Bank’s Underbelly Festival (p. 62) Watch a film this evening by Shen Xin at the Serpentine Gallery’s Pavilion (p. 48) Visit The National Gallery for the final week of Chris Ofili’s stunning tapestry (p. 46) Listen to a free organ recital inside the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral (p. 32) Take a trip to north London’s Alexandra Palace for the Foodies Festival (p. 24) Head to The British Library for the last day of the Russian Revolution exhibition (p. 26) Beg, borrow or steal a ticket to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (p. 60) Enjoy Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky at an all-Russian Prom at Royal Albert Hall (p. 62)
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Cath Kidston is one of the country’s shopping success stories. Established in 1993 with its first shop in Notting Hill, it’s now a global brand that champions its London roots 10 W H E R E LO N D O N I AU G U S T 2017
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INSIDE THE PICCADILLY STORE Cath Kidston’s UK flagship store at 180 Piccadilly opened in December 2013, an event the brand celebrated with a fleet of branded London taxis that burst out of a giant gift at Marble Arch and offered free rides to the store. The 7,070 sq ft store is the brand’s largest; it has three floors of homeware, accessories, women’s clothing and childrenswear. The store has become a shopping destination for Londoners and tourists alike, thanks to its fun range of products, including souvenirs. For those looking to pick up a gift or two, the new marching band print will be music to your ears! There are a further 19 London stores, including ones at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and St Pancras train station, as well as at both Westfield malls, Harrods and shopping destinations Covent Garden and Marylebone. 180 Piccadilly, W1J 9ER. T: 020-7499 9895. www.cathkidston.com
BUCKINGHAM PALACE SHOP
Main image: Ivory shirt with floral embroidery, £50 Above right: Marching band luggage tag, £6; marching band clear passport holder, £8
Corgi slippers, anyone? This souvenir shop is home to quirky items, but specialises in gifts that are fit for royalty, including chinaware and tiaras. Look out for the new Halycon Days bracelets, which are inspired by the palace interiors. 7 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PP
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HOW IT ALL STARTED In 1993, the first Cath Kidston store opened in a small shop in Notting Hill, west London. Selling brightly coloured, customised second-hand furniture, vintage fabrics and wallpapers, Cath Kidston developed a unique design style that turned practical products into something witty, fresh and fun. The shop and its products soon became a cult success. Originally inspired by taking traditional print and using it in a fresh, surprising and modern way, Cath began designing her own unique printed fabrics and using them to create simple, practical products.
One of her first items was an ironing board cover. Practical, with a distinctive floral print, it epitomised the Cath Kidston look and remains an iconic item in the collection. More than 20 years later, the brand continues to create useful, everyday products with that unique Cath Kidston twist that makes them must-have items. The collection has expanded to include homeware, accessories, womenswear and a Cath Kids range for children. Cath Kidston has opened stores across the globe and is an iconic British brand at home and away.
The shop at this popular museum is a haven for Tube fans. Merchandise ranges from vintage Underground posters and T-shirts with images of Tube stations emblazoned on them, to limited-edition map-printed Fender guitars. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
TWININGS This Royal Warrant Holder has supplied tea to the royals since 1837. The Strand store is one of London’s oldest shops. Find gifts, from teas to teapots, as well as a tea bar. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP
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Her beauty, vulnerability and charity work earned Diana the moniker, the People’s Princess. Now, on the 20th anniversary of her untimely death, Sarah Riches discovers more about the woman behind the headlines
orn into a wealthy family in 1961, Diana Spencer was never going to be ordinary. In 1975, after her father inherited the title Earl Spencer, Diana became a Lady. That same year, the family moved to the stately home of Althorp in Northamptonshire. Mingling with the royals – her grandmother was lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother, while her elder sister Sarah dated Prince Charles in the 1970s – the signs were already there: Diana had a regal air. And yet she was humble, too. Her parents divorced; she didn’t excel academically at Riddlesworth Hall School, West Heath or Switzerland’s Institut Alpin Videmanette; and after leaving school, she worked as a nanny and nursery teacher. Later still, following her engagement to Prince Charles in February 1981 and her subsequent wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral
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in July that summer, Diana became known for her work with the homeless, people with disabilities and those with HIV and AIDS, while also campaigning to ban landmines. No wonder the public loved her. No wonder they supported her through difficult times. And no wonder the world listened when she discussed her struggles in the infamous BBC Panorama interview in 1995 – a year before Charles divorced her. In her own words, Diana wanted to be ‘a queen of people’s hearts’ and there’s no doubt she was before and after her death on 31 August 1997, following a car crash in Paris while being chased by paparazzi. Gone but not forgotten, two-and-a-half billion people watched or listened to her funeral at Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997, while the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain opened in the centre of Hyde Park in 2004. Now, 20 years after her death, the People’s Princess and style icon is remembered in Diana, Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace, her former home. See her 1980s evening gowns, 1990s Catherine Walker suits and the delicate pink Emanuel blouse that she
wore for her engagement portrait. This month, a White Garden in the palace grounds blooms with English white roses inspired by Diana, as she liked to stroll around the garden. Visitors can also sign a condolence book at iconic department store Harrods in Knightsbridge, where Diana bought her blue engagement dress. You can also see a fountain, candles, bronze statues and portraits of Diana and Dodi Fayed, the son of the store’s former owner, who died alongside the princess. But where else did the princess like to escape? Visit Diana’s favourite places to discover more about ‘shy Di’.
Clockwise from main image: Princess Diana; Westminster Abbey; L’Escargot; Althorp House; Romeo and Juliet by English National Ballet
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Top to bottom: Kensington Palace; L’Escargot
Clarence House As the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House is where the couple meet guests. Guided tours during August begin in the garden, then move around five rooms on the ground floor, including the library, dining room and garden room that are decorated with porcelain, silver and 20th-century art.
Windsor Castle Windsor Castle has been the family home of the British monarchy for 1,000 years – the Queen spends private weekends here, though it is also used for ceremonial and state occasions. Visits take three hours; highlights include the semi-state rooms, Changing the Guard and St George’s Chapel.
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FOLLOWÊINÊDIANAÕSÊ FOOTSTEPS ALTHORP HOUSE Built by Sir John Spencer in 1508, Althorp House in Northamptonshire is set within 13,000 acres of glorious countryside. It has been home to 19 generations of the Spencer family, and is Diana’s resting place. Don’t miss the Diana, Princess of Wales display – 15 photos taken by Mario Testino in 1997 for Vanity Fair, which turned out to be Diana’s last official portraits. You can also see the Walking in Her Shoes exhibition, which showcases 20 inspirational young people who hold The Diana Award, to demonstrate the impact they have had on society. www.spencerof althorp.com ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET Diana was passionate about dance. In 1985, she danced with John Travolta at President Reagan’s White House Gala, and performed with Wayne Sleep, a former dancer for the Royal Ballet Company, at the Royal Opera House as a surprise for Charles’ birthday in the same year. The princess dreamed of being a ballerina, and was a fan of the English National Ballet, becoming a patron in 1989. Don’t miss Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Festival Hall (from 1 Aug). www.eno.org
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL While most royal weddings take place at Westminster Abbey, which seats 2,000 people, Diana and Charles chose St Paul’s Cathedral to fit their congregation of 3,500. A further 600,000 people lined the streets while the global TV audience was around 750 million. Diana wore an Emanuel ivory taffeta and lace gown with a 7.6m train, while Charles wore his naval commander uniform. A highlight of your visit will be the Golden Gallery, 85m above ground; the view makes the 528 steps up to it worth the climb. RESTAURANTS Launceston Place was Princess Diana’s local – perhaps because she could enter from her car from an alleyway in one step, then hide in its warren of rooms. Diana also liked taking son William or her lover James Hewitt to San Lorenzo, a family-run Italian in Knightsbridge which opened in 1963. Popular with Princess Margaret, Sophia Loren and Eric Clapton, Diana’s sons William and Harry still dine here. Diana also ate at French restaurant L’Escargot in Soho – once visiting with Wayne Sleep. Established in 1927, it specialises in snails, lobster and coq au vin, although Diana would often choose the seared tuna with lentils. www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk; www.sanlorenzolondon.co.uk; www.lescargot.co.uk
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Partly built in the 1600s, King George IV transformed the house into Buckingham Palace in the 1820s. With 775 rooms, it’s been the British monarchy’s official London residence since 1837. It’s open in summer – don’t miss the throne room, used for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement shoot.
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Let the games begin! Emma Levine looks forward to the IAAF World Athletics Championships
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his month the London Stadium (above) stages its biggest event since the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Like those epic contests, the world’s top athletes gather in the capital for the IAAF World Championships 2017 (4-13 Aug) competing in more than 20 track and field events. It brings together more than 3,300 sporting stars across 10 days of thrilling action. The magnificent stadium, built especially for the 2012 Games, has since then hosted the annual Anniversary Games, and more recently has become the home of West Ham football team. Last month the prestigious IPC World Para Athletics Championships took place here, which drew capacity crowds. It’s the first time that both these tournaments have been held in the same city. Now it’s time to welcome back leading athletes and household names such as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Caster Semenya and David Rudisha, with events from the 100m sprint to the hammer throw and heptathlon. Here in London, world medals and sporting glory are at stake once again. When tickets first went on sale last August, via
an application process, more than one million were requested – which is a record for this event. But despite the potentially high prices, a series of schemes was launched to encourage local schoolchildren to attend the events – schemes such as the ‘Bolt ticket’, costing £9.58, in recognition of the Jamaican sprinter’s record-breaking time of 9.58 seconds. A packed stadium for every session is good news for competitors and organisers – and challenging for visitors hoping to grab a ticket. The best bet, according to organisers, is to visit the official ticketing site, www.tickets.london2017athletics.com, www.tickets.london2017athletics.com where fans can post unwanted tickets. Failing that, look out for live action on big screens dotted around the city.
YOUNG HOT SHOTS Although we say goodbye to two megastars of the track – Usain Bolt and Mo Farah – there are plenty of young athletes who are set to make a huge impact on the sporting world in the near future. Turn the page to read our pick of some of the best young British stars to look out for.
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DAY 1: The first evening starts with a cracking event: the 10,000m final, followed by the medal presentation. Will Mo Farah finish his career in style?
DAY 2: In the evening, the long jump final could see GB’s Greg Rutherford leap to victory. The excitement mounts for the final race of the day – the men’s 100m final – where we see what people expect to be Usain Bolt’s victory. DAY 3: A home crowd watches the last stretch of the women’s heptathlon, to see if Katarina J-T can bring home gold. If so, she cements her place in British women’s heptathlete legacy. DAY 4: It’s a day with plenty of men’s and women’s hurdles action, plus the women’s hammer throw. It’s all eyes on Sophie Hitchon – Britain’s record holder and first-ever Olympic medal winner. DAY 5: Today sees five gold medals to be won, including in the highly anticipated men’s 800m. Kenya’s David Rudisha stormed to a world record-breaking gold medal win here in the 2012 Olympics, and grabbed gold last year in Rio. DAY 6: Last year, GB’s Christine Ohuruogu hinted at retirement after she failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics. This could be her final race in a major event. DAY 7: In the women’s 400m hurdles final, all eyes are on Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle, who won a bronze medal in Rio. World record holder Bolt isn’t competing in the 200m tonight, so it could be a chance for Gemili. DAY 8: Four medals are up for grabs, including the women’s 200m final, where GB’s Dina Asher-Smith goes all out to beat Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers. DAY 9: Finals and medal ceremonies come thick and fast, including the men’s and women’s 4x100m finals. The GB men’s team have a sorry record of dropping the baton – can they turn it around? It’s also the women’s 100m hurdles final; last year USA’s Kendra Harrison broke the world record. DAY 10: The final day sees the high jump, where GB’s Robbie Grabarz hopes for medal glory. Tonight sees the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay finals, an event dominated by USA.
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DINA ASHERSMITH (age 21) Sport: 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay Although the London-born sprinter suffered a foot injury during training in February and returning to fitness has been challenging, she is desperate to make an impact in front of her home crowd. The fastest female sprinter in British history, she holds records for the 100m and 200m, plus a 2016 Olympic bronze in the 4x100m relay. Asher-Smith says: ‘I am biased but it [the London World Championships] is honestly the best Diamond League. It is like being at a major championships, with the way you are taken to the stadium and the call room – it is reminiscent of the Olympics.’ They say: ‘A clear run free of injuries should edge her closer to the podium in either the 100m or 200m.’ (The Guardian) ZHARNEL HUGHES (age 22) Sport: 100m, 200m, 400m The Anguillan-born sprinter, who used to train with Usain Bolt, made his name at school when he beat the college record set by Yohan Blake. Hughes missed the Rio Olympics through injury, but vows to get good results in these championships. Hughes says: ‘The 2015 Beijing World Championships was an awesome highlight for me. I was the youngest in the field, so to finish fifth in the world in my first world
champs was amazing and strange at the same time.’ They say: ‘He’s an athlete likened to Bolt, with a stride as long and languid as that of the world’s fastest man.’ (London Evening Standard) KATARINA JOHNSONTHOMPSON (age 24) Sport: heptathlon After disappointing results in the Rio Olympics, and further injury this year, the athlete is now looking upbeat, having changed her coach and her base – she now lives in France. A decent podium finish looks likely this time, especially since Jessica Ennis-Hill retired after Rio. Johnson-Thompson says: ‘I’m not injured, I’m out there and enjoying it and not worrying about any of my body falling apart.’ They say: ‘Everybody knows the potential Kat has; she’s an amazing athlete with a very good work ethic and with a smile like that we can have a very good progression.’ (coach Bertrand Valcin) LAURA MUIR (age 24) Sport: 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m The quietly spoken Scot is seen as a hot property in world athletics, especially after a good start to 2017. In March’s European Indoor Athletics in Belgrade, she won gold in the 1,500m and 3,000m. The UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, said Muir was a once-in-a-generation athlete. Muir says: ‘I just wanted to run a quick race. I never envisaged breaking the British record. It’s brilliant!’ They say: ‘Maybe we didn’t always know that she would achieve what she has done, but her attitude was always so hardworking and so dedicated. She is an absolute inspiration.’ (former school PE teacher, Elaine Page)
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ADAM GEMILI age 23 Sport: 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay We watched in anguish when Gemili missed out on a 200m bronze medal in the Rio Olympics by an agonising three-thousandths of a second. But the Londoner is bouncing back and has been training hard at his new base in Holland. The British sprinting team is strong, so making the finals isn’t a foregone conclusion. Gemili says: ‘Mentally I always believe I’m going to win every race I go into. And he [Usain Bolt] is beatable. He’s been beaten before. He has to be having a bit of an off day but it’s do-able.’ They say: ‘He’s come a long way since he first burst on to the scene at the junior championships in Barcelona – as an 18-year-old fresh out of Chelsea Football Club’s Academy.’ (ITV Sport)
Two global legends from the track hang up their spikes this month: the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, and British middle-distance king Mo Farah. They have amassed a total of 13 Olympic gold medals and countless world championships and world records between them, so their retirements are going to leave a gaping hole in the athletics world. As iconic superstars, they also have their own signature victory poses: Bolt’s lightning bolt, and Farah’s ‘mobot’.
FASTEST MAN ON THE PLANET More than 100,000 fans are expected to watch Usain Bolt’s final 100m race – plus many millions around the world who will be watching live on TV. But what is the magic behind the man, and why is he such a superstar? As an adult he has won every race he has entered, whether in the World Championships or Olympics, since 2008, including the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at three consecutive Olympics. Bolt is always a prize draw for any event on a celebrity scale – the build-up and hype are intense and last for hours, even days; the fact that this larger-than-life figure completes his races in a matter of seconds makes it even more extreme. Sports commentators and scientists say that Bolt is so fast because his legs are so long, and he takes longer and more powerful strides than those of his competitors. Some even label him a ‘genetic freak’. It’s not just the manner of his huge strides that makes him so astounding, but the way he crosses the line in such a carefree style. Remember the time when he beat his chest after Mo Farah, a fan of Arsenal breaking the world record FC, has trained with its first in the Beijing Olympics? On team squad. Usain Bolt has some occasions he has even trained with Manchester United, where he gave slowed up before crossing Cristiano Ronaldo advice the finishing line. Memories on running like that will live with us for ever. properly
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MIDDLE-DISTANCE KING The slender, Somalian-born Mo Farah – or to give him his correct name, Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah – has won the hearts of the world. More significantly he has been the toast of British sports fans, ever since he draped himself with a huge Union Jack flag after a packed crowd of 80,000, right here at the London Stadium, roared him over the line to win the 5,000m at the 2012 Olympics. Even more amazing, it came just days after he retained his 10,000m title. He was cheered on into the history books – and then again four years later at the Rio Olympics, when he retained both titles for an unprecedented ‘double double’ to keep the 5,000m and
10,000m Olympic gold medals, only the second man in the world to do so. Farah became ‘Sir Mo’ when he was knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in December – further cementing his place in our hearts, and emphasising the incredible story of the eight-year-old boy who escaped war-torn Mogadishu. Although Farah has confirmed he is retiring from track competition, we are likely to see him compete in marathons around the globe. He made his debut at the 2014 London Marathon, finishing in a respectable eighth place – yet perfectionist Mo was said to be disappointed. ■ www.wheretraveler.com 19
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A model display Come face to face with aliens in a new immersive attraction at Madame Tussauds London, says Sarah Riches Following on from the introduction of a 5.5m animatronic head of King Kong to coincide with the film Kong: Skull Island earlier this year, Alien: Escape is a multi-sensory, immersive experience. Visitors board the Covenant ship and, just like the film, the experience isn’t for the faint-hearted. Expect the terror of facing the unknown as you frantically search for an exit and a pathway back to safety. Walter joins you on your mission – but that’s no guarantee you’ll succeed. Once your heart has stopped pounding, don’t miss the chance to take a selfie with other life-size wax figures of celebrities such as The Queen, Adele and One Direction, or your favourite Marvel Comics hero. If you’re a true Madame Tussauds fan and like to visit other branches in the world, then you’ll love the Spirit of London ride. Unique to the capital, it gives you the chance to ride around the city in a black cab – experiencing events from the Black Death to the 1966 World Cup and the 1980s along the way. For full listing, turn to p. 31
KIDZANIA What child wouldn’t want to make chocolate, play with racing cars or fly an aeroplane? They can try all of these experiences and more at KidZania (above; p. 30), an indoor city on the first floor of Westfield London. Designed with children in mind, the 75,000sqm space has its own currency, so as well as being fun it’s a great way for kids to learn new skills, from maths at a shop counter to first aid and making the bed in housekeeping. Your children can also learn about pet care and nutrition in a new vet activity with Lily’s Kitchen.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Where else can you see a deformed Peruvian skull, a portrait of Jimi Hendrix painted on dung and a sculpture of The Beatles made from chewing gum? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (p. 31) gives children of all ages the chance to squeal with delight at the gory, gruesome, rude and downright weird oddities on display. They can also have fun in a confusing mirror maze and illuminated ‘black hole’.
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Always one to keep up with the times, Madame Tussauds London is set to unveil an attraction based on Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi thriller, Alien: Covenant. The sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus, Alien: Covenant follows the crew of a spaceship who land on a remote planet – only to wish they hadn’t once they realise they’re not alone. The film stars Michael Fassbender as the synthetic Walter Weyland-Yutani, who is in charge of monitoring the ship. Madame Tussauds’ new Alien: Escape experience features the first wax figure of Fassbender, dressed in Walter’s grey Covenant uniform – a buttoned-up shirt and sewn-on badge. The attraction’s artists have worked closely with Fassbender and FoxNext – the video game and theme park division of Fox Entertainment Group – to create a lifelike model of the star, complete with veins on his hands and his signature frown. The figure also features a tablet to mimic the one that his character uses to monitor the crew’s vital statistics, which is powered by its own electricity supply. 22 W H E R E LO N D O N I AU G U S T 2017
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SIGHTSEEING Alexandra Palace Known locally as ‘Ally Pally’, this hilltop venue in north London dates back to 1873 when it hosted the first-ever TV broadcast. It’s known now for its regular events, ice-skating rink (open year-round), weekend farmers’ market and spectacular views. 26-28 Aug: Foodies Festival. The UK’s biggest food festival. www.alexandrapalace.com. Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. T: 020-8365 2121. Off map. Station: Wood Green/Alexandra Palace.
Apsley House Visit the home of the Duke of Wellington with grand interiors and fine art. Please check for prices and times. www.english-heritage.org.uk/ apsleyhouse. 149 Piccadilly, W1J 7NT. T: 020-7499 5676. F6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
This 115m-tall observation tower, designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor, offers panoramic views over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (p. 31) and beyond. Adventurous types can abseil down it (check for dates), or whizz down its 178m tunnel slide, which is the world’s longest and highest. Mon-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Adult £12.50; child £7.50. www.arcelormittalorbit.com. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2SS. T: 0333-800 8099. Off map. Station: Stratford.
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Did you know a group of tigers is called a streak? That was enough for ZSL London Zoo to cook up its latest madcap idea: a naked streak through the zoo. Up to 300 people are expected to take part in Streak for Tigers (10 Aug; p. 31) – the number reflects the amount of Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Following an expert talk in Tiger Territory, participants are given free animal masks and ears before they undress, paint themselves as tigers and sprint, jiggle or cartwheel along the 300m route. The event raises awareness and £40,000 to protect the critically endangered species.
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SIGHTSEEING Banqueting House This 17th-century building was designed by Inigo Jones for James I, with an exquisite painted ceiling by celebrated Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. It is the only remaining part of the Palace of Westminster, which was destroyed by fire. Daily 10am-1pm, but call before visiting (closed 21 Aug). Adult £6.50; child free. www.hrp.org.uk. Whitehall, SW1A 2ER. T: 020-3166 6000. E8. Station: Westminster.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Zoo with keeper experiences, suitable for small children, with a play area and a petting farm with donkeys, chinchillas and goats. Daily 10am5.30pm. Adult £9.50; child £7.50. www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk. Battersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, SW11 4NJ. T: 020-7924 5826. Off map. Station: Battersea Park.
Admission free; charges for some exhibitions and events. www.bl.uk. 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB. T: 0330-333 1144. C7. Station: King’s Cross.
Brompton Cemetery One of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in the city, and owned by The Royal Parks, this is a magical mix of historic monuments, trees and wildlife. Opened in 1840, it is the resting place of prominent people including Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and Chelsea Pensioners. Tours held on Sun; please check for times. Daily 7am-8pm. Admission free. www.royalparks.org.uk. Fulham Rd, SW10 9UG. Off map. Station: West Brompton/Earl’s Court.
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The British Library The world’s largest library, also with temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection on display. To 29 Aug: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths. This major exhibition shines new light on the unprecedented events of the Revolution, including original art, documents and the Communist manifesto. To 19 Sep: Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty. Exhibition marking the changes in gay culture since the 1895 trial of Oscar Wilde. Exhibition galleries open daily; please check for times. Admission to reading rooms for members only.
The London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy, which is only open to the public during summer. To 1 Oct: Summer Opening. The annual opening of the palace’s glorious State Rooms, with hundreds of ornate rooms filled with priceless art from the Royal Collection, plus furnishings, ceramics and crystal. This year’s special exhibition, Royal Gifts, showcases presents that have been given to the Queen from other monarchs and leaders from around the world, from a model ship and beaded throne to a bag of salt and a silver bowl filled with silver fruit. Daily 9am-7.30pm. Adult £23; child £13. www.royalcollection.org.uk. The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7300. F6/F7. Station: Victoria/Green Park.
Changing the Guard Watch the changing of the Queen’s Guard on the Palace’s forecourt (except in very wet weather). During the ceremony, one regiment takes over from another. The Queen’s Guard consists of the St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace detachments. The New Guard, who during the course of the ceremony become the Queen’s Guard, march to Buckingham Palace from Wellington Barracks. Free. From 10am; please check for dates. www.householddivision.org.uk. Buckingham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303123 7300. F6/F7. Station: Victoria/Green Park.
Chelsea Physic Garden London’s oldest botanic garden was founded in 1673 as the Apothecaries’ Garden. Admire 5,000 species of plants, especially medicinal ones including tropical plants in glasshouses. 1 Aug: Chocolate Tuesday. Discover the links to the garden, plus tastings. Adult £10.50; child £6.95. Mon 11am-5pm garden only; Tue-Fri 11am-6pm garden and shop; Sun 11am-6pm garden, shop and café. www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk. 66 Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HS. T: 020-7352 5646. Off map. Station: Sloane Square.
Chiswick House & Gardens Trust See Old Masters on display in this manor, which features neo-Palladian interiors designed by William Kent and architecture inspired by ancient Rome and 16th-century Italy. The 18th-century restored gardens inspired Blenheim Palace and New York’s Central Park. 8-10 Aug: The Luna
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SIGHTSEEING Go Ape Alexandra Palace A new treetop obstacle course with ladders, bridges and zip lines has opened for kids at this stunning hilltop palace, with panoramic views over central London and the surrounding area. Enjoy the boating lake nearby (adult course coming soon). Daily from 9am. Adult from £33; child from £25. www.goape.co.uk. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. T: 0330057 2329. Off map. Station: Alexandra Palace.
Go Ape Battersea Park Make like a monkey at this treetop adventure playground, which is suitable for children, over six, and adults. Negotiate ladders, bridges and zip lines while attached to a reassuring harness. Enthusiastic staff are on hand throughout the three-and-a-half-hour experience. Daily from 8.30am. Adult £35; child £27. www.goape.co.uk. Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ. T: 0330-057 2329. Off map. Station: Battersea Park.
Golden Hinde II A full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s 16th-century vessel, in which he circumnavigated the globe. Family events include dressing up in costumes, quiz and jazz nights and battle workshops. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Guided tour adult £7; child £5. www.goldenhinde.com. 1 Pickfords Wharf, Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 020-7403 0123. E10. Station: London Bridge.
Capital Taxi Tours (p. 35) has been hosting private black cab tours since 1976, so it’s fair to say it’s an expert. Pick a tour themed around Harry Potter or The Beatles, or opt for a more unusual one inspired by BBC One shows such as Doctor Who or Sherlock. On the three-hour Sherlock tour, your guide takes you to 221b Baker Street, Irene Adler’s home and the fictional gentleman’s venue, the Diogenes Club. There’s a chance to buy props, too, and learn trivia – did you know, for instance, that the Government named a crime database Holmes (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System)? The three-hour Doctor Who tour takes you to the bridge where the Daleks invade London. Cinema. Please check for listings. Gardens daily 7am-dusk year round; house Sun-Wed 10am-6pm; conservatory Tue-Sun 10am-4pm. House adult £7.20; child £4.30. www.chgt.org.uk. Chiswick House & Gardens, W4 2RP. T: 020-8995 0508. Off map. Station: Chiswick Park.
Cutty Sark This 19th-century ship, in its permanent mooring on the River Thames, is the world’s last surviving tea clipper. Explore interactive displays on its well-preserved deck or take part in a lively programme of family events. The glass front was an addition following its renovations after a huge fire. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Aug: Toddler Time. Bring your little sailors along for songs, stories and playtime. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £13.50; child £7. Joint tickets with Royal Observatory available. www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark. King William Walk, SE10 9HT. T: 020-8312 6608. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark/Greenwich.
Dennis Severs’ House Since 1979, visitors have been able to explore the former home of the artist, the late Dennis Severs. Ten rooms, from the cellar to the attic, illustrate the life of a family of Huguenot silk weavers from the 17th to 19th century – keep your eyes and ears open for hints of their presence. The daytime and evening tours have a contrasting atmosphere. Silent night tour Mon, Wed & Fri 5pm-9pm. Daytime tour Mon noon-2pm & Sun noon-4pm. Tickets £5-£15. www.dennissevershouse.co.uk. 18 Folgate St, E1 6BX. T: 020-7247 4013. D11. Station: Liverpool Street.
Dr Johnson’s House Writer Dr Samuel Johnson compiled his first English dictionary, published in 1755, in this 18th-century period home, with many original features. Collecting Johnson. This major exhibition features objects from private collections, including paintings. Check for staged performances, talks and themed walking tours of the area. Mon-Sat 11am5.30pm. Adult £6; child £2.50. www.drjohnsons house.org. 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. T: 0207353 3745. D9. Station: Temple/Chancery Lane.
Eltham Palace & Gardens Experience the decade of decadence as you are transported back to the 1930s. Part showpiece of Art Deco design and part medieval royal palace, make yourself at home as a guest of the Courtaulds, its wealthy owners. Please check for prices and times. www.englishheritage.org.uk/eltham. Court Yard, SE9 5QE. T: 020-8294 2548. Off map. Station: Eltham.
Fulham Palace This attractive 15th-century building was the summer retreat of the Bishops of London. Now it’s a museum with gardens, a café and art gallery. It has regular kids’ crafts, guided garden walks and historical tours. Museum, rooms and shop Mon-Thur 12.30pm-4.30pm; Sun noon-5pm. Admission free, charges for special events. www.fulhampalace.org. Bishop’s Avenue, SW6 6EA. T: 020-7736 3233. Off map. Station: Putney Bridge.
Ham House and Garden One of Europe’s greatest 17th-century houses, with a ‘below stairs’ section with the kitchens, beer cellar and servants’ quarters. There are tours of the Queen’s Apartment (Mon-Fri). Its gardens are said to be haunted. Regular children’s activities and tours, including architecture tours. Please check for times. Adult £10.80; child £5.40. www.national trust.org.uk. Ham St, Surrey, TW10 7RS. T: 020-8940 1950. Off map. Station: Richmond.
Handel & Hendrix in London Formerly Handel House Museum. Take a look around the former adjacent homes of two very contrasting musicians: Anglo-German composer George Frideric Handel and American guitarist Jimi Hendrix. See where Handel lived and composed for 36 years, plus Hendrix’s bedroom restored to how it was between 1968 and 1969. Regular evening events, including recitals and Friday Lates. Mon-Sat 11pm-6pm. Adult £10; child £5. www.handelhouse.org. 25 Brook St, W1K 4HB. T: 020-7495 1685. D6. Station: Bond Street.
Highgate Cemetery Opened in 1839, this Victorian cemetery – one of the Magnificent Seven – is the resting place of many famous names, including Karl Marx and sculptor Henry Moore, as well as paupers and well-heeled locals. Architectural highlights include two chapels topped with wooden turrets, Egyptian Avenue and many ornate tombs. Located on two sites, East and West, there are regular tours around the cemetery. Daily; please check for opening and tour times. www.highgate cemetery.org. Swain’s Lane, N6 6PJ. T: 020-8340 1834. Off map. Station: Archway, then bus.
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SIGHTSEEING HMS Belfast Permanently moored on the River Thames, this ship is Europe’s only surviving World War II cruiser. In service until 1965, it’s now a reminder of Britain’s naval heritage, with lots of on-deck fun for all ages. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £14.50; child £7.25. www.iwm. org.uk. The Queen’s Walk, off Tooley St, SE1 2JH. T: 020-7940 6300. E11. Station: London Bridge.
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The Jewel Tower Built around 1365 to house Edward III’s treasures, this is one of only two buildings left from the medieval Palace of Westminster after an 1834 fire. Don’t miss the ornate ceiling carvings. Please check for prices and times. www.english-heritage. org.uk. Abingdon St, SW1P 3JX. T: 020-7222 2219. F8. Station: Westminster.
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£11; family guided tour adult £18.50, child free. On the day: audio tour adult £20.50, child £8.50 (first child free); guided tour adult £28, child £12. www.parliament.uk/visit. Palace of Westminster, Parliament Square, SW1A 0AA. T: 020-7219 4114. F8. Station: Westminster.
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Keats House This beautiful 19th-century home belonged to the Romantic poet John Keats. You can see his paintings, books, letters and household items, including the engagement ring and personal letters he gave to his fiancée, Fanny Brawne. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £6.50; child free. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. Keats Grove, NW3 2RR. T: 020-7332 3868. Off map. Station: Hampstead.
Kensington Palace This royal residence, in Kensington Gardens, was Princess Diana’s last home – in fact it has been a royal residence since the 17th century. It is now the official home of William and Kate. To 28 Feb 2018: Diana: Her Fashion Story. An exhibition dedicated to the incredible style of the ‘People’s Princess’, including a chance to see her engagement blouse (p. 12). To 12 Nov: Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World. Discover three women who married into the British royal family. Daily; check for times. Adult £17; child free. www.hrp.org.uk. Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX. T: 0844-482 7777. Off map. Station: High Street Kensington/Queensway.
Kenwood On the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by lovely landscaped gardens, Kenwood House has a fabulous art collection including Old Masters by Vermeer, Turner and Gainsborough. Enjoy the interiors, designed by Scottish architect Robert Adam, including the refurbished Great Library. Free admission. Please check for times. www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood. Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR. T: 020-8348 1286. Off map. Station: Hampstead.
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Parents take a back seat here as children take charge. In an area three times the size of Trafalgar Square, two storeys contain every imaginable activity for kids of all ages, including TV and animation studios, a chocolate factory, pit lane and aviation academy – there’s even a tattoo parlour (p. 22). Occasional events for adults; please check. Daily from 10am, check for closing times. Adult from £15; child from £19. www.london.kidzania.com. Westfield London Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, W12 7GA. T: 0330131 3333. Off map. Station: Shepherd’s Bush.
The London Bridge Experience & Tombs Learn about the exciting history lesson of the 1,700-year-old London Bridge site. Special effects and actors bring this spine-tingling scary attraction to life. Tickets also include admission to the scary London Tombs, under the bridge, which are located in a former plague pit, complete with walls dripping with blood. Please check for times and prices. www.thelondonbridgeexperience.com. 2-4 Tooley St, SE1 2SY. T: 020-7403 6333. E10. Station: London Bridge.
The London Dungeon This uniquely thrilling attraction will whisk you back to the capital’s most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Not for small children or the faint-hearted! Joint tickets with SEA LIFE London, Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds and Shrek’s Adventure! available. Please check for times and prices. www.the dungeons.com. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-423 2240. F8. Station: Waterloo/Embankment.
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SIGHTSEEING Coca-Cola London Eye
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This London icon is one of the world’s largest observation wheels. Interactive screens in each pod give an insight into the landmarks on view. Joint tickets with the SEA LIFE London, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and Shrek’s Adventure! available. Please check for times and prices. www.londoneye.com. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871781 3000. F8. Station: Waterloo.
Formerly the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this park includes an aquatics centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower (p. 24). There are also attractive gardens with wild flowers, planted for the transformation of the area. 5 Aug: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series. Go at your own pace along the picturesque route and pass through parklands and take in views of the iconic buildings from London 2012. Please check for further sporting events (p. 18). Park open 24 hours daily. Admission free. www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST. T: 0800-072 2110. Off map. Station: Stratford.
This curiosity-filled museum with more than 700 artefacts is a hit across the globe. Explore a range of oddities over six floors, from a shrunken head to an albino alligator and the world’s tallest man (p. 22). Daily 10am-midnight. Adult £27.99; child £20.99. www.ripleyslondon.com. 1 Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0DA. T: 020-3238 0022. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
ZSL London Zoo Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom at the world’s oldest scientific zoo, which has more than 750 species. As well as an aquarium, penguin beach and a chance to see endangered Sumatran tigers, you can visit the Land of the Lions enclosure, home to Asiatic lions in surroundings designed to resemble an Indian national park. To 3 Sep: Zoorassic Park. Temporary dinosaur-inspired exhibition. 10 Aug: Streak for Tigers. Charity fun run where participants dash, naked, through the zoo (p. 24). Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £29.75; child £22. www.zsl.org. Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY. T: 0207722 3333. C6. Station: Camden Town.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Better known as Kew Gardens, this botanical research centre and World Heritage Site contains plants from across the globe, with Victorian tropical greenhouses and a Chinese pagoda. The treetop
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Madame Tussauds Celebrated home of life-sized wax figures depicting famous people from the worlds of entertainment, politics, sport and history, from the Queen to Adele. Don’t miss the permanent Star Wars exhibition, featuring 11 sets from the film; a 5.5m-high animatronic head in Kong: Skull Island and will.i.am from The Voice UK. Detective fans will enjoy The Sherlock Holmes Experience as well as the evening show The Game’s Afoot, an immersive attraction with actors, illusion and sound effects. Alien Escape. A new interactive exhibit (p. 22). Joint tickets with the SEA LIFE London, London Dungeon, Coca-Cola London Eye and Shrek’s Adventure! available. Please check for times. Adult £35; child £30. www.madametussauds. com/london. Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LR. T: 0871894 3000. C6. Station: Baker Street.
The Monument This beautiful stone column standing in the heart of the City was built in 1677 to commemorate the 1666 Great Fire of London. Climb the 311 steps to its observation gallery. Daily 9.30am-6pm. Adult £4.50; child £2.30. Joint tickets with the Tower Bridge Exhibition available. www.themonument. org.uk. Monument St, EC3R 6BD. T: 020-7626 2717. E10. Station: Monument.
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The O2 Star Wars Identities. At this long-term exhibition, browse 200 original sketches, models and props from the popular film franchise, and answer questions about your personality that reveal which Star Wars character you most identify with. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Tickets £10-£25. www.theo2. co.uk. Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020-8463 2000. Off map. Station: North Greenwich.
Old Royal Naval College This Baroque masterpiece, part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, is the home of British naval training, with costumed characters and tours. Don’t miss the magnificent ceiling in the famous Painted Hall. During a temporary conservation project, you can see the ceiling up close on an hour-long tour from an observation deck (adult £10; child £5). Check for guided tours. Daily, please check for opening times. Admission free. www.ornc.org. King William Walk, SE10 9NN. T: 020-8269 4799. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark/Greenwich.
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SIGHTSEEING walkway offers great views. Experience The Hive, an enormous aluminium structure modelled on a beehive surrounded by wildflowers. Don’t miss Kew Palace, King George III’s former home with kitchens and garden. Admission is free with Kew Gardens tickets. Daily from 10am, please check for closing times. Adult £15; child £3.50; charges for special exhibitions. www.kew.org. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. T: 020-8332 5655. Off map. Station: Kew Gardens. � ����������� ���� �������� � ����� The Royal Institution of Great Britain Grade I-listed Georgian building housing a museum about the institution’s 15 Nobel �Prize-winning �������������scientists. ����� ��� Visit its free Faraday
Museum and you can see scientists at work, too. Check the website for its programme of talks. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Admission free; charges for talks. www.rigb.org. 21 Albemarle St, W1S 4BS. T: 020-7409 2992. E6. Station: Green Park.
The Royal Mews Built by John Nash in 1825, this beautiful part of Buckingham Palace houses the Queen’s vehicles and horses, including the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. Witness daily life and learn about the mews’ history. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Adult £10; child £5.80. www.royalcollection. org.uk. Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 1QH. T: 0303-123 7302. F6. Station: Victoria.
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The Royal Observatory The home of Greenwich Mean Time and London’s only planetarium, with astronomy workshops and Observatory tours. Learn about time in the Peter Harrison Galleries and watch planetarium shows throughout the day. The Sky Tonight. Daily planetarium show that explores the Moon, constellations, planets and deep space objects. Meridian Line and Observatory daily 10am-5pm. Adult £9.50; child £5. www.rmg.co.uk. Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ. T: 020-8858 4422. Off map. Station: Greenwich/Maze Hill/Cutty Sark.
SEA LIFE London One of Europe’s largest aquariums with 500 species of global marine life, including a glass walkway above 16 sharks. Get up close to colourful swarms of jellyfish in a new enclusure. You can also snorkel with sharks (from £80 including admission). Please check for times and prices. Joint tickets with London Eye, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and Shrek’s Adventure! available. www.sealife. co.uk/london. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0333-321 2001. F8. Station: Westminster/Waterloo.
Shrek’s Adventure! Ride the magical 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus to step into live actor fairytale-themed shows where you can meet the characters from the much-loved films, with animation and storytelling. Joint tickets with Coca-Cola London Eye, London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE London available. Please check for times. Adult £27.50; child £22. www.shreksadventure.com. Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-221 2837. F8. Station: Waterloo.
St James’s Palace One of London’s oldest palaces, St James’s was constructed in the 14th century and has been home to royalty for three centuries. Palace and house closed to the public. www.royal.gov.uk. Marlborough Rd, SW1A 1BS. E7. Station: St James’s Park.
St Katharine Docks This central London marina dates back to the 11th century and is tucked away by the Tower of London. The vibrant waterside destination is lined with markets, shops, galleries and restaurants including CAU, Tom’s Kitchen and Bravas Tapas. www.skdocks.co.uk. 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. T: 020-7264 5287. Off map. Station: Tower Hill.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Landmark Palladian church with tours, a brassrubbing centre and live classical music (some free). Holy Communion given daily and classical music performed weekly by candlelight. It also has a café in the crypt, and gardens. Please check for opening times and concert details. Admission free; brass rubbing from £4.50. www.stmartinin-the-fields.org. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
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Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year-old cathedral has stunning mosaics. Climb up the dome to the Whispering Gallery and a further 271 steps to the Golden Gallery for a classic London panorama. Then head down to the crypt, with its monuments to Wren and Lord Nelson. Don’t miss Oculus: An Eye into St Paul’s, a 270-degree film experience, for an excellent overview. Free tours. Check for occasional organ recitals. Mon-Sat 8.30am-4.30pm. Adult £18; child £8. www.stpauls.co.uk. St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD. T: 020-7246 8350. D9/10. Station: St Paul’s.
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This spectacular 16th-century house was owned by the Duke of Northumberland and designed by Robert Adam. Visit its Great Hall with Doric columns, Stucco work and sculptures, plus the atmospheric Long Gallery. Don’t miss the Great Conservatory, and gardens designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. Please check for times and prices. www.syonpark.co.uk. Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF. T: 020-8560 0882. Off map. Station: Gunnersbury, then bus.
Ascend the tallest building in Western Europe in a high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lift for spectacular views across the city and beyond (p. 28). At 309m, on a clear day you can see as far as Windor in the west – and if you can’t see four major landmarks you can visit again for free. Don’t miss the fascinating murals of famous London characters in the entrance. Yoga classes every Sat 8.30am (£45; booking essential) and silent discos every Sat 10pm. Daily 10am-10pm. Advance adult £25.95, child £19.95; on the day adult £30.95, child £24.95. www.theviewfromtheshard.com. 32 London Bridge St, SE1 9SG. T: 0844-499 7111. E10. Station: London Bridge.
Explore behind the scenes of the legendary Harry Potter films in The Making of Harry Potter tour. Visitors can witness iconic sets including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s Hut, Diagon Alley and a recreation of Platform 9¾. It gives a fascinating insight into filmmaking. Wizarding Wardrobes. See thousands of costumes used in the film series, from Hogwarts’ school robes to Hermione’s Yule Ball gown. Please check for times. Adult £39; child £31. Booking is essential. www.wbstudiotour.co.uk. Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LS. T: 0845-084 0900. Off map. Station: Euston to Watford Junction, then shuttle bus.
Thames Barrier Spectacular steel gate spanning the River Thames at Woolwich, built to prevent the capital flooding – it is the world’s largest moveable flood barrier. It has an exhibition, a children’s play area and café, plus riverside walkways. Please check for opening times and occasional closures. www.royalgreenwich. gov.uk. 1 Unity Way, SE18 5NJ. T: 020-8305 4188. Off map. Station: North Greenwich, then bus.
Tower Bridge Exhibition This breathtaking bridge, designed in 1884, is one of London’s most famous landmarks (not to be confused with its less grand but much older neighbour, London Bridge). You can also tour the engine rooms with a knowledgeable guide and do yoga on the glass walkways, 42m above the River Thames. Joint tickets with The Monument available. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Please check for prices and bridge lift times. www.towerbridge. org.uk. Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7403 3761. E11. Station: Tower Hill.
Tower of London One of the city’s most famous landmarks, this historic venue includes the Bloody Tower, Traitors’ Gate and the Jewel House, home of the spectacular Crown Jewels which you can observe from a moving walkway. Enjoy free guided tours by the famous ‘Beefeaters’ (Yeoman Warders). Book ahead online to attend the nightly Ceremony of the Keys, which dates back to 1340 (tickets are free). Defend the Tower. Live historical re-enactment. Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Please check for prices. www.hrp. org.uk/tower-of-london. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB T: 0844-482 7799. E11. Station: Tower Hill.
Up at The O2 The O2 arena is famous as a performance venue, hosting stars such as Madonna and Paul McCartney. But it also gives you the chance to climb the iconic dome. Wear a suit and harness for a 90-minute climb over a 350m walkway. Along the way, you’ll have a pit stop at a viewing platform 52m above the ground, where you’ll enjoy 360-degree views across London – look out for Canary Wharf, the Emirates Air Line cable car, the Thames and the ‘Gherkin’. On a clear day, you can see for 24km. Book a sunset or twilight visit to see London sparkle. Check for times. From £28. www.theo2.co.uk. Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020-8463 2000. Off map. Station: North Greenwich.
The Vault Located under the old Coutts Bank, this vault was originally used to protect the Queen’s treasures. Now part of Hard Rock Cafe, it’s home to iconic rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia including the Gaultier bustier from Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour, and musical instruments of the stars. Daily 11.30am10.30pm. Admission free. www.hardrock.com. Hard Rock Cafe London, 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
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SIGHTSEEING Wellington Arch Climb to the viewing galleries of this magnificent arch for panoramic views over the Royal Parks and Houses of Parliament, plus exhibitions. You might see the Household Cavalry passing on their way to Changing the Guard. Joint tickets available with Apsley House. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £4.70; child £2.80. www.english-heritage.org.uk. Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7JZ. T: 020-7930 2726. F6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Westminster Abbey Consecrated in 1065, this abbey is the crowning and burial site of most English monarchs, plus the wedding venue of William and Kate. See the
spectacular paintings, stained glass windows and monumental sculptures. It also houses Poets’ Corner, the burial place of Charles Dickens and other famous writers. Mon-Sat, please check for opening times and organ recitals. Adult £20; child £9. www.westminster-abbey.org. 20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA. T: 020-7222 5152. F7. Station: Westminster/St James’s Park.
at 3pm. 4-25 Aug: Night Safari. Every Fri, you can build a den, toast marshmallows around a campfire, stargaze and listen out for wildlife with a guide. Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers. Try pond dipping and learn how to use binoculars. Daily 9.30am4.30pm. Adult £12.26; child £6.75. www.wwt.org.uk. Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, SW13 9WT. T: 020-8409 4400. Off map. Station: Barnes.
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This 104-acre wildlife reserve has a Water’s Edge Café overlooking lakes, ponds and gardens which are home to more than 100 species of rare and wild birds, plus ducks, geese and swans. Otters are fed daily at 11am and 2pm, and there are warden tours
London Bridge City Summer Festival To 31 Aug: This festival includes large screens showing films and live events including the World Athletics Championships. The cycling café Look Mum No Hands hosts Cycle Speed Dating. Look out for fitness and dance classes, urban gardening and kids’ activities including a lawn library, workshops and an immersive Mad Hatter’s tea party. Food and drink stalls mean you can make a day of it. www.londonbridgecity.co.uk. London Bridge City, SE1 2DB. E11. Station: London Bridge.
Londinium Travel back to Roman London through a spectacular variety of themed events and activities, as the City celebrates its Roman heritage during the Londinium festival. Highlights include Gladiator Games on the site of a real ancient amphitheatre; walks, talks and lectures, and a sound, light and dance experience by hip hip group Boy Blue Entertainment. Please check for times and prices. www.visitlondon.com.
Notting Hill Carnival 28-29 Aug: Since it started in 1964 as a celebration
of Afro-Caribbean culture, this outdoor festival has grown into one of the world’s biggest. Listen to drummers and DJs as dancers parade through the streets in elaborate costumes (p. 6). Free. www.thenottinghillcarnival.com. Notting Hill, London. Station: Notting Hill.
Summertime at Southbank Centre Kick off your shoes and dig your toes into a real sandy beach by the river. As well as singalongs, DJs, live bands and choirs, you can also enjoy outdoor dances, art and immersive theatre. Free. www.southbankcentre.co.uk. South Bank, SE1. T: 020-7960 4200. C6. Station: Waterloo/Embankment.
RIVER TRIPS Circular Cruise Westminster Circular Cruise Westminster operates a hop-on hop-off sightseeing service from Westminster Pier. Boats depart every 40 minutes for Embankment, Festival, Bankside and St Katharine’s Piers (for Tower of London), returning non-stop to Westminster. 11am-6.30pm. Adult single £10, return £14; child single £5, return £7. www.circularcruise.london. Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7936 2033. F8. Station: Westminster.
City Cruises Daily guided sightseeing tours on the River Thames between Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich piers. River Red Rover is an all-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing service. Thames Circular Cruise is a 50-minute sightseeing service from Tower Pier or Bankside Pier to Westminster and back. London Showboat cabaret cruise departs from Westminster Pier and includes a meal with live music Fri-Sat. Other cruises also available. Please check for times and prices. www.citycruises.com. Departure points vary. T: 020-7740 0400. 34 W H E R E LO N D O N I AU G U S T 2017
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SIGHTSEEING London Duck Tours
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Ideal if you’re keen for an amphibious adventure. See some of London’s best-loved sights on land before a thrilling splashdown on the River Thames. Adult £27; child £19. www.londonducktours. co.uk. 55 York Rd, SE1 7NJ. T: 020-7928 3132. F8. Station: Waterloo.
A Blue Badge or City of London qualified guide drives you around in a taxi for up to five people. Choose from London tours by day or night, trips outside the city and themed tours including Doctor Who and Downton Abbey ones. Prices vary (p. 28). www.capitaltaxitours.co.uk. Departure points vary. T: 020-8590 3621.
The oldest and largest sightseeing company in London has been accompanying visitors on city tours and out-of-town excursions since 1930. Visit everywhere from Warwick Castle to Stratfordupon-Avon, as well as all the London sights. Check for times and prices. www.evanevanstours.com. Departure points vary. T: 020-7950 1777.
City of London Guides Walks
A variety of themed walks not offered by other companies, focusing on everything from Fleet Street – the home of journalism – to Smithfield Market and City gardens. Free-£12. www.cityof londonguides.com. Departure points vary.
From day excursions to overnight city breaks, the London expert offers quality tour experiences from London to popular locations such as Bath, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Leeds Castle. The company offers an unrivalled range of tours
London Eye River Cruise Live commentary on a 40-minute sightseeing river cruise. Daily 10.45am-7.45pm. Adult £13.15; child £6.58. Discounted joint tickets with the London Eye available. www.londoneye.com. London Eye Pier, South Bank, SE1 7PB. T: 0871-781 3000. E8. Station: Waterloo.
MBNA Thames Clippers The fastest and most frequent fleet on the river, with departures from major London piers every 20 minutes. The boats set off from 20 piers across the capital. Oyster cards are valid. Download its free in:flow app – using GPS tracking to find out your location, it can provide a real-time audio explanation of the sights you see. River Roamer hop-on and hop-off adult £16.30; child £8.15. www.thamesclippers.com. Departure points vary. T: 020-7001 2200.
Thames River Services This hop-on, hop-off service with live audio commentary departs from Westminster Pier (10am-5pm) and St Katharine’s (10.20am-5.20pm) every 30 minutes for Greenwich Piers and the Thames Barrier. Please check for prices (35 per cent online discount Mon-Fri). www.thamesriverservices. london. Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7930 4097. F8. Station: Westminster.
Thamesjet Try this 50-minute adrenaline-fuelled speedboat experience – the most extreme ride on the river – and you’ll enjoy sightseeing, speed and awesome aquabatics all in one. Departs from Westminster Pier. From 11am. Adult from £39; child from £29. www.thamesjet.com. Various Departure points vary. T: 020-7740 0400.
TOURS & GUIDED WALKS Big Bus Tours Daily sightseeing trips aboard a fleet of opentop double-decker buses. Tickets are valid for 24 hours. A one-day orientation tour includes three walking tours. Adult £35; child £18. www.bigbustours.com. Departure points vary. T: 020-7808 6753. Station: Victoria.
Big Bus Walking Tours Enjoy a 90-minute historic and royal guided walk. Please check for prices. Daily 11am. www.bigbustours.com. Depart from Big Bus stop six, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. T: 0207808 6753. Station: Charing Cross.
Billingsgate Roman House & Baths Beneath the cobbled pathways of the Square Mile lies a rich Roman history that’s survived 2,000 years of building, fires and bombings. Lower Thames Street is home to one of Roman London’s most fascinating remains – Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse, which was discovered in 1848. Explore this fascinating insight into ancient life in the City on a 45-minute guided tour and discover the remains of the Roman Bathhouse which lies hidden beneath offices. £8 adult; £6 child. Please check for times. www.museumoflondon.org.uk. 101 Lower Thames St, EC3R 6DL. E11. Station: Tower Hill. www.wheretraveler.com 35
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SIGHTSEEING and services. Please check for times and prices. www.goldentours.com. Departure points vary. T: 020-7630 2039.
Golden Tours Open-Top Bus Tours See the sights aboard an open-top bus. Live guided (Essential Tour) or multilingual audio commentary (all routes) tours let you hop-on and hop-off. One-day, 24-hour and 48-hour tickets. Please check for prices. www.goldentours.com. Departure points vary. T: 020-7630 2039.
GoToMidtown Tours More than 100 themed 45-minute free tours around Bloomsbury and Holborn. Most walks do not require pre-booking. 10am & 1pm walks
start at the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Tube station. www.bee-midtown.org. 88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA T: 020-7078 7077. D7/8. Station: Holborn.
Jack the Ripper Tours Blue Badge Guide Richard Jones of London Walking Tours devised these popular two-hour walks, offering an intriguing look at the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. Numbers are limited in order to give participants a better experience. Booking essential. Daily 7pm from outside Exit 4 of Aldgate East. £10. www.jack-the-ripper-tour.com. Aldgate East Underground station. T: 020-8530 8443. Off map. Station: Aldgate East.
London Chocolate Tours Sample truffles and ganaches in Mayfair’s finest chocolatiers on this two-hour tour by a former cocoa trader. Along the way you’ll learn how chocolate is produced. Booking essential. Sun 12.30pm. £15 for Where London readers (usually £39). Departs from The Ritz London by Green Park. www.tourguides.org.uk. Green Park Tube station. T: 020-8526 7755. E6. Station: Green Park.
The London Helicopter Tour Discover the capital from the unique perspective of a helicopter, with its uninterrupted views. Departing from London’s only heliport, glide above the Thames, taking in iconic landmarks including the Tower of London, St Paul’s and The Shard. Choose from the 12-minute Buzz, 18-minute Sights or 30-minute Max tour – or spook yourself with an 18-minute ‘open door’ ride (£400 per person). Prices start from £150 per seat for a shared tour. www.thelondonhelicopter.com. The POD Building, Bridges Court, SW11 2RE. T: 020-7887 2626. Off map. Station: Clapham Junction.
London Horror Tours Be spooked by ghost stories and tales of Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and the Krays on tours run by Dr Jack, an actor, entertainer and former guide. Please visit its Facebook page for more information, and call for times and prices. Departure points vary. T: 07722-247660.
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See where the giants of the London literary world ate, drank and worked. This unique tour is artist-led and arranged by the not-for-profit charity, the Maverick Theatre Company. Starting in Fitzrovia and ending in Soho, it includes pubs and bars associated with British classic and contemporary writers. Tickets £24. www.london literarypubcrawl.com. 12 Fouberts Place, off Carnaby St, W1F 7PA. T: 020-8090 5082. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
London Tailored Tours Private tours for small groups, run by Londoners. Themed tours include Borough Market, fashion, Brick Lane, boys and girls. Please check for times and prices. www.londontailoredtours.com. T: 020-3289 0542.
London Walks London’s oldest walking tour company offers more than 300 walks. Each takes around two hours, departure points vary and there’s no need to book. As well as Jack the Ripper, Harry Potter and ghost walks, you can join a Secret Village walk around St Paul’s and Clerkenwell. Adult £10; child free when accompanied by an adult. Mon 2.30pm. www.walks.com. Departure points vary. T: 020-7624 3978.
Original London Sightseeing Walk Walks depart daily from the Original London Visitor Centre and include Changing the Guard (departing 10am), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1pm) and Jack the Ripper (3.30pm from Tower Hill Station). Walking tours are free with an Original London Sightseeing Tour, or £9.50 per walk. An Explore Walks Pass, which grants access to all three walks over a 48-hour period, costs £19. www.theoriginaltour.com. 17-19 Cockspur St, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. E7. Station: Charing Cross.
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SIGHTSEEING hop-on and hop-off at more than 80 stops. Its original 24-hour tour includes three free walking tours and a Thames River cruise pass. The extended 48-hour tour gives you double the time to explore the capital as well as an extended River Cruise Pass with access to historic Greenwich and all its attractions, including the National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory. Adult £32; child £15. www.theoriginaltour.com. 17-19 Cockspur St, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. E7. Station: Charing Cross.
Royal Albert Hall Tours Take a one-hour Grand Tour of this Victorian concert hall. Tours take place most days throughout the year, but please call for times. Adult £13.75; child £6.75. www.royalalberthall.com. Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7959 0558. F4. Station: South Kensington.
Royal Opera House This is one of the world’s leading opera venues and also home to the Royal Ballet company. Backstage Tour. Tour behind the scenes for an insight into the venue’s history, where you may also see a production in rehearsal. Most days 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, but please check. Adult £12; child £8.50. www.royaloperahouse.org. Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 020-7304 4000. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology Britain’s first public museum dates back to 1683, when the politician Elias Ashmole left his collection to the University of Oxford. See archaeological artefacts, Egyptian mummies and Oliver Cromwell’s death mask. Collecting the Past: Scholar’s Taste in Chinese Art. Chinese paintings created by scholar-artists since the 18th century. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Free admission, charges for special exhibitions. www.ashmolean.org. Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH. T: 01865-278 000. Off map. Station: Paddington to Oxford.
See three centuries of treasures in magnificent state rooms at this Baroque palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The palace is set in 2,100 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and formal gardens. 3-6 Aug: BBC Countryfile Live. Country fair with animal displays, off-road experiences, live arena shows, food and craft stalls and a pub garden. 11-13 Aug: Luna Open Air Cinema. See Top Gun, Grease and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 18-20 Aug: Summer Jousting Tournament. 18-27 Aug: FriendsFest. See sets recreated from the comedy Friends, take part in a Friends quiz and watch a themed stage show. 27-28 Aug: Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport. From 31 Aug: Salon Privé. A display of fast, classic
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See London by Night Tour Take a bus ride around the West End and City in the evening for a different view of the capital, with many of its iconic buildings illuminated. Regular departures from outside The Ritz. Tours last 90 minutes. Daily 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9.15pm, 9.45pm & 10.15pm. Adult £18; child £10. www.see londonbynight.com. 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR. T: 020-7183 4744. E6. Station: Green Park.
Shakespeare’s Globe This reconstruction of Shakespeare’s original Elizabethan Globe theatre, on the river, has one of the city’s only thatched roofs. Tours take in the history of the venue, with displays of Elizabethan costumes and props. There are also occasional tours of the adjacent, newer Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a candlelit performance space. Please check for times and prices, and performances times. www.shakespearesglobe.com. 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7902 1400. E10. Station: Blackfriars.
Wembley Tours Go behind the scenes at this world-famous football stadium and concert venue, and also the place of England’s 1966 World Cup victory. The 75-minute tour takes you inside the England dressing rooms and lets you feel the tension through the players’ tunnel, plus the manager’s hot-seat in the press room. Have your photo taken with a replica of the FA Cup. Tours from 10am; please check for dates. Adult £20; child £12. www.wembleystadium.com/wembley-tours. Wembley Stadium, HA9 0WS. T: 0800-169 9933. Off map. Station: Wembley Park.
Westways Carriage Horses Get collected from your hotel and experience the sights from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Tours last for two-and-a-half hours in either a four or six-seater carriage with an adjustable hood depending on the weather. £475 per carriage. www.westwayscarriage horses.co.uk. T: 020-8572 3155.
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and luxury cars on the lawn. Palace daily 10.30am-5.30pm; park daily 9am-6.30pm; formal gardens daily 10.30am-6pm. Adult £24.90; child £13.90. www.blenheimpalace.com. Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP. T: 01993-810530. Off map. Paddington to Oxford, then bus S3.
Hampton Court Palace Once home to King Henry VIII, after he aquired it in the 1520s, this grand Tudor palace is known for its immense tapestries and paintings, the Great Hall, and an enormous Tudor kitchen which was built to feed the entire court. The famous maze is set in 60 acres of parkland. The palace is also said to be haunted. Thur-Mon: Encounters with the Tudors: Power Play. A new play set in 1533 when Henry VIII and his new queen Anne Boleyn arrive to inspect the building before the birth of their child. 26-28 Aug: BBC Good Food’s Feast. Food festival (p. 6). Palace, formal gardens and maze daily 10am-6pm. Adult £20.90; child £10.45. www.hrp.org.uk. East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU. T: 0844-482 7777. Off map. Station: Waterloo to Hampton Court.
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Fairytale 900-year-old castle with a moat, gardens and parkland. Lose yourself in the spiralling yew maze and see 100 species of birds in the aviary. 12-13 Aug: Heroes, Heroines and Hoods. The stories of legends, kings and queens and other historical heroes are brought to life in this interactive children’s theatre. Learn circus skills before and after the show including stilts, juggling, hula-hoops, diabolos, spinning plates and juggling machines. 17-18 Aug: Children’s Theatre: Wind in the Willows. 18-20 Aug: Mr Alexandra’s Travelling Show. Vintage-style family variety show. 21-25 Aug: Leeds Castle Mystery Quest. Interactive family trail. 26-28 Aug: The Creation Station. Kids can try 3D clay painting and make craft creatures. Grounds & gardens daily 10am-6pm; castle daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Adult £24.90; child £16.90. www.leeds-castle.com. Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL. T: 01622-765 400. Off map. Station: Victoria to Bearsted.
Osterley Park and House Explore this beautiful country home decorated as it would have been in the 1780s, then stroll around its formal gardens or stop for a snack in the stable tearoom. Regular after-dark tours, park runs, yoga and gardening clubs. House 11am-5pm; garden 10am-5pm. Adult £10.90; child £5.45. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Jersey Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB. T: 020-8232 5050. Off map. Station: Osterley/Isleworth.
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The Queen’s official residence in Scotland stands at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. Tour highlights include the state apartments, with their famous collection of Brussels tapestries, and Mary, Queen of Scots’ chambers following her return from France in 1561. Daily 9.30am-6pm. Adult £12.50; child £7.50. www.royalcollection. org.uk. Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX. T: 0303-123 7306. Off map. Station: King’s Cross to Edinburgh Waverley, then a 15-minute walk.
Stonehenge The world’s most famous stone circle and a World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is more than 5,000 years old. With obscure Neolithic origins, it is perfectly aligned with the rising sun at the solstice. English Heritage members get exclusive early-morning tours. The visitor centre has an
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exhibition, shop and café. Daily 9am-8pm. Adult £16.50; child £9.90. www.english-heritage.org.uk. Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE. T: 0870-333 1181. Off map. Station: Waterloo to Salisbury, then bus or taxi.
Waddesdon Manor Magnificent Renaissance-style chateau built in the late 19th century. Magnificent house and wine cellars, plus gardens and aviary. 9-11 Aug: Bushcraft Summer School. Learn to survive in the wild. 19 Aug: Stargazing. Lecture, stargazing and dinner. 25-26 Aug: Open Air Cinema with The Luna Cinema. Watch Casablanca and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Please check for times and prices. www.waddesdonmanor.org. Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH. T: 01296-653226. Off map. Station: Marylebone to Aylesbury.
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Warwick Castle Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, this castle is now a family-friendly experience with landscaped gardens designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. Don’t miss Merlin: The Dragon Tower and displays of medieval weaponry, as well as regular falconry displays. The dungeon, with actors, is a highlight. War of the Roses Live. Jousting tournament. 5 & 23 Aug: Kingmakers Medieval Banquet. Dine like it’s 1471. Please check for times. Castle adult £26.40, child £23.40; castle & dungeon adult £31.40, child £28.40. www.warwick-castle.com. Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6AH. Off map. Station: Warwick.
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An Arts and Crafts gem in the Surrey Hills, with stunning paintings and sculptures by Victorian artist GF Watts. Visit The Tea Shop, and the tiny, Grade I-listed Watts Chapel with ornate terracotta design. To 31 Aug: Emma Bridgewater: Pomegranates. New works by the ceramics designer. Tue-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9.50 (Tue £4.75); child free. www.wattsgallery.org.uk. Down Lane, Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DQ. T: 01483-810 235. Off map. Station: Waterloo to Guildford, then bus or taxi.
Windsor Castle See the Queen’s weekend home and the world’s oldest inhabited castle in a stunning setting, which has been home to 39 monarchs. Inside, tour the State Apartments furnished with art by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto – many of which had been commissioned here. See the elaborate Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, filled with thousands of miniature objects that are perfect replicas. St George’s Chapel is a superb example of Gothic architecture. Changing the Guard alternate days 11am except Sun. Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Adult £20.50; child £12. www.royalcollection.org.uk. Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ. T: 0303-123 7304. Off map. Station: Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Central or Windsor & Eton Riverside.
Woburn Abbey and Gardens Set in a 3,000-acre deer park, this historic house has been home to the earls and dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years and is currently occupied by the 15th duke and his family. Tour the house to find out more about its family history, art and antiques, then stroll around its Repton-inspired gardens. Daily 11am-5pm. Abbey, gardens and deer park adult £17; child £8.50. www.woburnabbey.co.uk. Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA. T: 01525-290 333. Off map Station: St Pancras to Flitwick.
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Objects of desire Henri Matisse, one of France’s most famous artists, is being celebrated at the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition brings together his most treasured objects from as far as China and Africa, writes Emma Levine ‘I have worked all my life before the same objects... The object is an actor. A good actor can have a part in 10 different plays; an object can play a role in 10 different pictures,’ explained Henri Matisse in 1951. That he was an extraordinary, influential painter is obvious – but lesser known is that the Frenchman was also a keen collector. On his travels to North Africa and the Far East, he amassed exotic objects and artefacts, many of which were used in his works. The exhibition Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy of Arts (from 5 Aug) shows off some of this collection, giving us an insight into his creative influences. It’s the first exhibition to bring together 65 of his paintings, sculptures and drawings juxtaposed with 35 objects that featured in and inspired them. Some of these objects appeared more than once. See, for example, the green glass vase he found in Andalusia that appeared in his 1924 Vase of Flowers and also in Safrano Roses at the Window (1925). We can see the intricate African textiles that inspired and provided the source
of his 1926 painting Reclining Odalisque, and in Interior with Egyptian Curtain (1948). Matisse’s breadth of cultural interests – for example, African masks and Chinese calligraphy – reveal an international perspective ahead of his time. The exhibition also provides an insight into the artist’s life. Even though many of his paintings were known for their serene white spaces, he was actually inspired by clutter and saw his home’s interior as what he calls ‘a painter’s studio as well as a domestic space’. Many of the items travelled with Matisse, even to temporary residences; he was known to write to family members asking for certain objects to be moved from Paris to Nice, for example. Divided into five sections, the exhibition has themes such as
The Face, which explores how he conveyed the sitter’s character without always reflecting their physical likeness, and how he used African masks to simplify their features – just look at his painting The Italian Woman (1916). Meanwhile, in The Nude, Matisse’s sculpture Two Women (1908) is displayed alongside some striking figural sculptures from Mali as well as the statue of the goddess Nang Thorani, from Thailand. The exhibition also examines the influence of erotic magazines which provided inspiration for his nude portraits, especially during his early years when he was too poor to hire a life model. ‘My life is between the walls of the studio,’ Matisse said, and at this exhibition we feel we are in the room with him. For full listing, turn to p. 48
SAFRANO ROSES AT THE WINDOW © PRIVATE COLLECTION/SUCCESSION H. MATISSE/DACS 2017; GOURDS, ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX © THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK MRS SIMON GUGGENHEIM FUND/ARCHIVES H MATISSE/SUCCESSION H. MATISSE/DACS 2017; THE MOORISH SCREEN © PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART/PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART/ART RESOURCE, NY; VASE, ANDALUSIA, SPAIN © FORMER COLLECTION OF HENRI MATISSE/MUSÉE MATISSE, NICE/FRANÇOIS FERNADEZ
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MUSEUMS Arsenal Stadium Tours & Museum Football fans can enjoy a self-guided audio tour for a sneak peek inside the players’ changing rooms and tunnel and the Physio Room, or a Legends Tour led by ex-Arsenal players. Both include a visit to the museum. Self-guided tours Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm; Legends Tour from 11am (check for dates). Museum open Mon-Sat 10.30am-6.30pm; Sun 10.30am-4.30pm; check for closures. Self-guided: adult £20; child £10. Legend: adult from £40; child from £20.75. Museum only: adult £10; child £7. www.arsenal. com/tours. Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Rd, N5 1BU. T: 020-7619 5000. Off map. Station: Arsenal.
Bank of England Museum Explore the story of the Bank of England from its 1694 foundation to the present day, and find fun activities for kids. Stories from the City: The Bank of England Through Literature. Celebrating the launch of the new Jane Austen £10 note. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; closed bank hols. Admission free. www.bankof england.co.uk/museum. Threadneedle St, EC2R 8AH. T: 020-7601 5545. D10. Station: Bank.
Benjamin Franklin House This charming 18th-century townhouse was the last remaining home of the American Founding Father, with tours led by costumed actors. Architectural tours Mon; historical shows Wed-Sun (check for times). Shows: adult £8; under 16s free. Mon tours: adult £6; under 16s free. www.benjaminfranklin house.org. 36 Craven St, WC2N 5NF. T: 020-7925 1405. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
The British Museum An unrivalled collection of antiquities, plus regular talks, evening events and performances. To 15 Oct: Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories. Objects from around the world that depict gay culture. To 13 Aug: Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave. View stunning prints created in the final 30 years of the Japanese artist’s career. To 27 Aug: Places of the Mind: British Watercolour Landscapes 1850-1950. Landscape drawings and watercolours by British artists in the Victorian and modern eras. Sat-Thur 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-8.30pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.britishmuseum.org. Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 020-7323 8299. D7/8. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Russell Square.
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Explore the fortified secret bunker where the prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, worked during World War II to plot the Allied victory, and discover his life in the Cabinet War Rooms. Daily 9.30am6pm. Adult £17.25; child (five-15) £8.60. www.iwm. org.uk. Clive Steps, King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ. T: 020-7930 6961. F7. Station: Westminster.
Highlighting contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery from 1947 to the present day. To 1 Oct: The World of Anna Sui. See more than 100 looks from the American designer. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm; Thur 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9; child (under 12) free. www.ftmlondon.org. 83 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF. T: 020-7407 8664. F11. Station: London Bridge.
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A former prison dating back to 1144, with hands-on exhibits that reveal London’s penal past and instruments of torture. It’s said to be haunted by the ghosts of former inmates; check for Haunted Happenings events. Daily 10am-9pm. Adult £7.50; child £5.50. www.clink.co.uk. 1 Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 020-7403 0900. E10. Station: London Bridge.
Located in St Thomas’ Hospital, learn about the work of the pioneering 19th-century British nurse and health reformer, known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. It also tells the story of Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £7.50; child (five-15) £3.80. www.florence-nightingale.co.uk. 2 Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7EW. T: 020-7620 0374. F8. Station: Waterloo/Westminster.
The Design Museum One of the world’s leading museums of contemporary design and architecture. Designer Maker User is a free permanent display of the museum’s contemporary collection. To 15 Oct: California. The journey from 1960s counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech world. To 24 Sep: Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour. Installation-based exhibition. Daily 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm). 10am-8pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.designmuseum.org. 224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG. T: 020-3862 5900. Off map. Station: High Street Kensington.
The Fan Museum Unusual museum dedicated to the art of the fan, with examples from the 12th century to the present day. It also has a garden café. To 16 Sep: All Creatures Great & Small. Fans that are decorated with animals. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. Adult £4; child (seven-16) £3. www.thefanmuseum.org.uk. 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER. T: 020-8305 1441. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark.
The Geffrye Formerly the Geffrye Museum. Historic, restored 18th-century almshouses with rooms recreating English interiors from 1600 to the present day. Almshouse tours look at the lives of London’s poor and elderly in former times. Check for dates and times. Tour adult £4; under 16 free. Tue-Sun & bank hols, 10am-5pm. Admission free, charges for tours and special exhibitions. www.geffrye-museum. org.uk. 136 Kingsland Rd, E2 8EA. T: 020-7739 9893. Off map. Station: Hoxton.
The Guards Museum Learn about the history, stories and regimental heritage of the five regiments of the Foot Guards – the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards – which today watch over the Royal Palaces. It’s a great insight into the Changing the Guard. Daily 10am-4pm. Adult £6; child free. www.theguardsmuseum.com. Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ. T: 020-7414 3271. D5. Station: St James’s Park/Westminster.
The Cartoon Museum British cartoons, caricature and comic art. Tue-Sun & bank hols 10.30am-5.30pm. Adult £7; child free. www.cartoonmuseum.org. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH. T: 020-7580 8155. D8. Station: Holborn.
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The former home of Victorian novelist Dickens, where he wrote classics including Oliver Twist. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Adult £9; child (six-16) £4. www.dickensmuseum.com. 48 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX. T: 020-7405 2127. C8. Station: Russell Square.
Chelsea FC Stadium Museum & Tours Interactive tour of Chelsea FC. Tours daily, every 30 minutes 10am-3pm; check for closures and monthly ex-players tours (from £70). Museum daily 9.30am-5pm. Adult £22 (museum only £11); child £15 (£9). www.chelseafc.com/tours. Stamford Bridge, SW6 1HS. T: 0871-984 1955. Off map. Station: Fulham Broadway.
Big is beautiful Get up close to Hope, a blue whale skeleton (the length of a double-decker bus); the relatively compact harbour porpoise – a mere 1.5m – plus many more sea mammals at the new Whales: Beneath the Surface exhibition at the Natural History Museum (p. 42). Despite their vast size, these wondrous sea creatures boast mysterious, complex qualities. Also on show are flippers from a blue whale, as well as an immersive experience to understand how dolphins sense their prey and send signals to attract a mate. This stunning display marks the opening of Hintze Hall, the ground-floor space where the immense whale skeleton takes centre stage, replacing Dippy the Diplodocus dinosaur. www.wheretraveler.com 41
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising Insight into how everyday lives have changed over the past 200 years through the evolution of iconic consumer brands. Exhibits include toys, magazines, newspapers, technology, travel, fashion and design. Tue-Sat & bank hols 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9; child (seven-16) £5. www.museumof brands.com. 111-117 Lancaster Rd, W11 1QT. T: 0207243 9611. Off map. Station: Ladbroke Grove.
Museum of London The world’s largest urban history museum. Nine galleries, including Roman and Medieval London, transport you through the capital’s history to the present day. Check for regular family events. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions and walking tours. www.museumof london.org.uk. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. T: 020-7001 9844. D10. Station: Barbican.
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As the Victoria and Albert Museum marks its 165th anniversary, the new Exhibition Road Quarter has opened with new public areas and gallery spaces (p. 44). Enter via the Aston Webb screen – built in 1909 to hide the ‘unsightly’ Victorian boilers – to the all-porcelain Sackler Courtyard (above). Inside, see the vast, column-free Sainsbury Gallery designed for exhibitions. It’s hard to imagine how the V&A could ever be improved, but this addition is already making waves.
Horniman Museum & Gardens
See the collection of the Victorian tea trader, Frederick John Horniman, including an aquarium. Daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Admission free; charges for aquarium and special exhibitions. www.horniman.ac.uk. 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ. T: 020-8699 1872. Off map. Station: Forest Hill.
Documenting Jewish history and culture in the UK from 1066 to today, including a lifelike representation of the Jewish East End immigrant quarter. To 24 Sep: Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait. Exhibition about the much-loved singer. Sat-Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm. Adult £7.50; child (five-16) £3.50. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk. Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert St, NW1 7NB. T: 0207284 7384. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
House of Illustration The UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration, founded by Sir Quentin Blake. To 1 Oct: Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds. Blake’s expressive drawings for the original book. Adult £7.50; child £4. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. www.houseofillustration. org.uk. 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH. T: 020-3696 2020. Off map. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras.
Household Cavalry Museum Go behind the scenes of ceremonial duties and roles of the Household Cavalry Regiments. Troopers with their horses work in the original 18th-century stables. Changing the Queen’s Life Guard on Horse Guards Parade Mon-Sat 11am, Sun 10am. Museum daily 10am-6pm. Check for closures. Adult £7; child £5. www.householdcavalry museum.co.uk. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX. T: 020-7930 3070. E7/8. Station: Westminster.
Leighton House Museum The restored former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton is a museum of his life and work. To 29 Oct: Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity. Exhibition of works by the Dutch painter (p. 44). Wed-Mon 10am5.30pm. Adult £9; child (12-17) £7. www.rbkc.gov.uk. 12 Holland Park, W14 8LZ. T: 020-7602 3316. Off map. Station: Kensington Olympia.
London Film Museum Bond in Motion is the largest official exhibition of James Bond vehicles that feature in the renowned film series. Sun-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-7pm. Adult £14.50; child £9.50. www.londonfilmmuseum.com. 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN. T: 020-7202 7042. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Imperial War Museum
London Transport Museum
Displays relating to global conflicts, particularly those involving Britain, plus the Holocaust Exhibition and art collection in the First World War Galleries. To 28 Aug: People Power: Fighting for Peace. Explore how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict. To 28 Aug: Edmund Clark: War of Terror. Powerful works by the artist-photographer. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for some special exhibitions. www.iwm.org.uk. Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ. T: 020-7416 5000. E5. Station: Lambeth North/Waterloo.
Located in the Grade II-listed Flower Market, this museum displays the story of London’s transport system. Highlights include iconic red buses, the world’s first Underground steam train and a padded cell – a train carriage dating back to the 1890s. To 3 Sep: Sounds of the City. The best 100 entries from the Prize for Illustration, looking at the sounds in otherwise quiet spaces in the UK’s cities. Sat-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri 11am-6pm. Adult £17.50; child free. www.ltmuseum.co.uk. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. T: 020-7379 6344. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
National Maritime Museum The world’s largest maritime museum is spread over several sites, originally part of a 19th-century school for seafarers’ children. Its 10 galleries include equipment, artwork and ships’ figureheads, plus an interactive world map revealing stories from maritime history. Don’t miss the replica of Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory in a bottle, and the uniform he wore when fatally wounded. To 7 Jan 2018: Death in the Ice. Exploring the mystery of Sir John Franklin, whose ships were lost at sea while on an expedition to discover the North-West Passage in 1845. Check for family events. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free; charges for events and exhibitions. www.rmg.co.uk. Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. Off map. Station: Greenwich/Cutty Sark.
Natural History Museum Astounding family-friendly collections, with exhibits ranging from the Images of Nature gallery to dinosaur skeletons and fossils. Whales: Beneath the Surface. Exhibition exploring the huge sea mammals, with skeletons, flippers and skulls, celebrating the exhibit of Hope, the blue whale skeleton in Hintze Hall (p. 41). To 10 Sep: Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Annual exhibition illustrating life on our planet. To 17 Sep: Sensational Butterflies. Escape into the tropical butterfly house. Daily 10am-5.50pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.nhm.ac.uk. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000. F4. Station: South Kensington.
Queen’s House This 17th-century house is an architectural masterpiece by Inigo Jones – it boasts 22 lavish rooms displaying a stunning fine art collection spanning 400 years, including magnificent works by Gainsborough and Hogarth. Don’t miss the spiral Tulip Stairs, location of ghost sightings. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. www.rmg. co.uk/queens-house. Queen’s House, Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark.
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The intriguing history of the meandering River Thames, from its time as a Roman thoroughfare to the regeneration of the Docklands. Displays including London, Sugar & Slavery, charting the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its links to the city. To 3 Sep: Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail. The range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. www.museumoflondon.org.uk. T: 020-7001 9844. Off map. Station: Canary Wharf/ West India Quay.
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES Royal Air Force Museum
Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
National aviation museum focusing on the Royal Air Force through its people and collections, with more than 100 outstanding aircraft on show. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free. www.rafmuseum.org.uk. Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL. T: 020-8205 2266. Off map. Station: Colindale.
This neo-classical 18th-century building on the Thames houses the famous Courtauld Gallery, Embankment Galleries, cafés and restaurants. To 17 Sep: Perfume. Major exhibition that journeys through the history of contemporary scents. Galleries daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.somersethouse.org.uk. Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Temple.
In this former shop turned tiny museum and bar-café, expect to see quirky artwork, taxidermy and erotica. Wed-Sun noon-11pm. Admission £5. www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org. 1 Mare St, E8 4RP. T: 020-7998 3617. Off map. Station: Bethnal Green.
Science Museum A huge museum dedicated to science, technology and medical achievements, plus an IMAX 3D cinema. Permanent galleries include Making the Modern World, with Stevenson’s Rocket and the Apollo 10 command module. Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery is an interactive gallery exploring science and mathematics. To 3 Sep: Robots. The 500-year-old story of humanoid robots. www.science museum.org.uk. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0333241 4000. F4. Station: South Kensington.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Twinings Museum The flagship store of Twinings the tea maker since 1706, with a tiny exhibition reflecting the company’s 300-year history. See vintage teapots, plus the Royal Warrant signed by Queen Victoria in 1837. Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am6pm. Admission free. www.twinings.co.uk. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 020-7353 3511. D9. Station: Temple.
V&A Museum of Childhood
Famous address dedicated to the fictional detective – the Victorian house has been maintained exactly as described in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Daily 9.30am-6pm. Adult £15; child £10. www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk. 221b Baker St, NW1 6XE. T: 020-7224 3688. A3. Station: Baker Street.
Museum with a national collection of childhood objects dating back to the 16th century. To 25 Feb 2018: Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories. The life and works of one of Britain’s best-loved writers. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free. www.vam.ac.uk/moc. Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA. T: 020-8983 5200. Off map. Station: Bethnal Green.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The architect Soane’s former home, a Regency townhouse, was left to the nation in 1837 as a public museum. It now houses a gem of a collection including Hogarth satirical artworks. To 23 Sep: Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life. Sculptures by the British artist. Museum tours daily; times vary. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, closed bank hols. Candlelight opening 1 Aug 6pm-9pm. Admission free. www.soane.org. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. D8. Station: Holborn.
The V&A’s outstanding collection of fine and applied arts spans 3,000 years (p. 42). To 1 Oct: Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains. Spectacular audio-visual journey through the music of the prog rock band’s music, design and staging. To 18 Feb 2018: Balenciago: Shaping Fashion. Exhibition about the revered designer. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.vam.ac.uk. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL. T: 020-7942 2000. F4/5. Station: South Kensington.
The Wallace Collection The former Wallace family home displays its collection of Rococo art, sculpture, furniture and armour. Paintings include Fragonard’s 18th-century masterpiece The Swing, plus Frank Hals’ Laughing Cavalier. Free tours on selected dates. Daily 10am5pm. Admission free. www.wallacecollection.org. Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. D6. Station: Bond Street.
Wellcome Collection Wellcome Trust’s public venue houses hundreds of fascinating artefacts relating to health and the body. Including permanent exhibitions Medicine Now and Medicine Man, the collection of Sir Henry Wellcome with antique medical equipment. Regular talks and tours. To 8 Oct: A Museum of Modern Nature. Objects borrowed from members of the public to depict their individual relationships with nature. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-10pm; Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free. www.wellcomecollection.org. 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE. T: 020-7611 2222. C7. Station: Euston.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tours At the venue of the famous championships, see old trophies and rackets, famous tennis kits from current champions, plus touchscreens to watch past greats in action. To 1 Sep: On Air: Wimbledon and the BBC 1927-2017. Exhibition to celebrate the BBC’s radio and TV live broadcasting of the Championships. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Museum adult £13; child £8. Museum and tour adult £25; child £15. One free child with every full-price adult. www.wimbledon.com/ museum. All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE. T: 020-8946 6131. Off map. Station: Southfields then bus 493 or a 12-minute walk.
GALLERIES To 3 Sep: See astounding large-scale sculptures of super heroes and super villains, created by LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, in these immersive galleries on the South Bank. Corner Upper Ground & Cornwall Rd (behind National Theatre and BFI), SE1 9PP. Sun-Wed 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. Adult £16.50; child (4-16) £11. www.aotbdc.co.uk.
Barbican Art Gallery
No place like home When an artist creates a place to paint or sculpt, you hope it would be a work of art in itself. Leighton House Museum, the former home and studio of Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, is a jewel (p. 42). Built in the late 19th-century to his exact specifications, it boasts a domed Arab Hall festooned with Islamic tiles, and his vast, light-filled painting studio. The exhibition Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity showcases the work of Dutch-born Lawrence Alma-Tadema, a friend and contemporary of Lord Leighton. The paintings of this prominent painter, plus paintings by his family, emphasise the importance of domestic life and the home studio as an inspiration.
Multi-arts venue with two exhibition spaces: the Barbican Art Gallery and The Curve. To 1 Sep: Into the Unknown – A Journey Through Science Fiction. Including sci-fi works relating to Jules Verne and Margaret Atwood (Curve Gallery). Charges for special exhibitions. Check for times and prices. www.barbican.org.uk. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 4141. D10. Station: Barbican.
Ben Uri Gallery The London Jewish Museum of Art houses more than 1,000 works, plus regular talks and events. To 17 Sep: Polish Exhibition: A Century of Polish Artists in Britain. Works by Polish migrants. Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm. Admission free. www.benuri.org.uk. 108a Boundary Rd, off Abbey Rd, NW8 0RH. T: 020-7604 3991. Off map. Station: Kilburn High Road.
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Fall in love with Wimbledon Want to feel the weight of the Championships trophies? Interested in watching an interactive ghost of John McEnroe? Keen to cast your eyes over Andy Murrayâ€™s title-winning whites? Then step inside the multi-dimensional journey that is Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. With complimentary audio guides in 10 languages, learn about the history of the sport, see the Championship trophies, and the amazing new Virtual Reality experience. You may also take the behind the scenes tour of the grounds and explore the home of tennis, including Centre Court, for a truly inspirational visit. Supported by
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES The Courtauld Gallery
ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)
Important European art collection, plus temporary exhibitions, housed in Somerset House. To 24 Sep: Bloomsbury Art & Design. See early 20th-century creative pieces by the Bloomsbury Group. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £7; child free. www.courtauld. ac.uk. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN. T: 020-7848 2526. E8. Station: Embankment.
Changing exhibitions of contemporary art and installations, plus a cafe/bar, bookshop and arthouse cinema. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun 11am-6pm; Thur 11am-9pm. Adult £1; child free. www.ica.org.uk. The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. T: 020-7930 3647. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
One of the world’s great galleries, with a permanent collection of works by masters from Monet to da Vinci. Guided tours, talks and workshops. To 28 Aug: Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic. See the Turner Prize-winner’s tapestry. To 8 Oct: Giovanni da Rimini. The 14th-century masterpiece, Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and other Saints, is displayed alongside other late-Byzantine pieces. Sat-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-9pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.national gallery.org.uk. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. T: 020-7747 2885. E7. Station: Charing Cross.
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Bijou gallery in a Grade II-listed Georgian building, specialising in modern Italian art. To 10 Sep: Franco Grignani: Art as Design. Profiling the graphic designer who used swirling designs, influenced by Op art. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun noon-5pm. Adult £6.50; child free. www.estorickcollection.com. 39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN. T: 020-7704 9522. Off map. Station: Highbury & Islington.
Guildhall Art Gallery Paintings collected by the City of London since the 17th century, including historic events and royalty. It also houses the Roman Amphitheatre, discovered in 1988 (free entry with gallery ticket). The Heritage Gallery displays treasures including the Great Parchment Book (to 10 Aug). To 29 Oct: Trauma. In the amphitheatre, come face to face with a Roman skull of a potential gladiator. MonSat 10am-5pm; Sun noon-4pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.cityoflondon. gov.uk. Guildhall Yard, off Gresham St, EC2V 5AE. T: 020-7332 3700. D10. Station: St Paul’s/Bank.
National Portrait Gallery A panorama of the British people in paintings, drawings and photographs. To 24 Sep: BP Portrait Award. The selected portrait paintings from this prestigious competition. To 22 Oct: The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt. Exploring the creative relationship between the artists and their sitters. Sat-Wed 10am-6pm; Thur & Fri 10am-9pm (regular Late Shift special events). Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.npg.org.uk. St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE. T: 020-7312 2463. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Newport Street Gallery Damien Hirst’s huge new gallery exhibits many works from his extensive art collection. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-10pm. Admission free. www.newportstreetgallery.com. Newport St, SE11 6AJ. T: 020-3141 9320. G8. Station: Vauxhall/ Lambeth North.
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With the domination of electronic communication in 21st-century life, the new Postal Museum takes a trip back in time. We journey to the Royal Mail of the 1500s and its horse-drawn mail coach in pillar-box red, and learn about the weaponry used as defence from highwaymen and pirates. The Post Office in Conflict display shows how staff braved the Blitz to save mail from bombed-out post offices, so that military communication continued. A highlight is the Mail Rail, a reconstructed train that takes you through the now-deserted postal railway tunnels running underneath the city’s streets. ‘Sending’ an email may be fast, but it can’t replace the drama of our original forms of communication. 15-20 Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA. T: 020-7239 2570. www.postalmuseum.org. C9. Station: Russell Square
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England’s first public art gallery, founded in 1811, holds one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the UK. To 8 Oct: Sargent: The Watercolours. Scenes of Europe captured by John Singer Sargent. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £7; child free; charges for special exhibitions. www.dulwichpicture gallery.org.uk. Gallery Rd, SE21 7AD. T: 020-8693 5254. Off map. Station: West Dulwich/North Dulwich.
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES The Photographers’ Gallery London’s largest gallery devoted to photography, with several temporary exhibitions. To 8 Oct: Gregory Crewdson – Cathedral of the Pines. Scenic works from the US photographer. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free before noon, then £4. www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk. 16-18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW. T: 020-7087 9300. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
The Queen’s Gallery Temporary exhibitions often selected from 500 years of treasures from the Royal Collection, in this smart gallery adjoining Buckingham Palace. To 12 Nov: Canaletto & the Art of Venice. A wonderful selection of
large-scale paintings, plus delicate pen-and-ink drawings and etchings, depicting 18th-century Venice, with Canaletto’s greatest works and those of his contemporaries. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £11; child (5-16) £5.50. www.royalcollection.org.uk. Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303-123 7301. F7. Station: Green Park/St James’s Park.
Royal Academy of Arts Eighteenth-century rooms with works in all media. To 20 Aug: Summer Exhibition. Huge, long-standing open-submission exhibition with hundreds of works in many media, all for sale. From 5 Aug: Matisse in the Studio. A rare insight into the artist’s personal collection from around
the world, and how these pieces influenced and appeared in his works (p. 40). Daily 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm; check for regular special events and free lunchtime concerts. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.royalacademy.org.uk. 6 Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. T: 0207300 8000. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus/Green Park.
Saatchi Gallery Contemporary art in a renovated Georgian building. To 18 Aug: Peace and Love. Arab calligraphy and poetry from the Emirati artist, HH Sheikha Khawla. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.saatchigallery.co.uk. Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, SW3 4RY. T: 020-7811 3070. G5. Station: Sloane Square.
Serpentine Gallery A respected arts space in Kensington Gardens displaying modern and contemporary work. To 8 Oct: Serpentine Pavilion. This year’s pavilion was designed by Francis Kéré, from Burkino Faso, and is the venue for events throughout the summer. To 10 Sep: Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition, Ever! New works by the provocative British artist, with themes including Brexit, gender and mass culture. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Admission free. www.serpentinegalleries.org. Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. T: 020-7402 6075. E4. Station: South Kensington.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery This arts space near the Serpentine Gallery was formerly a gunpowder store. To 8 Sep: Arthur Jafa. First solo UK show of the iconic US filmmaker, who challenges cultural assumptions about identity and race. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Admission free. www.serpentinegallery.org. West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, W2 2AR. T: 020-7402 6075. E4. Station: South Kensington.
Tate Britain The nation’s leading collection of British art from 1500 to today, including the world’s largest collection of works by Turner. To 1 Oct: Queer British Art 1861-1967. Exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England, featuring paintings, drawings and personal items from artists including David Hockney and John Singer Sargent. To 20 Aug: Cerith Wyn Evans. Huge light installation in the Duveen Galleries. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.tate.org.uk. Millbank, SW1P 4RG. T: 020-7887 8888. G8. Station: Pimlico.
Tate Modern World-class collection of international modern art in the transformed Bankside Power Station, now with a new wing, plus regular events at The Tanks. To 22 Oct: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Powerful works by black American artists during the dramatic period of the Civil Rights movement. To 10 Sep: Giacometti. Retrospective of works by the Swiss sculptor. To 8 Oct: Fahrelnissa Zeid. Kaleidoscopic paintings by the Turkish avant-garde artist. Sun-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.tate.org.uk. Bankside, SE1 9TG. T: 020-7887 8888. E9. Station: Southwark.
Whitechapel Gallery Influential East End gallery, showcasing a range of contemporary art in its temporary exhibitions. Tue-Sun 11am-6pm; Thur 11am-9pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.whitechapel. org. 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX. T: 020-7522 7888. Off map. Station: Aldgate East. 48 W H E R E LO N D O N I AU G U S T 2017
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This year London’s much-loved Wellcome Collection turns 10! To celebrate they are inviting you to explore their FREE museum and library with a series of trails and daily pop-up activities, until 30 August. Here are 10 highlights...
7 Feel Antony Gormley, 2005 It’s worth stopping and gazing up to see the life-size body suspended from the ceiling.
Fallow deer antler Chris Packham, 2017 Chris found this majestic antler while walking his dogs. See it in the crowdsourced exhibition A museum of modern nature.
I Can’t Help The Way I Feel John Isaacs, 2003 What does it feel like to inhabit a body? This giant sculpture provides a provocative starting-point.
9 Café & Kitchen Pop up to the restaurant for a delicious afternoon tea served 15.00–17.30 every day. Browse the menu for lunch options too, or eat in the lively café downstairs.
2 Bernal’s Picasso Pablo Picasso, 1950 Picasso scrawled this on the wall of distinguished scientist John Desmond Bernal at a dinner party.
5 Photographs John Thomson, 1864–1872 Scottish photographer John Thomson travelled in China, documenting its people and landscapes. See a selection from over 700 of Thomson’s glass negatives.
Napoleon’s toothbrush 1790–1820 See the actual toothbrush of Napoleon Bonaparte. It has a silver gilt handle, engraved on the rear with his coat of arms.
Books & gifts The award-winning shop has a fascinating mix of thought-provoking books and unusual gifts.
Freudian couch 2013 Lie back on this replica of Freud’s couch, which he first installed in his consulting room to psychoanalyse his patients.
Memento Mori Acquired before 1936 These delicate silver skeletons are an important reminder: “Remember the material world does not last”.
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You can find Wellcome Collection across the road from Euston station – a short walk from the British Museum and the British Library. Check when they’re open and plan your journey: wellcomecollection.org
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Watch stars under the stars as an annual open-air film festival returns to the spectacular courtyard of Somerset House, says Sarah Riches Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and cuddle up under the stars for a quintessential romantic evening, as Film4 Summer Screen returns to Somerset House (10-23 Aug; p. 62). Since 2005, film fans have gathered to sit on the cobbles of the courtyard to watch classic, cult and contemporary films. Whether you’re into comedies and musicals, thrillers or foreign-language flicks, UK or world premieres, there will be something for you, as well as talks and a line-up of DJs performing sets inspired by the films. Programmer David Cox says: ‘Film4 Summer Screen is the capital’s best open-air cinema experience. We have three UK premieres, while Somerset House is one of London’s most spectacular spaces – you can have up to 2,000 people each night in the courtyard. The communal experience is something special, as is the quality – most outdoor cinemas project from Blu-rays, whereas we use cinema-quality prints so it is sharper on screen. We also have surround sound with
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speakers around the courtyard, rather than just at the front. We have London’s largest outdoor screen, too. ‘There’s great food and drink on offer – or you can bring your own. While you’re tucking into your picnic and Prosecco, DJs play a sundown soundtrack inspired by the upcoming movie. You can also check out a free film poster exhibition or attend a talk from industry talent before the film begins. ‘And we have special guest introductions: this year, Al Gore is attending as we’re kicking off the season with his documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.’ You can also watch the black comedy Cruel Intentions; Oscar-winner Moonlight; the classic 1988 Japanese fantasy animation, My Neighbour Totoro; and the 1976 political thriller, All the President’s Men, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. The films might transport you to another world, but remember, you’re in London – so prepare for all weather scenarios!
The silver screen ELECTRIC CINEMA As well as 65 leather armchairs with side tables and footstools, this cinema has three two-seater sofas at the back and six double beds at the front. Cashmere blankets are provided. www.electriccinema.co.uk
PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA Fancy singing along to your favourite film? Here, a host warms up the audience and shows them how to use the props provided before screening an iconic movie such as Grease (18 Aug). Fancy dress is encouraged! www.princecharlescinema.com
BFI IMAX With a screen as high as five double-decker buses – making it the UK’s largest – there’s no better place to watch the latest blockbuster or documentary in 3D. It also hosts all-nighters for die-hard film fans (below). www.bfi.org.uk
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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical To 5 Aug: Musical about the early life and career of the award-winning singer-songwriter. Mon & Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Tue, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£72.50. www.beautifulmusical.co.uk. Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF. T: 0845-200 7981. E8. Station: Covent Garden/Holborn/Charing Cross.
The Book of Mormon This controversial and hilarious satire, from the writers of TV’s South Park, follows the exploits of two hapless missionaries from the Church of Latter Day Saints. Winner of four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm (& 4 Aug). Tickets £34.75-£202.25. www.bookof mormonlondon.com. Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS. T: 0844-482 5110. E7. Station: Leicester Square/Piccadilly Circus.
One of William Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies, King Lear, is making a return to Shakespeare’s Globe (from 10 Aug; p. 60; above). The elderly Lear – played by Kevin McNally from Pirates of the Caribbean – decides to step down and leave his kingdom to his daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. But first they must prove their love for him. The first two flatter their father but Cordelia thinks that words are not enough, leading the king to disown her. Later remorseful, he goes insane. Director Nancy Meckler, a regular at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, makes her Globe debut in this version.
MUSICALS & PERFORMANCES Aladdin This Broadway and West End hit has a stellar cast led by director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Expect tunes such as A Whole New World and Friend Like Me with lyrics by Tim Rice, and a real magic carpet. Just how do they do that? Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £42.25-£101.75. www.aladdin themusical.co.uk. Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844-482 5151. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Alice’s Adventures Underground Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic book, this immersive show from the award-winning theatre group Les Enfants Terribles has everything from colour-changing cocktails to acrobats. Please check for special child-friendly shows. It takes places in The Vaults beneath Waterloo Station. Please check for times. Tickets £39-£71.50. www.alice-underground.com. The Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN. F8. Station: Waterloo.
An American in Paris Originally a jazz number written in 1928 by the American composer George Gershwin and then an Oscar-winning film of the same name in 1951, An American in Paris follows an American World War II veteran who falls for a woman in a bar in 1940s Paris. But will she marry him, or his friend? Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2pm. Tickets £19.50-£125. www.anamericaninparisthemusical. co.uk. Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7AQ. T: 0845-200 7982. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Annie Set in 1930s New York during the Great Depression, Annie and her fellow orphans are forced to live a life of misery. But Annie’s luck soon changes when she is picked to spend Christmas with a billionaire. Miranda Hart stars as the orphanage’s mean manager (p. 62). Mon & WedSat 7.30pm; Thur & Sun 3pm. Tickets £20-£110. www.piccadillytheatre.org. Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, W1D 7DY. T: 0844-871 7630. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Bat Out of Hell It’s been 40 years but the time has finally come to don fishnet stockings and black eyeliner again to celebrate Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell. Inspired by rocker Meat Loaf’s 1977 album of the same name, the musical roars on to the stage with the title track and all other hits including You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth and I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) – plus two new songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets: £65-£250. www.batoutof hellmusical.com. 33 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES. T: 020-7845 9300. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
Dreamgirls Glee TV star Amber Riley plays Effie White in this musical about the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago on their rise to stardom. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£145. www.savoytheatre.org. Savoy Theatre, Strand, WC2R 0ET. T: 0844-871 7687. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
42nd Street Directed by Mark Bramble, this romantic comedy follows an authoritarian director as he stages a musical extravaganza during the Great Depression. Clare Halse (Gypsy) stars as Peggy, a small-town girl with big dreams who’s stuck in a chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady Dorothy Brock (Sheena Easton) gets injured, Peggy has her shot at stardom.Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £25-£125. www.42ndstreetmusical.co.uk. Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844-858 8877. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Girl from the North Country In Minnesota in 1934, a community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. Award-winning playwright Conor McPherson weaves the songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £12-£67.50. www.oldvic theatre.com. The Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB. T: 0844-871 7628. F9. Station: Waterloo.
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To 12 Aug: What happens when something goes wrong? Who holds us accountable? In October 2015, as part of an inquiry into the collapse of Kids Company – a charity set up to provide support for deprived inner-city children – Alan Yentob and Camila Batmanghelidjh gave evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Transcripts of their oral evidence have now been transformed into this unauthorised new musical. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£40. www.donmarwarehouse.com. Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham St, WC2H 9LX. T: 0844-871 7624. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
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ENTERTAINMENT Half a Sixpence Catch Cameron Mackintosh’s musical theatre version of HG Wells’s semi-autobiographical novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, which follows Arthur Kipps, an orphan and overworked draper’s assistant who unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as the beautiful Helen Walsingham gives Arthur a makeover. Both young women love him – but which of them should he listen to? Mon-Tue & Thur-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £49.75-£127.25. www.halfasixpence.co.uk. Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU. T: 0844-482 5140. E8. Station: Leicester Square.
Dance with death From its opening fight scene to the Capulet ball and funeral procession, the English National Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Festival Hall will keep you on your toes (1-5 Aug; p. 62). The ballet was originally created by choreographer Rudolf Nureyev in 1977 for the English National Ballet to honour the Queen’s silver jubilee, and has since been performed worldwide. Like the original, this version – also by Nureyev – features a score by Sergei Prokofiev, which is performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic. It remains faithful to Shakespeare’s text. Set in Verona, expect piazzas bustling with market traders, street entertainers and costumes straight from an Italian Renaissance painting. Catch it before it transfers to Bristol on a national tour.
Jesus Christ Superstar From 11 Aug: After a successful run at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in summer 2016, this show – with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice – returns to the outdoor venue (p. 56). Please check for times. Tickets £22.50-£55. www.openairtheatre.com. Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU. T: 0844-826 4242. C6. Station: Baker Street.
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Fun musical about a shoe factory that reinvigorates its business after its new owner decides to produce knee-high boots for drag queens. With music by Cyndi Lauper. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £25-£125. www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk. Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844579 0094. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
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ENTERTAINMENT Les Misérables The world’s longest-running musical, adapted from Victor Hugo’s classic novel, is set in post-revolutionary France. Jean Valjean has been in prison for 19 years, and after escaping he changes his name for a new life. The sets are fantastic. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £12.50-£143.75. www.lesmis.com. Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA. T: 0844-482 5160. D8. Station: Leicester Square/ Piccadilly Circus.
Disney’s The Lion King Wonderful adaptation of the popular Disney film with ingenious costumes and puppetry. The young lion Simba, heir to his father’s title, is threatened by evil uncle Scar. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tickets £47.70-£167.50. www.thelionking.co.uk. Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ. T: 0844-871 3000. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Reach for the stars Jesus vowed he’d rise again and he’s kept his promise – in the form of actor Declan Bennett, who reprises the title role in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar as it returns to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (from 11 Aug; p. 54). Director Timothy Sheader says: ‘Declan’s music background brings a particular skill set to the iconic role of Jesus. We’re referencing the original 1970 album, with a band on stage to create a “gig-like” event. There will be a contemporary twist, too – have you ever seen glitter used as a weapon?’
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This tribute to the popular music of ABBA, with a string of their well-known hits, has a feel-good story set on a Greek island. On the eve of her wedding, a young bride-to-be tries to find out who her real father is. Songs include Money, Money Money, Winner Takes It All, Thankyou for the Music, Dancing Queen, Lay All Your Love on Me, Super Trouper and Take a Chance on Me. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm (& 8 & 22 Aug). Tickets £18-£117. www.mamma-mia.com. Novello, Aldwych, WC2B 4LD. T: 0844-482 5115. E8. Station: Covent Garden/Temple.
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This multi-award-winning show based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book, with music from Tim Minchin, is about a clever little girl with magic powers who faces the wrath of her cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. The brilliant young cast are members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tue 7pm; Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £25-£122.50. www.matildathemusical.com. Cambridge Theatre, 32-34 Earlham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844-412 4652. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical, which was a huge hit on Broadway, follows failed rock star Dewey, who tries his hand as a supply teacher and turns his straight-A pupils into a rock band, hopefully without their parents and headteacher finding out. It’s based on the book by Julian Fellowes and features all the original songs from the movie. Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £15-£99.50. www.school ofrockthemusical.com. New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PF. T: 020-7452 3000. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Non-stop songs and dance celebrate Michael Jackson’s career. Hear all his hits including Off the Wall, Thriller and I Want You Back. The musical has been watched by more than three million fans around the world and is the longest-running show in the Lyric Theatre’s 125-year-old history. Please check for times and prices. www.thriller live.com. Lyric, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES. T: 0844-482 9674. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Motown the Musical
Feel-good musical based on the story of Motown Records, which launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, among many other famous acts. Please check for times and prices. www.shaftesburytheatre.com. Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399. D8. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Holborn.
From 24 Aug: Four actors play two characters caught between present and past in this love story set in New York over 20 years. A new musical, it features a score by the Academy and Grammy Award-winner Burt Bacharach. 8pm; 26 & 31 Aug 3pm. Tickets £20. www.the otherpalace.co.uk. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA. T: 0844-264 2140. Off map. Station: St James’s Park/Victoria.
The Phantom of the Opera
Long-running Gothic drama in which a mysterious masked man haunts the Paris Opera House and is obsessed with a young chorus singer. The show has been watched by more than 140 million people around the world. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £24.80-£128.50. www.thephantomoftheopera.com. Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL. T: 0844-412 2707. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
An award-winning fusion of theatre, dance, comedy and rhythmic percussion, where this lively troupe uses a whole host of everyday objects including chairs, ladders and dustbin lids. It’s hugely entertaining. Mon & Thur-Sat 8pm; Thur & Sat-Sun 3pm; Sun 6pm; occasional Weds. Tickets £26-£57.50. www.stomplondon.co.uk. Ambassadors Theatre, West St, WC2H 9ND. T: 020-7395 5405. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
Wicked The brilliant back story of the witches of Oz tells the tale of the unlikely friendship between two young women, Glinda and Elphaba, who meet as sorcery students. Enjoy the hit tunes Defying Gravity and Popular. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm (& 17 & 24 Aug). Tickets £24.25-£125. www.wickedthemusical.co.uk. Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1LG. T: 0844-871 3001. F7. Station: Victoria.
The Wind in the Willows The children’s novel has been brought to life by Julian Fellowes – creator of TV’s Downton Abbey. The musical stars Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guv’nors) as Toad, a loveable rascal with a penchant for fast cars. After a crash, Toad ends up in prison before escaping and continuing his madcap adventures much to the chagrin of his pals. Mon 7pm; Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Tue & Sat 2.30pm (& 3, 17 & 24 Aug). Tickets £15-£125. www.windin thewillowsthemusical.cm. London Palladium, Argyll St, W1F 7TF. T: 0844-412 2704. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
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PLAYS Angels in America To 19 Aug: This brilliant two-part drama is set in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Ronald Reagan administration, as New Yorkers grapple with life and death. Stars Andrew Garfield. Check for times. Tickets £15-£65. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 020-7452 3000. E8. Station: Waterloo.
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A hilarious play about six incompetent crooks who are desperate to get hold of a diamond, from the talented team behind The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Tue, Thur-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tickets £20-£73.75. www.thecomedyabout abankrobbery.com. The Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, W1V 9LB. T: 0844-815 6131. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
The long-awaited parts I and II of the adaptation of JK Rowling’s new co-written story have already won many awards. Harry now works for the Ministry of Magic. Suitable for all ages. Most tickets sold out; check for returns and times. www.harrypottertheplay.com. Palace Theatre, 113 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY. T: 0300-333 4813. Station: Charing Cross.
With a story by Jez Butterworth and Kristin is a liberal art historian who direction by Sam Mendes, this play – has just published her memoir. But which sold out at the Royal Court at a birthday party, cracks appear Theatre – is a guaranteed hit. Set in in her relationships. Tony and Northern Ireland in 1981, it follows Emmy Award-winner Stockard the Carney household as they The Phantom of the Channing stars in this new prepare for a feast to celebrate Opera’s make-up takes production of Alexi Kaye the harvest – but a visitor interrupts two hours to apply Campbell’s darkly funny play, which proceedings. Mon-Sat 7pm; Wed and 30 minutes is directed by Jamie Lloyd. Tickets & Sat 1.30pm. Tickets £12-£64.50. to remove £15-£95. www.atgtickets.com. Trafalgar www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk. Gielgud Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY. Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR. T: 0844-871 7632. E7. Station: Charing Cross. T: 0844-482 5130. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus/ Leicester Square.
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Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell star in Tennessee Williams’ searing play from 1955, about a family gathering at a cotton plantation in Mississippi, which is simmering with secrets. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£67. www.apollotheatrelondon.co.uk. Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES. T: 0330333 4809. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Hamlet Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke’s new production transfers to the West End. Starring Andrew Scott as the Danish Prince and Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude. Mon-Sat 7pm; Thur & Sat 1.30pm. Tickets £15-£95. www.haroldpinter.theater. Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, SW1Y 4DN. T: 0844-871 7622. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
From 10 Aug: King Lear has three daughters, but no sons. Boldly he makes a decision to divide his kingdom among his children, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions (p. 52). Check for times. Tickets £5-£45. www.shakespearesglobe.com. Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Station: Blackfriars.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald makes her West End debut as legendary jazz icon, Billie Holiday. The score features many of her hits. Tue-Sat 7.45pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.45pm. Tickets £12.50-£62.10. www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk. Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0DA. T: 0844-482 5120. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Loot From 17 Aug: This dark slapstick comedy follows two young friends who stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin. Check for times. Tickets £18.50-£29.50. www.parktheatre. co.uk. Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP. T: 020-7870 6876. Off map. Station: Finsbury Park.
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Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare’s classic play is transported to Mexico in 1910, where Claudio and Benedick have returned home from the first wave of the revolution. Please check for times. Tickets £5-£45. www.shakespearesglobe.com. Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Station: Blackfriars.
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Moving story of six Catholic choir girls from Oban who are let loose in Edinburgh for a day. It’s funny, heartbreaking and raucously rude. Please check for times. Tickets £15-£70. www.dukeofyorkstheatre.co.uk. Duke of York’s Theatre, 104 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG. T: 0844-871 7627. E8. Station: Leicester Square.
The Play That Goes Wrong Slapstick comedy about a drama society staging a murder mystery. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tickets £22-£67.50. www.theplaythatgoeswrong.com. Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine St, WC2B 5LA. T: 0844-482 9672. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Queen Anne Directed by Natalie Abrahami, this play blends politics and sexual tension with satirical song. Set in 1702 as England is on the verge of war, Princess Anne becomes Queen following the death of King William. Grieving over a miscarriage, she is exploited by her advisers. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-95. www.trh.co.uk. Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT. T: 020-7930 8800. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
A Tale of Two Cities To 5 Aug: Set in London and Paris during the French Revolution, this version is directed by the theatre’s artistic director, Timothy Sheader. 7.45pm; 3 & 5 Aug 2.15pm. Tickets £25-£48.50. www.openairtheatre.com. Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU. T: 0844-826 4242. C6. Station: Baker Street.
The Woman in Black Spooky story about a lawyer who visits a remote house to settle affairs after a death. Tue-Sat 8pm; Tue & Thur 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tickets £19.50-£60. www.thewomaninblack.com. Fortune Theatre, Russell St, WC2B 5HH. T: 0844-871 7626. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
YANK! A WWII Love Story To 19 Aug: In 1943, a male
reporter for Yank, a magazine for and by servicemen, follows the men in Charlie Company as they struggle to survive. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed 2.30pm; Sat 3pm. Tickets £17.50£39.50. www.charingcrosstheatre. co.uk. Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers St, WC2N 6NL. T: 0844-493 0650. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
Miranda Hart stars as the evil Miss Hannigan in the hit musical, Annie (p. 52)
FESTIVALS & EVENTS BBC Proms Annual historical festival celebrating classical music, with the aim of bringing it to the masses at reasonable prices. Please check for times and prices. www.bbc.co.uk/proms. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7589 8212. F4. Station: South Kensington.
Film4 Summer Screen 10-23 Aug: An annual outdoor festival celebrating classic, cult and contemporary films. Watch all genres as well as foreign-language flicks and UK and world premieres. You can also attend expert talks, dance to DJs performing sets inspired by the films and browse a film poster exhibition, all in a beautiful courtyard (p. 50). Please check for times and prices. www.somersethouse.org.uk. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Station: Temple.
Luna Cinema Watch classic films and blockbusters such as Dreamgirls, Ghostbusters and the Rocky Horror Picture Show under the stars at iconic venues around London. Please check for times. Adult £15; child £10. www.thelunacinema.com. T: 0844-858 6767.
Summer of Love Celebrate love at the Globe with a series of romantic performances. Please check for times. Tickets £5-£45. www.shakespearesglobe.com. Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. E10. Station: Blackfriars.
Underbelly Festival A packed schedule of comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows, plus street food and one of London’s biggest outdoor bars. Please check for times and prices. www.underbellyfestival.com. Belvedere Road Coach Park, SE1 8XX. T: 0844545 8252. E8. Station: Waterloo.
DANCE Royal Festival Hall 1-5 Aug: Romeo and Juliet: Originally created by
choreographer Rudolf Nureyev in 1977 for the English National Ballet to honour the Queen’s silver jubilee, this ballet has since been performed worldwide. Like the original, this version – also by Nureyev – features a score by Sergei Prokofiev (p. 54). Check for times and prices. www.south bankcentre.co.uk. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 020-7960 4200. E8. Station: Waterloo.
Royal Opera House The Royal Ballet Company’s home base. To 5 Aug: Don Quixote. Petipa and Gorsky’s classic. To 7 Aug: Swan Lake. The Mariinsky Ballet dances Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Check for times and prices. www.roh.org.uk. Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 0207304 4000. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Sadler’s Wells To 6 Aug: Tanguera. On the sultry streets of Buenos Aires you will find the world of the Tanguera, the tango dancer, who must seduce men with her beauty in order to survive. 8-12 Aug: Flamencura. Paco Pena’s excellent showcase of flamenco dancers and musicians. Please check for times and prices. www.sadlerswells.com. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN. T: 020-7863 8000. Off map. Station: Angel.
CONCERTS: CLASSICAL Cadogan Hall 7 Aug: BBC Proms 2017 Chamber Music 4. French cellist Edgar Moreau. 14 Aug: Chamber Music 5. Latvian Radio Choir. 21 Aug: Chamber Music 6.
German soprano Christiane Karg and pianist Malcom Martineau. 28 Aug: Chamber Music 7. Pavel Kolesnikov performs Chopin. Please check for times and prices. www.cadoganhall.com. 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ. T: 020-7730 4500. G6. Station: Sloane Square.
Royal Albert Hall London’s premier music hall and home to the annual BBC Proms. 1 Aug: Prom 23: Handel – Israel in Egypt. 3 Aug: Prom 26: Mozart and Brahms. 5 Aug: Prom 28: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. 11 Aug: Proms 34 & 35: John Wilson Conducts Oklahoma! Please check for times, prices and full Proms listings. www.royalalberthall.com. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 0207589 8212. G4. South Kensington.
St James’s Piccadilly This 1676 church has free recitals every Mon, Wed & Fri at 1.10pm and concerts from 7.30pm. www.sjp. org.uk. St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. T: 020-7381 0441. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Extensive programme of lunchtime and evening concerts and recitals. Please check for details. www.smitf.org. St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
CONCERTS: POP, JAZZ & WORLD The Jazz Café This live music and club specialises in jazz and funk. 8 Aug: A Night of Whitney. 14 Aug: Teedra Moses. R’n’B and hip hop. 24 Aug: Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra. Please check for times and prices. www.thejazzcafelondon.com. 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG. T: 0844-847 2514. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
The O2 Enormous venue for live music. 19 Aug: Bros. A long-awaited revival. Please check for times and prices. www.theo2.co.uk. The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0AX. T: 0844-856 0202. Off map. Station: North Greenwich.
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club London’s most famous jazz venue. 5 Aug: Lucky Peterson. 7-12 Aug: The Mingus Big Band. 16-19 Aug: The James Taylor Quartet featuring Yvonne Yanney vocals. 24-25 Aug: Tord Gustavsen Trio. Please check for times and prices. www.ronnie scotts.co.uk. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT. T: 020-7439 0747. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
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The Mousetrap A murderer strikes at a party in Agatha Christie’s long-running whodunnit. Please check for times and prices. www.the-mousetrap.co.uk. St Martin’s Theatre, West St, WC2H 9NZ. T: 0844-499 1515. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
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CHILDREN & FAMILIES The Borrowers To 20 Aug: Puppetry, original music, design and suspense come together in this play for five to 11 year olds. Arietty has lived her life beneath the floorboards, dreaming of the great outdoors. When her father Pod finally brings her upstairs to learn the tricks of borrowing, Arietty meets a human boy. But their friendship risks everything when the ‘human beans’ discover the borrowers’ secret world. Tickets £10-£15. Please check for times. www.polkatheatre.com. Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB. T: 020-8543 4888. Off map. Station: Wimbledon.
Gangsta Granny Following a UK tour, the stage version of the comedian and author David Walliams’ children’s book follows Ben (Ashley Cousins) as he stays in with his granny (Gilly Tompkins) on a boring Friday night. He expects the same old grizzly cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake – but his groovy granny has a secret to spice things up. Suitable for children five and over. Tue, Wed, Sat-Sun 7pm; Tue-Sun 2.30pm. Tickets £23.50£65. www.garricktheatre.org. Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0HH. T: 0844-482 9673. E7/8. Station: Leicester Square.
Hatch To 27 Aug: Hatch follows the extraordinary journey of an egg through different sensory worlds, each bursting with sights, sounds and a musical score by Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale. From flowing water and whistling winds, to the beautiful call of a bird and a voyage through the clouds, discover new sounds in unlikely places. This endearing play is suitable for two to five year olds. Please check for times. Tickets £9-£12.50. www.polkatheatre.com. Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB. T: 020-8543 4888. Off map. Station: Wimbledon.
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Imaginary 9-12 Aug: Chaotic and open-hearted Milo is Sam’s
only friend. But as Sam’s first day at secondary school approaches, his mum is worried that Milo is holding her son back, stopping him from growing up. School turns out to be full of surprises and secrets. Can Sam and Milo’s friendship survive in this new world, where a painful revelation threatens to change their lives forever? Suitable for over sevens. 7.30pm. Tickets £25-£35. www.theother palace.co.uk. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA. T: 0844-264 2140. F7. Station: Victoria.
Much Ado About Puffin 11-13 Aug: Traverse stormy seas in this funny tale about a lone man’s friendship with a friendly puffin. Using skillful puppetry, music, and storytelling, this show is ideal for four to nine year olds. Please check for times. Adult £10; child £8. www.littleangel theatre.com. Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, N1 2DN. T: 020-7226 1787. Off map. Station: Angel.
Oliver Twist To 5 Aug: Charles Dickens’ original Victorian play about an orphan in a London workhouse has been recreated so it is suitable for over sixes. It is directed by Caroline Byrne, who is no stranger to open-air theatre – she also directed Shakespeare’s Globe’s The Taming of the Shrew. Please check for times. Tickets £18. www.openairtheatre.com. Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU. T: 0844-826 4242. C6. Station: Baker Street.
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SHOPPING | THE GUIDE
Thank you for the music As music festivals fill the city, Kohinoor Sahota shops around for memorabilia, from autographs to illustrations Music and fashion go together like rhythm and blues, so it is fitting to find Selfridges has launched Music Matters (to 19 Oct; p. 65). The landmark department store explores the relationship between music and style and turning itself into a music venue. TEM, a London-based design practice that has worked with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, has created an immersive digital space in the store, complete with lights, mirrors and projections. Every Thursday, the venue – which has a 150 capacity – hosts Selfridges Presents with musicians, DJs and visual artists. A$AP Rocky and Skepta are among the performers. The Beatles and Adele have all recorded at Abbey Road Studios. But instead of just walking across the world-famous zebra crossing, you can take a piece of the studio home with you from Abbey Road Store (shop.abbeyroad.com). The shop, adjacent to the iconic studios, is a haven for music fans. Inspired by the studios, items include classic souvenirs, from stationery to crockery, but with an Abbey Road twist. Egg cups have Beatles’ lyrics such as ‘I am the
eggman’ written on them, while notebooks are covered in graffiti – just like the walls outside. Catherine Smith, Abbey Road’s retail manager, says: ‘We’ve created a range of bespoke products that represent the history of the studios as well as selected the best of artist merchandise and, of course, some of the incredible music that has been recorded here. We can’t wait to welcome music fans from all over the world through our doors.’ Want more of the Fab Four? In Baker Street, the London Beatles Store (www.beatlesstore london.co.uk) has collectibles and autographs, while next door’s It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll (www.itsonlyrocknrolllondon.co.uk) has Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Queen memorabilia, as well as framed gold and silver discs. In still-swinging Carnaby Street, which is where Jimi Hendrix was often spotted clothes shopping, you will find We Built This City (p. 67), a souvenir shop with a difference. Specialising in artwork, there are all types of prints celebrating British musical icons, along with a series of illustrated music maps.
T: Telephone number. Station: including Underground (’Tube‘) stations, railway and Docklands Light Railway. Please check for full listings, online discounts and time of last entry. References at the end of listings (A1; B5 etc.) refer to coordinates on the map on p. 88-89
Bond Street Home to designer boutiques, antiques, art and jewellery. D6/E6/E7. Station: Bond Street.
Canary Wharf A first-class shopping destination located in a smart and impressive development in the Docklands. Map inset. Station: Canary Wharf.
Dress to impress Regent Street, a haven for shoppers, is located between Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. This summer sees the launch of Regent Street Stylists – a street-wide shopping experience that sees world-class fashion stylists offer their services on a complimentary basis. Whatever your budget or brief, the stylists have shops at their fingertips, from Ralph Lauren to Uniqlo. Appointments are limited and must be booked online – they begin with a 30-minute consultation, followed by 90 minutes of shopping with the stylists. www.regentstreetonline.com
Once the domain for 1960s mods and rockers, these days the Carnaby area appeals to the fashionable set, with sports-inspired stores and edgy designers. D7/E7. Station: Oxford Circus.
A small but charming wharf that’s home to some interesting craftspeople, from ceramicists to jewellers. You’ll also find a selection of restaurants including the OXO Tower. E9. Station: Waterloo.
This former fruit and vegetable market is now a popular centre for arts, crafts and special interest shops and stalls. The Piazza is surrounded by street entertainers. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
This hidden historic corner of London is home to the jewellery trade and the centre of the diamond industry. C9/D9. Station: Farringdon.
Jermyn Street & St James’s Some of the oldest specialist menswear shops in London are found in this area, including hatters and shirtmakers. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
King’s Road Once famous for upmarket and alternative fashion, this street still attracts a stylish crowd. Department store Peter Jones is good for homeware, and Duke of York Square has stylish shops and a food market. G4. Station: Sloane Square.
Oxford Street Europe’s busiest shopping street has major department stores including Selfridges and John Lewis, plus popular high-street chains. D6/D7. Station: Oxford Circus/Bond Street/Marble Arch/Tottenham Court Road.
Regent Street Originally designed by John Nash, this prestigious area includes Apple, Liberty, Swarovski, the first British Ferrari shop and Burberry. D6/D7/E7. Station: Oxford Circus/Piccadilly Circus.
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Left to right: Careless Whisper lyrics at We Built This City; David Bowie print at We Built This City; merchandise at Abbey Road Store
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One of London’s most famous areas for tailoring is in upmarket Mayfair. Find bespoke tailors including Anderson & Sheppard, Gieves & Hawkes, Hardy Amies and Kilgour. E7. Station: Green Park.
Edwardian food and meat halls, plus fashion departments. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm; Sun 11.30am-6pm. www.harrods.com. 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-7730 1234. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
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In the heart of Covent Garden are seven quirky streets full of independent boutiques, heritage brands and vintage stores. www.sevendials.co.uk. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Fashion, beauty, homeware and electrical goods. Mon-Fri 9.30am-10pm; Sun noon-6.30pm. www.houseoffraser.com. 318 Oxford St, W1C 1HF. T: 0844-800 3752. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
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Home to an exciting mix of shops selling accessories, shoes, designer brands and more, plus London’s largest concentration of pavement dining. D6. Station: Bond Street.
MAJOR STORES Fenwick Designer names and regular events. Mon-Wed; Fri & Sat 10am-7pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun noon6pm. www.fenwick.co.uk. 63 New Bond St, W1S 1RQ. T: 020-7629 9161. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Fortnum & Mason This British institution is famed for its food hall. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun noon-6pm. www.fortnum andmason.com. 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER. T: 0845-300 1707. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Hamleys One of the world’s biggest toy shops. Mon-Fri 9am-10pm; Sat 9.30am-9pm; Sun noon-6pm. www.hamleys.com. 188-196 Regent St, W1B 5BT. T: 0871-704 1977. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
Find designer fashion labels, homeware and electrical goods at this trusted chain. Mon-Wed & Fri 9.30am-8pm; Thur 9.30am-9pm; Sun noon-6pm. www.johnlewis.com. 300 Oxford St, W1A 1EX. T: 020-7629 7711. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Marks & Spencer Reliable source for lingerie, fashion and food (multiple locations). Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun noon6pm. www.marksandspencer.com. 458 Oxford St, W1C 1AP. T: 020-7935 7954. D6. Station: Marble Arch.
Liberty Heritage combined with cutting-edge design and the brand’s famous prints. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun noon-6pm. www.liberty.co.uk. Great Marlborough St, W1B 5AH. T: 020-7734 1234. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Selfridges Browse some of the finest products in beauty and fashion, including exclusive and limitededition products (p. 64). Mon-Sat 9.30am-10pm; Sun 11.30am-6pm. www.selfridges.com. 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB. T: 0800-123 400. D6. Station: Bond Street.
LUXURY ARCADES Burlington Arcade Regency arcade running from Burlington Gardens to Piccadilly. Each morning it opens with a gate ceremony. www.burlington-arcade.co.uk. Burlington Arcade, W1J 0QJ. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Leadenhall Market A grand Victorian covered market in the heart of the City, bustling with boutiques. www.cityoflondon. gov.uk. Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch St, EC3V 1LR. T: 020-7621 0709. D11. Station: Monument.
MALLS & FACTORY OUTLETS Bicester Village Discount designer clothes (p. 67). Mon-Wed & Fri 9am-9pm; Thur & Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 10am-7pm. www.bicestervillage.com. Bicester Village, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD. T: 01869-323 200. Off map. Station: Bicester Village, from London Marylebone. There is also a bus pick-up service from major hotels.
Westfield London This mall has more than 300 shops, from high-street names to high-end fashion labels. www.westfield. com/london. Ariel Way, W12 7GF. T: 020-3371 2300. Map inset. Station: Shepherd’s Bush.
Westfield Stratford City Massive mall with 270 shops as well as a cinema and casino. www.westfield.com/stratfordcity. 2 Stratford Place, E20 1EJ. T: 020-8221 7300. Map inset. Station: Stratford. www.wheretraveler.com 65
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Alexander McQueen A must for men’s and women’s fashions, this flagship boutique has the label’s signature skull scarves. www.alexandermcqueen.co.uk. 4-5 Old Bond St, W1S 4PD. T: 020-7355 0088. E7. Station: Green Park.
Burberry Find the Burberry London and Prorsum collections featuring clothing for men, women and children (multiple locations). www.burberry.com. 121 Regent St, W1B 4TB. T: 020-7806 8904. E7. Station: Oxford Circus.
Hackett Polos, sporting jackets, cords, suits and accessories (multiple locations around London). www.hackett.com. 193-197 Regent St, W1B 4LY. T: 020-7494 4917. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
LEGO merchandise, including a huge replica of Big Ben made from bricks. 3 Swiss Court, W1D 6AP. T: 020-7839 3480. www.lego.com/en-gb/stores. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
M&M’s World Sweet treats, including London-inspired chocolate souvenirs. Mon-Sat 10am-midnight; Sun noon-6pm. www.mmsworld.com. 1 Swiss Court, W1D 6AP. T: 020-7025 7171. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
The Nickelodeon Store Products inspired by the TV channel’s shows. Mon-Fri 10am-10pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun noon-6pm. 1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Burberry made coats in 1914 for officers in World War I. These became what is now known as the ‘trench coat’
Find clothing, jewellery and accessories for women, including contemporary casualwear. www.juicy couture.com. 198 Regent St, W1B 5TP. T: 020-7734 2413. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
River Island Stylish, affordable fashion for men, women and children. Look out for the Style Studio, a personal shopper lounge with sofas and a bar. www.riverisland.com. 473 Oxford St, W1C 3AU. T: 0344-334 0506. D5. Station: Marble Arch.
JEWELLERY & WATCHES Harry Winston The king of diamond jewellery in London for more than 80 years. Discover the beautifully designed gems loved by international royalty and Hollywood’s elite. www.harrywinston.com. 171 New Bond St, W1S 4RD. T: 020-7907 8800. E6. Station: Bond Street.
LEATHER & LUGGAGE Anya Hindmarch
Luxurious leather goods ranging from wallets to sequinned evening bags (multiple locations). www.anya hindmarch.com. 118 New Bond St, W1S 1EW. T: 020-7493 1628. E7. Station: Bond Street.
Moynat The UK flagship of the Parisian luxury luggage and handbag brand. www.moynat.com. 112 Mount St, W1K 2TU. T: 020-7495 3885. E6. Station: Bond Street/Green Park.
Tumi Brand leaders in prestigious luggage, business cases and accessories (multiple locations around London). www.tumi.com. 211 Regent St, W1B 4NF. T: 020-7493 4138. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
SPECIALIST STORES Buckingham Palace Shop Find a wide range of unique royal souvenirs. Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm. www.royalcollectionshop. co.uk. 7 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PP. T: 020-7839 1377. E6. Station: Victoria.
Cath Kidston Home to stylish accessories, from stationery to bags, with pretty London prints (p. 10). www.cathkidston.com. 178-180 Piccadilly, W1J 9ER. T: 020-7499 9895. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
John Bell & Croyden This wellbeing emporium is more than 200 years old and is the official pharmacy to the Queen. It offers emergency prescriptions and vaccinations. www.johnbellcroyden.co.uk. Please check for opening times. 50-54 Wigmore St, W1U 2AU. T: 020-7935 5555. D6. Station: Bond Street.
London Glassblowing Home to wonderful jewellery, decorations, vases, ornaments and unusual items. You can try out a glassblowing session, too. www.londonglass blowing.co.uk. 62-66 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UD. T: 020-7403 2800. F11. Station: London Bridge.
Twinings This is one of the capital’s oldest shops and is full of teas and infusions. Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm; Sat 10am5pm; Sun 11am-6pm. www.twinings.co.uk. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 020-7353 3511. D9. Station: Temple.
We Built This City Quirky souvenir shop where classic items are given a twist (p. 64). Look out for maps and illustrations of London icons. Mon-Wed 10am-7pm; Thur-Sat 10am8pm; Sun noon-6pm. www.webuiltthiscity.co.uk. 56-57 Carnaby St, W1F 9QF. E7. Station: Oxford Circus.
Links of London Jewellery and watches with high-quality designs. www.linksoflondon.com. 491 Oxford St, W1A 2LR. T: 020-7491 2371. D5. Station: Bond Street.
Pandora Jewellery and gifts, including Pandora’s much-loved charm bracelets that you can build. www.pandora. net. 257-259 Oxford St, W1C 2DD. T: 020-7407 2007. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
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Tiffany & Co This world-renowned jeweller displays exquisite designer gems (multiple locations around London). www.tiffany.com. The Courtyard, Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LQ. T: 020-7409 2790. D10. Station: Bank.
Wempe Grand, spacious setting for the luxury German family business, established in 1878. Large selection of jewellery and fine watches. www.wempe.com. 43-44 New Bond St, W1S 2SA. T: 020-7493 2299. E6. Station: Bond Street.
KIDS’ STORES The Disney Store The Oxford Street branch has received a sprinkle of magic and has high-tech entertainment. Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun noon-6pm (branches in WC2 and W12). www.disneystore.co.uk. 350-352 Oxford St, W1C 1JH. T: 020-7491 9136. D6. Station: Bond Street.
Designer discounts If you love designer names at discount prices, visit Bicester Village (p. 65). Located just 46 minutes by train from London Marylebone, the area is made up of numerous outlet stores, from Burberry to Barbour, with up to 60 per cent off the retail price. This summer you can also enjoy live entertainment: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (above) is performed every Thursday from 4pm to 8pm, and there’s live music every Friday from 4pm to 8pm. You can make the most of the trip, as there are also longer opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 9am-9pm; Thursday to Saturday 9am-10pm. www.wheretraveler.com 67
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DINING | THE GUIDE
Checking in with The Ned
Top to bottom: Millie’s Lounge; Cecconi’s; dishes at Kaia
Poultry Street, in the heart of the City of London, is the venue of one of the coolest new hotel openings in London. The former headquarters of Midland Bank (later HSBC) is a century-old Grade I-listed building, now converted into The Ned, named after the bank’s original designer, Sir Edwin Lutyens. Its ground-floor atrium, which was once the immense banking hall, has retained its 92 deep-green verdite columns, walnutpanelled counters and marble flooring, and is now home to eight restaurants – seven of which are open to all. Never mind its opulent guest rooms in a 1920s style, or members-only bar in the original bank vaults, as this main floor alone has a real ‘wow’ factor – not surprisingly, given that its co-owner is Nick Jones, founder of the chic club Soho House. The Ned’s restaurants serve cuisines from across the globe, from Asia/Pacific to New York, Britain and Italy. Cecconi’s – the second UK outlet of the luxury chain – serves north Italian specialities. You can share some cicchetti, with a selection of familiar dishes such as aubergine parmigiana, followed by lobster spaghetti or veal Milanese. There is a wood-fired oven, tastefully clad in marble to blend in with the historic surroundings. Every other dining outlet here is original. Millie’s Lounge, named after St Mildred church that stood on this site until the Great Fire in 1666, has a 24-hour menu of British cuisine. Its tasteful pink scalloped sofas sit under huge arched windows (the original ones, of course) and the menu includes sirloin steak, fish and chips and a shellfish platter for two. If you are after healthy dining, try the dishes in Kaia, inspired by Asia-Pacific cuisine. Enjoy lunch of a poke bowl (raw fish salad such as salmon, mango yuzu and trout caviar) or grilled lamb cutlets with honey soy – there’s a large sake menu to accompany it, too. For something heartier, you can take in some New York Lower East-style dishes at Zobler’s Delicatessen. With marble counters and a bright interior, its menu has chicken soup dinner with matzo balls, or the classic Zobler’s Reuben: corned beef, kraut, Swiss cheese and Russian salad on rye. If you need a digestif, sit on a leather-top bar stool for an all-American cocktail – or a signature ‘Nedgroni’. 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ. T: 020-3828 2000. www.thened.com
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As The Ned hotel opens, Emma Levine finds it has restaurants galore
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THREE OF THE VERY BEST INDIAN RESTAUR ANTS This award winning sophisticated Indian Grill offers intense flavours with an innovative twist, in a theatrical open kitchen setting. Michelin star. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8JT T: 020 7823 1166 E: email@example.com Private dining room seats 14
The rich setting, interesting art and romantic candle lighting are secondary details in Londonâ€™s haven of great Indian contemporary food. Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday. Saturday Brunch with live jazz music. 73 St Jamesâ€™s Street, London SW1A 1PH T: 020 7629 6688 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Two private dining rooms seat 30 and 16
Classical dishes, lovingly prepared and beautifully served in sumptuous surroundings overlooking Regent Street. The oldest Indian restaurant in the world. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Mezzanine Floor, Victory House, 1st floor 99 Regent Street, London W1B 4RS T: 020 7734 1401 E: email@example.com Private dining room seats 24
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AMERICAS (NORTH & SOUTH) Avenue Contemporary wining and dining Manhattan-style. £££. Mon-Fri B, L & D; Sat & Sun brunch; Sat D. www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk. 7-9 St James’s St, SW1A 1EE. T: 020-7321 2111. E7. Station: Green Park.
Gaucho Succulent Argentine steaks, plus a wine bar and entertainment. ££££. Daily L & D (and branches). www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk. 25 Swallow St, W1B 4QR. T: 020-7734 4040. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Goodman Premium New York steakhouse with dry-aged US and British beef, plus dishes such as lobster tail with garlic butter. £££. Mon-Sat L & D. www.good manrestaurants.com. 26 Maddox St, W1S 1QH. T: 020-7499 3776. E6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Hard Rock Cafe London’s original burger joint, more than 40 years old, with plenty of rock memorabilia, funky décor and a fun atmosphere. ££. Daily L & D. www.hardrock.com. 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB. T: 020-7514 1700. E8. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Heliot Steak House Hippodrome Casino’s restaurant, over the main gaming floor, serves British classics and USDA beef. £££. Daily L & D. www.hippodromecasino.com. Leicester Square, 42-43 Cranbourn St, WC2H 7JH. T: 020-7769 8888. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
BRITISH (MODERN) Aqua Shard Contemporary cuisine created from local produce matches the fantastic views at this slick restaurant on The Shard’s 32nd floor. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.aquashard.co.uk. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-3011 1256. E10. Station: London Bridge.
Butlers Restaurant Enjoy top English cuisine in an elegant Mayfair restaurant, famed for its Dover sole. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.chesterfieldmayfair.com. 35 Charles St, W1J 5EB. T: 020-7491 2622. E6. Station: Green Park.
Caxton Grill Superb selection of steaks cooked in the Josper grill, plus seafood dishes such as lobster with Hollandaise, in a stylish venue (p. 74). ££££. Daily L & D. www.caxtongrill.co.uk. 2 Caxton St, SW1H 0QW. T: 020-7227 7777. F7. Station: St James’s Park.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal The superchef offers a menu influenced by historic British gastronomy. ££££. Daily L & D; booking essential. www.dinnerbyheston.com. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightbridge, SW1X 7LA. T: 020-7201 3833. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
Fera at Claridge’s Enjoy creative British dishes from local, organic ingredients, served in a beautiful Art Deco restaurant. ££££. Daily L & D. www.claridges. co.uk/fera. Claridge’s Hotel, Brook St, W1K 4HR. T: 020-7107 8888. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Great Court Restaurant Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea above the huge museum’s iconic Reading Room. ££. Daily L; Fri D. www.britishmuseum.org. British Museum, Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 020-7323 8990. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Holborn.
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Intimate restaurant serving tasty dishes. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.milestonehotel.com. The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, W8 5DL. T: 020-7917 1000. Off map. Station: High Street Kensington.
This smart brasserie adjoining the stylish Rosewood hotel serves classic British dishes with a twist. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.holborndining room.com. 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN. T: 020-3747 8633. D8. Station: Holborn.
Jason Atherton’s award-winning restaurant and bar boasts a creative menu and city views. £££. Mon-Fri L & D, Sat D. www.citysociallondon.com. Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N 1HQ. T: 020-7877 7703. D11. Station: Liverpool Street.
All-day restaurant serves British dishes that are entirely gluten and dairy-free. ££-£££. Daily B & D; Mon-Fri L. www.onealdwych.com. One Aldwych hotel, WC2B 4BZ. T: 020-7300 1000. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Lima Michelin-starred contemporary Peruvian cuisine. £££. Tue-Sun L; daily D. www.limalondon.com. 31 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JH. T: 020-3002 2640. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Oblix Sophisticated New York-style rotisserie/grill with stunning views from the 32nd floor of The Shard. £££. Daily L & D. www.oblixrestaurant.com. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-7268 6700. E10. Station: London Bridge.
Rainforest Cafe Busy all-day dining in a mock rainforest setting with animatronic animals and a family-friendly menu. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.therainforest cafe.co.uk. 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EU. T: 020-7434 3111. E3. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
STK London Dine on British and American prime steaks, with DJs playing nightly. ££££. Daily D. www.stkhouse.com. ME London Hotel, 336 Strand, WC2R 1HA. T: 0207395 3450. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
JW Steakhouse Top-quality steakhouse offering dry-aged prime beef with a variety of sides, starters and toppings. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.jwsteakhouse.co.uk. Grosvenor House Hotel, 86 Park Lane, W1K 7TL. T: 020-7399 8460. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
The highest of teas Not all countries allow the public to explore their government, so make the most of the Houses of Parliament’s 90-minute guided or audio tours (p. 30). Stroll the Commons’ and Lords’ Chambers and explore St Stephen’s Hall, the former home of the Commons, which is lined with chandeliers, paintings and tiles. Discover how Parliament got its name from the French verb ‘parler’ (to talk), and see the door damaged by Black Rod as he summons MPs to listen to the Queen’s speech – a tradition that dates from 1642. Finish with afternoon tea in the Terrace Pavilion, a marquee-style structure on the river with views of the London Eye, or the wood-panelled Members’ Dining Room lined with portraits. Over tea or Champagne, you can nibble on sandwiches, classic scones and delicious tarts, including a passionfruit curd pastry with strawberry meringue.
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This huge London branch has burgers, pizzas and cocktails, plus movie memorabilia. ££. Daily L & D (bar to 1am). www.planethollywood london.com. 57-60 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QX. T: 020-7287 1000. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
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DINING Rex Whistler Restaurant
Dine on dishes such as Gressingham duck breast in a dining room with a century-old mural. ££. Daily L. www.tate.org.uk. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG. T: 020-7887 8825. G8. Station: Pimlico.
Long-established, plush restaurant with hearty dishes such as rump steak and rib of beef, where the likes of Charles Dickens used to dine. ££££. Daily L & D. www.rules.co.uk. 35 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7LB. T: 020-7836 5314. E8. Covent Garden.
St Pancras Grand British brasserie-style dishes in an ornate dining room. ££-£££. Daily B, L & D. www.searcys.co.uk. Upper Concourse, St. Pancras Station, Euston Rd, N1C 4QL. T: 020-7870 9900. C8. Station: King’s Cross St. Pancras.
BRITISH (TRADITIONAL) Café in the Crypt This vaulted café serves homely English dishes. Dine in the courtyard during summer. £. Mon-Sat B, L & D, Sun 11am-6pm. www.smitf.org. St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1158. D7. Station: Charing Cross.
Serpentine Bar & Kitchen Enjoy hearty dishes or a light lunch on a terrace overlooking the Serpentine lake. £. Daily B & L. www.benugo.com/restaurants/serpentine-barkitchen. Serpentine Rd, Hyde Park, W2 2UH. T: 020-7706 8114. E5. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar Modern restaurant with roast beef, steaks and terrine boards, plus a good pre-theatre menu. ££. Daily L & D. www.sophiessteakhouse.co.uk. 29-31 Wellington St, WC2E 7DB (and Chelsea branch). T: 020-7836 8836. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Mews of Mayfair
An 18th-century mews house with a brasserie, lounge and cocktail bar, plus a cobbled courtyard. £££. Daily L; Mon-Sat D. www.mewsofmayfair.com. 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, W1S 1EY. T: 020-7518 9388. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Excellent Cantonese and Shanghai dishes, including dim sum. £££. Daily L & D. www.brightcourtyard. co.uk. 43-45 Baker St, W1U 8EW. T: 020-7486 6998. D6. Station: Baker Street.
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The Ritz Restaurant
Enjoy classic British dishes in a pretty dining room, with top-notch service. Men should wear a jacket and tie. ££££. Daily B, L & D. www.theritz london.com. The Ritz hotel, 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR. T: 020-7300 2370. E6/7. Station: Green Park.
Located in Harrods, this chic restaurant serves dishes such as Wagyu beef, Alaskan king crab and Chilean sea bass. ££££. Daily L; Mon-Sat D (until 8pm). www.chaiwu.co.uk. 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-3819 8888. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
Eastern flavours The team behind popular Indian restaurant Gunpowder has opened a new venue in Spitalfields. Madame D is all about the divine flavours of the Himalayas – dishes inspired by Tibet, Nepal, northern India and China. With textured white walls, dark wooden floorboards and stools, it’s a simple yet intimate spot with just six tables. Diners are encouraged to share dishes, with unusual creations such as potato bhel (a twist on the Indian bhel puri). 76 Commercial St, E1 6LY. T: 020-7247 1341. www.madame-d.com. C11. Station: Aldgate/Liverpool Street
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Galvin at Windows
Stylish, Michelin-starred restaurant serving fusion and traditional dishes. ££££. Daily L & D; Thur-Sat last orders 12.30am. www.hakkasan.com. 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HF (and Mayfair branch). T: 020-7927 7000. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Michelin-starred restaurant with great views. £££. Mon-Fri & Sun L; Mon-Sat D. www.galvin atwindows.com. Hilton on Park Lane, W1K 1BE. T: 020-7208 4021. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
This fashionable venue is good for a late-night dinner. £££-££££. Daily L & D (last orders midnight). www.the-ivy.co.uk. 1-5 West St, WC2H 9NQ. T: 020-7836 4751. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
Superior Michelin-starred cuisine with dishes such as Kagoshima Wagyu beef. ££££. Daily L & D. www.kaimayfair.co.uk. 65 South Audley St, W1K 2QU. T: 020-7493 8988. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Royal China Club This huge Cantonese restaurant is popular for its dim sum, served at lunchtime, and crispy duck. ££. Daily L & D. www.royalchinagroup.co.uk. 24-26 Baker St, W1U 3BZ (and branches). T: 0207487 4688. D6. Station: Baker Street.
CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN 1 Lombard Street Hearty, modern cooking in this brasserie, a former bank, with a huge glass dome. £££. Mon-Fri B, L & D. www.1lombardstreet.com. 1 Lombard St, EC3V 9AA. T: 020-7929 6611. D10. Station: Bank.
OXO Tower Elegant restaurant on the Thames with stunning views. ££££. Daily L & D. www.oxotower.co.uk. OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, SE1 9PH. T: 020-7803 3888. E9. Station: Waterloo.
www.j-sheekey.co.uk. 28-35 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL. T: 020-7240 2565. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Poppie’s Traditional fish and chip shop with 1950s décor. £. Daily L & D. www.poppiesfishandchips.co.uk. 55 Old Compton St, W1D 6HW. T: 020-7734 4845. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
The Sea Shell Enjoy hearty fish and chips, or pan-seared king scallops. ££. Mon-Sat L & D. www.seashell restaurant.co.uk. 49-51 Lisson Grove, NW1 6UH. T: 020-7224 9000. C5. Station: Marylebone.
FRENCH Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
Stylish dining with river views, with dishes such as spiced duck breast. ££££. Daily L & D. www.skylon -restaurant.co.uk. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 020-7654 7800. E8. Station: Waterloo.
Exquisite food from this Michelin-starred chef. ££££. Tue-Fri L & D; Sat D. Booking essential. www.alainducasse-dorchester.com. The Dorchester, Park Lane, W1K 1QA. T: 020-7629 8866. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Superb restaurant in The Shard’s Shangi-La serves dishes with an Asian twist. ££££. Daily B, L & D. www.shangri-la.com/london. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8108. F10. Station: London Bridge.
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This Theatreland venue’s interior and menu are inspired by central Europe’s grand cafés. ££££. Daily B, L & D. www.thedelaunay.com. 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB. T: 020-7499 8558. E8. Station: Temple.
This chic seafood restaurant has an oyster and Champagne bar, plus seasonal game. Great for people watching. ££££. Daily L & D.
This brasserie serves classics such as tuna tartare. £££. Mon-Fri & Sun L & D; daily D. www.brasserie joel.co.uk. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7272. F8. Station: Westminster.
Brasserie Zédel Bustling French brasserie serving excellent-value prix-fixe menus. £-££. Daily L & D. www.brasserie zedel.com. 20 Sherwood St, W1F 7ED. T: 020-7734 4888. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Céleste Michelin-starred cuisine in an elegant dining room. £££-££££. Daily B, L & D. www.lanesborough.com. The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA. T: 020-7259 5599. F6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Clos Maggiore Exquisite dining room with dishes such as roast Japanese Wagyu beef. £££. Daily L & D. www.closmaggiore.com. 333 King St, WC2 8JD. T: 020-7379 9696. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe This classic Parisian-style bistro has superb service and elegant décor. ££££. Daily L & D. www.galvinrestaurants.com. 66 Baker St, W1U 7DJ. T: 020-7935 4007. D6. Station: Baker Street.
L’Escargot This elegant establishment, London’s oldest French restaurant, serves classic dishes. ££. Mon-Sat L & D; Sun L. www.lescargot.co.uk. 48 Greek St, W1D 4EF. T: 020-7439 7474. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Seconds from pretty St James’s Park is Caxton Grill (p. 72), part of the palatial St Ermin’s Hotel. The kitchen roof garden grows fruit, vegetables and herbs, and is home to honey bees – you can taste the produce in the menu. Choose a juicy prime steak charred in the Josper grill and add half a lobster. Or start with slow-cooked suckling pig with dainty spheres of caramelised apple, followed by shoulder of lamb with Moroccan spices and parsnips (above). Desserts are divine: pick from elderflower sorbet and berry mousse or creamy custard with rhubarb and jasmine biscuits. It’s a difficult (but delicious) decision. 2 Caxton St, SW1H 0QW. T: 020-7227 7777. www.caxtongrill.co.uk. F7. Station: St James’s Park
GASTROPUBS The Grazing Goat All-day dining, with seasonal dishes such as lamb rump with tomato fregola. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.thegrazinggoat.co.uk. 6 New Quebec St, W1H 7RQ. T: 020-7724 7243. D5. Station: Marble Arch.
The Thomas Cubitt Classic dining room above a traditional bar, serving top-quality British produce. £££. Daily L & D. www.thethomascubitt.co.uk. 44 Elizabeth St, SW1W 9PA. T: 020-7730 6060. G6. Station: Victoria.
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Raising the steaks
Stylish brasserie, with artwork by David Shrigley, serving creative French-European cuisine. ££££. Daily D. www.sketch.uk.com. 9 Conduit St, W1S 2XG. T: 020-7659 4500. E7. Station: Oxford Circus.
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DINING The Wells
Bright and airy pub near Hampstead Heath serving seasonal British cuisine. ££. Daily L & D. www.thewellshampstead.co.uk. 30 Well Walk, NW3 1BX. T: 020-7794 3785. Off map. Station: Hampstead.
Contemporary Indian dishes in this stylish restaurant. Try the grilled prawns with fenugreek. £££. Mon-Fri L; daily D. www.mintleafgroup.com. Suffolk Place, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HX. T: 020-7930 9020. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Amaya This Michelin-starred venue serves dishes that are full of exotic twists, cooked in its open grill kitchen. £££. Daily L & D. www.amaya.biz. Halkin Arcade, Motcomb St, SW1X 8JT. T: 020-7823 1166. F6. Station: Knightsbridge.
Baluchi at the Lalit London
Michelin-starred take on Mughal cuisine is served in a smart Mayfair dining room. £££. Daily L & D. www.tamarindrestaurant.com. 20 Queen St, W1J 5PR. T: 020-7629 3561. E6. Station: Green Park.
Veeraswamy This opulent Michelin-starred restaurant has stylish cuisine. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.veeraswamy.com.
Mezzanine Floor, Victory House, 99 Regent St, W1B 4RS. T: 020-7734 1401. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
INTERNATIONAL Bbar Enjoy top-quality meat at this relaxed restaurant and bar, near Buckingham Palace. ££. Daily L & D. www.bbarlondon.com. 43 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PP. T: 020-7958 7000. F6. Station: Victoria.
The Cavendish This elegant, timeless restaurant serves mains such as rabbit ravioli and wild salmon with tapenade. ££-£££. Daily L & D. 35 New Cavendish St,
Majestic Indian restaurant in this five-star hotel in a Grade II-listed Victorian building. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.thelalit.com. 181 Tooley St, SW1 2JR. T: 020-3765 0000. E11. Station: London Bridge.
Benares Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar creates modern Indian cuisine in this refined restaurant. ££££. Mon-Sat L & D, Sun D. www.benaresrestaurant.com. 12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, W1J 6BS. T: 020-7629 8886. E6. Station: Green Park.
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Chutney Mary Expect a gourmet tour of seven different Indian regions in this glamorous restaurant, recently relocated. £££. Mon-Fri B, L & D; Sat L & D. www.chutneymary.com. 73 St James’s St, SW1 1PH. T: 020-7629 6688. E7. Station: Green Park.
Gaylord Iconic Indian restaurant serving award-winning sheekh kebabs and Mughal dishes. ££. Daily L & D. www.gaylordlondon.com. 79-81 Mortimer St, W1W 7SJ. T: 020-7580 3615. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
Gymkhana This Michelin-starred venue, with a colonial style, focuses on tandoori and charcoal grills. £££. Daily L & D. www.gymkhanalondon.com. 42 Albemarle St, W1S 4JH. T: 020-3011 5900. E6. Station: Green Park.
Khan’s of Kensington Enjoy North Indian tandoor, fish and vegetarian dishes. ££. Daily L & D. www.khansofkensington. co.uk. 3 Harrington Rd, SW7 3ES. T: 020-7584 4114. G4. Station: South Kensington.
La Porte des Indes Dine in a former Edwardian ballroom for a taste of colonial India, with French-Creole influences. £££. Daily L & D. www.laportedesindes.com. 32 Bryanston St, W1H 7EG. T: 020-7224 0055. D6. Station: Marble Arch.
Little India This cosy venue specialises in dishes from Bengal, including fish bhuna. ££. Daily L & D. www.little indialondon.com. 32 Gloucester Rd, SW7 4RB. T: 020-7584 3476. F4. Station: Gloucester Road.
Masala Zone In this chain of vibrant restaurants, enjoy great-value Indian street food, plus the flavourpacked grand thali. £. Daily L & D (and branches). www.masalazone.com. 9 Marshall St, W1F 7ER. T: 020-7287 9966. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Memories of India Try authentic flavours from North India, with specialities including spiced lamb. ££. Daily L & D. www.memoriesofindia.com. 18 Gloucester Rd, SW7 4RB. T: 020-7589 6450. G4. Station: Gloucester Road.
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DINING W1G 9TR. www.35newcavendish.co.uk. T: 020-7487 3030. C5. Station: Baker Street.
SushiSamba Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian fusion cuisine at this rooftop terrace. £££. Daily L & D. www.sushi samba.com. 38th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY. T: 020-3640 7330. D11. Station: Liverpool Street.
Engawa This elegant Japanese restaurant has tasting menus, plus excellent Kobe beef in different cuts. £££. Daily L & D. www.engawa.uk. 2 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT. T: 020-7287 5724. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Nobu Sashimi, sushi and tempura from acclaimed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. ££££. Daily L & D. www.noburestaurants.com. 19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB. T: 020-7447 4747. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
All-day dining with regional specialities to share. ££. Daily B, L & D. www.sancarlocicchetti.co.uk. 30 Wellington St, WC2E 7BD (and Piccadilly branch). T: 020-7494 9435. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
MIDDLE EASTERN, GREEK & TURKISH
This family restaurant since 1936 serves Greek dishes, from souvlaki to lamb cutlets. There is a roof terrace and late licence. £££. Mon-Sat D. www.elysee restaurant.com. 13 Percy St, W1T 1DP. T: 020-7636 4804. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Try the raw seafood bar or king prawn risotto at this Michelin-starred venue. ££. Mon-Sat L & D. www.quattropassi.co.uk. 34 Dover St, W1S 4NG. T: 020-3096 1444. E6. Station: Green Park.
Enjoy authentic Neapolitan food in an informal setting. ££. Daily L & D. www.rossopomodoro.co.uk. 300 Oxford St, W1C 1DX (and branches). T: 0207629 7711. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
Decadent candlelit restaurant with Moroccan décor, serving mezze, couscous and tagine dishes. £££. Daily L & D. www.momoresto.com. 25 Heddon St, W1B 4BH. T: 020-7434 4040. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Verdi – Italian Kitchen
Dine on fresh Italian classics or enjoy afternoon tea, plus live music brunch at weekends. ££. Tue-Sun L & D. www.verdiitalian.com. Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7070 4401. F4. Station: South Kensington.
JAPANESE & KOREAN Benihana Chefs create griddle-cooked dishes at your table; try the Wagyu beef. £££. Daily L & D. www.beni hana.co.uk. 37 Sackville St, W1S 3EH (and branches). T: 020-7494 2525. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Middle Eastern-inspired food from Yotam Ottolenghi with dishes to share in an informal space. ££-£££. Daily B & L; Mon-Sat D. www.nopirestaurant.com. 21-22 Warwick St, W1B 5NE. T: 020-7494 9584. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Yasmeen Authentic Lebanese cuisine with excellent mezze, charcoal-grilled meat and vegetarian dishes, with outdoor seating. ££. Daily L & D. www.yasmeen restaurant.com. 1 Blenheim Terrace, NW8 0EH. T: 020-7624 2921. Off map. Station: St John’s Wood.
RIVERSIDE Bateaux London Enjoy a cruise while dining on modern British cuisine. £££. Daily L & D cruises; Sun jazz with three-course L. www.bateauxlondon.com. Embankment Pier, WC2N 6NU. T: 020-7695 1800. E8. Station: Embankment.
The London Showboat Drift down the River Thames while enjoying a four-course dinner. Nightly from £80 per person; booking essential. Departs Westminster Pier 7.45pm. www.citycruises.com. Westminster Pier, SW1A 2JR. T: 020-7740 0400. F8. Station: Westminster.
RS Hispaniola Delightful moored restaurant boat on the Thames serving British dishes such as braised pork belly. £££. Daily L & D. www.hispaniola.co.uk. Victoria Embankment/Hungerford Bridge, WC2N 5DJ. T: 020-7839 3011. E8. Station: Embankment.
SOUTH EAST ASIAN Chi Kitchen Pan-Asian cuisine in the department store Debenhams; see the chefs at work in an open-plan dining space. ££. Daily B, L & D. www.chikitchen. co.uk. 334-348 Oxford St, W1C 1JG. T: 020-3841 6888. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Mango Tree Elegant fine dining with regional Thai cuisine, such as sea bass wrapped in banana leaf. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.mangotree.org.uk. 46 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7EQ. T: 020-7823 1888. F6. Station: Victoria.
Thai Pot This informal spot offers a huge range of good-value Thai dishes. £. Mon-Sat L & D. www.thaipot.biz. 1 Bedfordbury, WC2N 4BP. T: 020-7379 4580. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
SPANISH El Pirata This buzzing Mayfair bar-restaurant serves authentic hot and cold tapas. ££-£££. Mon-Fri L & D; Sat D. www.elpirata.co.uk. 5-6 Down St, W1J 7AG. T: 020-7491 3810. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Iberica Victoria Traditional dishes are given a modern twist. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.ibericarestaurants.com.
5-6 Zig Zag Building, 68 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ. T: 020-3327 0200. F7. Station: Victoria.
Moro North Africa meets Spain in this Moorish restaurant. £££. Daily L; Mon-Sat D. www.moro. co.uk. 34-36 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE. T: 020-7833 8336. Off map. Station: Farringdon.
If you want a casual version of Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, its new little sister, Duck & Waffle Local, will fit the bill. Located in the newly developed St James’s Market, Piccadilly, this relaxed outlet has speedy service and an all-day dining menu. You’ll see many of the classic dishes, such as its eponymous duck and waffle – a roasted duck leg on a waffle, topped with a fried egg with maple syrup on the side – along with new dishes such as the duck burger. Enjoy cocktails on tap, literally, including mojitos. 52 Haymarket, St James’s Market, SW1Y 4RP. T: 020-3900 4444. www.duckandwaffle.com. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus
The Gate The latest branch has tasty dishes such as butternut rotolo. ££. Daily B, L & D. www.the gaterestaurants.com. 22-24 Seymour Place, W1H 7NL. T: 020-7724 6656. D5. Station: Marble Arch.
Mildreds This comfortable, informal Soho institution has hearty meat-free dishes, such as wild mushroom and ale pie. ££. Mon-Sat L & D. www.mildreds. co.uk. 45 Lexington St, W1F 9AN. T: 020-7494 1634. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
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Authenticity with ﬂair
Time for tea
There is nothing quite typical about good Indian food. The quality and variety that we serve at the Gaylord Restaurant on Mortimer Street (near Westend and Oxford Street) is enough to draw foodies of all nationalities from miles away. Add to that, the innovative and contemporary food presentation makes a dining experience here stand apart. The restaurant has been a British Curry Award ﬁnalist and has been serving authentic Indian food since 1966!
For the quintessential English experience, stop for an afternoon tea with a twist
GALVIN AT THE ATHENAEUM Forget the sugar-laden cupcakes and delicate flutes of Champagne: this month it’s all eyes on Gentlemen’s Afternoon Teas, for those (men or women) who prefer something with substance. It’s all about hearty flavours, with wholesome delights such as Goosnargh duck Scotch egg and a cheese scone with Alsace bacon butter. A solo, currant-packed Eccles cake provides all the sweetness that’s needed, and of course a dram of the Athenaeum’s own Scotch whisky is an admirable accompaniment. The Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, W1J 7BJ. T: 020-7640 3333. www.athenaeumhotel.com
79-81 Mortimer Street London W1W 7SJ 020 7580 3615 www.gaylordlondon.com
REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL IMAGE COURTESY OF THE MANDEVILLE HOTEL
REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL The dark leather banquettes and muted tones at this classic British establishment (above) shriek ‘gentlemen’s club’, so it’s fitting that it was one of the pioneers of afternoon tea for the guys. There’s a mini Welsh rarebit finger, for example, and roast beef in a Yorkshire pudding, with a plush-sounding raspberry financier one of several sweet offerings. The Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, W1U 2BE. T: 020-7224 1624. www.reformsocialgrill.co.uk
Just 5 minutes from Victoria station and opposite the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Open daily for lunch, dinner, evening cocktails and private events.
GILLRAY’S STEAKHOUSE & BAR If a pint is more your tipple, the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea here includes the novelty of free-flowing ale. And you can’t get much more macho (in the context of an afternoon tea, obviously) than ox cheek nuggets and horseradish cream, and triple-cooked vinegar chips. It’s served in the library lounge – the original members’ library adorned with busts of Shakespeare and Plato. London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB. T: 020-7928 5200. www.gillrays.com
43 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PP 020 7958 7000 | www.bbarlondon.com
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BEST OF LONDON DINING Little India One of the few Indian restaurants owned and managed by a lady. Why not come and try our signature dish ‘Naga Chicken’ – cooked in spices and a naga chilli and tossed dry, as well as this we pride ourselves in traditional home style cooking. Come and enjoy a truly unique and memorable dining experience whilst indulging yourself in the real taste of fine Indian cuisine. Open 7 days a week – Monday to Saturday, noon till 11.30pm and Sunday noon till 11pm. Dinner reservations are strongly recommended as Little India is really little! Perfectly located near The Royal Albert Hall, Harrods, Kensington Palace and the Natural History Museum.
Cafe in the Courtyard St Martin-in-the-Fields
32 Gloucester Road, SW7 4RB T: 020-7584 3476/020 7589 9315 www.littleindialondon.com Station: Gloucester Road
Take a break from a busy day of sightseeing and enjoy some London sunshine at Café in the Courtyard. This seasonal outdoor café is located in the terrace just behind the church of St Martinin-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. Open daily from 8am (11am on Saturdays and Sundays), Café in the Courtyard serves a delightful range of hot and cold drinks, pastries, snacks, baguettes, salads and soup throughout the day and in the evening there are scrumptious platters to share and a full wine list. Visit the website for special offers and opening hours. Café in the Courtyard, St Martin-in-the-Fields, WC2N 4JJ Station: Charing Cross Email: café@smitf.org www.smitf.org
Khans of Kensington Visit Khans of Kensington for delicious, genuine Indian cuisine which a core of devotees have been enjoying for many years. The restaurant prides itself on its modern take on traditional North Indian cuisine, with mouthwatering dishes such as its famous fish koliwada and lamb chop in honey sauce. The expansive menu covers many dishes, but if you don’t see your personal favourite on the menu, just ask the team of expert chefs and they will be more than happy to set that right. The restaurant is just a minute’s walk from South Kensington tube station. Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun noon-11pm.
Memories of India
3 Harrington Rd, SW7 3ES. T: 020-7584 4114. www.khansofkensington.co.uk. Station: South Kensington
At Memories of India you can explore and experience the many varied tastes of India, with traditional and creative Indian dishes with a twist of ingenuity. Relax and let the team of award-winning chefs take your taste buds on an exotic trip and an unforgettable dining experience. The dishes here contain the finest ingredients in order to create the uncompromising flavours of India. We have a private room for parties and corporate functions. Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-11pm. 18 Gloucester Rd, SW7 4RB. T: 020-7589 6450/020-7581 3734. www.memoriesofindia.com. Station: Gloucester Road.
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BEST OF LONDON DINING Chi Kitchen Chi Kitchen is a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant offering tasty, colourful and exotic dishes that are both MSG-free and halal. Offering a unique twist to the classic afternoon tea, using pan-Asian flavours and techniques, the new menu is available daily from Monday to Sunday from 3pm-6pm* (*only available for a two-hour turnaround). The menu includes delicious savoury dishes such as prawn dumpling, taro cake and curry puff as well as a selection of sweet treats like pandan kaya bun and caramel cheesecake alongside a choice of teas or glass of Prosecco. Mention ‘Where London’ when booking, or bring this voucher along and get exclusive 10 per cent off your afternoon tea price.
Ground Floor Debenhams (Henrietta Place entrance), 334-348 Oxford St, W1C 1JG. T: 020-3841 6888. www.chikitchen.co.uk. Station: Oxford Circus
For more than 20 years, El Pirata has hit the spot as London’s top restaurant for traditional Spanish tapas. Located in the heart of Mayfair, it’s the perfect place for a true taste of the Mediterranean in a chic yet friendly setting. Informal, inexpensive and, above all, authentic – the restaurant uses the finest Spanish produce, including jamón ibérico, to create its classic dishes. Celebrity fans include Brian May and Johnny Depp, and food critics are unanimous in their praise, describing it as a ‘Spanish gem’ (Zagat) with ‘surprisingly good prices’ (Harden’s), and ‘a favourite with Mayfair’s Spanish community and converts to the new Iberian cause’ (Square Meal ). Mon-Fri noon-11.30pm; Sat 6pm-11.30pm; closed Sun. 5-6 Down St, W1J 7AQ. T: 020-7491 3810/7409 1315. www.elpirata.co.uk. Station: Hyde Park Corner/Green Park
Chai Wu Chai Wu is a contemporary Chinese restaurant, located on the Fifth Floor of the iconic department store, Harrods, in Knightsbridge. The restaurant design incorporates the five elements of Chinese philosophy: wood, metal, water, earth and fire, creating an elegant, opulent and welcoming dining setting. The tasty, exotic and colourful dishes reflect the finest of modern Chinese cuisine. The menu consists of small dishes such as black truffle sour soup and Chilean sea bass dumpling with gold leaf, as well as luxurious dishes including Beijing duck and Wagyu steak. Mon-Sat 12noon-9pm (last orders 8.30pm); Sun 12noon-6pm (last orders 5.15pm).
Fifth Floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-3819 8888. www.chaiwu.co.uk. Station: Knightsbridge
Mango Tree, situated in the heart of Belgravia, offers exquisite Thai cuisine and world-renowned hospitality in a modern and stylish setting. It uses only the finest ingredients sourced from the best suppliers. Enjoy genuine Thai dishes from the four main culinary regions: rich and mild dishes from the north; spicy food from the east; mild, Chinese-style dishes from the central region, and hot and spicy food from the south. Mention Where London when booking, and enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne with any main meal at Mango Tree Belgravia. Monday-Wednesday 12noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sat 12noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11.30pm; Sun 12noon-10.30pm. 46 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7EQ. Station:Victoria/Hyde Park Corner. Also in Harrods: 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-7823 1888. www.mangotree.org.uk. Twitter @MangoTreeLondon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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NIGHTLIFE | THE GUIDE Clockwise from left: Meantime Brewing; Great British Beer Festival; Galvin HOP; The Italian Job
This image: Holborn Dining Room’s Gin Bar Below: a cocktail at The Distillery
A real craft This month we enjoy two celebrations of a very British brew. Now in its 40th year, the Great British Beer Festival (8-12 Aug; www.gbbf.org.uk) at Olympia London is the granddaddy of them all; run by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), it’s a vast event with more than 900 varieties of real ale, craft beer and cider to savour. London Craft Beer Festival (4-6 Aug; www.londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk) is the new kid on the block; just five years old, its hip Hoxton site, Shoreditch Electric Light Station, offers dozens of global brews, plus live music. Craft beer by definition is independent and produced in small batches (the opposite of commercial or mainstream brands) and the industry has seen a phenomenal growth in sales. Drinkers and brewers alike are more discerning and want a beer that’s more individual and exclusive. So where are the best places in London to enjoy it? Greenwich has a tradition of brewing that stretches back to the 15th century. It’s not surprising, then, that today the area is home to Meantime Brewing, where you can take a tour, enjoy a masterclass, and hang out in its
tasting room to try out its huge range of drafts, from Chocolate Porter to IPAs and raspberry wheat beer (Lawrence Trading Estate, Blackwall Ln, SE10 0AR). Southwark Brewing Co was set up in 2014 by a man with 30 years’ experience in the brewing industry. There are weekly tasting tours that take you behind the scenes of this new-breed brewery. Friday evenings and
Saturday afternoons are the key times to sit back in its simple little bar to sample the local hand-pulled cask ales (46 Druid St, SE1 2EZ). Away from the breweries, plenty of smart bars are catching on. At Galvin HOP, a gastropub near Spitalfields Market, three huge copper tanks above the bar contain Pilsner Urquell, which is driven over every week from Prague. As it’s unpasteurised, it only has a life span of six days (35 Spital Square, E1 6DY). Over in Notting Hill, it’s a taste of la dolce vita at The Italian Job. This new cosy corner pub has craft beers from some of the best microbreweries in Italy, including Birrificio del Ducato in the north of the country (45 All Saints Rd, W11 1HE). Following its success at the Southbank Centre Food Market (by Royal Festival Hall), The Hop Locker has a splendid array available from all over the world – each day different offerings are written up on the chalkboard. Why not try a Norwegian Supersonic IPA or a British chocolate stout? (Under Hungerford Bridge, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX). We’ll drink to that!
MEANTIME BREWING © MIKAEL BUCK; GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL © HARMIT KAMBO; GALVIN HOP COURTESY OF GALVIN HOP; THE ITALIAN JOB © CHRISTIAN BANFIELD
Emma Levine raises her glass to the growing popularity of craft beer, and checks out the best places for a pint
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BARS & CLUBS
The Back Room
This Grade II-listed Art Nouveau pub, which opened more than 100 years ago, offers cask ales. www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk. 174 Queen Victoria St, EC4V 4EG. T: 020-7236 5474. E9. Station: Blackfriars.
Next to Hard Rock, the bar boasts vintage and iconic music items, including a door from the Apple Studios signed by the Beatles. Enjoy cocktails, pizzas and a great vibe. www.hardrock.com. 148b Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. E6. Station: Green Park.
Cittie of Yorke The dark nooks and crannies, rafted roof and chimney-less fire in this Grade II-listed building take you back to 1430. Enjoy a pint in this traditional pub for a real taste of historic London. 22 High Holborn, WC1 6BN. T: 020-7242 7670. D9. Station: Chancery Lane.
The Dog and Duck A real-ale pub with regularly changing cask beers, as well as pub food and bar snacks. www.nicholsons pubs.co.uk. 18 Bateman St, W1D 3AJ. T: 020-7494 0697. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
The Flask This 17th-century pub boasts Byron and Shelley as past patrons and is allegedly haunted. www.the flaskhighgate.com. 77 Highgate West Hill, N6 6BU. T: 020-8348 7346. Off map. Station: Highgate.
The French House No music, TV or mobile phones makes this cosy Soho pub a real gem. www.frenchhousesoho.com. 49 Dean St, W1D 5BG. T: 020-7437 2477. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Rd.
The George Inn This historic pub was established during the medieval period and still retains its original coaching houses. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ george-inn. 75-77 Borough High St, SE1 1NH. T: 020-7407 2056. E10. Station: London Bridge.
68 & Boston Sophisticated Soho venue with separate cocktail and wine bars. The ground-floor bar boasts wine from lesser-known regions, including Uruguay, and all bottles are just £20. Nightly food menu. www.68andboston.com. 5 Greek St, W1D 4DD. T: 020-7287 3713. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
The Bar at Bellamy’s Classic cocktails and wines are served in a classic setting, which is decorated with vintage ski posters. www.bellamysrestaurant.co.uk. 18/18a Bruton Place, W1J 6LY. T: 020-7491 2727. E6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Baranis A taste of Provence in London, this chic bar has a grand vaulted cellar full of fine French wines and pastis, plus the UK’s only indoor pétanque court. www.baranis.co.uk. 115 Chancery Lane, WC2 1PP. T: 020-7242 8373. D9. Station: Chancery Lane.
Booking Office Bar The ground floor of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has a 29m-long bar surrounded by cavernous arched ceilings. Tasty bar snacks. www.booking officebar.com. Euston Rd, NW1 2AR. T: 020-7841 3566. C7. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras.
Burlock Rum is definiately the spirit of choice here, in a relaxed bar that specialises in many types of cocktails with the Caribbean drink with unusual ingredients. www.burlocklondon.co.uk. 31 Duke St, W1U 1LG. T: 020-7935 3303. D6. Station: Bond Street.
BYOC At ‘Bring Your Own Cocktail’ pay £25, bring a spirit of your choice and the mixologist will create your drink. Booking is advisable. www.byoc.co.uk. 9-11 Basement, Camden High St, NW1 7JE. T: 0203441 2424. Off map. Station: Mornington Crescent.
Cartizze Bar Timeless, luxury Bellini and cocktail destination in Mayfair, with Art Deco oak panelling and leather-topped bar stools. www.cartizzebar.com. 4 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EY. T: 020-7518 9388. E6. Station: Bond Street.
City Social Jason Atherton offers spectacular food and drink surrounded by breathtaking views of London. The bar has impressive Art Deco interior, and Prohibition-inspired cocktail list. There’s also an adjoining restaurant. www.citysociallondon.com. Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N 1HQ. T: 020-7877 7703. D11. Station: Liverpool Street.
C.O.L.D Bar (The City of London Distillery) A wonderful well-stocked, retro-styled cocktail bar that overlooks the striking copper stills of the distillery. Tastings, classes and tours, including an Evolution of Gin tour, are available. www.cityof londondistillery.com. 22-24 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT. T: 020-7936 3446. D9. Station: Blackfriars.
The Guinea The site of an inn since 1423, this was where Mayfair’s stable hands and servants used to drink. www.theguinea.co.uk. 30 Bruton Place, W1J 6NL. T: 020-7409 1728. E6. Station: Bond Street.
The Magpie & Stump This pub, opposite the Old Bailey, dates back to the 1500s, and once doubled up as a public viewing spot for hangings at Newgate Prison. www.magpieandstump.com. 18 Old Bailey, EC4M 7EP. T: 020-7248 5085. B8. Station: St Paul’s.
The Spaniards Inn Follow in the footsteps of past regulars, including highwayman Dick Turpin and novelist Charles Dickens, at the historic pub, which is one of the oldest in London. www.thespaniardshampstead. co.uk. Spaniards Rd, NW3 7JJ. T: 020-8731 8406. Off map. Station: Hampstead.
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Waxy O’Connor’s Long-standing, huge Irish bar, comprising four bars over six levels. It shows major sporting events on big screens. www.waxyoconnors.co.uk. 14-16 Rupert St, W1D 6DD. T: 020-7287 0255. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese This landmark pub has wood-panelled walls and vaults that are thought to date back to a 13th-century Carmelite monastery which once stood here. 145 Fleet St, EC4A 2BU. T: 020-7353 6170. D9. Station: Blackfriars.
Swing into the Sixties The swirling orange-and-purple carpet in The Holy Birds takes you back to an Austin Powers’ film set, with Danish Modern décor and original Sputnik chandeliers. It’s the latest venue from Salvatore ‘The Maestro’ Calabrese, one of the world’s leading bartenders. Its menu celebrates favourite drinks of the 1960s – ‘the cocktail’s golden age’, he says. Enjoy a trip back in time with a classic Negroni, sidecar or a brandy Alexander. If you’re hungry, opt for a duck Scotch egg and spit-roast Suffolk chicken, or quirky ‘cheese and pineapple’ – delicious deep-fried balls of blue cheese with baked pineapple cubes. 94 Middlesex St, E1 7EZ. T: 020-3610 0185. www.theholybirds.com. D11. Station: Liverpool Street www.wheretraveler.com 81
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Spacious cocktail bar hidden beneath Smithfield Market, with live jazz and blues most nights. Beautiful interiors, and drinks inspired by the Old World, New World and Orient. www.oriolebar.com. Smithfield Markets, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH. T: 020-3457 8099. D9. Station: Farringdon.
The river views from Gong, on the 52nd floor of The Shard’s Shangri-La hotel, are dramatic enough even without its new Director’s Cut cocktail menu. The adventurous selection is inspired by film directors. Try the Martin Scorsese-influenced ‘Dirty Business’ (bourbon, cold-press coffee liqueur and stout); a George Lucas-esque ‘Feel the Force’ (sherry, Campari, chilli and pomegranate); and a Francis Ford Coppola ‘Bullet Proof’ (single malt, sherry and liquid smoke). You’ll feel as glamorous as a movie star.
Primo Bar Sumptuous, modern cocktail bar with live music and afternoon tea, plus a VIP area with river views. Try the Asian-inspired cocktails. www.primobar. co.uk. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7282. F8. Station: Waterloo.
Reverend J W Simpson This cocktail bar is a real slice of ‘shabby chic’ – and is the genuine ex-abode of the good Reverend, proved by the blue plaque outside. Scruffy sofas and a laid-back vibe are its hallmark. www.revjwsimpson.com. 32 Goodge St, W1T 2QJ. T: 020-3174 1155. E7. Station: Goodge Street.
With deluxe banquettes and a quirky layout, this cocktail bar is a hit with its extensive list of martinis. Mon-Sat 4pm-late. Multiple branches. www.dirty martini.uk.com. 10c Hanover Square, W1S 1JH. T: 020-7632 2087. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Restaurateur Mark Hix’s bar shows his trademark interest in modern art – see an installation by Helen Chadwick that replicates a London Tube carriage. www.hixrestaurants.co.uk. 16 Great Guildford St, SE1 0HS. T: 020-7921 9508. E9. Station: Southwark.
The Draft House
Fabulous draft beers come from around the world at this friendly bar. Measures come in one-third pint glasses (and larger), perfect for discovering your favourite. www.drafthouse.co.uk. 206-208 Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7378 9995. E11. Station: London Bridge/Tower Hill.
This glitzy tiki haunt is a real draw for celebrities. The Polynesian-themed club offers classic and fresh fruit cocktails and special creations to share. www.mahiki.com. 1 Dover St, W1S 4LD. T: 020-7493 9529. E7. Station: Green Park.
This famous bar in the Metropolitan Hotel has an extensive wine list, vintage Champagne by the glass and cocktails, plus a British food menu. www.metbar. co.uk. 19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB. T: 020-7447 1000. Off map. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Freedom This gay-friendly venue attracts a trendy crowd to its stylish cocktail bar and nightclub. www.freedom barsoho.com. 60-66 Wardour St, W1F 0TA. T: 0207734 0071. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Gong Located in The Shard, Gong is the highest Champagne bar in London and the ideal place for sunset cocktails and late-night drinks. www.shangri-la.com. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8000. F10. Station: London Bridge.
Good Godfreys Old-style glamour and classic cocktails are served with a hint of history at this suave establishment. Try the Astor Hip Flask cocktail. www.waldorf hilton.co.uk. The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, WC2B 4DD. T: 020-7836 2400. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Gordon’s Wine Bar London’s oldest wine bar has been uncorking bottles from around the world since 1890 in its stone-walled basement. Hugely popular, so a seat is a real bonus. Well-priced pub food, including cheese plates. www.gordonswine bar.com. 47 Villiers St, WC2N 6NE. T: 020-7930 1408. E8. Station: Embankment/Charing Cross.
The Nightjar Old-school glamour and Prohibition-era cocktails are the signature of this basement hangout in Shoreditch. Live music from the jazz golden age adds a touch of style. www.barnightjar.com. 129 City Rd, EC1V 1JB. T: 020-7253 4101. C10. Station: Old Street.
Old Bengal Bar
Six Storeys Bohemian, decadent bar in a Soho townhouse, split over six levels. Creative cocktails are its speciality. www.sixstoreys.com. 11 Soho Square, W1D 3QE. T: 020-3504 7381. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Social Wine & Tapas Acclaimed restaurateur Jason Atherton’s stylish wine bar and restaurant with counter and tableserved tapas. All the waiters are sommeliers and there is a magnificent wine shop upstairs. www.jasonatherton.co.uk. 39 James St, W1U 1DL. T: 020-7993 3257. D6. Station: Bond Street.
St Pancras Champagne Bar Europe’s longest Champagne bar takes pride of place in the graceful station where the Paris Eurostar arrives. There are leather banquettes and call buttons to summon a waiter to refill your glasses. Fabulous selection of bubbly plus seafood platters from this Searcys outlet. www.searcyschampagne bars.co.uk. St Pancras International, Upper Concourse, Euston Rd, N1C 4QL. T: 020-7870 9900. C8. Station: King’s Cross.
Converted from a former East India Trader Vic’s John Keats wrote Co warehouse, this venue boasts an This Tiki-style bar and restaurant his poem Ode to atmospheric dark interior, with the is more than 50 years old. The menu a Nightingale in original brick walls, wooden beams has rum-laced cocktails − try the The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead and leather banquettes. www.old Mai Tai cocktail in this exotic setting. bengalbar.com. 16 New St, EC2M 4TR. www.tradervicslondon.com. London T: 020-3503 0780. D11. Station: Liverpool Street. Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE. T: 020-7208 4113. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
One New Change Champagne Bar
Superbly located near St Paul’s Cathedral, this stunning bar boasts a huge selection of bubbly, plus Champagne cocktails and premium beers (various branches around London). www.searcys champagnebars.co.uk. 1/F One New Change, EC4M 9AF. T: 020-7871 1213. D10. Station: St Paul’s.
Trader’s Wine Bar
Opium Cocktail Bar
The Zetter Townhouse
This stylish upstairs bar tucked away in Chinatown, in the style of an old Shangai bar, serves innovative Chinese-inspired cocktails. Booking recommended. www.opiumchinatown.com. 15 Gerrard St, W1D 6JE. T: 020-7734 7276. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Sample wines from around the globe in this intimate venue, also paired with boards of cured meats and cheeses. www.traderswine.co.uk. Ivory House, Central Basin, St. Katharine Docks, E1W 1AT. T: 020-7481 3796. Off map. Station: Tower Hill.
Tony Conigliaro, known for his groundbreaking cocktails, brings his mixology magic to this intimate cocktail lounge. www.thezettertownhouse.com. 49-50 St. John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ. T: 020-7324 4545. Off map. Station: Farringdon.
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A Spanish-style bar that serves rare sherries which have been aged in ancient oak barrels – enjoy a self-poured tipple straight from the barrel. There are also craft beers, a range of natural wines and tapas. www.drakestabanco.com. 3 Windmill St, W1T 2HY. T: 020-7637 9388. D7. Station: Goodge Street.
The Met Bar
Part of the luxury hotel Rosewood London, this bar is named after Gerald Scarfe, the cartoonist famous for his satirical illustrations. Enjoy Indian-inspired snacks. www.scarfesbar.com. 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN. T: 020-3747 8611. D8. Station: Holborn.
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CASINOS The Casino at the Empire There is a dedicated poker room and the latest table and electronic games at this spectacular venue, housing a contemporary Asian restaurant and several bars. www.thecasinolsq.com. 5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA. T: 020-3733 1315. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Grosvenor Gloucester Casino A vibrant and friendly casino offering a wide choice of gaming facilities, plus a late-night bar and relaxed restaurant. Open 24 hours. www.grosvenor casinos.com. 4-18 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4LJ. T: 020-7373 7134. G4. Station: Gloucester Road.
The 100 Club
Famous basement live music venue with rock and blues bands, with DJ nights. www.the100club.co.uk. 100 Oxford St, W1D 1LL. T: 020-7636 0933. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
A relaxed members’ jazz cellar and restaurant, which has been run by musician Steve Rubie for more than 30 years. The venue specialises in British-based artists, playing blues, r’n’b and soul. www.606club. co.uk. 90 Lots Rd, SW10 0QD. T: 020-7352 5953. Off map. Station: Fulham Broadway.
Ronnie Scott’s World-famous jazz venue with a bar and restaurant. The weekly Sunday Jazz lunch has no minimum age, which makes it good for families. Live acts every night, plus Sat and Sun lunchtimes. More intimate gigs upstairs every Wed. Reservations highly recommended. www.ronniescotts.co.uk. 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT. T: 020-7439 0747. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Stringfellows Gentleman’s Club Over the years, celebrities and the public have enjoyed a memorable evening of entertainment supplied by more than 80 ‘Angels’ dancing at their tables. Free entry when dining. www.string fellows.com. 16-19 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9EF. T: 020-7240 5534. E8. Station: Leicester Square.
Hippodrome Casino This landmark venue has fabulous gaming on three floors, plus the 150-seat Heliot Steak House. Food is served around the clock. There is The Late Jazz Jam (every Thur from 11pm). www.hippodrome casino.com. Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH. T: 020-7769 8888. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
The Sportsman Casino This club combines the best in traditional and electronic gaming, informal dining, a sophisticated poker lounge, a sports bar and an elegant restaurant. Smart dress; complimentary membership. www.thesportsmancasino.com. Old Quebec St, W1H 7AF. T: 020-3642 8531. D6. Station: Marble Arch.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT The Blues Kitchen This busy music venue stages blues, soul and jazz most nights, plus a DJ at weekends. There are more than 80 varieties of bourbon and rye, plus Cajun comfort food on offer. www.theblues kitchen.com. 111 Camden High St, NW1 7JN. T: 020-7387 5277. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
Bunga Bunga Part restaurant, part bar with live entertainment, this Covent Garden venue has all the makings of a theatrical night out. Enjoy Italian cuisine as you watch the live cabaret acts. www.bungabungalondon.com. 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG. T: 020-7590 3602. D8. Station: Holborn.
The Comedy Store One of the country’s best and most famous venues for stand-up and improvised comedy, where many of Britain’s comedians made their mark. There are stand-up nights and late-night shows. www.the comedystore.co.uk. 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE. T: 0844-871 7699. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
The Forge This award-winning bijou acoustic venue behind the Foundry restaurant enjoys a variety of live music most nights, ranging from classical and folk to traditional Indian and jazz. The upstairs restaurant serves Latin American street food. www.forge venue.org. 3-7 Delancey St, NW1 7NL. T: 020-7383 7808. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
London Cabaret Club Cabaret gets a modern twist at this unique club within the Bloomsbury Ballroom. ‘Best of British Pop’ is packed with chart-toppers from the 1960s to the present day, fusing dance, acrobatics and theatre on stage. Dinner and VIP tickets available. www.thelondoncabaretclub.com. Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA. T: 020-7242 0002. D8. Station: Holborn. www.wheretraveler.com 83
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As summer continues, it brings with it the need to flash some more flesh. London’s salons offer a range of treatments that help to get rid of unwanted hair, from legs to arms. Say ‘waxing’ and the first thing that comes to mind is excruciating pain. At Strip Wax Bar – which has four salons, including ones in Notting Hill and Chelsea – that isn’t the case, making it ideal for first-timers and those with sensitive skin. It uses pioneering Lycon Wax, which gets closer to the root, removing hair as short as 1mm. Add a bit of fun to your experience and choose a scented wax; fragrances include olive, chocolate and berry. Those who want everything off can opt for the packages. For women, there is the Strip Showgirl (£175) which includes face, underarms, full arm, full leg, bikini area, lower back and navel. For men, The Athlete (£265) includes eyebrows, nose, ears, back, chest, stomach, Brazilian, buttocks, full leg, arms and underarms. Afterwards, ladies can reward themselves with lingerie – look out for the Stella McCartney and Heidi Klum lines (69 Berwick St, W1F 8SZ). Ministry of Waxing, popular with men and women, specialises in intimate areas. Launched in Singapore, the salon looks more like a gym, with lockers, dance music and stress balls that you can squeeze while you are being waxed. The menu is helpfully literal and includes mini diagrams. Don’t worry – therapists have seen it all before. Men who are conscious of excess hair can have their jawline (£15), nostrils (£15), ears (from £12) and ‘monobrows’ (£6) waxed (71 Great Queen St, WC2B 5AY). Wax in the City is a luxury salon located on the famous King’s Road. The menu is divided up for him and her, and offers detailed waxing options: fingers (from £8) and toes (from £8). Now celebrating its 10th year, the brand also sells its own aftercare products (370 King’s Rd, SW3 5ET). Also on the King’s Road is Blink Spa, which combines shopping with a salon. Situated in fashion store Bluebird, it specialises in brow treatments, but also offers massages and waxing in a private room. If you need a last-minute appointment, contact the branch in Fenwick and ask for the Express Waxing and two therapists. Tea tree oil is used to prevent redness, and threading ensures a smooth finish (350 King’s Rd, SW3 5UU).
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When the sun comes out, are you in a hairy situation? Kohinoor Sahota rounds up waxing treatments, from scented waxes to specialists for men
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FOR MORE LISTINGS, VISIT WHERETRAVELER.COM T: Telephone number. Station: including Underground (’Tube‘), railway and Docklands Light Railway. Most spas are open seven days a week, but check for opening hours. References at the end of listings (A1 etc.) refer to coordinates on map p. 88-89
SPAS Aveda Institute This three-storey salon offers cuts, colour, blow-dries and botanical treatments using Aveda’s plant-based products. The Express Beauty Bar has treatments lasting 15 and 30 minutes. www.aveda institute.co.uk. 174 High Holborn, WC1V 7AA. T: 020-7759 7355. D8. Station: Holborn.
Bamford Haybarn Spa Loved by celebrities, treatments have a holistic approach to wellbeing, and use botanical products. There is also a rooftop pool and secret garden. www.the-berkeley.co.uk. The Berkeley hotel, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL. T: 020-7201 1699. F6. Station: Knightsbridge.
Blue Harbour Health Club & Spa This exclusive members-only spa offers day passes for £25. Swim in the 17m pool, use the fitness equipment or visit the Figaro Hair Salon. There are treatment rooms for disabled visitors. www.blueharbourspa.co.uk. Chelsea Harbour Drive, SW10 0XG. T: 020-7300 5011. Off map. Station: Imperial Wharf.
Elemis Day Spa This spa specialises in facials that tackle ageing, pigmentation and blemishes. In The Penthouse, a private suite, you can share the experience with your guest while sipping Champagne. The Speed Spa offers treatments in 30 minutes. www.elemis. com/dayspa. 2 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EX. T: 020-7499 4995. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Jurlique Founded by Dr Jürgen Klein, a biochemist, and his wife Ulrike, a botanist, this spa uses their natural skincare range. Treatments include an anti-stress facial, which eases tension in your face, neck and shoulders. www.jurlique.co.uk. 489 Oxford St, W1C 2AU. T: 0800-040 7685. D8. Station: Bond Street.
Mandara Spa This spa has an Asian touch: the décor includes a bamboo forest, Mondrian paintings and Japanese shoji screens. Try the warm bamboo massage, where bamboo stalks are used on your body. www.mandara spa.com. Park Plaza, 200 Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7300. F8. Station: Waterloo.
Mandarin Oriental A luxury spa inspired by Chinese massage methods. Facilities include a 17m pool and gym. Book a session with trainer Ruben Tabares – sessions can be held in Hyde Park. www.mandarin oriental.com. 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA. T: 020-7235 2000. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
One Aldwych This spa offers a range of treatments including massages, manicures and waxing. Brands used are Natura Bissé and Oskia. The health club is excellent, while the pool is chlorine-free and has underwater music. www.onealdwych.com. One Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ. T: 020-7300 0600. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
The Refinery This men-only spa has treatments ranging from a traditional shave to sports massage. If you want to master a wet shave, you can book a Principles of Shaving lesson. Also available at Harrods. www.the-refinery.com. 60 Brook St, W1K 5DU. T: 020-7409 2001. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Rocco Forte at Brown’s Hotel An oasis of calm in the West End that boasts a 24-hour gym and luxury treatments including a gold age-defying facial and carat diamond face and body rituals. There are also treatments for two. www.brownshotel.com. Albemarle St, W1S 4BP. T: 020-7518 4009. E7. Station: Green Park.
The Spa at Dolphin Square Moroccan-inspired luxury. Signature massages include the Moroccan Majorelle and Arabian Ceremony. Treatments can be combined with a hammam. www.dolphinsquare.co.uk/spa. Chichester St, SW1V 3LX. T: 020-7798 6767. Off map. Station: Pimlico.
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This spa’s menu includes facials, massages and options for men. Anti-ageing treatments include anti-wrinkle injections and skin peels. www.spailluminata.com. 63 South Audley St, W1K 2QS. T: 020-7499 7777. E6. Station: Marble Arch.
Urban Retreat at Harrods This is one of the few places in London that offers paraffin wax baths. Special services include weaves, extensions, wig creation and cutting. There’s a hammam, too. www.urbanretreat.co.uk. Fifth floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-7893 8333. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
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Plush spa with a philosophy that is based on ancient Asian culture and takes a holistic approach to pampering. Treatments include a Malay massage and Balinese massage, which incorporate herbs and spices. www.ushvani.com. 1 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ. T: 020-7730 2888. G5. Station: Sloane Square.
SALONS Gentlemen’s Tonic This is a stylish men-only grooming establishment with a barbershop, body and hair treatments and a full range of products. www.gentlemenstonic.com. 31a Bruton Place, W1J 6NN. T: 020-7297 4343. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Geo F Trumper A traditional barbershop in Mayfair, which offers wet shaves, manicures and hair cuts for an elegant result. www.trumpers.com. 9 Curzon St, W1J 5HQ. T: 020-7499 1850. E6. Station: Green Park.
Hershesons Blow Dry Bar At this trendy hairdresser to the stars, you can ask for your favourite fashion-forward look from a menu and a stylist will create it in 30 minutes. www.hershesons.com. Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB. T: 020-7493 1600. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Jo Hansford This hair-colour salon, which is home to top stylists, is renowned for its colour correction work. The salon also has an in-house chef. www.jo hansford.com. 48 South Audley St, W1K 2QB. T: 020-7495 7774. E6. Station: Marble Arch.
Windle & Moodie An award-winning hair salon, which specialises in upfront catwalk looks. The 20-minute Speed Styling service includes updos. www.windleand moodie.com. 41-45 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AP. T: 020-7497 2393. D8. Station: Covent Garden. www.wheretraveler.com 85
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ESSENTIALS | THE GUIDE TICKET INFORMATION Oyster cards & Travelcards An Oyster card is a pre-paid travel smart card. It’s a cheap way to pay for single journeys by bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail train services in London. You can buy a Visitor Oyster card before you leave home for a £3 fee and pre-load it with credit at www.visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk. The system has nine zones. Zone 1 is in central London. Visitors can buy Oyster cards and Day Travelcards from stations, Visitor Centres and any Oyster Ticket Shop. UK visitors can also pay for their travel with a UK-issued contactless payment card. See www.tfl.gov.uk/visitinglondon. An Oyster card also gives you a 25 per cent discount on London’s cable car, the Emirates Air Line, and a 10 per cent discount on single journeys on most MBNA Thames Clippers river buses. For more info, visit www.visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk.
GETTING AROUND For 24-hour travel information, visit the Transport for London (TfL) website. www.tfl.gov.uk/ visitinglondon or call T: 0343-222 1234.
AT YOUR SERVICE Concierges in the capital use Where London for information, and they are always reliable experts in their own right Vincent Peach, head concierge at The Kensington London, part of the Doyle Collection, shares his top tips Tell us about your hotel. I love the charm of our public areas, with their eclectic mix of furniture and art. Our drawing room, with its high ceilings and open fires, never fails to impress. We are also within walking distance of three great museums: the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and Science Museum. What do you recommend for repeat visitors? See London from the River Thames on a cruise to the Thames Barrier. Or take a boat from Westminster in central London to Hampton Court Palace in Surrey – it takes around two and a half hours. It’s the same journey that King Henry VIII would have made hundreds of years ago.
What do you recommend in Zone Two and beyond? Take the river boat to Greenwich, where fantastic markets, the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark await.
What do you recommend for visitors with children? Children will love running around the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. Rainy days call for the Natural History Museum – kids can explore the butterfly house.
What quintessential English experience should visitors not miss? You cannot leave the city without trying afternoon tea. Crumbling scones, soft sandwiches and delectable cakes – delicious! Enjoy a classic or gluten-free tea at The Kensington London, or our central London sister hotels, The Marylebone and The Bloomsbury.
Where is London’s most romantic spot? Top of the list has to be Primrose Hill, overlooking London, with a picnic.
Clockwise from top left: Victoria and Albert Museum; The Kensington London; the butterfly house at Natural History Museum; cruise on the river Inset: Vincent Peach
www.tfl.gov.uk. See London Underground map (opposite). Services run Mon-Sat 5am-12.30am and Sun 7.30am-11.30pm on most routes. The night Tube service runs on Fri-Sat on the Victoria, Jubilee, Central, Northern (via Embankment) and Piccadilly line. Fares vary; a Zone 1 adult fare costs £4.80 (£2.30 with an Oyster card).
London Buses London buses run 5am-12.30am. Night buses (midnight-4.30am) operate on main routes (several services are 24-hour). You can’t pay for a bus fare with cash, so use a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card, Travelcard or a UK-issued contactless payment card. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk/ buses. A single fare is £1.50 with an Oyster card or a UK-issued contactless payment card.
London Overground www.tfl.gov.uk. See London Underground Map opposite. Trains run Mon-Sat 5am-midnight; Sun 7am-11.30pm on most routes.
Docklands Light Railway Trains run approximately every three-anda-half minutes to 10 minutes. Mon-Sat 5.30am12.30am; Sun 7am-11pm. T: 020-7363 9700.
Trains Paddington serves the West Country, Wales and the South Midlands. Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street serve East Anglia and Essex. Euston King’s Cross St Pancras Marylebone and St Pancras King’s Cross International (connects to St Pancras) serve north and central Britain, Charing Cross and southeast England. London Bridge Waterloo Victoria serve southern England. and For times and tickets, visit www.nationalrail. co.uk or call T: 0845-748 4950. St Pancras International. Eurostar uses Visit www.eurostar.com for more information, times and ticket prices. Call T: 0344-822 4777 (or if you’re outside the UK, call T: 01233-617 575).
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM © ISTOCK; DRAWING ROOM AT THE KENSINGTON LONDON © SIMON BROWN; SENSATIONAL BUTTERFLIES AT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM © THE TRUSTEES OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON; RIVER CRUISE © THAMES RIVER SERVICES GROUP; VINCENT PEACH COURTESY OF THE KENSINGTON LONDON
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Get information for deaf and disabled travellers, including step-free journeys on the Tube, bus and river service at www.visitlondon.com/ access and www.openbritain.net.
London’s only cable car runs across the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula (The O2) and the Royal Docks (ExCeL London). You can board from either the North Greenwich or Royal Victoria sides of the river (return flights are available). You can buy a combined ticket with MBNA Thames Clippers and London Transport Museum. www.tfl.gov.uk/emiratesairline.
Taxis You can hail a black cab (taxi) in the street. Fares increase after 8pm. You cannot hail private-hire or minicabs, which you must book. We strongly advise against you using any vehicle that approaches you in the street, except for licensed black cabs. www.tfl.gov.uk.
Car hire Make sure your driving licence is valid for the UK and see ‘Congestion Charge’ below. 4x4 Vehicle Hire: T: 01245-410535. www.4x4vehiclehire.co.uk. Hertz: T: 0870-844 8844. www.hertz.co.uk. Kendall Cars Ltd: T: 020-8542 0403. www.kendallcars.com. Enterprise Rent-A-Car: T: 0800-800 227. www.enterprise.co.uk.
UNDERGROUND SIGN © ISTOCK; MAP COURTESY OF TFL
Congestion Charge There is a congestion charge to drive into central London, Mon-Fri 7am-6pm. Payable in advance or on the day of travel (£11.50), or the day after (£14). UK: T: 034-3222 2222. International: T: +44 20-7649 9122. www.cclondon.com.
River services www.tfl.gov.uk/river MBNA Thames Clippers: T: 020-7001 2200. www.thamesclippers.com. Catamarans leave major piers every 20 mins. Services run between Waterloo Pier and The O2 (North Greenwich Pier) and on to Royal Arsenal Woolwich Pier, stopping at 20 main piers. Discounts on single journeys on all MBNA Thames Clippers river buses. The River Roamer day pass gives unlimited hopon, hop-off travel from £17.35.
On foot It’s often quicker to get around London by walking. Look out for blue and yellow Legible London street maps. www.tfl.gov.uk/ legiblelondon.
Santander Cycles There are 11,500 bikes for hire from 750 docking stations throughout central London. From £2 for 30 minutes; the first 30 minutes are free. There’s no need to book, but you need a debit or credit card to hire a bike. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk/ santandercycles or call T: 0343-222 6666.
24-hour Tube lines
Run Fridays & Saturdays on the following lines. More are due to open soon.
London’s main coach services use Victoria Coach Station, a central hub which offers travel to destinations around the UK and some parts of Europe. SW1W 9TP. T: 0843-222 1234. www.tfl.gov.uk/coaches Victoria. Map D4.
DELIVERY Mail Boxes Etc Worldwide parcel delivery, courier and postal services. There are 1,600 stores worldwide and more than 150 stores in the UK and Ireland. Mail Boxes Etc uses trained certified packers. T: 01608-649230. www.mbe.co.uk/london.
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LORD VERJEE CHAIRMAN OF THOMAS GOODE Thomas Goode is home to fine china and glassware; it marks its 160th anniversary this year with a luxury crystal exhibition. Lord Verjee is a member of the House of Lords, and once owned Watford FC with Elton John. He lives in Notting Hill What would be your perfect morning? I’d visit Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday. I love the atmosphere. I would have breakfast at an ad-hoc food truck, Café Columbia for bagels or Jones Dairy on Ezra Street for British organic food. What are your favourite landmarks? I’m quite eclectic. I love traditional landmarks like Westminster Abbey – I go to sit in solitude. I like the Cloisters as they are peaceful and meditative. I also like the Granary Square area of King’s Cross – it’s the urban regeneration area. I love Central Saint Martins college and restaurants like The Lighterman. Any particular museums or galleries? The Migration Museum – it’s in a popup space in The Workshop, which is in an old fire station in Lambeth. It’s about the history of migration to and from Britain. It touches the heart and the soul. There is also an exhibition at Thomas Goode on Moser, the luxury crystal maker to royal families around the world. I love the craftsmanship: it seeks to protect the old crafts, and present contemporary design. How do you like to travel? I love river boats. I don’t think the Thames is used enough. If I’m going to The O2, it adds to the trip.
What shops do you like? Because I’m in the china business, I love a shop called Native & Co, in Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill. It has new and traditional designs from Japan. I also love the Margaret Howell shop on Wigmore Street – it has great clothes, ceramics and books. What green spaces do you like? I used to go to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park – I find it interesting to walk around and hear the heated debates, then stroll around the park. I also love Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Houses of Parliament; it’s a good place for reflection. I love seeing the Emmeline Pankhurst memorial, and the Rodin sculpture. What places inspire you? Trafalgar Square. I came here as a young boy; I was an immigrant from East Africa. In those days you would go and feed the pigeons – that was London to me. Where do you like to have tea? I love afternoon tea! I would love to go on the B Bakery afternoon tea bus – I think it’s very cool and chic to ride around on an old London bus, have tea and look at all the famous sights. I recently met the actress Meryl Streep – she is an extraordinary woman to talk to and would be fun to have afternoon tea with.
Where do you like to eat? I like having lunch at Dock Kitchen in Portobello Docks. It has outdoor and indoor spaces. The food is diverse and multicultural – just like London. It has a great deck that overlooks the garden. I love the Seymour Street area in Marylebone – Donostia restaurant does wonderful Spanish tapas, Bernardi’s is a great Italian restaurant, and Lurra serves traditional Spanish dishes. Where do you like to drink? I love The Cow in Notting Hill – it has good food, and is great at this time of year. The Westbourne, opposite, is also very good. What do you like for entertainment? I love music. I went to a fantastic performance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse recently of Soumik Datta playing the sarod, a traditional Indian stringed instrument. I love Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in summer, and the 5x15 series of talks arranged by Eleanor O’Keeffe. Where would you spend the night? I live in London, so I don’t stay in hotels. You can spend the night in London Zoo’s Gujaratiinspired huts by the lion enclosure. It would be great to sleep with nature in central London. Thomas Goode, 19 South Audley St, W1K 2BN. T: 020-7499 2823. www.thomasgoode.com Clockwise from top left: Dock Kitchen; Lord Verjee; ZSL London Zoo; The Lighterman; Moser vase at Thomas Goode; The O2 arena
DOCK KITCHEN © JADE NINA SARKHEL; LORD VERJEE COURTESY OF LORD VERJEE; LION © ZSL; THE LIGHTERMAN COURTESY OF THE LIGHTERMAN; MOSER VASE COURTESY OF THOMAS GOODE; THE O2 © ISTOCK
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