Come autumn and events galore in the festive bouquet of London. We are hardly done celebrating Diwali Celebrations (Belated Happy Diwali, by the way), especially in the Leicester City of England, that it is almost time for the Halloweens. And as you get ready to put your freak on and go “Trick or Treating” this Halloween in London, we have another spectacular event lined up for you.
As the winter chills approaches the city, softly yet steadily, Alexandra Palace in North London prepares itself for the most spectacular Firework Show that the capital has ever seen. Come and watch the city dance to the hues of reds, pinks, greens, golden and others this Saturday, November 1st. And that’s not all! The Alexandra Palace Firework Display promises a complete family and adult entertainment with funfairs, Ice Skating, German Bier Festival, Street Food and Craft Beer Festival, all going on simultaneously at the premises.
Waiting to get dazzled in the British Capital? This event might just be the best opportunity for you. Join us as we cover the event and its unique details for you.
The Fireworks Festival
The beautiful grounds of Alexandra Park are all set to be your host for the spectacular evening. On the eve of 1st November, come and witness one of the greatest fireworks in the capital. The fireworks, starting at 7:30, promise to be the most spectacular event in London so far this year. However, if you would like to avoid queues and crowds, it is advisable that you reach the venue a bit early. Besides, the fireworks are not the only highlight of the event. The pomp and show and the razzmatazz start as soon as 3:00 PM and offers a wide assortment of festivities and enjoyment.
Early birds to the event may relish the Craft Beer served by local brewers and exciting Street Food. The event is has two separate zones – one for the families and one for adults. If you would prefer a bit more of space for your family to hang out with, opt for the Family Zone at the event. The area is going to host a funfair, and families may also enjoy Face Painting for FREE! Besides, the local vendors are going to serve Children Sized Portions, so that the entire family can enjoy together as a unit. However, for the adults, the event offers another Adult Fun Fair, with some real white Knuckle Rides. And well, the best part is that all these events are covered in your ticket to the Firework Festival. You would not have to pay any extra amount to attend the fun fairs and the likes. However, the fireworks have its interesting accomplices; namely UK’s Largest German Bier Festival and Discounted Ice Skating at the Alexandra Palace Ice Rink. Continue reading to find out more details about the same.
The German Bier Festival
One thing that is attracting all the beer enthusiasts to the Fireworks Festival is the German Bier Festival – the largest that the UK ever witnesses. Lose yourself indulging in the tantalizing flavours of German Bier. This part of the event opens from 3 Pm to 11 PM, and thus, you can join at your own pace and savour the rich and authentic flavours. Besides, in the West Hall of the Festival Village, one can find a delectable assortment of food to go with the Bier. We especially recommend a range of German sausages and pretzels at the event. And that’s not all! To promise never-ending entertainment, the Bier Festival is slated to revive one of the greatest musical rivalries ever witnessed in the 90s. When the legends collide, whose side are you going to be on? Attend the Bier Festival to watch two greatest tribute Bands – Noasis and the Blurb, battle it out on the stage! Get your groove on!
Lastly, if you have procured the tickets to German Bier Festival, you would enjoy an exclusive access to the South Terrace. That means you would be able to enjoy the fireworks more, all thanks to a much better position.
The Bier Festival is open only for the adults, and hence, children may not join. The organizers shall be running a strict ID Check, and hence any monkey business is strictly ill-advised!
Ice Skating at the Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
Are you a fan of ice skating? Do you want to enjoy Ice Skating at state-of-the-art contemporary ice rink? Grab a ticket at the Alexandra Palace Ice Rink and you can have all the fun swaying on the ice with your friends, family or partner, and that too at just £5.
Hotels near Alexandra Palace
Since the event is on a Saturday, and on the Friday, we already have Halloween’s; you can turn your visit to the Alexandra Palace into an extended holiday. If you are worried about the accommodations near Alexandra Palace, don’t be. We at Londonhotels4u.com are your trusted hotel booking partners established since 2001, and we are here to provide you with the most comfortable and cost-effective lodgings near the event. With a number of last minute deals and guaranteed lowest prices, we are undoubtedly one of the most preferred hotel booking partners in London. If you are planning to travel via the underground or rail, we have got fetching stay options near the same. You can find a wide range of hotels near the Wood Green Tube station here, closest to the Alexandra Palace. Navigate through the list of lodgings, filter them out and book your desired lodgings now.However, if you plan to travel by the railways, Alexandra Palace has a railway station of its own. Enjoy the best of comforts and a convenient by booking a hotel close to Alexandra Palace Railway Station here. You may choose from a range of bed and breakfast accommodations, budgeted hotels, boutiques and luxury hotels by following this simple link.
For family travellers, we strongly recommend an apartment hotel near the stations. Mount Mansions is a 5-star luxury apartment hotel offering free Wi-Fi internet access near Alexandra Palace, with loads of other features. Enjoy a home like stay away from your home, by booking this accommodation. The rooms come fitted with several contemporary facilities like washing machines, over and microwaves, fridge and freezers and more with daily maid service. A high-end gymnasium is right off the corner from the hotel, offering a respite to the health-conscious guests.
Lastly, we have another strong recommendation for the budget travellers. Book your stay at the Athena Palace Hotel and enjoy a stay with free parking and continental breakfast services. Relax at the restful settings of the hotel, and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast each morning. Travel at your ease to the venue and enjoy the swell fireworks and other celebrations.
> How to reach the City of London from Manchester?
> How to reach the City of London from Brighton?
> How to reach the City of London from Leeds?
Getting Around in the City of London
> Navigating your way in the City of London via London Tube
> Travelling Via Boats
> Discovering the City by Foot – feeding your Lust for Adventure!
Managing your Stay in the City of London
> Accommodations near Popular London Stops
> Hotels near London Airports
> Hotels near Railway Stations
Accommodations in the City of London
> Hotels in City of London with Parking
> Cheap hotels in the City of London
> 5-star hotels in the City of London
> Secret Hotels in the City of London
Exploring the City of London like No One Else!
> Explore Barbican like Never Before
> Rush to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral and JUST BE!
> Hold an Actual Gold Bar at the Bank of England!!!
> Attend Free Lectures at the Gresham College
> Visit the Sky Scrapper Corporate Buildings – if you can!
> Attend the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London!
> Shop till you Drop! – Why Not?
> Pubs, Bars and Eating Joints in the City of London
So, Get Set and Go!
London is one of those rare cities in the world that has struck the right balance between development and culture. And if you are intrigued by either of the three – London’s rich culture, London’s progress, or just London for that matter, there is one small area that encompasses the cream of it all. Welcome to the City of London – one of those rare places that seems to just have it all!
Travellers and even Londoners, often confuse the City of London with the London city, however, there is a difference! While the city of London is what we have today, it is from the City of London that it all started. Romans set up their shops and built that mighty wall here! And even though a lot has changed over the span of 2000 years, the City still flaunts its old boundaries, and still exerts an upper hand on business. Albeit the migrations of the glitz and glitterati towards the west – especially to the City of Westminster and the West End, the City still remains the epicentre of trade in London. Colloquially known as the Square Mile, it comprises London’s greatest trade centres and sky-scrapper buildings, including the London Stock Exchange, the Bank of England and the Baltic Shipping Exchange.
Besides, as we mentioned in the very beginning, the City offers the best of culture and contemporary growth. So once you have cracked that million dollar deal, or have landed yourself the dream job, in the square mile, you may want to drawn in the cathartically magnificent St. Paul Cathedral or marvel at the magnificent Barbican Centre, and the likes.
Reaching the City of London from UK
Over the past few years, we have noticed an increasing trend of people travelling from UK to London. Better work opportunities despite the global slump and a rich history of the place are two strong reasons behind the same. If your ambition is not letting you stay put in the premises of your city, and you would really want to hit it big, the City of London is your calling.
While travelling to the City of London, here are some of the options that you may want to explore. London is easily accessible from every popular medium of transportation – one can easily hike a coach or train ride to the capital. Besides, you can also opt for the easiest and the fastest way to reach London, i.e. by booking yourself a flight to London. And if you are coming from the near neighbourhood, you may take on the roads and travel in the comforts of your car, while exploring the picturesque countryside locales along the way.
Now, if you need any help in arranging a good lodging around any of the popular London locales, you may visit our accommodations in City of London section right now. However, if you are planning your travel from Manchester, Leeds or Brighton, to the City of London, you might just want to hang in there a little bit more. Join us, as we discuss the popular means of transportation bridging the City of London with Manchester, Leeds and Brighton.
How to reach the City of London from Manchester?
Managing your travel from Manchester to the City is probably the easiest. There is hardly 200 miles separating the two locations, and you may either opt for a flight, train or bus to reach the City gates. We are obviously not including the travel by car – but if in case you do plan to travel by car, we bring for you a lot of good hotels with parking facility, in the City of London.
Travel options between Manchester and London
1. Fly – You can easily find a number of flights linking Manchester Airport and London Heathrow. We do suggest that you book well in advance, in order to enjoy amazing discounts on your flight rates. A lot of travellers opt for the British Airways, but feel free to choose your desired flight. One can easily make their way from London Heathrow to the City of London, via several options. We shall discuss about them later.
2. Trains – A 2 hour long and comfortable train journey connects Manchester to London Euston. Virgin Trains is one such services, connecting Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston. You can easily plan your weekend getaways to London via this option. From London Euston, reaching the City of London is fairly simple. We shall discuss more about that in our Getting Around the City of London section. However, if you wish to enjoy great discounts on your train tickets, keep following the charts 90 days in advance.
3. London Coaches / Buses – coaches are nothing but buses meant for London routes. You may also book a coach from Manchester coach station, which would easily lead you to Victoria Coach Station in London. It is definitely the cheapest of the travel options here, and also the slowest; hence make your decision wisely.
How to reach the City of London from Brighton?
If you are travelling from Brighton to London, there are two very nice options available to you. To begin with, you may hatch a bus ride, which will drop you to the Victoria Coach Station. From Victoria station, which is in Westminster, it is very easy for you to reach the city of London – either via public transports, or a private taxi hire. If you are looking for the lowest pricing means of transport, do book your coach journey from Brighton Coach Station. Tickets are also available online.
Alternatively, you may also hop on to a train ride to reach the British Capital. There are several options available for you to restfully reach London. First Capital Connect, Southern, Southeastern etc, every railway network have the trains planned out between Brighton and London.
Besides, the Southern railway is another nice option to reach London Victoria Station. Even Thameslink connects passengers to the Bedford – London St. Pancras International Station. Lastly, if you hop on to Southeastern, you would reach London Cannon Street.
Also, if you need to plan your stay around any of these stations, please refer our Managing your Stay in the City of London section.
How to reach the City of London from Leeds?
Planning your travel from Leeds to London is again, quite easy. Travellers have the option of Coaches, Trains and Flights available to them. With only 194 miles separating Leeds from London, one can also plan a car journey. However, if you are coming by car, you might want to check into any of the luxury hotel with Spa in London, so as to unwind and relax from the strenuous drive.
If you do not want to spend much time in reaching London, book yourself a flight. Leeds Bradford International Airport will fly you down to London in a jiffy, and you would be able to get down to business right away.
You can also opt for the East Coast train from Leeds station towards London Kings Cross. The train journey wouldn’t be as fast as the plane, obviously, but is a preferred option if you wish to save on money and time both.
Lastly, we have the coaches running from Leeds Coach Station towards London Victoria Coach Station. Although the journey takes the maximum time, it is often the cheapest, comprising several countryside scenic locations on the way.
Lastly, you can find amazingly discounted stay options near popular stations. Explore our Accommodations section for more.
Getting Around in the City of London
City of London exists in the central part of the British Capital. Naturally, it enjoys a well-designed transportation channel. You may reach the City premises via tube, train and boats – yes, we actually mean boats!
The City of London is only a few minutes’ drive away from the London City Airport. Even if your flight is scheduled at other airports, you would easily find the connecting routes via London Underground, buses and private taxis.
Since most of the flights to London from UK are scheduled at the Heathrow Airport, one can hop on to the tube ride and reach the City. Heathrow Airport has three tube stations, one for terminal 1, 2 and 3 and 1 each for terminals 4 and 5. Each of these stations would lead you to the different tube stations of the City, as discussed below.
Navigating your way in the City of London via London Tube
Several tube stations in the vicinity of the City of London make it quite easy for everyone to reach here. To begin with, The Bank Station is one of the easily accessible London Underground station enabling visitors to reach the City. The station functions on the Waterloo, City Central and Northern lines and the DLR. The station is further linked to the Monument Station via an underground walkway. Furthermore, the Monument Station functions on the Circle and the District Lines.
Another station clearing way to the City of London is the Barbican Centre. This station is ideal if you are travelling via Circle, Metropolitan, City or Hammersmith lines. Besides, even Moorgate provides an access to the City, and is accessible via Circle, City, Hammersmith, Northern and Metropolitan lines. However, if you opt for the Liverpool Street Station, you may get a lot of shopping done, and yet remain walking distance away from the City of London. One may reach this station via Central, Hammersmith, Circle, City and the Metropolitan Lines. Moreover, it is the closest tube link available to the central London. One can easily find a number of taxis and buses going towards the central parts of London.
If you would like to reach the north-west parts of the City, the Old Street station, operating on the northern lines, is your friend. The St Paul’s Station would consequently lead you to the west of the city, and also close to one of the most epic and wonderful churches in London, the St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Lastly, we cannot emphasise on the importance of an Oyster Travel Card for the tourists in London. A simple travel card available mostly at tourist information centres, tube stations, airports and various popular London attractions, saves a lot of your time and money while travelling. You may earn great rebates on your travel fares, and need not even stand in long queues – and while you are visiting London, that is really something.
Yes, you can travel to City via Boats too!!!
If you are visiting London for the first time, you should know that the Thames is a beautiful river. The big water body that you must have seen, while navigating through the pictures of the Big Ben and the London Eye, is this river only. Now, there are 2 piers providing regular services to the city via a boat ride over the river Thames. If you are coming from the west, reach the Blackfriars Millennium Pier to find your boat ride leading to the City. Travellers from the east would therefore have to reach the Tower Millennium Pier, and the rest would be taken care of.
Discovering the City by Foot – feeding your Lust for Adventure!
The City is best discovered on foot. Since it is hardly a square mile in area, you can actually cover a lot of attractions on foot, accompanied probably by your favourite cup of coffee or hot Belgium chocolate. Adventurers and explorers have a fascinating time, being out on the streets of the City of London. The entire area exudes quite a chaotic and medieval plan, and hence one can find a lot of secret passages and narrow ways diverging from the main roads. You might want to buy a detailed map from the tourist information centre and feed your pursuit of adventure in the streets of the square mile, branching out like the roots of a mighty tree.
Managing your Stay in the City of London
One of the biggest worries of any traveller is a feasible place for accommodation. You may or may not have your family living in the City of London. Even if you do have, you might not want to cause them discomfort. People living in big cities have a particular routine and framework. You going and staying with them might just disrupt the living cycle they have grown accustomed to. And if you are worried about the same, do not be! Because we, as one of the most reliable hotel booking experts in London, bring to you a range of comfortable and budget accommodations in and around the City of London. The first part of this section deals with your stay near various popular stations and stoppages in London – including the airports, train and coach stations. The second part is where we discuss various budget and 5-star hotels in the City of London, along with several deals and discount offers.
Accommodations Near Popular London Stops
Travelling to London might get a bit taxing sometimes, and hence if you would just like to take it easy on yourself, we bring you several stay options near various stops in London. A stay near there popular stops would help you to manage your trip better. Besides, since these stops are well connected with popular means of transport, you can easily take care of your travel in and around the British Capital.
Hotels near London Airports
If you are travelling via airways, you would want to stay at a hotel near the airports. This way, you can relax and discover London at your own pace. The accommodations come in handy more so, when you have flights scheduled at odd hours. It is always a nice idea to stay at a hotel near to airports for the night, and then perhaps move on to other parts of the city. Arora International Heathrow is a 4-star hotel near Heathrow Terminal tube stations, providing free internet and parking facilities along with a comfortable stay. You may reach the station easily via Heathrow Terminal 1, 2, 3 tube station and Heathrow terminal 4 Tube station. Besides, the hotel is within 2 miles from the West Drayton Railway station. Guests in the hotel may also indulge in a game of billiards or relax with the massage facility here. The hotel charges a mere GBP 12 per day for parking, and also offers a fully equipped fitness centre, hence allowing guests to not miss out on their health regimen.
Furthermore, the Sofitel London Heathrow is a 5-star hotel providing a comfortable stay with sauna, fitness centre and spa facilities. If you are tired after a long flight, you can easily check into this luxury hotel close to various Heathrow terminals, and enjoy a restful stay.
And that’s not all. You can find several cheap, luxurious and 5-star lodgings near London Heathrow here. And if you are travelling via some other airport, find accommodations near popular London airports here!
Hotels near Railway Station
Your train journey might get you exhausted. If that is the case and you cannot wait to relax as soon as you reach London, you may opt for a number of hotels, boutiques and other accommodations near popular railway stations. And since most of these stations are in central London, you would not miss much of your sightseeing and other activities. If this sounds pragmatic to you, check our several options near popular railway stations in London.
Firstly, King’s Cross and St Pancras International Station share the same neighbourhood. So, if you are travelling by either one of these stations, you may opt for the Lancaster Hotel situated close to British Museum and Trafalgar Square. The hotel offers an easy connectivity to the Russell Square Tube Station, working on the Piccadilly line. Enjoy the best of comforts and stay very close to the City of London and other central London locations, including Bloomsbury and the West End, by reserving your stay in this hotel. You may further find several multiple priced accommodations near the King’s Cross here.
Now, if you are making your way to the British Capital via London Victoria, we bring to you a low costing hotel offering a plethora of services. Olympic Victoria hotel is a budget option near London Victoria, offering free Wi-Fi access and continental breakfast with the stay. Moreover, the hotel is also close to the station offering direct trains to the Gatwick Airport. You would actually save a lot on your budget by opting for this compelling accommodation. We further invite you to check out several other stay options near London Victoria station here.
Lastly, we shall provide you with a nice stay option, if you are travelling via London Euston Station. Providing an overtly comfortable stay, Grange Fitzrovia Hotel is a 4-star accommodation near Madame Tussaud’s and Regent’s Park Tube Station. With British Museum, Trafalgar Square and the City of London being right in the vicinity, this is the ideal point of stay for you. If you would like to explore several other accommodations near London Euston, click here.
Accommodations in the City of London
Now if you are keen on visiting the City providing the delectable cocktail of culture and contemporary growth, we shall provide you with several interesting accommodations in the city of London as well. We have further sorted out these accommodations under several categories, so that you can easily find the stay that you are looking for.
Hotels in City of London with Parking
If you are driving down to the city of London, obviously you need a hotel that provides parking facilities. However, since the City is a centralized area, and flaunts a daily turnovers surmounting to trillions of dollars, it is kind of difficult to find a hotel providing free parking. And yet we have shortlisted several hotels offering the same facility at reduced prices. Firstly, Think Tower Bridge is a cheap hotel in City of London offering free Wi-Fi and parking facilities at GBP 10 per day. However, if you are looking for something lavish and truly spectacular, we have got another option for you. Andaz Liverpool Street London, is 5-star hotel under the Hyatt Brand, providing parking at GBP 40 per day. The hotel, with its near vicinity to the Liverpool Street and Aldgate tube stations, along with London Dungeon and Tower Bridge, is an ideal point for your stay. Luxury comes alive as you step into the Victorian building of this cutting-edge hotel. The rooms are fitted with plasma TVs, organic minibars, iPod docking stations, and ergonomic working chairs, while the modish bathrooms flaunt toiletries from REN. Guests may also indulge in a sauna or massage therapy at the hotel, or visit the fitness centre to keep their health goals in check. You may settle for either of the two hotels, and enjoy a pleasant time in London.
Cheap hotels in the City of London
If you feel overwhelmed with the costs of stay in the City, we bring you some low-priced options as well. For starters, the Mad Hatter Hotel near Southwark provides a budgeted stay close to the London Eye. You may opt for this hotel, either owing to its interesting name, or its easy connectivity to the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and the London Waterloo Railway Station. The hotel is also walking distance from the St. Paul’s Cathedral, and hence offers a delightful experience in the City of London.
Additionally, London City Hotel is another cheap option close to London Bridge and London Dungeon. Hotel guests may also visit the Tate Modern located close by, and easily access the Borough and London Bridge tube stations.
You may opt for either of these hotels. However, we suggest you wait until reading the Secret Hotel Deals below. Our secret hotel deals would get you a confirmed stay in a luxury hotel, with up to 40% of discounts on the same. Surely, you wouldn’t want to miss out on such a promising opportunity.
5-star hotels in the City of London
When you are in a place that is synonymous with luxury and opulence, you ought to stay in a luxurious hotel. Besides, lavish accommodations in the City of London are actually worth their salt. Providing a stay filled with luxury features, near various popular attractions, these hotels redefine the entire concept for luxury for the guests.
The 5-starred Grange St. Paul Hotel, close to the St Paul Cathedral and St Paul Tube Station, offers a luxurious stay that still remains completely unrivalled by any other hotel. Sharing neighbourhoods with the St Paul Cathedral, the hotel is also pretty close to the Tate Modern, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and the Tower Bridge. Offering stellar views of the City of London, this hotel excels in transcending a powerful luxurious experience. Going the extra mile in taking care of the guests, the hotel provides high-end fitness and wellness facilities. Guests may indulge in a comforting and meditative spa and sauna experience, or enjoy a high-paced workout, along with an affluent Jacuzzi bath. Besides, one can always relax at the luxury indoor pool, enjoy intoxicating times at the various splendid indoor bars, and taste the mouth-watering delicacies at its Globe or Novello restaurant.
Alternatively, St. Martin’s Lane is another popular 5-star hotel in Central London, minutes away from Covent Garden and Leicester Square Tube station. Close to the London Eye, this opulent hotel offers a compelling stay in the heart of London, flaunting a lot of modish facilities. Guests may utilize the 24-hour available gym, or avail the parking facility priced at GBP 40 per day.
Secret Hotels in the City of London
And finally, we come to a stay option that is going to help you save a lot of your money while enjoying a luxury stay! As your reliable hotel booking experts, we bring to you a myriad of secret hotel deals in London.
Book this 5-star hotel as a hidden gem to enjoy breath taking views of the Tower of London and the St Paul’s Cathedral. Conjuring up a delightful panorama of the London skyline, to be savoured immaculately by the guests, the hotel offers every luxury facility, such as an indoor luxury pool, gymnasium, spa and the likes.
Our next option is another 5-star hotel available at discounted prices in the heart of central London. The hotel is close to British Museum, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, and is famous for its luxury spa and sauna. Moreover, the hotel is just a short walk away from the Holborn tube station, and hence offers an effortless stay. Guests may also savour the expert Japanese cuisines at the hotel, and indulge in a few drinks at the indoor bar.
You may opt for either of these two hotels, and we guarantee you discounts up to 40%. It is virtually impossible to enjoy up to 40% of discounts at a luxury accommodation in London. Hence do not let the name of the hotel hold you back! Book your stay now, and upon confirmation, you would receive each and every detail of the hotel.
Exploring the City of London like No One Else!
If you are looking for things to do in the City of London, the following list is going to help you A LOT! – Seriously! Not bragging! Even if you do have your days planned out in the City, do go through our list anyway. You might want to replace items on your itinerary with the options that we have, so painstakingly, laid out for you below.
Also, note that though we were tempted to include the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London in this list, but technically these attractions are not part of the City. Wondering what all you can do in a Square Mile of a land, here is your complete list.
Explore Barbican like Never Before
Barbican Centre was a gift by the City of London to the rest of the world. As the leading centre for performing arts, the structure continues to captivate and inspire the spectators. If you would like to unravel this marvel better, book yourself an Architecture tour to this wonder. The tours are intended to appreciate the planning behind this post-war structure. Besides, there is also a Hidden Barbican Tour, covering all the mystery and otherwise hidden spaces in the Barbican. Surely, it would be an afternoon well spent, getting to discover Barbican like that. Nearest tube station to this epic structure is the Barbican, quite obviously.
Rush to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral and JUST BE!
Without dwelling into the depths of existentialism and all of that jazz, you still want to be on top of this magnificent monument. We all know about the catharsis experience guaranteed at this Cathedral. It is also common knowledge that church holds the tombs of Wellington, Nelson and Christopher Wren. However, one is yet to discover the beauty of London skyline from the zenith of the St. Paul’s. And quite frankly, we cannot clad that experience in the mere shreds of our words. Just be up there, and just be! You’ll discover the magic that we talk about here yourself.
Hold an Actual Gold Bar at the Bank of England!!!
The Bank of England at the Threadneedle Street, although is not as mammoth as the British Museum, but still offers a delightful experience. This museum, however, offers a cosy and educating experience, holding talks about recession and the likes. Besides, you can look at various banknotes – old or new, and yes, get to ACTUALLY hold a gold bar in your hands! Isn’t that just wow? Visit the Bank of England close to the Bank tube station, and you may as well enjoy a laidback, sophisticated date – just saying!
Attend Free Lectures at the Gresham College
Okay, if you think you are too old for lectures, better just hang out at the pubs and bars, or go take a hike at the Soho neighbourhood of the city of London. However, if you would like to listen to wonderful speakers sharing their beautiful insights on a wide spectrum of topics, this is a thing for you to do. Right off the Chancery Lance tube station, Gresham College holds free public lectures each week during the term time. You may ring at +44 20 7831 0575 for more details.
Visit the Sky Scrapper Corporate Buildings – if you can!
The Lloyds of London, the Gherkin and the Willis Building, are all part of the tall sky-scrappers in the City of London. Gherkin is what you get to see each time any movie or TV series shows London skyline. And although there are times when the buildings are open for visiting, do consider yourself lucky if you just get in there – especially if you do not have an appointment. The security is pretty tight around these places, so do abide by the security provisions.
Attend the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London!
Attend the Lord Mayor’s Show, usually in the month of November, and witness a procession like never before. Celebrations are held to acknowledge the appointment of a new Lord Mayor to the City of London, the annual procession is simply breath-taking – with all the vibrant colours, high adrenaline energy, and the pomp and show characteristic to the City of London.
Shop till you Drop! – why not?
When it comes to shopping in London, Oxford Street and Regent’s Street bag the crown hands down. However, there are several refreshing shopping streets in the City of London, famous for their deals and bargains.
To begin with, it is a completely new experience in itself when you visit the Leadenhall Market in the City of London. It is perhaps the most beautiful market place carrying the reminiscence of the Victorian Era. Besides, this is the same market that was used as the Diagon Alley and entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter movie series. Fascinating right? Visit this magical market place, right off the Monument Tube Station and ready to get enchanted with the sheer charm of the place.
And for all of your contemporary shopping needs, we have got the One New Change shopping centre for you. Just off the St. Paul’s tube station, this shopping place is situated right next to the mighty St. Paul’s Cathedral. You can get most of your daily utility and gift and souvenirs stuff from here, without much of a strain.
Besides, if you can, just go a little off the City and Spitalfields Market near Liverpool Street Station will let you grab some of the most envious bargains.
However, we do have one suggestion for all the shopping enthusiasts engaging in retail therapy in the City of London. Please resist your shopping impulses during lunch hours, as that is the time where most of the working professionals get out shopping vociferously.
Pubs, Bars and Eating Joints in the City of London
Although it is quite easy to find pubs and bars and cafes while walking along the lanes of the City, there are several places that have caught the fancy of the many. If you are looking for the perfect bar, and do not mind splurging the money that it warrants, visit the Vertigo 42 at the Old Broad Street. Yes, the prices out there can make a weary heart cry, but then, when it comes to the scintillating views of the London skyline, every penny is completely worth it. If while being in the City of London, you want nothing but the best, this is the place where you are ought to be!
And well, since you would not want to visit the same place time and again, there are several other pubs and joints that you may haunt. Anthologist, for instance, is an edgy and metropolitan bar with comfortable cocktail lounges, restaurant bar, wine shops and rustic delis.
Besides, one may also visit the Counting House sometime. Although the pub was once a bank, it is today a grand joint, with smashingly huge mirrors and ornate railings and whatnot! Lastly, the Seven Stars pub, just besides the Royal Courts Justice is our personal favourite. It is quite easy on pocket, and delivers a nice and friendly experience.
So, Get Set and Go!
That is the best of the City of London. However, if you have a weekend trip or a long holiday, you might want to get out of here for a while and explore other neighbourhoods as well. Go west towards Trafalgar Square, Soho and the West End, and you can party and shop till you drop! Besides, do gift yourself a selfie at various London attractions in the Westminster. You need to get a picture at least with the London Eye or Big Ben in the background! And if you have any queries regarding your travel or stay in and around City of London, do not forget to write to us.
Do share your opinions about this travel guide with us in the comments section below! Until next time, adieus!
> Oxford to London by Trains
> Oxford to London by Coaches
Say Hello to the Bloomsbury London Neighbourhood
> Enchanting Boutique Hotels will surely win your Heart
> Secret Boutique Hotel in Bloomsbury
> Luxury Stay Options Galore in Bloomsbury!
> 3 Important Museums
> Bloomsbury Shopping
> 3 Important Book Shops
> Pubs, Bars and many Eating Joints
> The Compelling Neighbourhood of Bloomsbury
Oxford and Bloomsbury have a lot in common. Both being famous for their literary heritage and country-esque locales, it is hardly a surprise then, when we see tourists from Oxford enjoying weekend getaways to the literary heart of London. Since we get a lot of curious queries from travellers asking about accommodations and places to visit in Bloomsbury, we decided to roll out an illustrative guide to help you make the best of your time. Join us as we discuss various important details of your travel, stay and exploration in Bloomsbury, London. And now, without much ado, let us hop on to this amazing joyous journey and discover the best that Bloomsbury has to offer.
Managing your Travel from Oxford to London
The travel distance between Oxford and London is nearly 57 miles, which means you can reach London within an hour. And when you factor in the time to navigate your way from any of the London station to Bloomsbury, it might take another half hour or one, given the traffic conditions and more. Thus, we can assume an estimated time of 2 hours in reaching Bloomsbury from Oxford.
Now obviously, the time required significantly depends on your choice of commute. There are primarily 3 options available for anyone planning a trip down to Bloomsbury. You can either book a train or a coach (- buses meant for longer journeys), or simply drive down to Bloomsbury. Each of these alternatives is pretty different from each other, and offers a distinctive experience in its own. Hence, we leave it up to you to decide the choice of commute, but should you decide to travel via Coach or Train, we have got some additional information to share with you.
Oxford to London by Trains
You can book the First Great Western train and reach London Paddington Station. From 57 minutes to 1 hour and 55 minutes, your train journey can extend up to any duration, depending solely on the train you choose. Once you reach the Paddington Station, it is quite easy then to reach Bloomsbury. You may hire a direct taxi from Paddington to Bloomsbury or may opt for London underground. We shall discuss more about getting around Bloomsbury in our next section, for now let us plan out your journey by coaches.
Do not let the word “Coaches” confuse you. These are basically buses meant for long distance travel. Passengers have quite a lot of choices when it comes to booking journey by coach. X90 by Oxford Bus, Oxford Tube and National Express, all vie to be your first choice of travel and their schemes and offers are mostly the same. The coach journey commences from the Gloucester Green Bus station in Oxford, and taking you via delightful countryside views, drops you at the Victoria Coach station. Some coach journeys also have their stoppages scheduled at Bakers Street and Marble Arch. Either ways, once you reach any of these Bus stops in London, it is quite easy to make your way towards the literary heart of the British Capital, Bloomsbury.
Say Hello to the Bloomsbury London Neighbourhood
Each time someone mentions the word British or classic English, it is quite easy to imagine the sophisticated white buildings, lush green gardens, and an air of sheer nonchalance and calm. If you, for once, would like to experience the true novelty and regal charms of the British Capital, booking your date with Bloomsbury is a must. As the erstwhile residence of mavericks like Virgina Woolf, EM Foster and John Maynard Keynes, this high-end residential area of London still exudes an air of effortless grace and tranquillity. As the official centre for University of London, University of the Arts, and the University College London Institute of Neurology, Bloomsbury does flaunt the best of education, student activities and young chic crowd. Traditionally renowned for its medicine, education, arts and similar collaterals, the place also boasts of an eclectic theatre. The Bloomsbury Theatre, exhibiting the best of professional and budding talent, has earned a lot of respect and regard from the local Londoners.
We shall talk more about Bloomsbury later, for now, let us help you get around this artistic district, and also, assist you in booking your desired accommodation.
Once you reach London, finding your way around Bloomsbury is quite simple. The artistic centre of London has a number of tube (London Underground) stations in its vicinity, and you can use any one of the following stations to reach Bloomsbury:
Managing your Stay in Bloomsbury
If as a traveller, you are more interested in exploring this beautiful picturesque district, we suggest you simply opt for a budgeted accommodation, preferably a bed and breakfast. A favourite of various students and young professionals, these hotels and B&B accommodations appeals to anyone who is looking for a cost-effective stay. For instance, the Goodwood Hotel in Bloomsbury, located close to Oxford Circus and British Museum, provides an inexpensive stay. You can catch every titbits of delightful activates happening in the heart of central London, and that too at extremely affordable prices. Besides, the stay also includes a complimentary continental breakfast and free internet connection.
Bloomsbury has a reputation for flaunting the best of elegant and regal boutique accommodations. These boutiques hotels envelope a characteristic vintage charm and poise in their architecture and decors. Besides, if you wish to fully enjoy the sophistication and timelessness of Bloomsbury, you must (and yes, we insist) consider booking boutique lodging for your stay.
Secret Boutique Hotel in Bloomsbury
With our willingness to provide you with the most cost saving deals on your stay in London, we have put together several secret hotels in the heart of the capital. These secret hotels are primarily 4-star and 5-star accommodations, offering their stay at incredibly discounted prices. If you wish to enjoy up to 40% of discounts and stay in a charming and classic boutique hotel, we suggest you opt for this secret boutique hotel with private gardens in Bedford Place, Bloomsbury. Enjoy a stay near Covent Garden, Russell Square and British Museum, and go easy on your wallet with up to 40% off on your stay.
And if you desire the highest class of luxury and appeal from your stay in London, we have got just the right options for you. To begin with, the Bloomsbury Hotel is often a popular choice for various travellers visiting the heart of British Capital. Barely a hop, skip and jump away from the Covent Garden and Leicester Square, this hotel fuses the best of London designs and themes to provide an intriguing experience. Guests to the hotel can also enjoy its new-age technology, contemporary fittings and free internet access.
When in Bloomsbury, do think of taking a relax stroll around the popular squares dating much back in time. The Bedford Square, Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square are important locales of this district, offering the most compelling and quiet sights upholding important history.
3 Important Museums
Just like an island is surrounded with water, Bloomsbury is surrounded by museums – and bookshops and galleries. Hence, any artistic and explorative soul can easily loose the measure of time, while swaying around the serene and eloquently silent lanes of Bloomsbury. Although it is quite impossible for us to cover all the museums around Bloomsbury, we have still picked up top 3. If nothing else, you must at least explore these amazing collections of our history, tradition and of course, literature.
3 Important Book Shops
And if your visit to the Persephone Books has only left you wanting to more, we come bearing good news for you. We understand that you would want to breathe into the tranquillity of Bloomsbury fully. Perhaps, by sitting in the quiet settings of a dusty old book shop and romancing with your favourite literature. It is easy to find several Italian and French cafes, bars and alfresco options, but should you want to browse through a world-class collection of books and literature, several bookshops in Bloomsbury flaunts one of the most delightful and awe-inspiring collections.
So, Bloomsbury is one district in Camden, London, where you can find enough cafes, bars and pubs while walking down the street. It is quite easy to come across several French and Italian cafes and bars, while taking a random stroll down the roads. However, with the intent to facilitate your convenience, we have listed a few special options.
There is a reason why Bloomsbury is a popular choice. And that is because anything that you ever heard of saw about London, is either in Bloomsbury, or exists in its near vicinity. As you are staying near Bedford place and walking down the quiet, sophisticated lanes of Bloomsbury, you might want to hang out at its various neighbours, and derive a creamy experience. Let us now discuss the 3 major neighbourhoods that are a must for any Bloomsbury visitor.
You need to visit Westminster in order to prove to your friends and family that you have actually been to London. Seriously, no London trip is over without a selfie showing London or Palace of Westminster in the background. Besides, the popular hub of every social and cultural activity, Trafalgar Square is also located in the City of Westminster. This Bloomsbury neighbourhood also flaunts several other popular locations, such as, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben. Spare a few hours for visiting this place, and gather memorable memories from your retreat to the Capital.
Fashion, theatre, shopping, food and drinks – if any of these words have a special place in your heart, you have got to visit the West End neighbourhood of Bloomsbury at least once. Whether you wish to shop at the epic shopping destinations – the Regent Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street, or catch up a later afternoon show at the Theatres, this is the best destination for you. Besides, there is always something or the other happening at the Leicester Square or Covent Garden, and hence your visit to West End is going to be nothing less than mind-boggling!
Perched artistically between West End and Westminster, is our much adored London destination, Soho. If at any point of your stay, you wish to up the thrill quotient a bit, visiting London’s dark underbelly, Soho, is a must! Offering you the best of sleaze, glamour, celebrities-craving-anonymity, sexual liberties, razzmatazz and nightlife, Soho is where the actual fun is! Besides, when we say nightlife, we actually mean it – with the largest collection of bars, pubs, gastro-pubs and more, Soho really knows how to party like a rock-star! If, for a night or more, you feel like being more adventurous and turn up the heat, do visit the Soho district which is right down the corner from the Bloomsbury Square.
And Finally, Get Up Now! Bloomsbury Awaits your Arrival!
So now, you have all the information that you need, and are in the position to travel safely and smartly from Oxford to London. Besides, you also have a clearly defined idea of the things to do and different places to hangout in Bloomsbury. We, at Londonhotels4u.com, sincerely hope that the information provided here would aid you in making the perfect travel choice. If you have got any further queries, or opinions to share, feel free to drop them in the comments section below. Wishing for your safe and captivating stay, we shall bid you adieus now!
1. Sky Bar, the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel
Redefining the luxury and class of rooftop dining and barbecuing, is the Sky Bar of Grange St. Paul’s Hotel. Parched impeccably in the heart of the city, the Sky Bar offers stellar glances of the St. Paul’s Cathedral. Whether you wish to catch up a show at the West End theatres, or seal that deal in the square mile, you can always hop on to this exquisite alfresco bar for a drink or two. With its stylish interiors, the bar is the perfect place for you to spend a silent evening, or organize a drinks reception, product launch or summer party. For enjoying refreshing and luxurious times, do book your date with the Sky Bar at the Grange St. Paul’s.
2. The Garden Grill, The Montague on the Gardens
The Montague on the Gardens has two most popular features – the Garden Grill and the Terrace. Situated in a peaceful location in London’s Bloomsbury, the Garden Grill offers one of the most beautiful and enchanting open air spaces in the heart of the capital city. The place resumes its characteristic shade of life and charisma during the summer time, serving the best of mouth-watering dishes and special barbecue items. The rising aroma of the scintillating grill and barbecue is best complemented by the awe-inspiring views of sculptures of the Bedford Estate. The Garden Grill serves a delectable range of breakfast, lunches, traditional afternoon teas and dinner options, along with a select milkshake and BBQ menu. The place also organizes specialized summer theme parties. So, make the most of your summer time in London by spending a laidback time in the Garden grill, the Montague on the Gardens.
3. Spectrum Bar and Café at Park Plaza County Hall Hotel
London visitors and local crowd can also enjoy an alfresco eating experience at the Spectrum Bar and Café located in the Country Hall Park Plaza Hotel. The outdoor café has an interesting mix of glass fronts and tables to bask in the glory of daylight and offer a delightful dining experience. The hotel serves a scrumptious morning breakfast, coffee and lunchtime snacks during most parts of the day and an after-work, a Cocktail Special to reaffirm the spirits of the worn out business crowd. Located at a key Waterloo London location, the hotel can be easily reached via popular means of transport. Thus, spend time at the Spectrum Bar and Café at the Park Place County Hall, and enjoy the best of Waterloo and alfresco experience.
The City Café of the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel also provides an excellent alfresco dining experience. The nicely stocked cocktail bar offers refreshing drinks and delicious desserts. The hotel overlooks key London attractions like Tate Britain, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Unwind at the City Café at DoubleTree, and enjoy London summers to the fullest.
This was our collection of the best hotels with alfresco dining in London. For your comfortable stay in London, you may book your stay in these hotels, and also calm your senses at the alfresco locations with heart-warming London views. Please let us know what you thought of these selections, and share with us your personal experiences at these hotels in the comments section below. We shall be waiting to hear from you. Until then, adieus!
Enjoy the Exhilarating Feeling of Piloting a Helicopter
It’s crazy to think that you can enjoy the elating feeling of piloting a helicopter in London city. Just after a quick briefing with your private instructor, you are able to take pleasure in a flight experience that will offer you the insight that you need for flying. This exhilarating experience can be yours at merely £99.00, and is a great introduction to flying light aircraft. If you want to take this aircraft ride, make sure you book your date well in advance at Biggin Hill.
Stay at Hampton Court Palace
Want to live like a King or Queen? Then, you can book your stay at this royal palace. Although any royal member has not occupied the palace since the 18th century, an independent charity of Historic Royal Palaces still administers the same. Favourite of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace now accommodates two Landmark Trust leasing estates. Fish Court, a living accommodation tucked beside Tudor kitchens, once accommodated by the Officers of the Pastry. The other, The Georgian House, was originally built as a Kitchen for Prince of Wales. But later, it became two houses with a private walled garden and handsome rooms. The accommodations at this palace are expensive in light of their royal facilities, but you can also book a budget stay in London.
Make Yourself a Martini in James Bond Style
A pilgrimage spot for James Bond fans, Dukes Bar in St James’s is said to be the inspiration for the classic line, ’shaken, not stirred’. This is the bar, where the author Ian Fleming coined the well-known phrase “shaken, not stirred” for his 007 British Secret Service agent. A martini should not intend to be shaken in a drink mixer – doing so would create it a dark cocktail, full of broken ice. But, this secret agent can do anything and ask for ’shaken not stirred’ martini. At this bar, you will have a chance to mix your own martini under the expert supervision. The martinis are strong and the bar won’t generally serve more than two martinis to every boozer.
Play off excess energy at Bramley’s Big Adventure
If you are visiting London with kids, then this adventure playground is a must-visit. Bramley is an exciting indoor adventure for children, from babies up to 11 years old. Located in a large building under the Westway flyover, it boasts a huge 3 level play frame with slides, ball pools, and swings.
Meet the Penguins at London Zoo
When the clock strikes 13.50pm, visitors at London Zoo take place within the allotted area to meet the penguins. The area features a big pool with dramatic viewing areas so you can check out how our submerged friends fly under water. It also features daily feeds where spectators can look at the birds diving for their food. “Similar to a lot of sea animals, penguins are quite food-lovers,” Gerald says, but they’re sociable creatures, as well.”
Of course, it can turn out to be confusing for you to find out unique experiences to try in London without having deep insight into the city. But, by considering these things, you can make your itinerary a little bit different than others.