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Area Guide - Quality Hotel London Wembley

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Empire Way , London, HA9 0NH
Award winning, superbly located hotel, only 15 mins from central London by Underground. FREE WIFI and FREE PARKING on a first come basis. Only 5 minutes walk from Wembley Park Underground Station, Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium, Fountain Studios, Brent Civic Centre and London Designer Outlet Shopping Centre.

165 triple glazed en-suite air conditioned rooms with flat screen TV, bath and showers, safe, iron and board, tea coffee making facilities, hair dryer and work desk. Disabled public toilet facilities. Smoking rooms on request. Access rooms on request only and only confirmed in writing by the hotel. Coach parking available on request and has to be confirmed in writing by the hotel.

Sports Bar with Sky Sports and BT Sports, Empire Restaurant, Conference Halls and Meeting rooms for hire. Wedding, Banqueting and Exhibition and Training Halls for hire.

Easy access into central London and for leisure visitors looking to explore London's fabulous attractions such as Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Science Museum, British Museum, Big Ben, theatres, shopping & night-life. Free London Guided Walking Tour. 20% off local golf course / driving range passes for guest's - please ask reception staff.

Located outside of the Congestion Charge Zone. Heathrow Airport 20 mins by taxi, Eurostar St Pancras International 20 mins by Underground. VOTED A 'BIGGEST ROOMS HOTEL' by International Travellers.

• 20% discount off local Golf Course Passes - please ask at Reception
• 20% discount off Thames Cruises - please ask at Reception
• 'BIGGEST ROOMS HOTEL' as voted by International Travellers

Our Empire Restaurant offers a tempting array of freshly made International Cuisine with great meal deal offers. Our Sports Bar has all the live sports action with SKYSPORTS / BT SPORTS with bar meals and snacks available from 11am until late. The hotel has sensor lights in all corridors and key cards that operate the lights in the rooms. Take advantage of our Unlimited English Breakfast, payable directly at the hotel. Conference and Event Halls catering from 10-300

• Heathrow Airport 20 mins
• Eurostar St Pancras International Station 20 mins by tube
• Empire Restaurant with variety of freshly prepared fabulous international cuisine - Early Bird Saver Menu 12-6pm
• Conference, Meetings, Events, Functions, Celebrations & Weddings Halls catering from 10-300 - used for filming on 'X Factor' and an episode of 'Miranda'.

We also have disabled rooms available on request. Both our Restaurant and Bar are fully air conditioned, and have wireless internet. We have conference, banqueting and meeting rooms available for hire catering for all events. 165 air conditioned rooms with ensuite bath & shower, modem points, TV with radio's, safe, trouser press, iron & ironing board, direct dial telephone with wake up call facility, wifi, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.


- Important notice: Please note when 3rd party credit cards are entered for payment for bookings - the hotel call the relevant bank for
client verification and authorization. All the prepaid & Advanced purchased booking customers are advised to carry their credit or debit cards used at the time of booking.
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A Guide to London

Whatever your reason for visiting, London is a city that has something for everyone! London has successfully fused its grand heritage with modern living, and attracts a wide range of visitors every year. Whether, it's sightseeing in Trafalgar Square, shopping on Oxford Street, or entertainment in the West End, you will be spoilt for choice. The capital also has a huge choice of restaurants, bars and London hotels will suit any budget.
While the areas to the north of the Thames are renowned for housing many of London's traditional attractions, e.g. Buckingham Palace, to the south of the river there is still much to see with many of the newer and more contemporary attractions, e.g. The Tate Modern. If you are on a budget, there are also many free attractions throughout the city. London is Europe's largest city and it is easy to get overwhelmed and not make the most of your visit, so it's worth planning your trip and familiarising yourself with its districts before you travel.

Getting There and Away

Travelling to London could not be easier, with an excellent transport network providing access by rail, road and air.

By Air

London has 5 main airports:

  • Heathrow: Situated 15 miles / 24km to the west of London.
  • Gatwick: Situated about 30 miles / 48km south of London.
  • Stansted: Located around 35 miles / 56km north east of London.
  • London City: Located in the Docklands 6 miles / 10km from central London.
  • London Luton: Located 35 miles / 56km north of London.
To and from Heathrow:

Heathrow Express

  • Journey time: 15 minutes from the airport to Paddington Station.
  • Cost: single £17.50, return £31.00 (reductions for booking online in advance).


  • Licensed cabs located outside each terminal.
  • Journey time: 1 hour.
  • Cost: £50.00.

National Express Coaches

  • Departs from all four terminals.
  • Journey time: variable, but around 1 hour is a good guide.
  • Cost: single from £4.00, return from £8.00 but prices may vary.

The London Underground

  • Journey time: 50 minutes on the Piccadilly line.
  • Cost: peak single £12.70, off-peak single £6.20; peak 1 day travelcard £13.20, off-peak 1 day travelcard £6.70.
To and from Gatwick:

The Gatwick Express

  • Departs every 15 minutes.
  • Journey time: 30 minutes.
  • Cost: single £14.90, return £26.80.


  • Operator: Checkers Cars.
  • Journey time: 1 hour.
  • Cost: £77.00 (plus £5.00 congestion charge if your destination falls within the charging zone).


  • Journey time: 40 minutes.
  • Cost: single from £8.90, return from £17.80.

National Express Coaches

  • Journey time: 90 minutes.
  • Cost: single from £6.60, return from £12.20, but prices may vary.
To and from Stansted:

Stansted Express

  • Runs every 15-30 minutes to Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale.
  • Journey time: 45 minutes.
  • Cost: single £14.50, return £23.50.


  • Operator: Checkers Cars.
  • Journey time: 90 minutes.
  • Cost: £80.00.


  • Bus linking with Victoria and Liverpool Street.
  • Journey time: 75 minutes.
  • Cost: single £9.00, return £14.00 (tickets must be purchased before you get on the coach from one of the booths or online prior to your journey). For more details visit their website Terravision.

To and from London City:

Docklands Light Railway

  • Provides transport links to Bank, Canning Town and Canary Wharf.
  • Connections to other areas of London can be made by Tube from the above destinations.
  • Journey time 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the destination.
  • Located in zone 3.
  • Cost: peak single £7.30, off-peak single £5.20; peak 1 day travel card £7.80, no off-peak travel card available.


  • Operates from outside the terminal.
  • Journey time: 30 minutes.
  • Cost: £25.00.
To and from London Luton


  • Operator: Thameslink.
  • Departs: Luton Airport Parkway station (accessed via the free Luton Airport Express shuttle located outside the terminal).
  • Journey time: 1 hour.
  • Cost: single from £10.90, return from £22.00, but prices may vary.
  • A ‘Flyaway’ ticket costs £55.00 which allows up to 4 people to travel to and from London.


  • Cost: £90.00.
  • There are 2 operators from outside the terminal: Alpha Taxis and CABCO Taxis.
  • Journey time: 60 minutes.

Greenline coach (757)

  • Departs: peak 15-20 minutes; off-peak every 30 minutes.
  • Journey time: 90 minutes.
  • Cost: £11.00, return £16.00.
By Rail

London has 6 main railway stations:

  • Euston: Main destination for passengers arriving from Glasgow and the North West, via the West Coast Main Line. Hotels near Euston.
  • Kings Cross/St Pancras: This is the main destination for travellers arriving from Edinburgh and the North East, via the East Coast Main Line. It is also the new home of Eurostar, and is therefore the main destination for visitors arriving from Europe. Hotels near Kings Cross Station / Hotels near St Pancras.
  • Waterloo: This station serves travellers arriving from Kent and East Sussex. Hotels near Waterloo station.
  • Victoria: Serves Brighton and other areas in South West England. It is also the terminal station for trains arriving from Gatwick Airport. Hotels near Victoria station.
  • Liverpool Street: The main arrival point for visitors arriving from Stansted Airport. It also serves East Anglia, some East coast destinations and North East London. Hotels near Liverpool Street Station.
  • Paddington: The terminal of the Heathrow Express. It also provides transport links to south Eastern areas such as Bath, Cardiff, and Bristol. Hotels near Paddington Station.

All railways stations have Tube stations attached, so getting around is easy. Remember to keep your ticket until you have completely left the station, as you may be asked to produce it.

Advance bookings can sometimes mean lower fares. Also check the price for 2 singles instead of a return ticket, as this can sometimes be more cost effective.

By Coach
  • The main coach station is Victoria.
  • Coaches also terminate at Golders Green.
  • There are a varied number of stops in and around central London.
  • The main provider that operates around the UK is National Express.

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Getting Around

London has an extensive public transport network, making it easy to navigate around the city. It is also the best way to avoid London's heavy traffic, and the congestion charges.

By Underground/Tube

London's Underground system is one of the most famous in the world. With nearly 300 stations and 12 different lines, it is a large network that is worth familiarising yourself with before you travel.

Tube information and opening times:

  • Free Tube maps are available from each station to enable you to plan your journey.
  • The Tube's opening hours are 05:30-00:30 Monday to Saturday, and 07:30-23:30 on Sundays.
  • It is best to avoid the Tube during its peak times as it can be overcrowded and hectic. Peak times are 07:30-09:30 and 16:00-19:00 Monday to Friday. It is cheaper to travel outside the peak hours.

Zones and Tickets:

  • The Underground operates a 'zone' charging system.
  • Depending on where your accommodation is located, a ticket for zones 1-2 should cover your needs. However, a zones 1-6 ticket may be more useful if you are planning a wider trip of London.
  • Cost: (based on zones 1-2): Day Travelcard - peak £6.60, off-peak £5.10; 3 Day Travelcard £16.40.
  • Children under 11 travelling with an adult ticket holder can travel for free, children over 11 can travel for £1.00. This applies for up to 4 children at any one time in off-peak hours.
By Bus

London's bus network has, with the arrival of the congestion charge, become much more user friendly. If you want to get a good view of the city this is a good way to travel. The system also has an effective night bus service (prefixed with letter N) should you be planning a night on the town or a late trip to the theatre.

Tickets and Prices

  • Cost: single ticket £2.00, day ticket £3.50, 7 day ticket £14.00 (tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus).
  • Visitor Tickets/Travelcards can be purchased for 1, 3 or 7 days and can be used on buses (displaying the London Buses logo), the Tube, the Docklands Light Railway and National Rail (except Heathrow Express).
  • It also entitles you to 1/3 off the Scheduled Riverboat services.

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Must Sees

It is advisable to book in advance where possible, or reach the major attractions early as they get busier throughout the day. Some attractions offer discounts for booking online e.g. the London Eye, while others charge for advance reservations, e.g. Madame Tussauds.

Buckingham Palace
  • Opportunity to visit the State Rooms, Royal Mews and the Queen's Gallery.
  • It is worth paying the Palace a visit to see the 'Changing of the Guard', perhaps one of the most well known displays of British pageantry.

Opening Times:

28th July to 25th September 2007, 09:45-18:00 (admission by timed ticket only).
Queen's Gallery: Daily 10:00-17:30 (26th July to 24th September 09:30-17:00).
Royal Mews: 25th March to 31st October, Saturday to Thursday 11:00-16:00 (26th July to 4th September 10:00-17:00).
Changing of the Guard: April to July, daily at 11:30. August to April, every other day at 11:30.

Changing of the Guard May to July daily at 11:30. August to April every other day at 11:30.


State Rooms: Adult £15.00, Child £8.50 (Under 5s free), family £38.50
A Royal Day out Ticket: (State Rooms, Royal Mews, Queen’s Gallery, Palace): Adult £27.00, Child £15.50 (under 5’s free), family £69.50.
Changing of the Guard: FREE

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

St. James's Park, Green Park

Tower of London
  • The Tower is home to the Crown Jewels and the infamous 'Traitor's Gate.' The grounds also hold many exhibitions.

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00/18:00
Sunday and Monday 10:00-17:00/18:00


Adult £16.00
Child £9.50
Family £45.00

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Tower Hill

Tate Modern
  • Formerly a disused power station, the gallery is now home to the national collection of modern art and has helped to transform the Bankside area.

Opening Times:

Sunday to Thursday 10:00-18:00
Friday and Saturday 10:00-22:00



Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Southwark, Blackfriars

London Eye (The Millenium Wheel)
  • When it was built, it was the largest ferris wheel in the world, standing at 135m tall. On a clear day you can see 25 miles in each direction. Along the way you will spot the most famous sites of London.

Opening Times:

October to May 10:00-20:00
June to September 10:00-21:00


Adult £14.50
Child £7.25 (Under 5's free)

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Waterloo, Westminster

Natural History Museum
  • The perfect place to explore the natural world within the urban surroundings of London.
  • Come face to face with a giant T-Rex, or experience the shakes of a simulated earthquake.

Opening Times:

Daily 10:00-17:50 (Sundays from 11:00)



Nearest Tube and Hotels:

South Kensington

Madame Tussauds
  • The opportunity to meet the stars face to face.
  • This is the home of celebrity waxworks, where can you get the chance to address the nation alongside the Queen, or sing along with Kylie.
  • There are numerous exhibitions all year round.

Opening Times:

Monday to Friday 09:30-17:00/18:00
Saturday and Sunday 09:00-18:00


Including Live Chamber: Adult £25.00, Child £21.00, Family £78.00

Excluding Live Chamber: Adult £23.00, Child £19.00, Family £72.00

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Baker Street

Saint Paul's Cathedral
  • Located here are the tombs of many of the country's historical figures, including Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
  • Climb the 530 steps to the top of the Dome to see the 'Golden Gallery', and visit the famous 'Whispering Gallery' on the way.

Opening Times:

Monday to Saturday 08:30-16:00


Adult £9.50
Child £3.50
(Guided tours available at an extra cost)

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

St. Paul's

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
  • A chance to see live debates in action through the public gallery.
  • Visit the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, and experience the vast history attached to the building.
  • Take a tour to see the intricate workings of Big Ben, England's most famous clock tower.

Opening Times:

All visits must be arranged prior to arrival by application through your local MP.
Overseas visitors can only visit during summer recess (2nd August to 30th September), by contacting your local embassy.
Overseas visitors can still gain access to the public galleries during parliament by queuing at Saint Stephen's entrance (contact your Embassy prior to visiting the Commons).
Tours of Big Ben are only available to UK residents by prior arrangement.


Adult £12.00
Child £5.00
Family £30.00
(Prices apply for tours during recess only)

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


British Museum
  • Contains some of the most interesting and rare historical artefacts in the world.
  • The museum is divided into different sections of civilisations e.g. Ancient Egypt, Rome, and Japan.

Opening Times:

Sunday to Wednesday 09:00-18:00
Thursday to Saturday 10:00-20:30


FREE (Charges may apply for special exhibitions)

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road

Westminster Abbey:
  • The Abbey has history dating back to the 13th century.
  • Buried here are Edward the Confessor and Mary Queen of Scots.
  • You will also find tombs of some of Britain's greatest writers, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.

Opening Times:

Monday to Saturday: 09:30-15:45 (open until 19:00 on Wednesdays).
Sunday: open for worship only.


Adult £10.00
Child £7.00
Family £24.00
(Guided tours are available at an extra cost)

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

St James's Park, Westminster

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Where to Stay has over 500 London Hotels. Whether you are travelling for a 1 night business stay or a short weekend break, you will definitely find something to suit your needs. From 4 & 5 Star Hotels and Luxury Hotels to Cheap London Hotels, LateRooms features a wide range of accommodation in London. When choosing a place to stay it is worth bearing in mind that London is an expensive city, so expect to pay slightly more than other cities within the UK. There are, however, lots of special hotel deals available. LateRooms also lists hotels in London with disabled access.

On the whole, rooms in London do tend to be on the small side in comparison with the rest of the UK, simply because there is so much demand for accommodation in the city, and space is very limited.

LateRooms Tip
  • For those wishing to stay in central London, it is worth noting that weekends tend to be cheaper than midweek stays because the business travellers go home. LateRooms lists its discount hotel rooms in London here.
  • If you are travelling with friends or as a family, then our range of apartments are worth considering. London also has an extensive range of B&Bs and small properties in and close to
    the centre, which are ideal if you are travelling on a budget. It's also worth considering staying in the suburbs or Docklands area, as transport links to the centre are especially good with the Tube.
  • It is useful to note that if you book a single room in the UK, and especially in London, you will more than likely be given a single bed; doubles are not always given as standard.

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Where to Eat

The quality and choice of dining in London has developed dramatically in recent years, and many of the world's top chefs have chosen London as the place to house their prestigious restaurants. You will also find a fantastic range of affordable options to suit any budget. With flavours from all over the world, you will be spoilt for choice.

West End
The Rock Garden

6/7 The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E, +44 (0)207 257 8613

  • Having been established for over thirty years, the Rock Garden offers one of London’s most extensive al fresco dining areas.
  • They offer an express lunch service (Monday to Thursday) costing £9.95 for 2 courses and £12.95 for 3 courses. Main courses from the à la carte menu start from £10.95.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Covent Garden

Belgo Centraal

29b Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9LJ, +44 (0)207 813 2233

  • Belgian restaurant serving a vast range of Belgian beers and food.
  • Sample some of Belgium’s mussels or traditional beer recipes.
  • Main courses start from £8.95, while mussel dishes start from £8.25.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Covent Garden, Leicester Square


29 Romilly Street, W1D 5HP, +44 (0)207 734 6112

  • This 'Pizza Express' owned Pizzeria has been established for over 50 years and offers much more than ‘just a pizza’.
  • Its 3 floors contain a Champagne Bar, a Music Room complete with pianist, and extensive dining facilities.
  • Main courses range from around £8.00 to £17.00.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus


9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG, 0870 7774488

  • Housed in the former building of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
  • Sketch is an ultra chic dining experience with many dining options.
  • Prices range from £25.00 per main course in the Gallery, to £48.00 in the Lecture Room.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Oxford Circus

Palm Court Brasserie

39 King Street, London, WC2E 8JS, +44 (0)20 7240 2939

  • Classically decorated in a Parisian art deco style and offering a relaxed atmosphere, Palm Court is great for a pre or post theatre dinner, or simply a relaxed evening out.
  • Offers a varied menu with main courses starting from £7.95, while a 2 course set menu is available for £9.95 (not available Saturday night).

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Covent Garden


29-31 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DB, +44 (0)20 7836 4444

  • Located in the heart of theatre land, the décor has to be seen to be believed. Decorated as an opera set, with bright, lavish colours and materials, diners can choose to sit in one of the opera boxes, or relax in the restaurant.
  • A varied menu is available with a heavy Turkish influence. The 3 course set menu is priced at £23.50 per person, while main courses on the a la carte menu start from £8.50. A 2 course pre-theatre menu is available for £12.50.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Covent Garden

West London
Eight Over Eight

392 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UZ, +44 (0)20 7349 9934

  • Serving up a range of pan-Asian cuisine, Eight Over Eight is modern and stylish, and attracts and equally stylish clientele.
  • Dim sum starts from £3.50, while main courses start from around £10.00.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

South Kensington


20 Thurloe Street, SW7 2LT, +44 (0)207 589 6117

  • A traditional style Polish café founded in the 1940s.
  • Main courses cost between £5.50 and £13.00.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

South Kensington

The Wine Gallery

49 Hollywood Road, Chelsea, LONDON, SW10 9HX, +44 (0)8713320339

  • Offers a varied menu ranging from traditional British food to many international dishes.
  • Main courses are priced between £9.50 and £17.50.
  • Attracts a young, trendy crowd.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

West Brompton

Sausage & Mash Café

268 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TY, +44 (0)208 968 8898

  • The café provides a vast selection of sausages, served with mash and various flavours of gravy.
  • It also has a basic menu of alternatives for those not wanting the obvious.
  • Two sausages and mash will cost £5.75.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Ladbroke Grove


124 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BH, +44 (0)20 7221 9225

  • Having been established for over 20 years, Sally Clarke offers a small select menu for lunch and dinner, which changes on a regular basis and uses fresh ingredients, including mozzarella from Naples and shellfish straight from Scotland. A Californian theme runs through the menu.
  • A 3 course dinner costs £43.25, while lunch is individually priced.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Notting Hil Gate

La Famiglia

7 Langton Street, Chelsea, London, SW10 0JL, +44 (0)20 7351 0761

  • With an emphasis on authentic Tuscan cooking, this family run restaurant has been firmly established for over 30 years.
  • Booking in advance is essential. For more information on reservations and prices, contact the restaurant directly.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

West Brompton

East London/The City

34-36 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE, +44 (0)20 7833 8336

  • Serving a fusion of Spanish and North African food, Moro provides a weekly changing menu as well as serving tapas in its bar area.
  • Main courses start from £14.50, while the tapas menu starts from £2.00.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


Brick Lane Beigel Bake

159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB, +44 (0)207 729 0616

  • This 24 hour bagel shop sells a multitude of bagels with a range of different fillings; great for a bite to eat on the go.
  • Bagels range from 25p to £3.50.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


Brick Lane Brasserie

67 Brick Lane, E1 6QL, +44 (0)207 377 8072

  • The brasserie offers a range of contemporary Indian dishes.
  • This is just one of a wide range of Indian/Bangladeshi restaurants on and around Brick Lane.
  • This restaurant operates a ‘bring your own beer’ policy, as with many restaurants in the area.
  • An average meal is around £10.00-£15.00 per person.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


Alba Ristorante

107 Whitecross Street, London, EC1 8JH, +44 (0)20 7588 1798

  • A modern restaurant serving an equally modern and sophisticated Italian menu.
  • Offers an exceptionally good wine menu. Main courses start from around £9.00, while an evening fixed price menu is also on offer, with 2 courses for £14.50.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

145 Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2BU, +44 (0)207 353 6170

  • A pub has stood on this site since 1538.
  • Past patrons recorded include Charles Dickens and Samuel Johnson.
  • Serves 'pub grub' with a main course costing around £7.00.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Blackfriars, Temple

Bleeding Heart Restaurant

Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, London, EC1 8SJ, +44 (0)20 7242 8238

  • Located just on the edge of the City, Bleeding Heart offers a romantic setting and a flamboyant French Menu.
  • Main courses cost from £12.45, while the Bleeding Heart Bistro offers a less formal setting with a cheaper priced menu.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


South London

50 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1, +44 (0)20 7357 0244

  • Located within the Delfina Galleries, the Delfina restaurant is a hot spot for the artistic community. With its relaxed feel and walls adorned with artwork, the restaurant is a real find amidst the hustle and bustle of London.
  • The menus change on a fortnightly basis, however please note the limited opening times of Monday to Friday 10:00-15:00, and Friday evening 19:00-22:00.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

London Bridge

Tapas Brindisa

18-20 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TJ, +44 (0) 207 357 8880

  • Whether you want a quick bite to eat at the stand-up tapas bar or a seated meal in the restaurant, Tapas Brindisa is always a popular choice.
  • Using mainly its own ingredients from the Brindisa suppliers at Exmouth and Borough markets, the restaurant provides a selection of hot and cold tapas at reasonable prices.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

London Bridge


Cathedral Street, London, SE1 9AL, +44 (0)207 407 3803

  • This restaurant is clearly identifiable by its glass and steel façade.
  • It prides itself on its fresh fish menu, cooked to your liking.
  • A 3 course meal costs around £25.00.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

London Bridge


The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London, SE1 1TL, +44 (0)20 7015 1864

  • As its name suggests, this restaurant specialises in the traditional British roast, and food prepared from traditional seasonal ingredients.
  • Located within the historic Floral Hall, parts of the restaurant afford good views of London.
  • A roast will cost from £17.00, while a dish from the main course menu costs from £11.50.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

London Bridge

Bermondsey Kitchen

194 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1, +44 (0)207 407 5719

  • The daily menu is small, but offers enough choice to satisfy most tastes, and changes each day. The wine menu is varied and reasonably priced.
  • The bar area offers an extensive cocktail menu with a small tapas menu; great for a snack whilst having a relaxing drink.
  • Main courses cost from £9.50, whilst tapas starts from £1.95.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

London Bridge

The Anchor and Hope

36 The Cut, London, SE1 8LE, +44 (0)207 928 9898

  • This is a gastropub offering a range of food; however its speciality is meat.
  • Main courses average between £10.00 and £15.00.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


Book in advance, where possible, as certain restaurants, especially those with celebrity status, can be fully booked weeks in advance.

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Going Out... bars, pubs and clubs

London has a huge nightlife scene - whether you fancy a quick pint, a sophisticated cocktail, or dancing 'til dawn. London's main nightlife and bars are located around the West End, but no matter where you are, you will not be short of places to go.


London has many traditional pubs located all over the city. Many tend to serve real ale and food. Many of these pubs also lie on original sites and provide an authentic drinking experience.


For those looking for something more trendy there are a great many bars to suit, ranging from themed to the ultra chic and trendy. Here is a selection:

Absolut Icebar

31-33 Heddon Street, London, +44 (0)207 478 8910

  • London’s first permanent ice bar is kept at a temperature of -5°C and everything is made completely out of ice.
  • Entry is restricted to time slots of 40 minutes and costs £12.00-£15.00, but includes a designer thermal cape to keep you warm, and a personal ice glass with a choice of vodka cocktail.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Piccadilly Circus

China White

6 Air Street, London, W1B 5AA, +44 (0)20 7343 0040

  • A favourite haunt of London’s elite celebrities, the bar is themed with Chinese style furniture and décor.
  • At busy times (which is more often than not) the bar accepts members only, so try and get yourself on the guest list where possible.
  • Open from 20:00-03:00 Monday to Saturday.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Piccadilly Circus

Lost Society

697 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 3JF, +44 (0)20 7652 6526

  • Voted Best Bar of 2006 by Time Out, Lost Society is set in a former 16th century barn and incorporates many original features.
  • Decorated in an art deco style with its own private garden, Lost Society offers restaurant facilities, as well as a handful of resident DJs playing a mixture of breaks and house at weekends.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Clapham Common


5 Kingly Street, Soho, LONDON, W1B 5PE, +44 (0)207 434 3417

  • Bar decorated in red, creating a seductive, funky interior, while offering a popular cocktail selection.
  • Popular bar with a restaurant downstairs.
  • Open until 00:00/01:00 Monday to Saturday.

London is home to a great many of the superclubs such as:

Ministry of Sound

103 Gaunt Street, London, SE1 6DP

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Piccadilly Circus


77A Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 3HN

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63b Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5PT

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There are also many other venues that may not always attract the big named DJs but still prove to be a fantastic night out.


256-264 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DD

  • Club with a swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
  • The club hosts different music nights ranging from cheesy pop to soul and garage.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Old Street

The Cross

Arches 27-31, York Way, London, N1 0UZ

  • Home to legendary night Renaissance.
  • Provides an exclusive clubbing experience, while retaining that 'underground' feel.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

King's Cross / Saint Pancras


7 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ

  • This club hosts some excellent nights incorporating old school, drum 'n' bass, techno, and much more.

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1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE

  • The new name for the refurbished Camden Palace.
  • Hosts concerts from many well known bands (it is advisable to book in advance), as well as showcasing new up-and-coming talents.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Mornington Crescent

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Theatre & Entertainment

London is the place to go if you fancy seeing a show. No matter what your taste, whether it's drama, comedy, or musicals, you will definitely find something to suit you.

West End
  • Main hub of London's Theatreland.
  • Home to some 50 theatres alone.
  • Surrounding area and districts are home to much smaller venues that add to the variety.
Popular Theatres:
  • Well-loved theatre famous for 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium'.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Oxford Circus

  • This grade II listed building has hosted many famous musicals and seen many famous stars perform, including Judy Garland.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Tottenham Court Road

Old Vic
  • Famous for its leadership by Hollywood actor, Kevin Spacey.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


Royal Court
  • In keeping with tradition, they still sell a limited number of standing seats for 10p, minutes before the performance starts.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Sloane Square


London has a vast comedy scene, ranging from traditional places such as the Comedy Store (Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE) to much more individual venues such as Banana Cabaret (77 Bedford Hill Road, SW12 9HD).

Many pubs also offer live comedy nights all over the city.

Live Music

If live music is what you're after, then London has many large venues that are worth visiting:

Most of these venues host popular artists, meaning that tickets must be booked in advance.

There are also a high number of smaller venues catering for every taste. These include:

  • Ronnie Scott's 47 Frith Street W1D 4HT, Jazz venue.
  • 12 Bar Club 22-23 Denmark Place WC2H 8NL, eclectic range of music.
  • Dublin Castle 94 Parkway, NW1 7AN, eclectic range of music.

Our new theatre ticket service provides up-to-date show information, including times of performances, ticket prices and availability. Plus, you can book show tickets up to an hour before you go and pick your tickets up on the door. You can even book a theatre dinner package and enjoy a two course meal in a top London restaurant to really make the most of your stay in London.

Book your theatre tickets now.

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For the Kids

There are many things for children to do in London:

London Duck Tour
  • A tour around the streets of London in an amphibious vehicle, taking in most of the major sights including the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Nelson’s Column. The tour finishes with a trip on the river Thames, in the same vehicle.
  • For more information see the London Duck Tours website.
  • Prices:
    Adult: £19.00
    Concession: £15.00
    Child under 12: £13.00
    Family: £57.50

Nearest Tube and Hotels:


London Zoo

Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY

  • Has many interactive opportunities for the children.
  • There is also the famous Penguin Pool and Bear Mountain.
  • Opening Times:
    March to late October 10:00-17:30 (16:30 from October 22nd to 28th).
    Late October to February 2008 10:00-16:00.
  • Prices:
    Adult: £14.50
    Child: £11.00
    Under 3s: FREE
    A voluntary £1.50 donation can be made with our ticket price.

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Camden Town

Livesey Museum for Children

682 Old Kent Road, London, SE15 1JF

  • Museum for under 12s.
  • Fully interactive features.
  • Opening times:
    Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00
  • Prices:

Many of the museums such as the Natural History Museum (nearest tube: South Kensington) and the Science Museum (nearest tube: South Kensington) are also becoming increasingly child friendly, and offer free entry.

For things to do in the evening there is scope to take in one of the many shows aimed at children. For example:

The Lion King

Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RU

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Covent Garden

Puppet Barge Theatre

78 Middleton Road, London, E8 4BP

  • Various locations, but is moored at Little Venice, Central London (nearest tube: Warwick Avenue).
  • Summer tours start at Henley-on-Thames, and visit Marlow, Cliveden, and Richmond.

This can be easily preceded by a meal at one of London's child friendly restaurants. For example:

Rainforest Café

20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EU

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Piccadilly Circus

Blue Kangaroo

555 King's Road, London, SW6 2EB

Nearest Tube and Hotels:

Fulham Broadway


Restaurants in many areas of London including: Spitalfields, Royal Festival Hall, Wimbledon, Kensington, Richmond, Marylebone, Islington, and Battersea).

For more information visit the Giraffe website

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Whatever you are looking for, you will find it in London. London's shopping streets and world-famous markets are renowned, and no trip to London would be complete without a sneaky peak inside the world of Harrods (nearest tube: Knightsbridge).
Oxford Street is probably the most famous of London's shopping areas, and for this reason does get very busy. Here you will find all the major high street chains including Selfridges. Regent Street offers much of the same kind of thing.
For those with plenty of cash to splash, head towards Bond Street and Knightsbridge. You will be sure to spot the odd celebrity milling around these parts, but the shops are very exclusive.
London has a great many markets that specialise in different things. The most famous is probably Camden which attracts tourists from far and wide. Portobello Road Market is internationally renowned for its second hand and antique goods. Petticoat Lane Market is a fashion and clothing market. Originally established by the Huguenot weavers who had settled in the area to sell lace and petticoats, it is considered to be one of the oldest surviving markets in Britain. More specialised markets can also be found such as the Borough food market and Smithfield meat market.

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Gay & Lesbian

London has a thriving gay and lesbian scene and has a wide community all over London, with bars and clubs located in many of the key hotspots. However, the usual place to head for to find the hub of the gay/lesbian bars is Soho, particularly Old Compton Street.

The Admiral Duncan

54 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UB

A well-known place to head for and is particularly busy at the weekend.


30 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JX

The perfect place to start your clubbing evening.


Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NJ

One of the world's most famous gay clubs, and is particularly popular.

Many other venues also hold gay/lesbian nights on certain nights of the week.

London Pride is usually held in June/July, and WorldPride will be hosted in London in 2012. For more information about gay/lesbian London, contact the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard on +44 (0)207 837 7324

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