The London Guide
Urban Villa Hotel is within touching distance of all that central London has to offer, whether via Brentford mainline station (direct to Waterloo), or South Ealing tube station (Piccadilly Line).
- Big Ben – The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower are lovingly paired together and called ‘Big Ben,’ by Londoners and visitors alike. The bell inside the clock tower is the actual ‘Big Ben,’ but the nickname has stuck! http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/sightseeing/london-attraction/big-ben
- London Eye – enjoy stunning aerial views of the city from the iconic Ferris wheel which is rooted on the Southbank of the River Thames. https://www.londoneye.com
- River Thames Boat Cruise – take in the sights of London as you sail down the River Thames, whilst listening to informative commentary about our beautiful city. http://www.citycruises.com/sightseeing.aspx
- London Aquarium – is home to a galaxy of sea creatures, featuring the thrilling Shark Walk, zones dedicated to British tidal waters and conservation projects. https://www2.visitsealife.com/london/
- Westminster Abbey – is the famous Gothic Church where Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011, and the traditional place of coronation for British Royals. http://www.westminster-abbey.org
- St Paul’s Cathedral – Sir Christopher Wren built St Paul’s Cathedral in the late 17th century, as part of the rebuilding of the city following the Great Fire of London. https://www.stpauls.co.uk/
- Buckingham Palace – has been the official London residence of British monarchs since 1837, featuring iconic architecture, interior design and landscaping. http://www.royal.gov.uk/theroyalresidences/buckinghampalace/buckinghampalace.aspx
- Tower of London – 1,000 years of history can be explored at Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress on the north bank of the River Thames, where the resplendent Crown Jewels are kept. http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/
Knightsbridge – is one of the most luxurious and exclusive shopping destinations in the world. The historic Knightsbridge Estate spans some 3.5 acres and is now home to the UK flagship stores of Tom Ford, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, The Kooples, Boodles and more.
Harrods, Knightsbridge – is a 7-floor luxury retail palace, featuring some 330 departments. The finest items from designer fashion and accessories to technology, homeware, toys, food and drink are all spread across this British institution, where you could easily lose yourself (and splash plenty of cash!) for an entire day. For ultimate indulgence, book an appointment with a personal shopper or a bespoke experience in The Penthouse. Harrods boasts 28 eateries, ranging from the informal Bentley’s Sea Grill to the elegant Georgian Restaurant. http://www.harrods.com/
Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge – is the flagship for high-end department store for fashion, accessories, beauty products, food and wine. http://www.harveynichols.com/store/knightsbridge/
Old Bond Street – After taking in Buckingham Palace, you may like to stroll through the serene stretch of Green Park, crossing Piccadilly before heading north up Old Bond Street. Here the window-shopping alone is remarkable: pass Tiffany & Co, Christian Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and more.
Regent Street – connecting Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus, Regent Street is where you will find flagship stores for the likes of Apple, Coach and Superdry.
Liberty, Regent Street – is a historic luxury department store which is best known for its graphic floral prints http://www.liberty.co.uk/
Carnaby Street – in the heart of Soho is an iconic pedestrianised street with 150 shops and over 50 independent restaurants and bars www.carnaby.co.uk
Oxford Street – one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets features Niketown and Topshop, officially the world’s largest fashion store.
Selfridges, Oxford Street – was voted the best department store in the world, featuring 6 floors and hundreds of fashion designers. http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/
Marylebone High Street – to escape the crowds and get a sense of village life in the heart of London, head to this sheltered West End corner. With its elegant boutiques and quiet restaurants, Marylebone High Street seems a world away from Oxford Street.
King’s Road, Chelsea – is home to the innovative Saatchi Gallery and a rich array of up-market boutiques, restaurants and bars.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
- Harrod’s Food Hall – this really is a feast for the senses, where you will find a dazzling array of fine, unusual food http://www.harrods.com/food-and-wine
- Borough Market – is a foodie’s paradise, bringing the best artisan bakers, growers and producers from in and around London together to offer everything from cupcakes to spices http://boroughmarket.org.uk/
- Brixton Village & Market Row – combines traditional Caribbean, African and Bangladeshi stalls with the new generation of creative street food and independent concepts, in a massive cultural melting pot! http://brixtonmarket.net/brixton-village/
- Chinatown – if you adore dim sum and Chinese cuisine then you must explore the tangle of Chinese restaurants, cafes and shops in the heart of Soho. http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/where-to-eat-in-chinatown
- Brick Lane – formerly the location of countless curry houses, the better Bangladeshi eateries remain, along with hipster bars, shops and galleries in this diverse and lively street https://www.thrillist.com/eat/london/rating-every-curry-house-on-brick-lane
- Royal Albert Hall – is Queen Victoria’s staggering monument to her beloved Prince Albert and one of the finest performance spaces in the world. The Hall hosts a variety of events, spanning genres from opera to rock and from comedy to circus. http://www.royalalberthall.com/
- O2 Arena – this iconic riverside arena in Greenwich plays host to a wide selection of music, sport and entertainment events http://www.theo2.co.uk/
- Victoria and Albert Museum – is the largest decorative arts museum in the world. Representing the love of the arts of Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert, the museum was founded in 1852 and eventually opened in 1857. It holds 3,000 years’ worth of artefacts from the world’s richest cultures, spanning paintings, photographs, fashion, jewellery, ceramics and textiles. http://www.vam.ac.uk/
- Science Museum – London’s Science Museum throws the mind-widening world of science into bold new exhibitions. http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
- The British Museum – is a socio-cultural hub, housing 10 curatorial and research departments to span a colossal variety of subjects. http://www.britishmuseum.org/
- The National Gallery – looks onto Trafalgar Square and is home to 2,300 paintings, dating from the mid-13th century up to 1900. http://www.britishmuseum.org/
- Tate Modern – based in the former Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern is a centre for progressive art on the Southbank http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern?gclid=CNDh0p_9iMkCFcsBwwod7vcAiw
- National Maritime Museum – the Royal Museums of Greenwich also include iconic ship the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and The Queen’s House http://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum
- The Royal Airforce Museum – tells the story of the real people of the RAF, from old-time daredevils to war heroes and the service men and women of today http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/
- Hamley’s Toy Store, Regent Street – is the oldest and most magical toy shop in the world http://www.hamleys.com/
- Covent Garden – famous for its street theatre of roaming performers, covered food and crafts market and buzzing piazza, Covent Garden is in the heart of the theatre district and full of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. https://www.coventgarden.london
- Madam Tussads – take the perfect selfie and get up close and personal with your celebrity heroes and heroines! Madam Tussads is home to uncannily lifelike wax models of legends such as Michael Jackson, Barak Obama, Cheryl Cole and Lady GaGa – you can even give them a hug! https://www.madametussauds.com/
- Legoland, Windsor – is a one of the UK’s top family attractions, dedicated to imagination and creativity. Explore entire worlds built out of Lego, shows and rides, just 30 minutes’ drive from Urban Villa Hotel. http://www.legoland.co.uk
- Thorpe Park – is a theme park based upon a fictional island full of fun and adventure. With rides and amusements for all ages, from ‘Angry Birds 4D’ to ‘SAW – The Ride.’ https://www.thorpepark.com/
WORLD-CLASS SPORTS ARENAS
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – the site of the historic London 2012 Olympic Games is free to explore. You can also use some of the world-class sports facilities and attend community events. http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/
- Lord`s Cricket Ground – the home of cricket is open to visitors, featuring the legendary grounds, a museum and library. http://www.lords.org/