This week I’m sharing insight on one city I have fallen in love with…London. It’s easy to put on your list to visit top destinations as Buckingham Palace, the London Bridge, Windsor castle, etc. But what about where the locals go? Here is some inside scope from three trendy globe trottin fellas I know, Vojta, Sean& Devon… that have seen, been and done everything. Their top takes on where to stay, dine and go is a special treat for those planning their next destination to this posh Metropolitan city.
LH: What two hotels do you suggest your visitors to stay at when visiting London?
Sean & Devon: One of our most recent favorites for London Hotel is The Mayfair in the Mayfair section of central London… The Mayfair is as central as you can get in London andwalking distance to Hyde park, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Green Park, Buckingham Palace and Picadilly Circus. Its a newer Hotel, 5 star, but you can often get good rates (sometimes as low as a 150 pounds sterling)..It’s a sleek modern hotel with a BUMPIN bar (http://www.themayfairhotel.co.uk). A more affordable hotel, yet trendy and central, We would recommend the Cumberland. The Cumberland is near Oxford street, also with a sleek modern interior and decent sized rooms.
Although, we must let you in on a closely guarded secret… There are serviced apartments (beautiful one bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, washing machines) at 9 Hertford Street, also in Mayfair (http://www.9hertfordst.com). Rates hover around the 200 pound per night rate- These apartments definitely beat out any hotel and the staff is amazing- Once you stay at 9 Hertford Street, you will never want to check in to a London Hotel ever again- Not to mention it is truly at the center of London.
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LH: What are 2 top places you recommend for breakfast:
Sean & Devon: Again, The Mandarin Oriental! With a wide range of Asian infused dishes and beautiful views of the park, lunch at the Mandarin is a must on Summer’s day- Don’t Forget to order Mogue’s Signature Drink at the Manadarin- Guava Juice, Passion fruit Juice and 2 shots of GreyGoose!
LH: Now to MY main interest…Any off the beaten paths for shopping or stores you like?
LH: To experience the local culture for entertainment/or music, where are your top 2 recommendations?
The Clapham area has become a really cool, fun area. Restaurants, bars, shops and clubs dot the High Street….Certainly an area few tourist go to.
LH: What are a couple of must-sees that only a local would know (museums, parks, etc.)?
LH: Outside of London, where has been your favorite place to visit in the UK?
LH: And lastly… any tips or info. for those coming to London for the first time?
If you fancy MORE London recommendations, you can also check outVojta’s site at: http://vojtech.yelp.co.uk