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London, capital of England and the United Kingdom, has been a leading settlement since its founding by the Romans, 2000 years ago. It boasts four World Heritage Sites and numerous points of interest. Its large offering makes London the most visited city in the world, with its museums as most popular attractions.
Tourist favorites in London
The National Gallery is an art museum on Trafalgar Square. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. The gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection is free of charge. Read more
Brick Lane Music Hall
Brick Lane Music Hall, housed in the former, a Grade II listed St Mark's Church, Silvertown, is a unique music hall entertainment, the only venue in London presenting traditional music hall on a nightly basis. It was established in 1992 by Vincent Hayes in the former Trumanâ€™s Brewery building in Brick Lane. Brick Lane Music Hall took its name from its location.
Its current home, the former church of St Markâ€™s, was constructed in the 1870s by Samuel Sanders Teulon, and it features a unique Gothic brick exterior and the grace in its interior design.Â Guests are seated at tables in a cabaret-style arrangement. Read more
RAF Bomber Command Memorial
Situated in Green Park, the Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial is dedicated to 55,573 aircrew from Britain, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Poland and other countries of the Commonwealth, as well as civilians of all nations killed during the Second World War. One of the most visited attractions in London, RAF Bomber Command Memorial was designed by Liam O'Connor and officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 June 2012. Constructed of Portland stone, the memorial features a bronze 2. 7Â m sculpture of seven aircrew, designed by the sculptor Philip Jackson. Read more
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Visitors are more than welcome to come and enjoy world-class opera, music, ballet and dance. Read more
The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house, holding a world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries, with large holdings of French 18th-century paintings, furniture, arms & armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings arranged into 25 galleries. It was established in 1897 from the private collection, which was mainly created by Richard Seymour-Conway. Read more
The Chrysos Hotel London basks in a spectacular central setting
close to world famous Oxford Street, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, and
overlooking the stunning Norfolk Gardens. Five tube stations and one overground
rail station are all within easy walking distance. The hotel is perfectly
located for exploring Londonâ€™s renowned tourist attractions and is situated
close to the West End for a vast array of evening entertainment. Ideal for holidaymakers and business travellers alike, the
Chrysos Hotel occupies an elegant conversion of a Georgian terrace and extends
the highest level of English courtesy to all guests. Among its many services, guests can find free wireless internet access, safety
deposit boxes, elevators, parking, direct dial telephone and
ironing service. A 3-star superior hotel with 25 years of experience, the Chrysos Hotel London offers a range of 60 comfortable and relaxing rooms, all with en-suite facilities and a choice of continental or full English breakfast every morning.
Offering simple, yet stylish studio apartments in the heart of London, the Vancouver Studios combines the convenience of a hotel with the privacy, freedom and amenities of a modern apartment. Providing the perfect location for corporate, design and production companies as well as those traveling on holiday or business, the Vancouver Studios provide a wide choice of areas withing walking distance to London's famous attractions. The Vancouver Studios provide a warm and friendly atmosphere and a wonderful attention to detail. With a working fireplace, comfy sofas and books and papers for guests to read the Drawing Room is the perfect place to settle down and relax after a day on the town. The interior ivy and jasmine-covered wall garden provides a tranquil fountain and seating for a moment away from the bustling city. The Vancouver Studios also provides in house bicycles for residents to rent, an affiliation with the nearby gym, and a Welcome Pack containing shortbread biscuits, tea and coffee.
New England Hotel
The New England Hotel resides in a prime location in the heart of London. Established since July 1981, the hotel was formerly known as The Kerwin. Conscious of the growing needs of the hotel's long established customers, they decided to invest in a major refurbishment, and only re-opened in the new millennium, February 2000. Now a newly refurbished, twenty-five bedroom hotel, the image certainly reflects high standards, service quality and unashamed luxury, all at an affordable price. The hotel's success is certainly attributable to continually satisfying client needs.
Melita House Hotel
Melita House hotel is an ideally located London property, close to Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben as well as all the major tourist attractions. The nearby Victoria train, underground and bus station makes every destination easily accessible. Its location makes the hotel an ideal place to stay while exploring London. For both business and pleasure, the hotel offers great value for money whilst providing outstanding accommodation and facilities such as high speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, a brand new TV/reading lounge and a high quality coffee and tea machine. The hotel is independently inspected annually by Visit Britain and has been awarded a Three Diamond Rating, as a guarantee of quality. The rooms have also been newly renovated. French and Italian are spoken.
The Troy Hotel, a privately owned boutique hotel, is situated in a quiet terrace street perfectly located close to Hyde Park, west of London with convenient access by public transport to Oxford Street and the West End. With its proximity to all that London has to offer and its welcoming and dedicated staff, the Troy Hotel provides a comfortable and individually tailored environment in one of the worlds greatest cities.
Housed within the magnificent Gherkin, The Sterling presents an airy setting with a stylish dining room, a spacious mezzanine dining area and a large terrace. An extensive selection from The Sterling menu includes crustacea, old-school sarnies to share, main courses and desserts. The venue is a popular choice for corporate lunches, large parties and events.
Masala Zone - Bayswater
"Masala Zone Bayswater is one of London's leading Indian brasserie restaurants. We and our sister restaurants serve the varied delicious tastes of real Indian food (totally different from local curry houses) in contemporary yet exotic Indian popular art settings. This is combined with young friendly and bright waiting staff. Bayswater features bold, vibrant and exotic pop art collages of firecracker town of Sivakasi in South India."
To coincide with Britain's summer 2012 celebrations, The Met Bar has launched their modern version of a Great British tradition, the Afternoon Tea. Showcasing traditional British produce in an iconic, contemporary space, enjoy The Met's modern take on summer teatime classics from Thursday to Sunday, 2.00-5.30pm.
Accompanied by a Best of British soundtrack, the Tea is the perfect couples treat or group celebration, and includes a refreshing fruit infusion, pot of London Company tea or for those in need of something stronger, a glass of chilled Champagne.
The A la Carte menu is available with vegetarian and non vegetarian options, and the chicken and lamb at Benares is certified Halal. Guests can try dishes ranging from Kaandhari Macchi-Tandoori stone bass, with lemon rice, salsify, and pomegranate sauce, to the exquisite Lobster Two Ways -butter-poached lobster tail in Kerala-style raw mango curry, lobster claw Amritsari, and radish salad. Vegetarians are also well catered for, with Rajma Tikki - smoked kidney bean cakes, pureed Masala rice, raw red onions and coriander chutney.
Finally, the dessert selection is simply irresistible. Whether diners choose the Chocolate Peanut Butter Tube with Jaggery Cake, Cumin Marshmallow and Sugar Cane Ice-Cream or the Star Anise Apple Tatin with Fennel, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Salted Butter Caramel, it will be the perfect conclusion to a wonderful dining experience at Benares.