Becoming a home from home for TLE, London is one of the most visited cities in the world and offers everything from culture and history, fine dining, award-winning bars and some of the worlds best shopping. We have tried out many of the best hotels in the city as well as the best restaurants so here is a selection of our favourite places to eat, things to do and hotels to stay when you visit London.
Akira at Japan House
Guests who make their way to Akira at Japan House are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome. This elegant restaurant is housed in a striking 1920s building and is part of Japan House a new cultural centre in Kensington. The restaurant takes its name from executive chef Shimizu Akira, who is famous for his attention to detail and imaginative sushi dishes. Popular menu options are the sushi and sashimi bento boxes and their Omakase set menu, but they have a wide range of noodle and Robata Charcoal Grill options too. Seafood lovers can start their Japanese culinary adventure by ordering the salmon and tuna crepe rolls that are flavoured with uni and doused in a truffle shaving covered creamy sauce. This is also a great place to sample wagyu beef, which is served sizzling on the top of a hot rock and comes dressed with chopped chives with a selection of sauces on the side. Those who have a sweet tooth can end their meal with the signature Akira pudding, which is a delicious Japanese version of crème brûlée.
London is famous for its varied and authentic Indian cuisine and lovers of Indian food are really spoilt for choice at Indian Accent. With its stylish interior and contemporary menu options, Indian Accent is one of the best places to try Indian cuisine in the whole of London. In fact, this restaurant has won awards for excellence and has earned a coveted spot on the World’s 50 Best list. The dishes here hail from New Delhi and have been created by the talented chef Manish Methrota who has a long and impressive resume. The restaurant caters to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diners and one of the most popular dishes is the soy keema, which is served with soft pao buns. Meat eaters will also find plenty to sink their teeth into such as the celebrated and succulent pork ribs that are marinated with onion seeds and the juicy ghee roast lamb.
TĪNG At The Shangri La
Those who have a head for heights can make their way to the 35th floor of The Shard where they will be treated to a stunning 360-degree view of the city at Ting at The Shangri La. This is one of the most elegant places in the city to enjoy afternoon tea and people who are enjoying a shopping spree in London will be able to take a welcome break. Ting also boasts an extensive lunch and dinner menu that combines contemporary European cuisine with Asian influences. One of the most popular dishes here is the chicken and prawn laksa, while those who are celebrating a special occasion are sure to enjoy the five course tasting menu. Ting also boasts a luxurious lounge where visitors can unwind while sipping a cool cocktail or two and gazing out at London’s iconic skyline.
Afternoon Tea at the Goring
People who want the chance to follow in the footsteps of Royalty will not want to miss the opportunity to take in afternoon tea at the Goring. The Goring is famous for being the favourite haunt of Kate Middleton and many members of London’s elite regularly meet here to indulge in afternoon tea while catching up on the latest gossip. The Goring was the winner of The Tea Guild’s coveted Top London Afternoon Tea award and this extremely exclusive establishment has been serving the delicacy for more than a century. Served in the impressive Dining Room each afternoon guests are treated to their choice of hot or iced tea from around the world as well as an excellent selection of sandwiches, pastries and cakes. In order to make this experience truly memorable, afternoon tea can be accompanied by a glass or Bollinger Rosé Champagne or Bollinger Special Cuvée Champagne, which is served with fresh strawberries.
Spa experience at ESPA Life at Corinthia
Those who want to enjoy an indulgent pampering experience are sure to love unwinding at ESPA Life. This very exclusive spa is set in the five star Corinthia hotel and offers guests a wide range of therapies and treatments that are designed to make them look and feel fantastic from head to toe. ESPA Life is the largest spa in the whole of London and guests are provided with plenty of choice as well as very decadent spaces to relax in. as well as the usual spa treatment such as facials and massage, ESPA Life also offers something a bit different in the form of meditation, sleep and fitness sessions.
Shopping spree at Harvey Nichols, Harrods and New Bond Street
London is the perfect place to shop until you drop. People who have a love for the finer things in life will want to make sure they allow plenty of time to check out Harvey Nichols and Harrods. The chic and stylish department store of Harvey Nichols is also a great place to see and be seen, while Harrods is the most famous department store in the whole of the UK. Harrods was built back in 1849, when it originally served as a grocery shop opened by Charles Henry Harrods. His belief in quality and good service soon earned him a reputation and people began flocking to the shop to purchase teas from around the world and other products. Harrods is now owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed and has expanded considerably to bring shoppers must-have products from all over the world and one of the main highlights here is the Room of Luxury, which can be found in the ground floor.
JW Marriott Grosvenor House
Reward yourself with 5-star service and luxury amenities at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House. Located in one of the capital’s best addresses Park Lane Mayfair and moments away from many of the city’s best attractions like Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace and Knightsbridge. Make yourself at home in their elegant rooms and suites, featuring plush pillow-top beds, marble bathrooms and many with views out to Hyde Park. Savour delicious dining at JW Steakhouse and start the evening off with a cocktail at Red Bar and the Bourbon Bar. This landmark hotel is perfect for business travellers and guests who appreciate a touch of contemporary British design and style without the stuffiness.
Nestled in the heart of historic St James Mayfair, DUKES us a sophisticated boutique luxury property, which has been an exclusive retreat of writers, musicians, politicians and royalty. Guest rooms range from their modern classical styled rooms, right up to their luxurious suites with views out to St James Park. Dining options include GBR serving traditional British dishes with contemporary twists and for some quintessential Afternoon Tea or a cocktail head to DUKES Bar. This is one of our favourite hotels in London and you can read our review here.
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
The Zetter Townhouse is a 13 bedroom Georgian townhouse located in picturesque St James square in Clerkenwell, moments away from Farringdon station and the new cross rail connection. The property feels more like a private residence owned by some eccentric great-aunt than a hotel and features two incredible suites and 11 bedrooms, plus games room and dining room for private events and award-winning cocktail lounge so make sure you try one when you stay!