There’s something about London that’s unique to the city. And it’s something you should experience, too. There are two ways to explore England’s capital – you can set off across the Atlantic and just figure things out when you get there, or you can plan ahead. A bit a preparation certainly wouldn’t hurt, so we’ve prepared this guide to help you plan your trip to London.
Where to Stay: A Range of Options
London has no shortage of top-notch accommodation, but for the very best, you can’t go wrong with Claridge’s in Mayfair, the Shangri-La at the Shard, and the Savoy at the Strand. Claridge’s and the Savoy are famous for hosting both royalty and celebrities throughout their long history as two of London’s finest hotels. The Shangri-La is a virtual palace in the sky, with the Evening Standard praising its Asian influences and breathtaking views. Of course, there are other options, so feel free to check them out, too. Go for whatever suits you (and your budget).
Where to Eat: Here, There, Everywhere
There’s a thriving food scene in London, so you won’t go hungry here for sure. Escapism Magazine recommends food walks around the city, and we suggest you heed that recommendation. You should try a guided walk where members of Forage London — the city’s foremost food experts — take you to the best mouth-watering food spots in the city. While you’re at it, ask about London’s best barbecues, like those in Borough Market, Hawker House, and on Maltby Street.
Ride a Bike
In Amsterdam, which we featured here previously on The Quintessential Gentleman, biking is growing in London, and it is just as fun. The best part is that the city has fully embraced cycling, and you can rent bikes for a day, or even just for a few hours. “What’s in it for
Catch a Soccer Match
Londoners love their soccer and they spend their weekends watching matches at home or in the pub. But without a doubt, the best way to watch a soccer match is live. So, go ahead and book some tickets — preferably at Wembley Stadium, the temporary home of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. The club
Yes, gentlemen, we know you want to shop, too. And London is the perfect city for that. Go to Savile Row for the best suits in the world or search for luxury brands at Harrods. Visit the one-stop-shop that is Covent Garden for pretty much anything you want and need, from clothes and jewelry to arts and crafts. Looking for bargains? Then make a beeline for the London Designer Outlet, which is literally just a few steps away from Wembley Stadium.
Go on a Pub Tour
Ah, pubs! They’re the quintessential go-to destination for the gentleman who needs a break, and a drink or two. You can go
Even though we have barely scratched the surface, we hope this guide sets you up for an enjoyable trip to London.