The definitive guide to London dining & events

...Places to take a tourist

Date: 08.07.11 Category:

“For the discerning tourist, steer clear of the circus that is Piccadilly and show off the best that London has to offer.”

Bypass the queues for the London Eye and take in the spectacular views (and spectacular food) at some of London's finest restaurants. Galvin at Windows offers a sweeping vista from the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane, the view from OXO Tower Restaurant spans across the Thames and the City, and the Portrait Restaurant within the National Portrait Gallery overlooks the bustle of Trafalgar Square. And after a successful shopping expedition at One New Change, ride the elevator up to Madison for a glass of Champagne and a close-up view of St Pauls.

Impress your guests (and avoid the stress of dining in the West End) with an early (or late) reservation at The Ivy before a trip to the theatre. And for a culinary tour of London that's both delicious and quintessentially British, breakfast should be taken at The Wolseley, afternoon tea at The Ritz and for an iconic Sunday roast, head to Simpson's in the Strand for their specialty of Scottish beef on the bone which is carved at the table from antique silver-domed trolleys.

If your guests won't suffer pomp and fuss, suggest them stay at the edgy St Martins Lane – a centrally-located, über-sophisticated urban resort designed by Philippe Stark. And to further tip London's cool-factor, swap Big Ben for a tour through the warren of quirky spaces and art installations at sketch.

Before your guests arrive, be sure to check the Deals page on LadyBlonde.com for special offers from some of the iconic restaurants mentioned above.

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Galvin at Windows

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Galvin at Windows

Restaurant with bar

"With Michelin starred French cuisine, exceptional service and incredible London views, this is a fantastic restaurant by the..."

London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE

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OXO Tower Restaurant & Brasserie

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OXO Tower Restaurant & Brasserie

Restaurant

"With spectacular views, The Oxo Tower is a fantastic spot, serving some of the best food on the South Bank."

Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

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The Portrait Restaurant

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The Portrait Restaurant

Restaurant

"The view from this institution makes it a superior standpoint in more ways than one."

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

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Madison

Madison

Restaurant with bar

"Offering views over St Paul's Cathedral and the London skyline, and with a relaxed but stylish vibe, this is a unique roof..."

One New Change, London EC4M 9AF

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The Ivy

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The Ivy

Restaurant

"For many The Ivy is more than just a restaurant; it is an institution."

1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ

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The Wolseley

The Wolseley

Restaurant

"Regardless of the time of day, The Wolseley is an absolute winner for those seeking laid-back glamour."

160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB

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The Ritz

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The Ritz

Hotel

"The Ritz at Christmas is one of the most traditionally exquisite places to be. "

150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR

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Simpsons-in-the-Strand

Simpsons-in-the-Strand

Restaurant

"Iconic and historic, this traditional venue remains a firm favourite."

100 Strand, London WC2R 0EW

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St Martins Lane

St Martins Lane

Hotel

"Asia de Cuba, The Light Bar, Bungalow 8 - St Martins Lane has it all."

45 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4HX

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Sketch

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Sketch

Restaurant with bar

"Both The Parlour at the front and the restaurant at the back are infused with art making for an intriguing warren of spaces."

9 Conduit Street, London W15 2XG

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