...Places to take a tourist
“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.
Galvin at Windows
OXO Tower Restaurant & Brasserie
The Portrait Restaurant
St Martins Lane