InterContinental London Park Lane
Adjacent to the hotel is Apsley House, a museum most visitors miss. Once the grand home of the Duke of Wellington, his descendents live there still. Packed with the Duke's extensive art collection, its address was for many years 1 London. From there, walk past Wellington Arch and on through lush Green Park to Mayfair, the heart of London. Filled with the UK's most exclusive stores along Savile Row and Bond Street. Nearby Piccadilly has the renowned Royal Academy of Arts - worth walking round for its splendid interiors alone. With lunch approaching, drop into Nicole Farhi's restaurant 'Nicole's' on Bond Street for something light. Alternatively, try something more substantial at any of the restaurants in the quintessentially English Fortnum & Mason department store, also on Piccadilly.
After lunch, head to Whitehall where you'll find The Churchill Museum & The Cabinet War Rooms for an evocative look into recent history. From there, take a cab to the Millennium Bridge. It has the best view of St Paul's in London and it's a short step over the Thames to Tate Modern. The UK's leading modern art collection is housed in a former power station. The old turbine hall is a massive space used solely for immense art installations. If you have time, walk down to Borough Market, one of London's oldest 'fruit and veg' markets, or maybe take a cocktail at the distinctive Oxo Tower with its perfect river views. Otherwise, hop on the Tate Boat service back to the London Eye. This is a must - even for Londoners - and your early-evening 30-minute ride will give you spectacular views of the city. Advance booking is essential via the Concierge: we can also arrange private pods and champagne rides.
London's West End has the best collection of theatres in the world - many of them gems of Edwardian and Victorian architecture - attracting the biggest stars. We're happy at the Concierge Desk to recommend a show or arrange tickets for any performance of your choice. Enjoy a cocktail in the bar and then let our experienced chauffeurs drive you for the evening. For dinner, The Wolseley is great for food and star-spotting, with a buzzing atmosphere. The Wolseley is equally good for breakfast and lunch. For other restaurant suggestions, please ask at the Concierge Desk. After the theatre, we can arrange to guest list you in one of many exclusive private night clubs to keep you dancing till the early hours.
Taxi drivers in London are required to pass a training test called 'The Knowledge', involving memorising the location of over 25,000 streets. Preparation for the test takes two to four years, making London's taxi drivers the most knowledgeable and safest in the world. You can hail a passing black cab if it has its taxi light switched on.
Houses of Parliament
While repairs on the roof at Westminster Hall in 1914 were being carried out, tennis balls were found in the rafters believed to date back to Henry VIII. In 1761, 3,000 candles were lit during the dinner celebrating the investiture of George III and Queen Charlotte.
The first underground system in the world now boasts 12 lines divided into 'Zones', Zone 1 being the most central and Zone 6 being the outermost ring (including Heathrow Airport). For use of both Underground and bus networks, purchase a daily Travelcard, sold at all Underground stations. When using the underground escalators, always stand on the right to allow people to pass.
There are 147 theatres in London, on average showcasing 76 plays, musicals and 19 operas daily. Many theatres offer tours which are extremely fascinating as most of them were built during the Victorian period. The concierge team will be delighted to assist you with recommendations and reservations.
Wellington Arch is the large arch located in the middle of Hyde Park Corner which can be seen from many of the hotel rooms. It was built in 1828 as a memorial to Sir Arthur Wellsey, the 1st Duke of Wellington. The immense bronze statue crowning the arch is the largest in the UK. Until 1992 the arch housed the second smallest police station, now a small museum.