Just across the Thames, Tate Britain houses a treasure trove of British art from 1500 to contemporary work. Discover masterpieces by J.M.W. Turner, Henry Moore and Lucian Freud. Temporary exhibitions include the annual – and often controversial – Turner Prize. To visit sister gallery Tate Modern, catch the special Tate Boat service and enjoy London’s sights as you glide along the river.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries are a new addition to Westminster Abbey, a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Housed in the incredible medieval triforium, high above the ground, they offer astonishing views of the Abbey itself, as well as the neighbouring Houses of Parliament. On display are royal coronation relics and religious treasures tracing the building’s fascinating 1,000-year history.
London’s extensive transport network operates on a system of contactless electronic payment, so if you have lots of meetings to go to, make sure you pick up an Oyster card. Available from stations, thousands of shops and online, a card offers easy travelling on Tube trains, rail services, buses and river boats throughout the capital. A daily fare cap ensures you’ll never pay more than you should.
The area around the Southbank Centre, a 20-minute walk from the hotel, is one of London’s premier entertainment hubs. By day, ride the London Eye for views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, or see cutting-edge art at the Hayward Gallery. By night, book tickets for everything from Shakespearean drama to classical concerts at the National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall or Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Get some fresh air on a stroll through 4 royal parks. Wander beside the lake in St James’s Park, only a mile from the hotel, for a view of Buckingham Palace. Then head through Green Park to Hyde Park. Visit Kensington Palace or seek out the Peter Pan statue and stunning flower displays in Kensington Gardens. You can take a rowing boat out on the Serpentine lake – or even go for a swim in the Lido.
Palace of Westminster, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its occupants, the Palace lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London.
Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG
Tate Britain known from 1897 to 1932 as the National Gallery of British Art and from 1932 to 2000 as the Tate Gallery is an art museum on Millbank in the City of Westminster in London. It is part of the Tate network of galleries in England, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It is the oldest gallery in the network, having opened in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom.
The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall., London, SE1 7PB
At 135m, Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. A remarkable feat of design and engineering, the London Eye gave London’s skyline a dramatic new addition and has been offering guests a new perspective on London ever since. Today it is a permanent fixture on the London skyline and a beautiful symbol of modern London.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London, SE1 7PB
London Aquarium, home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life.
Belvedere Rd,, Lambeth,, London, SE1 8XX
Southbank Centre is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, with a dynamic year-round festivals programme and an inclusive ethos. Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, founded with the Festival of Britain in 1951. It’s a place where people experience world-class art and culture that stimulates, inspires, educates and amazes. Our festival programme encompasses art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. It reaches 6.25 million people a year
The Chapter Office,, Westminster Abbey,, London, SW1P 3PA
Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs.
Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB
The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
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