InterContinental London Park Lane
Start your day by visiting Apsley House. The Duke of Wellington's former home is opposite the hotel and still looks just as he would have known it. From there, a stroll through Green Park will take you to the upscale genteel neighbourhoods of Mayfair and St. James. Browse the exclusive shops, including the world-famous Fortnum & Mason, and admire the magnificent holdings of the Royal Academy of Arts. For lunch, return to Fortnum's and try the seasonal dishes in The Gallery restaurant.
To learn about the UK's wartime history, walk through St. James's Park and visit the Churchill War Rooms. Then catch an iconic black cab to Blackfriars and cross the Thames via the Millennium Bridge, stopping to admire the view of St. Paul's Cathedral. On the southbank don't miss seeing Britain's finest collection of contemporary art in the Tate Modern. Pick up a gastronomic snack at nearby Borough Market, then stroll slowly back along the river and take a twilight ride on the London Eye.
Ask our Concierge team to help you arrange tickets to a London show. The city’s world-famous West End theatres have nightly performances ranging from spectacular musicals to thought-provoking drama. Before you head out, sip an aperitif the hotel's Arch Bar and enjoy a sumptuous dinner in our award-winning restaurant, Theo Randall at the InterContinental. If you don’t want the evening to end, take a cab to Soho and Covent Garden, where there are plenty of nightclubs to keep you entertained.
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 Europe. Until 1992 the arch housed the second smallest police station, now a tiny museum.