Central London: A Visitor's Guide

In the heart of the Capital, sandwiched between the City and West End, Central London offers an exciting mix of tradition, culture, commerce and innovation. You'll find something here to suit all tastes, from the British Museum, which houses one of the greatest collections of historical artefacts in the world, to a view of London from 135m high at the London Eye.

 

What to do in the evenings?

Central London comes alive in the evenings and provides a perfect place to unwind after a hard day's (or week's) work. There are plenty of great cocktail bars in the area, perfect for meeting old friends or making new ones. Expect an electric atmosphere and impressive cocktail lists, blending classic and modern recipes.  We've picked out some of the best places to spend an evening in central London below:

The  Green Bar at Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street offers a real trip through time. It's famous cocktail book pioneered classics including the margarita. Today's menu is no less impressive, allowing visitors to sample drinks from four different eras spanning a hundred years. Inamo offers pan-Asian dining with a twist. You can use the restaurant’s state of the art interactive tables to browse the menu, play games or even watch a live feed from the kitchen! Their Soho branch even offers a games room with a 150 inch projected screen that 8 people can play on. If jazz is your thing, you’ll love Ronnie Scott’s on Frith Street. It’s been a hub for jazz-lovers since 1959 and has played host to some of the biggest names in jazz. It’s also a comfortable, laid-back place to spend an evening and is considered an icon in the London music scene.

 

What to do at the weekend?

One great way to spend a weekend in London is to explore the Royal Parks. These oases of green in the heart of London offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re feeling more active the Parks host a packed calendar of events and, in the warmer months, you can even go boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

If you’re interested in history, central London is home to the oldest national public museum in the world, the British Museum. Entry is free and it’s home to a breathtaking array of artefacts, from the Rosetta Stone to marble carvings from the Parthenon. They also have regular special exhibitions, though you may need to pay for these.

No trip to London would be complete without a visit to Westminster Abbey. This stunning gothic building is steeped in history. In fact, it’s been the site of every coronation of a British monarch since 1066. 17 of them are still buried here. You can book tickets here.

 

Transport

Being in the middle of London, this area provides great access to the rest of the capital and beyond. Central London is mostly in Zone 1 on the London Underground and the area is packed with tube stations. The District, Circle, Piccadilly and Central lines all provide good coverage of the area, as well as links to Greater London and to mainline rail stations. For more information on London transport, visit: TFL tube map.