The City: A Visitor's Guide
Sep 21, 2016
In the heart of the Capital, Central London offers an exciting mix of tradition, culture, commerce and innovation allowing there to be something for everyone.
You can discover historical treasures at the British Museum, explore the famous 700-year old Westminster Abbey or experience breath taking views of London and its landmarks from the heights of the London Eye.
Central London comes alive in the evenings and provides a perfect unwind for anyone that has been hard at work all day or all week.
There are an array of great cocktail bars in the area which are perfect for socialising with friends and meeting new ones. The majority have relaxing atmospheres and appetising cocktail lists which bring old and modern recipes together. Discover London's secret bars for a surprisingly entertaining and tourist free evening. Additionally, here are three fantastic venues to visit for a truly spectalcular night:
The Bar at Café Royal on Regent Street offers a range of cocktails, made by expert bartenders, and a selection of small dining plates to enjoy straight from the office. It also revives Café Royal’s heritage through the ritual of drinking Absinthe, which is known to be the favoured tipple of the bohemian intellects who notoriously visited here throughout history.
The area of Central London known as Soho is also a fantastic place to visit during the evenings due to its eclectic mix of live entertainment, exceptional food and vibrant nightlife.
Inamo is an innovative Oriental restaurant and bar in Soho which offers visitors a pioneering interactive dining experience with a projected menu onto the table. This system allows you to set the mood, explore the local area and even order a taxi home. It is a friendly staffed venue where the food has taken influence from Japan, China, Thailand and Korea making the fusion dishes original and most importantly delicious. A must visit when in this area of the Capital.
The legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s on Frith Street, has been a hub for jazz-lovers since 1959 and has played host to almost half a century of the biggest names in the jazz industry. It remains a comfortable and laid-back venue to enjoy during the evening and is considered as a landmark in the London music scene.
Via Ronnie Scotts
At the weekends you can enjoy a tranquil walk around one of the well-known royal parks in the area, such as St James’s Park or Green Park, which can provide a peaceful escape to the hustle and bustle of Central London life. Have a read of the top 5 gardens in London recommended by Horticultural Specialist, Nicky Roeber.
Submerge yourself in some history by visiting the British Museum which houses some of the world’s most remarkable collections that span over 2 million years. From Parthenon sculptures to Egyptian mummies, this museum aims to help visitors to understand more about the collections and cultures they depict.
Westminster Abbey is another great place to visit to experience some British history. The 700-year old Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and has been the final resting place for seventeen monarchs. Today the Abbey offers audio guides in eight different languages so visitors can explore at their own pace. However, a verger-led tour is also available and highly popular.
Being in the middle of the Capital, you are in a prime position for getting around London with fantastic transport links at your disposal. Central London is mostly in Zone 1 on the London Underground and therefore the District, Circle, Piccadilly and Central lines will be able to get you around Central London with ease or take you further afield to discover the rest of London if you wish. For more information on London transport, visit: TFL tube map