London: Diversity, Choice and Entertainment
London: Hidden Gems, Famous Landmarks
An excellent little hidden gem just off Oxford Street is St Christopher's Place, across the road from Bond Street station. It is literally hidden away in a tiny narrow pedestrianised street and opens up into little courtyards of independent boutique shops, classy cafes and restaurants, and splendid Christmas decorations in the Winter months.
The two Westfield Shopping Centres are vast, modern and impressive malls/centres with a range of brands from haute couture, to high street, and lots of lovely places to eat. The centre in the East is in Stratford (on the DLR tube line), and the centre in the West is opposite the BBC in White City/Shepherd's Bush.
A Variety of London Attractions
National Maritime Museum - in Greenwich. This features London's only planetarium and a fantastic astronomy centre. Also the Greenwich meantime line! (A five minute walk from the DLR Tube line at Cutty Sark - follow signposts)
London Eye – the huge glass pods are anything but claustrophobic and you can barely feel the movement of the wheel as it makes its continuous circle, taking around half an hour. Views are incredible, especially of the houses of parliament and the river. Night and day are totally different and equally impressive. Avoid thick fog, you won’t see much!
Shows and Entertainment in London
Food & Drink in London
Cafes and Snacks
Restaurants and Nightlife
Japanese chain Wagamama is a good sleek and modern mid-range lunch or dinner option, for those who enjoy various types of noodles in delicious sauces, sushi, or other tasty Japanese treats. This is a chain restaurant found in many areas, including SoHo and Bloomsbury.
Chiquitos, serving delicious Mexican food, is another great Leicester Square restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere. Located right on the square, you can’t miss it!
A fantastic and atmospheric restaurant serving authentic Greek dishes, named The Real Greek is located in a number of areas, the most useful possibly being in Covent Garden on Long Acre, and at Bankside on Southwark Bridge Road.
Jamie's Italian in White City/Shepherd's Bush (at the Westfield Shopping Centre) is a fantastic authentic Italian restaurant with Jamie's own spin on things. The cuisine is high quality and extremely tasty, and the options on offer include old favourites as well as slight more unusual and authentic options. There's a massive range of antipasti options, and quite a lot of seafood on offer, however there are no pizzas.
Hotels and Accommodation in London
For further local information visit A Local's Guide to London on Gonomad.com
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