This really is the ultimate option for those visiting the city on leisure, with top attractions such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tate Modern and the London Eye just a few minutes walk away. Located on the southbank, this trendy hotel in a stunning location has outdoor parking, a lobby bar and restaurant, whilst business facilities include meeting rooms and audio/visual equipment. Guests can relax in the health club, enjoy private dining and even bring their pets! At the end of a busy day sightseeing, you can rest assured that your comfy guest room awaits.
Whether you’ve read the entire works of Shakespeare or just heard his name at school, Shakespeare’s Globe is one of the most unique venues in London and even the world, and deserves a peek in at the very least. The Globe welcomes the best stage actors in the business to perform famous Shakespearean works such as Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as productions from modern playwrights. Check the box office to see what’s on during your stay, but if you don’t find anything that interests you, there are daily tours available to learn about the history of theatre and the society of Shakespeare’s contemporary.
The Tate Modern houses some of the most important works of the 20th and 21st century, by the likes of Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. The turbine hall, where you’ll enter the building, is known for exhibiting temporary works that incite mixed reviews and conversation. Past exhibits have included Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds and Olafur Eilasson’s Weather Project. The gallery is very family friendly, from buggy parking to workshops to encourage kids to get creative. If you’re feeling peckish after all that culture, the Tate restaurant not only has views of St Paul’s Cathedral but an impressive wine list, lunch and dinner menu and afternoon tea options.
Borough market is one of London’s foodie gems. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the mountains of fresh produce before it all gets bought. The fishmonger is especially impressive, so be sure to take a camera. Whatever time of day you arrive, you’re sure to start feeling peckish with so many tasty treats on offer. The market stalls offer everything from kangaroo burgers to steak and kidney pies and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, and with a designated seating area, you can sit down and watch the world go by.