101 of London's Best Places to Visit

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Sophie's Soho

Nestled just steps from Piccadilly Circus, Sophie’s Soho epitomizes modern dining with its focus on native breed West Country British beef, expertly dry-aged and butchered on-site. This stylish steakhouse and cocktail bar, open daily from noon until late, invites patrons to revel in its vibrant atmosphere. Whether opting for a casual bite from the all-day bar menu or savoring one of the iconic 10oz martinis under the glow of chandeliers on the terrace, Sophie’s offers a seamless blend of spontaneity and elegance. 

St Pancras Brasserie
Location - St. Pancras, St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL

At the heart of St Pancras International, Searcys stands as a gateway to a bygone era of luxurious rail travel. Europe’s longest Champagne bar, set against Tracey Emin's evocative “I want my time with you,” invites guests to indulge in the art of leisure with a 'Press for Champagne' button at every plush velvet booth. Here, the champagne flows freely, complemented by fresh oysters, caviar, and seasonal delicacies from the bar menu. Designed for warmth and comfort, each banquette features soft blankets, fan heaters, and heated leather seats, ensuring a cozy retreat even on chilly evenings.

Shad Thames
Location - Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE
Shad Thames is a historic riverside street nestled along the southern bank of the River Thames in London, known for its distinctive Victorian architecture and atmospheric cobbled streets. This area, once the heart of London's warehouse district, is renowned for its beautifully preserved warehouses that have been thoughtfully converted into upscale apartments, trendy restaurants, and cultural spaces, all while retaining their original character and charm.

Churchhill Arms
Location -  119 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LN

The Churchill Arms, with its floral facade and rich tapestry of memorabilia, is a hallmark of London's pub culture. Established in 1750 and once a haunt for Winston Churchill's grandparents, this Kensington landmark is celebrated for its fine real ales and genuine Thai cuisine. Following a thoughtful refresh, it combines modern comfort with its original ambiance, offering an impressive array of lagers, seasonal ales, and a broad selection of gin, whisky, and wine.

St Dunstan-in-the-East

Location -  St Dunstan's Hill, London EC3R 5DD

StDunstan-in-the-East, a hidden gem located in the City of London, is acaptivating blend of history and tranquility. Originally a church builtaround 1100, it was severely damaged during the Blitz in World War II.Instead of full restoration, the ruins were transformed into a publicgarden, creating a unique urban oasis. The Gothic architecture, entwinedwith climbing plants and lush greenery, offers a stark yet beautifulcontrast. This serene spot, with its arches and surviving tower, is apoignant reminder of London’s resilience and a peaceful retreat from thecity's hustle. It's a must-visit for those seeking a moment of calm andreflection amidst the city's vibrant pace.

The Wolseley

Location -  160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB

One of London’s most iconic restaurants, The Wolseley on Piccadilly, boasts a grand Art Deco interior with marble pillars and archways, ideal for all-day European dining. Known for its elegant setting and lively atmosphere, it serves classic European dishes with impeccable service. The extensive menu features top-quality seafood, from clams and oysters to crevettes and caviar. Dessert lovers will relish choices like apple strudel and assorted coupes. Founded by restaurant impresarios Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, this former 1920s car showroom, with its marble floors, Japanese panels, and leather banquettes, exudes timeless glamour next to the Ritz.

 Lidgates Butchers

Location -  110 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UA

Lidgate's family butcher's boasts five generations of expertise at its renowned shop in Holland Park, west London. Chefs, dedicated carnivores, and locals flock here for everything from lunchtime sausage rolls to magnificent ribs of grass-fed beef. Known for top-quality meat and innovative recipes, Lidgate’s offers classics like chicken and ham pie and Cornish pasties, alongside new creations such as gourmet kebabs. Founded by Charles Lidgate in 1850, the shop is now run by Danny Lidgate, who, with his father David, personally selects organic and grass-fed meats from free-range farms. This 170-year-old business remains a staple for quality and tradition.

 Walthamstow Wetlands

Location - 2 Forest Rd, London N17 9NH

Walthamstow Wetlands, opened in October 2017, is Europe's largest urban wetland reserve, spanning 211 hectares and managed by Thames Water. This vital 160-hectare reservoir supplies water to 3.5 million people and serves as an internationally significant nature reserve. It hosts a variety of wildlife, including rare wildfowl, peregrine falcons, bats, and amphibians. The Wetlands offer diverse habitats, from dense scrub-lined banks to expansive city views, and house London's largest fishery. Recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Lee Valley Special Protection Area, it is a haven for both wildlife and nature enthusiasts.

 Paddington Station

Location - Praed St, London W2 1HU

Isambard Kingdom Brunel envisioned a grand terminus for the Great Western Railway at Paddington, near the Grand Junction and Regent’s canals. However, soaring construction costs forced Brunel to create a temporary station using the arches of Bishop’s Bridge Road. Opening on 4 June 1838, this provisional station served until the line reached Bristol and required expansion. In 1850, Brunel designed a permanent station inspired by the Crystal Palace, featuring a vast wrought iron and glass roof. The station's three spans were the largest train shed roof globally. Today, Paddington Station is a key London hub, serving Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express, with Underground connections on several lines. Additionally, Paddington Bear fans can find themed gifts at the station.

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