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London travel guide | culture, food and chic hotels

London has long been a tourist haven, but there's always something new to discover alongside its big classic sights.

Something about London has always felt like home. I used to visit as a child, I lived here for ten years as an adult, and now I enjoy any excuse to explore London’s newest sights and oldest gems. My latest visit saw me dazzled by a neon gallery and then put in a sugar coma by a famed French chef. So whether your weekend city break is packed with you need a cake induced lie down or a weekend break in the city, I’ve gathered my favourite London spots, old and new, alongside dreamy city-centre hotels so you can lap it all up in style.

SEE | classic London sights and secret contemporary gems

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Of course, London is all about the grand old architecture, but it also hides a few lesser-known gems that not everyone gets to see.

STAY | the perfect hotels in London for quintessential grandeur and stylish hangouts

From old classic manor houses to slick and stylish industrial conversions, London has every kind of hotel for every kind of break.

Classic | old British luxury with indoor garden and proper afternoon tea

Next to Marylebone station sits one of London’s classic railway hotels: The Landmark. I used to live nearby, and I’d always walk past wondering what was hidden behind its grand entrance. The reality is better than I could have imagined – a huge indoor winter garden with a sky-high glass roof and towering palm trees, where you can devour an impressive afternoon tea. Plush traditional rooms come with marble bathrooms – ask for a room that looks over the winter garden for the best view.

The Landmark London

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (2683 reviews)

Classic | restored hotel for a grand British stay

One of my favourite buildings in London is St Pancras Station, and inside this grand pile sits the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, a lavish and lush hotel that was restored to its former glory after closing down in the 30s because it was too expensive to run. Inside, you can see why, everything is what you’d want from an English great: gold leaf, ornate stonework, a starry painted dome ceiling and a marble staircase that looks like it belongs in a cathedral. Rooms are just as fancy, the Chambers Wing rooms have vaulted ceilings and features like freestanding bathtubs and fireplaces. Cocktails in the old Kings Cross ticket hall are a must, the menu is inspired by Victorian apothecary, could we be more British?

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

8.4 Very good (2485 reviews)

Contemporary | modern East London hotel with a swimming pool

I used to live in the hipster East. Back then it was a burgeoning blend of cultural neighbourhoods; now it’s filled with stylish destinations like the Town Hall Hotel. Found inside a majestic Edwardian building, this modern design hotel is perfect for exploring East London. Grand marble and art deco interiors await inside, with mid-century modern furnishings, a black-tiled basement pool and the peaceful Corner Room restaurant. There’s even a hotel dog, a magnificent greyhound called Dizzy.

Town Hall Hotel - Shoreditch

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (2413 reviews)

Contemporary | hotel with a rooftop pool and inspiring interiors

Heading more towards the city is The Boundary Project, an interior haven designed by Brit legends Terence and Vicki Conran. Every space in this hotel looks like it has been pulled from an interiors magazine. The rooftop is a local fave and there’s often a queue – I’ve joined it many a time to get my summer seafood fix – but you can skip it if you stay here. Each room is inspired by a design movement or a designer, the Eames room is my favourite, I do love a slick mid-century chair…

Boundary Shoreditch

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (310 reviews)

EAT | good old classic comfort food and surprising vegan treats in London's restaurants

You can dine in every corner of the world in London; the only problem I have is deciding between them all.  

DRINK | pints in classic London boozers to classy rooftop cocktails

There’s an old pub on every corner in London, and a selection of contemporary bars.

DO | classic theatre, unique shopping & crazy golf in London

From the West End to the East End, there’s always something exciting to do in London