London has been a colossus on the world stage since before the days of hansom cabs and gas-lit cobbles, but 2012 has helped boost its global reputation to almost unprecedented levels. You’d have to say it’s earned the right. Today’s city is a supersized miscellany of mingled histories, fresh culture and rampant nightlife, a world to dive into and indulge your fancies, popping up for breath in a Soho bistro, a Mayfair showroom or a Notting Hill pub. Crucially, like all truly great cities, it’s still founded on substance as much as style.
Which night of the week to choose? All seven of them. As well as every flavour of drinking den imaginable – from time-warmed gin palace to minimalist wine bar – the city also thrums nightly with cabaret, concerts, clubs and comedy. It can be a nightmare if you’re indecisive. Assuming you’re here with enough advance notice, check ahead for music and theatre listings. If you’re not, try diving into Clerkenwell to seek out The Craft Beer Company (82 Leather Lane), with its huge selection of keg ales, or heading to the soaring Booking Office Bar (St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, 020 7841 3566) for cocktails.
The Marylebone Hotel, London, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 207 486 6600, Website: Maryebone Hotel
London’s Finest Urban Resort, The Marylebone Hotel, provides boutique style and intimacy in the heart of the West End, moments from Oxford Street, Mayfair and Paddington. Guest rooms and suites provide elegance and comfort complemented by a state of the art health club and relaxing spa. 108 Bar & Restaurant offers neighbourhood charm whilst the lounge areas offer a contemporary setting for afternoon tea or evening drinks.
Ashburn Hotel - 111 Cromwell Road London, Greater London SW7 4DP, United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)20 7631 8000, Website: www.ashburn-hotel.co.uk
Positioned in exclusive Kensington, this luxurious hotel is converted from a 19th-century London townhouse, and has all the facilities you would expect from a four-star hotel. Close to the Underground, the hotel offers easy access to both the City and the West End shops.
DoubleTree by Hilton London – Tower of London
Tel: +44 (0)207 709 1000, Website: www.DoubleTree.com
Check in to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London and experience a stress-free stay with a combination of warm service, contemporary comfort and the very latest technology, where we provide an iMac entertainment system in every bedroom. Situated in the heart of the City of London, this hotel puts you in easy reach of one of the world’s financial hubs and the City’s most iconic tourist destinations. Whether you need to kick back and relax or get some work done, our bright contemporary hotel is the ideal location, with complimentary wi fi provided throughout. Relax with friends and colleagues over a drink in the rooftop Skylounge as you gaze over the London skyline, or visit the acclaimed City Café restaurant and choose from a menu featuring fresh, seasonal produce.
London City Airport (LCY)
London City Airport LCY is at the heart of the CityJet network. Offering flights to 20 European destinations from London's only truly local airport.
+44 (0)20 7646 0088
-16 km to West End
-10 km to the City
-5 km to Canary Wharf
Check-inCityJet passengers can check-in 15 minutes before the flight is due to depart with hand luggage and 20 minutes before with checked in luggage.
For a full list of destinations served by CityJet from London CityLCY click here.