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After the medals and the fireworks, what next? 
London City

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.

Our top five sights

Tate Modern

Already a world-class art museum, the Tate Modern augmented its standing even further in 2012 with the opening of The Tanks – disused underground spaces – as exhibition galleries. Bankside, 020 7887 8888

Cutty Sark

Newly relaunched after being damaged by fire, the Cutty Sark is back on display. Walk the famous decks of the world’s last surviving tea clipper. Greenwich, 020 8312 6618

Grant Museum of Zoology

A winningly bizarre collection of preserved birds, pickled chimps’ heads and rare insects, the Grant Museum of Zoology is now in new premises. 21 University Street, 020 3108 2052

Westminster Abbey

The sheer weight of history at Westminster Abbey, from Edward the Confessor to William and Kate, is incredible. Six centuries of monarchs are buried here, as well as writers, villains and great thinkers. 20 Dean’s Yard, 020 7222 5152

The View from the Shard

London is not short on spots from which to admire the scenery, but The View from The Shard, opening in February, gives a panoramic platform from a cool 310m on high. 
London Bridge, 0844 499 7111


As with most things in London, knowing where and when to shop is an ongoing lesson. Markets bloom and fade, high-end boutiques spring up, modern malls appear in a blink. The trick, essentially, is to know the experience you’re after. For browsing and people-watching, street markets like those at Spitalfields and Portobello Road remain as kooky and absorbing as ever. For one-off clothing items and quirky gifts, Kingly Court (behind Carnaby Street, 020 7333 8118) is always an interesting bet, while larger centres such as the new Westfield Stratford City (Montfichet Road, 020 8221 7300) house respected brands.

Food & Drink

Spend a while in London and you start cursing the fact that the day only allows for three meals. The calibre and breadth of the restaurant scene has never been better, and you don’t need to pay through the nose to get high-quality food. As well as the options ingrained in city culture – a zinging curry in Brick Lane, high tea at Claridge’s, a stall-fresh lunch from Borough Market – the overall list is boundless. A new opening to know about: Duck & Waffle (110 Bishopsgate, 020 3640 7310) is a 40th-floor restaurant serving good food 24 hours a day.


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.

Our favourites

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:

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:

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 Information

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. 


General information
+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.