London Heathrow is a 40-minute drive from the hotel.
Tube stations are within easy reach – there's Covent Garden (on the Piccadilly line) and Holborn (on the Central and Northern lines). The overland stations at Charing Cross, Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras (for the Eurostar) are around a 10-minute taxi journey away.
You're in the heart of London's theatre district and a motor is unnecessary. Stick to your legs, buses and Tubes.
Worth getting out of bed for
The West End's best theatres are on your doorstep, as is the Royal Opera House. The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are a short walk away, as is the quiter Courtauld Art Gallery and Sir John Soane's Museum. See the city from the London Eye, or on a riverboat cruise from Embankment all the way down to Greenwich (or take a cheaper tour on the Thames Clipper – you can even buy a bottle of champagne on-board). There's always something on at Somerset House; from ice-skating in the winter, outdoor films in the courtyard and concerts in the summer.
Locally, Neal Street is the neighbourhood's main shopping thoroughfare, make a pit stop in colourful Neal's Yard to stock up on fine cheeses and herbal lotions and potions. Rummage around in Jubilee Market Hall and pause by the Actor's Church (AKA St Paul's) to browse its big-name memorial plaques.
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Le Caprice is fantastic for people-watching. Hakkasan has some of the best Modern Asian fare in London. Celebrity favourite the Ivy Market Grill is right in the heart of Covent Garden. Head to the Savoy Grill on The Strand for the best in Modern British. Mon Plaisir on Monmouth Street is the oldest French restaurant in London and a fun place for a pre-theatre meal. The city outpost of Richmond's immensely popular Petersham Nurseries, the Petersham serves farm-to-table dishes in a space bedecked with flowers and eye-catching modern art. Rules is one of London's oldest restaurants and has an indulgent traditional menu (with a section dedicated to game), Margot serves excellent Italian fare, Clos Maggiore has a romantic blossom-showered dining room (book far in advance for Valentine's Day), Frog by Adam Handling flies the flag for British produce, the Oystermen have a way with molluscs… You're in London's culinary heart, so whatever you're craving you'll likely find somewhere to sate your appetite.
Salvador & Amanda is a DJ bar with tapas at 8 Great Newport Street; and Eve Bar, tucked away in the Frog by Adam Handling, has a playful cocktail menu and interiors fit to pose on. You might miss Freud, a basement bar reached by a set of metal stairs on Shaftesbury Avenue, but keep your eyes peeled because there's a reason it's been packed with punters since it opened in the 1980s.