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What Is the Best Tube Station for Buckingham Palace?

Buckingham Palace, the official residence and administrative home of Britain’s Monarchy, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of London, and no trip to the capital is complete without paying it a visit. But which tube station is the best when it comes to getting there?

Victoria

For those in a hurry to pay the Queen a visit and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony starting at 10:45am sharp, the closest tube station is the bustling Victoria Underground Station (serviced by the Circle, District, and Victoria lines). From here it’s a short walk of 5 to 10 minutes, past the Royal Mews, to get to the gates of Buckingham Palace.

St. James’s Park & Westminster

If you’re after a more scenic walk, it’s recommended to get the tube to St James’s Park Station (Circle and District lines) or Westminster Underground Station (Circle, District, and Jubilee line). Walking time ranges from about 10 to 15 minutes from either of these stops, but the bonus is that you’ll get to walk through the leafy St James’s Park, where squirrels clamber up trees and birds mill about on the pretty lake.

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Hyde Park Corner & Green Park

If you’re coming from either North or West London, the Piccadilly Line stops at Hyde Park Corner and Green Park Underground Stations, both a short walk of about 5 to 10 minutes through Green Park.

Other Transport to Buckingham Palace

Being London, there are a myriad of other ways to get to Buckingham Palace. If you’re coming from South London, Kent, Surrey, or Sussex, a train to Victoria Station is hard to beat when it comes to convenience and proximity to the Palace. Victoria is also serviced by the Gatwick Express, so if you’re coming directly from the airport you can easily make Buckingham Palace first on the list of things to see in the city.

If you’re on the red hop-on hop-off bus touring the most famous landmarks of the city, there’s a stop right out the front of Buckingham Palace. Public buses numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 all stop at Buckingham Palace Road.

Visiting Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is only open to the public between July and October, while the Queen is staying at her summer residence in Balmoral, Scotland. Waiting inside on a tour are 19 grand State Rooms, adorned much like a Royal residence should be, with magnificent works of art and opulent furnishings. If your curiosity is piqued and you fancy learning more about one of London’s most popular attractions, you can read our Ultimate Guide to Buckingham Palace.

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If visiting outside of these months you can still catch a glimpse inside the Palace at the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery. The former is where the Royals keep their cars and carriages, with different ones used for various occasions, such as weddings or transporting a new Ambassador to England to visit the Queen. The latter is a beautifully and expertly curated (expectedly so) selection of some of the finest art in the Western Hemisphere.

Don’t miss the chance to visit two royal residences in one day with Premium Tours’ Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace Tour.

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17 of the Best Family Hotels in London

London is one of the most visited cities in the world, and for good reason. Steeped in history and culture, around every corner there is something waiting to be discovered. The diversity that exists in the city is like nowhere else, making it the most international city in Europe, if not the world. All of this combines to reveal a perfect destination for families looking for an urban adventure. There are penty of activities for kids and adults, as well as things that the entire family will enjoy, but to really make the trip one to remember you need to choose the right hotel.

Here are 17 of the best family hotels in London that will help make your stay in the city that bit more enjoyable.

Luxury Hotels

Browns Hotel, Mayfair

A very luxurious affair, both parents and children will greatly enjoy spending time at the Browns Hotel in Mayfair. Included in the rooms are a lot of kid-friendly items: teddy bears, rubber ducks for bath time, fun cartoon bed sheets, and more. Take a browse through the in-house picture books about an imaginary character that lives in the hotel, Albermarle the monkey. The character is paying homage to author of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling, who wrote the novel inside the hotel. Under-10s in the restaurants eat for free, and the hotel often puts on seasonal family packages, so keep an eye out.

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Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, Victoria

This suite-only hotel is an opulent choice for a family holiday, but one that will be remembered for years to come. All the attention is in the detail at this establishment, where they provide kids with crayons and sketchbooks, hot chocolate with marshmallows at bedtime, and even kid-friendly amenities. The full kitchen in the suites also makes it a breeze to prepare food in the room, though the child’s menu in the restaurant is exceptional as well.

The Ritz, St James’s

Perhaps the most luxurious hotel in all of London, the Ritz’s exceptional service extends to every member of the family. The kids will love the free ice-cream, and the parents will love some time to themselves whilst the staff take care of the kids as part of The Kids @ The Ritz program, where they can play video game consoles, board games, rent out DVDs, books, and more.

The Berkeley, Knightsbridge

The big suites at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge provide enough room for all the family and, being a luxury hotel, offer all kinds of amenities for little grown-ups and babies alike. The rooftop pool is a favourite with the entire family, and the concierge is well versed in knowledge pertaining to family activities around the city.

Mid-Range Hotels

Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington

The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington is a wondrous place to stay with children. Perched right on the edge of Hyde Park, the location couldn’t be better for letting the kids loose across the beautiful and safe space to burn some energy. There’s free breakfast, and the hotel even provides mini scooters for kids to zoom around on in the park. Views out over the park are amazing, and you can also see Kensington Palace from some of the rooms as well.

Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

This hotel in the West End is a colourful hotel whose interior alone could keep kids entertained for days. Luckily, that’s not all the hotel has on offer for children. The standard babysitting services and interconnecting rooms for families are here, as well as snacks and amenities for the little ones. But what makes this place really shine is the bowling alley in the basement – it’ll be hard to get the kids to leave.

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The Ampersand Hotel, Kensington

A game room is the star of the show at this hotel, with all kinds of different toys, books, and board games, and even a full-size ping-pong table. The splendidly modern suites are the best option for families, as they come with a foldout couch and a small kitchenette for preparing snacks for the hungry. The location right near the museum mile is stellar as well. The Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are right around the corner, both of which could keep kids entertained for days on end, let alone the parents.

Premier Inn London, Waterloo

The Premier Inn in Waterloo is a good mid-range choice for a hotel near to the main tourist attractions. A 5-minute walk to the London Eye, you’re bound to go up on the famed Ferris wheel at least once during your stay. Family rooms are available, some with splendid views over towards the Big Ben on the other side of the Thames, and breakfast is free for kids under 16.

Park Plaza County Hall, Waterloo

With a winning location right next to the Sea Life Aquarium, London Dungeon, the London Eye and many other popular family sights in London, your days in the city will whisk by and be over before you know it. The hotel makes a wonderful retreat for some downtime as well, with modern facilities and staff that treat the little ones like royalty. There are events for kids held during the week, such as movie night or games night to give parents a breather as well.

Budget Hotels

Comfort Inn, Victoria

This relatively inexpensive hotel is all about location. Exceptionally close to Victoria Station, a bustling transport hub, the entire city is within easy grasp. But short walks away are some of London’s biggest tourist attractions as well, saving you money for transporting the whole family. Buckingham Palace, The Big Ben and Westminster Abbey are all under 20 minutes’ walk from the Inn.

Chessington Safari Hotel, Chessington

This option is great for those who are visiting London to experience the Chessington World of Adventures theme park. While it’s a little bit out of London (about an hour from Victoria Station), this helps to keep the prices down for the rooms that you’ll get to enjoy. Themed rooms make for an exciting adventure before the kids even get into the theme park, and they’ll also get to do that before the gates open to the public.

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The Nadler, Victoria

Ideal as a budget option for families wishing to stay near to the West End, this comfortable hotel offers compact rooms with enough room for 2 adults and a child, and comes with a small kitchenette where you can knock up a bit of breakfast before heading out for the day. Otherwise, pay a visit to the bakery immediately next door.

Luna and Simone Hotel, Victoria

This hotel focuses solely on providing affordable, family-friendly rooms, and is family run as well. You’ll feel right at home with the staff, as if you’ve been welcomed into their home for the duration of your visit. The location is excellent (minutes away from Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park), and the rooms comfortable.

The Royal London Hotel, Hammersmith

An excellent choice when it comes to value for money, the Royal London Hotel in the charming Hammersmith neighbourhood is very family friendly. The inexpensive rooms, the simple but delicious breakfast, and friendly staff all make this a wonderful place for a family’s urban adventure.

The Best Hotels for Toddlers and Babies

Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments

This 5-star luxury hotel is perfectly located overlooking the leafy and pleasant Green Park, minutes away from Buckingham Palace and a short walk from the main shopping streets on Oxford. But what really makes this hotel stand out is its commitment to making sure the little ones enjoy their stay as much as you do – the kids concierge will even be in contact with you before you arrive to make sure that they have the favourite DVDs and treats ready for your arrival, and will always be on hand to help you plan and execute the perfect kid-friendly itinerary around London. The one-bedroom suites have their own entrances, include bunk beds, and always have cribs readily available.

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Park Plaza County Hall, Waterloo

The perfect choice of hotel if you’ve got a few toddlers in tow, as children under 12 stay for free, eat breakfast for free, and will even get to enjoy a pizza-making class every Saturday and movie nights throughout the week. The usual board games and toys can be found in the hotel as well.

Beaufort House, Knightsbridge

Travelling with a baby can be stressful at the best of times, which is why a stay at the Beaufort House comes so highly recommended. The staff at this property go the extra mile – the kitchen will be stocked with fresh groceries upon arrival (think milk, juice, jam, bread, fruit), and housekeeping will turn over the rooms daily, which is a rare thing for apartment rentals. The apartments themselves are bright, spacious, and very airy, located in the bustling and luxurious area of Knightsbridge.

General Tips

When to Go

London enjoys quite a mild climate, which means that generally any time of year is ideal for visiting. Spring is a lovely time of year, as the days are getting longer and the temperature usually sits comfortable between 11°-15°C. Summer time is the busiest period, and the main tourist sites are chock full of people, but the bonus is that the weather is usually incredibly pleasant and perfect for enjoying the city’s wide-open parks. Autumn blows in with it generally rainy weather, and the winter time of course means that the entire city is decked out with Christmas lights, brightening the darkening light. Always remember to book well in advance, as family rooms are in high demand.

Things to Do

This expansive and diverse city has activities on offer for kids of all ages, and some of them might even inspire the hidden kids inside the adult as well. The HMS Belfast is one such attraction, the only European cruiser to survive from World War II. Clambering up and down ladders and making your way throughout the ships decks is something the whole family will enjoy.

Another great family outing is to the Warner Brothers Studios in London, home to the sets where the Harry Potter films were shot. Visit the sets of the Great Hall from Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and more. It’s a fun day out for the whole family.

The Natural History Museum has a vast array of exhibitions that could take days to fully explore and appreciate, while the Science Museum never fails to entertain and educate both kids and adults. The British Museum has particularly good audio guides for children as well.

Legoland in Windsor doesn’t really need any introduction, and neither does the London Eye; both are attractions that the whole family will love.

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Getting Around

By far the easiest way to get around London with kids is by taking the tube. Kids under the age of 10 ride for free, so swipe your oyster card and have them follow you in. If kids are between the ages of 10 and 15, you’ll need a special oyster card that can be bought at any of the manned ticket booths.

The beauty of getting an oyster card is that it not only covers the London underground, but also the Overground – buses around the city and river buses as well. The daily cap for getting around on any of these transportation methods in the city with an Oyster Card is £6.50.

Restaurants

Some family-friendly restaurants around the city:

  • All Star Lanes: a bowling alley with easy dining
  • Jamie’s Italian Family Restaurant: delicious and budget-friendly meals that kids love
  • Rain Forest Café
  • Wagamama
  • The Golden Chippy
  • The Crepe Factory

Feeling inspired to take the family on a trip to London? Our team of London experts know all there is to know about the city, so check out our amazing range of London tours, or call our team. For even more ideas of what to do in the city, you can read about our recommended things to do with a toddler here.

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Here’s Where to Go for Breakfast in London Bridge

Early mornings are a great time to tour Tower Bridge to beat the crowds and enjoy the morning sun glistening off the River Thames. After a stroll over the historic bridge, meander to the popular London Bridge neighbourhood, where you’ll find some of the best breakfast spots in all of Central London.

Whether you’re interested in artfully crafted espresso drinks or unusual brunches, this selection of breakfast spots in London Bridge has something for every type of hungry traveller.

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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is just a four-minute walk from the centre of Tower Bridge and has classic retro-décor. The space has a shiny pink ceiling, classic vinyl chairs, and a bar lined with subway tiles for a traditional American-diner feel.

Choose from a wide variety of hearty breakfast options at reasonable prices. From the All-American pancake breakfast to the Mexican-inspired Huevos Rancheros dish, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For a real treat, order the mouth-watering Disco Fries topped with pulled pork, avocado, hollandaise, beer cheese, and eggs. Yum!

They open at 7:30 am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. Arrive early to get a table or take a seat at the central bar.

London Grind

London Grind is located in London Bridge above Borough Market. Although typically a popular London espresso bar, this location offers a full restaurant, which recently expanded to accommodate twice its capacity.

Enjoy riverside views among whitewashed brick walls and white marble counters with wrought iron and gold accents. The atmosphere entices local coffee-lovers and hungry Tower Bridge tourists alike.

London Grind offers impeccably crafted espresso drinks alongside fresh juices and smoothies. For breakfast, order a trendy smashed avocado toast, beetroot smoked salmon, or a healthy raw breakfast salad.

They open at 7am on weekdays, 8am on Saturdays, and 9am on Sundays, and accept walk-ins or reservations for large groups.

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Oblix at the Shard

If you’re a late riser looking to enjoy a bit of luxury, head up 32 storeys of the Shard to the high-end Oblix restaurant and bar. With breathtaking views over East London and the River Thames, Oblix is nothing if not sophisticated.

Order a multi-course brunch for a top-notch brunch experience, or order from the a la carte menu for a lighter meal. Options include a lobster omelette, breakfast plates complete with caviar, and freshly grilled steak with a side of duck eggs.

Oblix is only open for brunch on the weekends from 12pm to 3pm.

Borough Market

For an atypical breakfast, head over to Borough Market, the oldest food market in London. Wander the narrow aisles and shop from local traders to create your own unique breakfast spread.

Take in the rich colours, smells, and conversation whilst perusing fresh fruits and vegetables, warm breads of every types, and packaged foodstuffs from all over the world. Borough Market is the perfect place to sample an eclectic selection of food.

The market opens at 10am on weekdays and 8am on Saturdays. Unfortunately, the market is closed on Sundays. You can choose whatever takes your fancy then find a quiet spot in the city to sit and enjoy your breakfast.

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As London experts, our team at Premium Tours know a thing or two about where to find the best breakfasts in the city. You can find the best places for breakfast in East London here. Contact us to find out more about our London tours and discover some more handy London food tips.

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7 of Our Favourite Burger Places in London

Nowadays, food vans, gastropubs, and high-end restaurants all over London are serving their unique take on the classic American dish – burgers! Some are packed full of meats and cheese and smothered in sauce, while others are simple with just a few excellent ingredients.

With so much variety and so many offerings, seeking out the best burgers in London is no easy task. Here are our seven favourite burger spots in London right now.

1. Honest Burger

For the best variety in both flavours and locations, Honest Burger is the spot. Honest Burger started with a single location in Brixton in 2011, but has since grown to 20 locations all over London.

Munch on a traditional burger, a Korean burger, or a vegetarian fritter burger. But don’t forget a side order of rosemary-salted chips to share.

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2. Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild is a Scottish steak and burger restaurant with two locations in London. All their meat is sourced directly from the Highlands.

Their most popular burger is the ‘Veni-Moo’, a monstrous burger with beef, venison, candied bacon, cheese, béarnaise, and caramelised onions on a brioche bun.

3. Burger & Beyond

Located in the Camden Lock Market, the Burger & Beyond food van shines amid a plethora of other meat vendors. All the beef comes from the farm they own in Colchester.

Burger & Beyond focuses on a few simple ingredients with fantastic flavour. A local favourite is the Cliff – a chuck and brisket patty aged 90 days with pancetta and tarragon mayonnaise.

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4. Burger & Lobster

The name says it all here. Burger & Lobster is an up-scale burger joint with truffles on their list of available toppings.

Their infamous lobster burger is smothered in garlic-butter, though the rest of the menu is simple with only a few different options.

5. Joe Allen Restaurant

Originally from the States, Joe Allen Restaurant came to Covent Garden in 1977 and has been a local favourite for American dishes ever since.

But there’s a twist – there is no burger on the menu. It is a local secret that must be ordered off-menu. It it’s available, this simple burger lets the flavour of the meat shine through with only traditional toppings and no seasonings.

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6. Stokey Bears

If you ask anyone in the Stoke Newington neighbourhood for a burger recommendation, you will end up at Stokey Bears with a crowd that never tires of this cool restaurant.

They are known for their extremely tall, decadent, mouth-watering burgers. The Grizzly Bear, multiple beef patties topped with double oak smoked bacon and smothered in Burger Bear bacon jam, is always a crowd pleaser.

7. Dip & Flip

Originally from South London, this small chain has spread throughout London and gained approval in each neighbourhood.

Upon first impression, the Dip & Flip menu offers straightforward burgers. However, each burger has the option to add a slice of roast beef or lamp atop the beef patty. As the name says, each burger can also be dipped, double dipped, or soaked in gravy.

Our team of London experts can point you to the best burger, breakfast, or beer in London. Contact Premium Tours today for more information on our fantastic London tours.

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Here’s Where to Shop in London

As well as being an incredible place to visit for history and architecture, London is also one the most fashionable cities in the world and is an extraordinary place to shop. Across the many boroughs, you’ll find classic British style, luxurious international designer names and hip vintage threads.

Shop some of the most expensive brands in the world under a richly decorated facade, or step into a record store basement for a one-of-a-kind mod look. The shopping opportunities in London are endless.

If you’re planning to shop in this store-dense city, read this guide for everything you need to know about where to shop in London.

The West End

The West End of London is comprised of west and central London, and it houses the largest and most diverse range of shops in the city. In the West End, you’ll find mid to high-end luxury covering a full range of budgets, from modest to limitless. The area is posh, luxurious and elegant.

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Oxford Street

Oxford Street has over 300 shops and is known as the busiest shopping street in all of Europe. From fascinating department store window displays to affordable fashion stores, Oxford Street has some of the best variety in London stretched over two kilometres.

Oxford Street first established itself as a shopping epicentre in 1909 with the opening of Debenhams and Selfridges. Selfridges, known for its famous clock, also boasts an incredibly wide array of footwear and denim.

The locally renowned John Lewis department store has a low-price guarantee with over 20 departments on seven floors. Shop here for toys, kitchenware, fabrics and clothing at the best prices around.

Flagship stores of many international brands including Topshop, UNIQLO, Zara and Gap dot the area. If your purse strings are tight, browse Primark for fashionable bargains.

Shop on weekday mornings to avoid the typical chaos of this busy street. Note that the crowds are especially dense during the legendary January New Year Sales.

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Regent Street

Perpendicular to Oxford Street, Regent Street offers more large outlets with mid-range glamour. There are over 75 flagship stores of international brands including Banana Republic, Ted Baker, and many more.

Turn just off Regent Street onto Great Marlborough Street for a view of Tudor style on the exterior of the legendary Liberty London department store. After travelling through Asia, Arthur Liberty opened his store in 1875 to sell oriental fabrics to the people of London. Today, you will still notice a sprinkling of exotic products amidst the English ambiance.

Looking for a dose of fun? Check out Hamleys, the world’s best toyshop. Enjoy miniature trains chugging by your feet whilst model planes zip around above you. There are six floors of entertainment for every age.

Bond Street

The luxurious Bond Street is comprised of both Old and New Bond Streets, connected by the pedestrian-only South Molton Street.

Bond Street is where the rich and famous go on shopping sprees. This area is home to some of the world’s most exclusive designer names such as Prada, Armani, Versace and Louis Vuitton. In addition to expensive clothing, you’ll find exquisite jewellery on Bond Street including Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Asprey.

For something different, check out the nearby Dover Street Market. Japanese designers created this anti-luxury space to mix art with high fashion. Though the prices are still high, perusing the all-white, ultra-modern space will provide entertainment and perhaps inspiration.

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St. Christopher’s Place

The charming St. Christopher’s Place north of Oxford Street in the Marylebone neighbourhood is off the beaten tourist track. Meander the quaint, tree-lined pedestrian streets for an eclectic selection of boutiques.

This specialist shopping area is full of independent brands offering high-end fashion and some iconic British products. Shop for clothing and accessories at Jigsaw or Whistles. If you want something more unique with a twinge of history, buy yourself an impeccably crafted hat from Christys’, which was established in 1773.

With over 20 eateries, St. Christopher’s Place is also the perfect place for a shopping break. Take your lunch outside to sit in the courtyard and enjoy the al fresco charm around you.

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Carnaby Street

In the 1960s, Carnaby Street in Soho was where teenagers rebelled from their parents in favour of the mod style. Time magazine coined the term ‘Swinging London’ with this trendy area in mind.

With over 140 shops, bars and restaurants, this colourful street is still iconic and appealing to young adults today. Great shopping events, pop-up shops and live music gigs draw in the hip, young crowd, while the collection of edgy stores keeps them coming back.

Among the boutiques selling bold vintage clothing, you’ll find brand stores such as Muji, American Apparel, Puma and Diesel. Visit Kingly Court for three storeys of delectable eateries if you need a bite to eat.

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St. James

St. James Street

St. James Street has been the epitome of English gentlemen class since 1661. With some of London’s most well-known gentlemen’s clubs including Brooks’s, White’s and the Carlton Club, it is no surprise that this neighbourhood epitomises traditional English style.

Stop by John Lobb for high-end, luxury shoes. This family-run business offers impeccably made shoes paired with traditional English flare.

St. James Street also offers some of the oldest stores in the city. James J. Fox is the oldest cigar store in the world and Lock & Co. Hatters is the oldest hat shop in the world. Both shops even supplied their products to Sir Winston Churchill!

Jermyn Street

Want to continue exploring quintessential English gentlemen’s style? Take a turn onto Jermyn Street. Henry Jermyn, the Earl of St. Albans, developed this area in 1664 to offer menswear close to St. James Palace.

The area is still renowned for sophisticated menswear and is perfect for masculine gifts. Here you will find tailor-made shirts, smart suits and fine leather goods.

For the perfect bespoke shirt, look no further than Budd Shirtmakers. For the ultimate noblemen’s experience, shop the menswear in Hackett alongside their private gin bar.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

In the Covent Garden neighbourhood, you’ll find an array of clothing stores plus three well-known markets. Walk through the quaint streets among vine-covered buildings and stroll into each of the three covered markets featuring arching skylights.

Jubilee Market contains the widest variety of goods and the East Colonnade Market sells handmade products. You will find children’s clothing, hand-knit scarves and even some magicians’ stalls for handmade tricks. The offerings change daily so keep an eye out for something special!

Lastly, the Apple Market focuses on artwork and household goods Tuesday through Sunday each week. On Mondays, the Apple Market sells a wide selection of beautiful, one-of-a-kind antiques.

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South Bank

Gabriel’s Wharf

On the outskirts of the West End, escape the hustle and bustle in favour of the refreshing Gabriel’s Wharf in South Bank. This picturesque area hosts a variety of independent designer shops and art galleries.

There is an artsy, relaxed vibe despite the plain buildings. With a wide variety of cafes and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to stop for a cup of tea and enjoy the view of the River Thames.

Explore the nearby Oxo Tower for more small galleries and shops. What was once a power station to supply the Post Office with electricity is now an artsy tower with unparalleled views.

East London

Historically a dangerous part of town, East London is now hip, young and trendy. Shop this side of town for vintage clothing, quirky gifts, and retro antiques. You can see the best breakfast spots in East London here.

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Chatham Place

On the east side of London, Chatham Place runs north and south in the town of Hackney. As a newer shopping destination, the area is clean, sleek and modern.

Chatham Place houses a variety of luxury fashion brands at discounted prices. However, it’s best known for the Burberry Outlet. With up to 80% off, it’s no wonder that crowds flock here to stock up on this classic British brand. Try to arrive early to avoid the busloads of tourists.

This new area hosts a few other well-known brands as well. Shop Aquascutum for suits and outerwear. Check out Pringle, the classic Scottish knitwear designer, or shop quirky accessories at Anya Hindmarch.

Hackney Walk

On Morning Lane, perpendicular to Chatham Place lies Hackney Walk. This luxury outlet centre is the result of a major urban development project that was completed in late 2016.

Shop this impeccably organised area for up to 70% off a variety of designer clothes. You will find classic British wear at Joseph, luxury cashmere at Colombo, or menswear at Gieves and Hawkes. On one end, Nike has set up a superstore selling their famous sneakers and eye-catching athletic wear.

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Broadway Market

Nestled between Regent’s Canal and London Fields in South Hackney is Broadway Market. Since the 1890s, this street has been a popular place for traders. Now every Saturday, a large market gathers where you can shop for everything from scotch eggs to vintage leather handbags. You can see more about London’s best farmers markets here.

The rest of the week it’s still possible to visit the many independent shops and pubs that line this street. There are a wide variety of exotic foods at the restaurants and unique goodies at the local shops.

On the canal side of Broadway Market, Broadway Books has NY Review titles, many small publishers and an impressive London section for travellers. For footwear, head to Black Truffles. They have an impressive range of quirky women’s and children’s shoes.

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Church Street

Church Street in Stoke Newington is a hidden gem without a tube stop nearby. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Stokey’ by locals, this neighbourhood has a bohemian atmosphere, full of independent niche shops.

For the truly local experience, seek out the secondhand record store, Lucky Seven. Step into the basement for the true treasure – the hidden vintage clothing store, Lily Pad. For more retro clothes, check out Ribbons Taylor and Dirty Blonde.

Dalston

Dalston

Dalston is a young, funky area full of some of London’s best vintage shops alongside well-loved hair and nail salons. This neighbourhood oozes style.

The avant-garde fashion of LN-CC hides behind a long wood-lined hallway. For quirky vintage home goods, shop at Pelicans and Parrots. If possible, shop here in the late afternoon so you can end the day at the rum shack underneath with a happy hour drink.

For more hipster finds, Beyond Retro is a vintage superstore offering styles from the 1960s to the 1990s. Finally, stop by Oxfam. Although they have locations all over London, the Dalston Oxfam is somewhat legendary. Locals are known to stop by daily in search of the newest used designer threads.

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Brick Lane

In the Brick Lane neighbourhood, you’ll find buildings covered in soot and dust with walls covered in detailed murals. Everything in Dalston is edgy and artistic, making it a great place to shop for vintage bargains.

As home to London’s large Bangladeshi community, you will notice the street signs are in both English and Bengali, and will point you to the many well-known curry houses. In addition, there are trendy coffee shops, 24-hour bakeries, and the new Vibe Bar beer garden.

On Sundays, Brick Lane Market brings out the area’s vintage charm. Locals line the streets with stands selling a wide array of vintage bargains that rivals the selection in Dalston.

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Old Spitalfields Market

Over 350 years old, Old Spitalfields Market is the original East London market. The market offers a wide range of goods from fresh produce to designer makeup and everything in between.

Inside the large airy hall, you’ll find independent stalls selling quirky, unique gifts, whereas the more established and well-known brands line the building outside. Among the vintage clothes and handmade jewellery, there are also well-made burgers and fancy cocktails in the nearby bistros.

Though the market is open every day, there are specialty days throughout the week. Sundays are always the busiest with the widest variety of unique goods, Thursdays are for antiques and Fridays are for art and fashion. Plus, a few days each month the market offers vinyl days, ideal for old record lovers.

Want to hit as many neighbourhoods as possible to get your fashion fix in London? London specialists Premium Tours know where to find all the best shopping in the capital. We also offer private cars for hire so you can enjoy your shopping experience in privacy and comfort. After a full day of shopping you’ll be in need of a pick-me-up so be sure to visit one of these lovely riverside pubs for refreshments.

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7 Quiet Places in London to Get Some Peace

London is one of the busiest, most vibrant cities in the world, and life here is never short of excitement. After a fun-filled day exploring, why not recharge your batteries by taking a break from the hustle and bustle? Tucked away in the capital are some wonderfully relaxing, quiet places – here are seven of the best.

1. Kyoto Garden

Surround yourself with the beauty of Kyoto Garden in Holland Park, one of the jewels in stylish Kensington’s crown, and let your worries melt away. There are few more soothing places in London than this gem, which was inspired by Japanese promenade gardens. Stroll past blossom trees and pause by the waterfall to discover true calm.

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2. Museum of Happiness

Filled with floor cushions and lanterns, Camden’s Museum of Happiness is a relaxing space where periods of silence and stillness are encouraged. One of the museum’s key values is mindfulness, which is why it provides mindfulness meditation sessions. In a quiet, calm atmosphere, you’ll learn how to let go of stress and enhance your wellbeing.

3. Barbican Conservatory

Behind the Barbican’s concrete exterior lies an enchanting oasis just waiting to be discovered. The Barbican Conservatory is a tropical glasshouse that gives you the opportunity to find peace where you’d never expect it: in the middle of London’s fast-paced financial district. Experience silence broken only by birdsong and flowing water, and then relax with afternoon tea.

4. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Whether you’re most drawn to the awe-inspiring shrines, mesmerising carvings or manicured gardens, you can’t fail to find peace in London’s Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Spirituality and tranquillity are central to this Hindu place of worship, commonly known as Neasden Temple. Meditate under the dome to fully immerse yourself in the calm, soothing atmosphere.

5. Russell Square Gardens

Bloomsbury is as famous for its elegant garden squares as its literary heritage. Some of the green spaces are closed to the public, but Russell Square’s Grade II listed gardens are open to all, and they just so happen to be the biggest and best! The tree-lined pathways give the area its magical mood, with dense foliage acting almost like a soundproof barrier, shielding you from the traffic beyond.

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6. The Victorians Display at the NPG

While some parts of Covent Garden’s National Portrait Gallery are busy, silence and serenity reign in the display devoted to the Victorians. It’s filled with portraits of the people who shaped the UK during one of its most significant historical periods. Why not spend time with the Brontë sisters (their famous triple portrait graces the wall in room 24) and swap the pressures of modern life for peace and quiet?

7. St Paul’s Cathedral

Seated on Ludgate Hill, St Paul’s Cathedral is not only an iconic London landmark but also the perfect place for quiet contemplation. The combination of Sir Christopher Wren’s stunning architecture and magnificent views makes St Paul’s truly breathtaking. A trip there is bound to reawaken your sense of wonder. St Paul’s is a key part of several of our tours, including the bestselling Total London tour. Our guides never tire of seeing the amazement on people’s faces when they enter.

Premium Tours will help you make the most of your time in London, whether that involves finding quiet spots or something completely different. For professional guides and VIP access to top attractions, book one of our fantastic London tours today.

 

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5 Sushi Cafes in London You Need to Check Out

Food lovers have been flocking to London for years, thanks to its reputation for showcasing the finest cuisine from around the world. No wonder the capital is home to some of the best sushi cafés and informal sushi restaurants this side of Mount Fuji.

Head to the following eateries for Japanese dishes that are exactly as they should be: incredibly fresh and full of flavour.

1. Sushi Café

When you’re looking for popular London sushi cafés, how about visiting the Sushi Café in trendy Battersea? Just like its name, this eatery is straightforward and unpretentious, in the spirit of Japan’s informal izakaya venues. The café aims to provide one of London’s most authentic sushi dining experiences. Expect expertly prepared, classic dishes, such as salmon nigiri, sweet prawn sashimi and tuna hosomaki. Famous for its generous portions, the Sushi Café is ideal if you’ve worked up an appetite during a day’s sightseeing in London.

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2. Sticks’n’Sushi

We love Victoria – it’s not only the starting point for many of our tours but also the place to go for sushi with a twist! Sticks’n’Sushi boasts a unique combination of fish-based dishes and yakitori (i.e. skewered meats, including mouth-watering wagyu beef). So even if some of your loved ones aren’t fish fans, you’ll all find meals to tempt your taste buds at this relaxed eatery. For a platter that’s bound to please everyone, try the amusingly named Mixed Emotions, which features shrimp nigiri, chicken with chilli and other delights.

3. Itadakizen

There’s a gem of a sushi café near King’s Cross that proves you don’t necessarily need seafood to create fantastic dishes. What makes Itadakizen stand out is its focus on vegan, organic Japanese food – it’s proud to be the first eatery of its kind in Europe. Order a selection of vegetable and seaweed sushi (there are options for large and small appetites) and you’ll see that each piece is a work of art. Free food workshops support Itadakizen’s efforts to enrich people’s understanding of the relationship between diet and wellbeing.

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4. Jugemu

Tucked away in Soho, you’ll find Jugemu, which shares its name with a Japanese folktale. Appropriately enough, this rustic venue is full of charm and wonder. Pass through the traditional noren curtains and make a beeline for the counter, where you can watch the skilled chef prepare sushi, temaki and other delicacies that are hard to beat. The halibut nigiri has even earned praise from a Michelin Guide inspector. Jugemu may be small, but it’s certainly making a big splash in London.

5. Sushisamba

If you love London as much as you love sushi, don’t miss Sushisamba in Bishopsgate. This vibrant venue has an unforgettable setting on the 38th and 39th floors of Heron Tower – but that’s only part of its appeal. The stunning menu, which brings together Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culinary influences, is certainly capable of competing for attention with the panoramic views. The choice is phenomenal – you can feast on everything from snow crab to freshwater eel. If you can’t decide what to order, request the sushi omakase and let the chefs select delicious dishes for you instead.

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Premium Tours knows the capital’s culinary scene inside out. That’s one of the many reasons why you can rely on us to make your trip extra special. For expert guides and VIP access to top attractions, check out our unmissable London tours.

Everything You Need to Know About Tower Bridge

One of London’s most symbolic structures and one of the most famous bridges in the world, Tower Bridge is a must-stop photo opportunity for almost every visitor to the capital, and should be included on your London tour.
But there’s so much more to this fascinating bridge than meets the eye. History, purpose, function and a stunning example of Victorian architecture, Tower Bridge has a character all of its own.
If you’re planning to visit this treasured and iconic London landmark, here’s everything you need to know about Tower Bridge.

History

Tower Bridge is not as old as many assume. This is probably because it is often confused with London Bridge further downstream, which has existed in one form or another for 2,000 years. Tower Bridge only dates back to the late 19th century.
In 1876, the City of London Corporation faced the challenge of constructing one more river crossing due to the high level of traffic arising from London’s East End commercial development. However, a traditional ‘fixed’ bridge couldn’t be built as it would disrupt the river traffic activities and cut off access to the port between London Bridge and the Tower of London.
Faced with this dilemma, a ‘Special Bridge or Subway Committee’ was formed and a design competition was announced to the public. The committee, chaired by Sir Albert Joseph Altman received over 50 ideas for consideration.

It wasn’t until 1884 that a final design was approved. Engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry, together with city architect Horace Jones designed a Gothic styled ‘bascule’ suspension bridge with two towers at both ends connected by 2 horizontal walkways. The hydraulically powered bascules could be raised to allow sailing ships to pass.
After receiving the go ahead from Parliament, the construction finally got underway in 1886. It took eight years, five major contractors and over 430 construction workers to build the bridge.
Horace Jones died in 1886 and was replaced by George D. Stevenson, who designed the Victorian Gothic framework in Cornish granite and Portland stone to match the look of the bridge with the Tower of London. The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and his wife, Alexandra.

Facts and Figures

• The total cost of construction was £1,184,000 (around £120m today).
• The bridge is supported by two massive piers containing 70,000 tonnes of concrete sunk deep into the riverbed.
• The framework of the bridge, including the towers and walkways, consists of over 11,000 tonnes of steel.
• 31,000,000 bricks were used to construct the bridge.
• It takes just five minutes for each bascule to rise to their highest level (86 degree angle).
• Each tower is 213 ft. high.
• The total length of the bridge is 800 ft. long.
• The bridge connects Tower Hamlets on the north side with Southwark on the south side of the River Thames.
• The weight limit for vehicles crossing the bridge is 18 tonnes.
• The speed limit for vehicles crossing the bridge is 20 mph.
• The bascules are raised approximately three times a day.
• Around 40,000 motorists, cyclists and pedestrians cross the bridge every day.
• In 1974, the hydraulic steam-powered machines to raise the bascules were replaced with an electro-hydraulic system.
• In 2000, a remote computer-controlled raising system was installed.
• The bridge underwent a massive renovation project between 2008 and 2012. It now has a state-of-the-art protective coating system consisting of six layers of paint, and energy-efficient LED lighting.

Did You Know?

• The high-level, open-air walkways weren’t very popular when the bridge first opened. Due to the number of steps and dark lighting, they soon became the regular haunt for prostitutes and pickpockets. In a bid to rid the bridge of unsavoury types, the walkways were closed in 1910. They were re-opened in 1982 with an admission fee.
• In 1912, pilot Francis McClean, during an emergency, flew his Short Brothers floatplane between the bascules and the high-level walkways to avoid an accident.
• In 1952 as the number 78 bus was passing over the bridge, the process of ringing a warning bell failed, and the bridge began to open. The driver Albert Gunton, accelerated and managed to ‘jump’ the bus over a 3 ft. gap. There were no serious injuries and Albert was awarded £10 by the City Corporation for his bravery.
• In 1968, Flight Lieutenant Alan Pollock, in protest at the lack of aerial displays for the 50th anniversary of the RAF, flew a Hawker Hunter jet three times around the Houses of Parliament before flying under the top span of Tower Bridge. He was arrested on landing and discharged from the RAF.
• In 1977, Tower Bridge (originally painted brown) was re-painted red, white and blue in honour of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
• Ships always have the priority. In 1997, Bill Clinton’s presidential motorcade was split between bascules when the bridge opened to allow Thames sailing barge Gladys to pass. A Tower Bridge spokesman said they had tried to contact the American Embassy about the scheduled opening but ‘they wouldn’t answer the phone’.
• In 2012, Tower Bridge became a symbol for the 2012 London Olympics. A set of Olympic rings weighing 13 tonnes were suspended from the bridge and the west walkway was transformed into a live music sculpture featuring 30 classical musicians positioned along the entire length of the bridge.
• Vessels don’t have to pay for the bridge to be opened. Passage is free for ships that are over nine metres in height, although 24 hours notice is required.
• When the bridge was first built, there were concerns that horses wouldn’t be able to pull their carts up the incline to the bridge, so horses were stabled at the bridge to provide extra help if needed.
• In Victorian times, so many dead bodies were washed up under the north side of Tower Bridge that it was nicknamed ‘dead man’s hole’. A mortuary was built at the bridge to temporarily house the bodies until they were collected by the coroner. Although the mortuary is long gone, visitors can still see a ‘dead man’s hole’ sign at the base of the bridge on the East side.
• As an iconic symbol of London, Tower Bridge has featured as a backdrop in many films and television series including Doctor Who, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Visiting Tower Bridge

There’s so much more to visiting Tower Bridge than meets the eye. As well as seeing the magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture up close, visitors can also step inside and find out about the history of the famous bridge while enjoying breathtaking views of London at the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Travel back in time to the 19th century inside the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Entry is via a grand Victorian staircase or a four-level lift that will take you up to the north tower. The exhibition is fully accessible for all and is fully equipped for disabled visitors.
Visitors can learn about the construction of the bridge inside the Exhibition Room, which displays photos, exhibits and films including some of the 50 designs that were submitted.

Family Days

The Exhibition also hosts family days each month with hands-on interactive family-friendly activities to encourage exploration and imaginative learning. If you’re visiting with children, be sure to download the family trail app beforehand. It includes games, stories about the bridge’s history and fun interactive functions younger visitors will love.
The walkways are the settings for Tots at Tower Bridge play sessions held for younger children. Tower Bridge also holds regular yoga sessions on the glass floor walkways for both adults and children throughout the year.
There are British Sign Language guided tours the last Saturday of every month at 11am, for hearing-impaired visitors. And there are also early opening Autism Friendly sessions throughout the year.

Glass Floor Walkway

The highlights of the Tower Bridge Exhibition are the incredible high-level glass floor walkways on the east and west sides of the bridge leading from the north tower to the south tower.
The glass floors allow visitors a unique and spectacular view of London from138 ft. above the River Thames. Made up of six half-tonne panels on each level, the glass floors are perfect for getting a bird’s eye view of the bridge below, and maybe even a bridge lifting if you’re lucky to be there when one’s scheduled.
If you’d rather not look down, the walkways offer spectacular panoramic views of London including famous landmarks such as the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Monument.
On the east walkway visitors can enjoy the Great Bridges of the World exhibition featuring 40 of the most famous bridges around the world.

Victorian Engine Rooms

The exhibition includes a tour of the Victorian Engine Rooms, where visitors can learn about the unsung heroes of Tower Bridge and learn about the working history of the bridge and those who worked here. Over 80 workers were needed to maintain the bridge, which would have been raised around 20-30 times a day at the end of the 19th century.
Explore the coal-driven steam engines and experience the noise and smells of the historic steam engines that once powered the mighty bascules.

Insider Tips

• If you want to coincide your glass floor walk with a bridge lifting, the daily bridge lift times can be found on the official Tower Bridge website.
• Before you visit Tower Bridge, make sure you download the free app that includes a 360-degree video of the bridge being raised. You can also perform your own virtual bridge lift!
• The bridge and exhibition are fully accessible and equipped for disabled visitors. There are two lifts, one in the north tower and one in the south. Wheelchairs are also available to borrow.
• Toilets are located in both towers and the engine rooms. Disabled toilets are located in the south tower and the engine rooms.
• Benches are located along the walkways, in the towers and in the engine rooms.
• Blue uniformed staff are available for information and guidance throughout the exhibition.
• Glass bottles and glass items are not permitted near the glass floor.
• One of the best vantage points to snap a photograph of the bridge and watch one of the bridge lifts from afar, is on the South Bank or just in front of the Tower of London on the north side.
• The Tower Bridge Exhibition also features a gift shop. If you don’t have time to browse on the day, the official Tower Bridge website also has an online store.

Exhibition Opening Times and Admission Prices

Summer Opening Hours: April to September, 10.00 – 17.30 (last admission)
Winter Opening Hours: October to March, 09.30 – 17.00 (last admission)
Closed 24 – 26 December

Standard ticket prices (as of May 2018)

Adult £9.80
Child (5 – 15) £4.20
Disabled, Students, Seniors £6.80
Under 5s FREE
Family, group (10 or more), and joint Tower Bridge and The Monument ticket discounts are available.

How to get there

The main entrance and ticket office are based in the northwest tower. The Victorian engine rooms can be found on the south side at ground level. A blue painted line connects the two parts of the exhibition.
The nearest transport links to Tower Bridge are:
By Bus
Routes 15, 42, 78, 100 and RV1 all stop at Tower Bridge.
By Tube
To access the north side of the bridge: Tower Hill Station (District and Circle lines).
To access the south side of the bridge: London Bridge Station (Northern and Jubilee lines).
By Train
The nearest stations within walking distance to the bridge are London Bridge, Fenchurch Street, and Tower Gateway DLR.
By Boat
Riverboats stop at St Katherine Pier and Tower Pier on the north bank and at London Bridge City Pier on the south side.
By Car:
The nearest car park is located at Tower Hill coach and car park, 50 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6DP, next to the Tower of London.

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Five of the Best Farmers’ Markets in London

There are many reasons why shopping at a local farmer’s market is so much better than going to a supermarket. Often organic and most definitely seasonal, produce from ethical and sustainable suppliers just tastes so much better.
A good farmers’ market connects farmers and small, independent producers directly with their customers, offering the freshest, just picked produce, free range meats and fish straight from the sea, all with guaranteed provenance and low food miles.
Here’s our top pick of the five best farmers’ markets in London.

1. South Kensington Farmers’ Market

Located just five minutes from South Kensington Tube, this lovely little market in Bute Street sets up stall every Saturday morning from 9am till 2pm.
FARMA approved, the market features just 18 stalls where you can buy fresh, seasonal products directly from local producers. Favourites include fresh, south coast fish and shellfish from Christchurch Fish; seasonal, just picked organic veg from Ted’s Veg; breads, cakes and pastries from Olivier’s Bakery; and free-range sausages from The Parson’s Nose.

2. Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market

Priding itself on provenance and low food miles this small market, which takes place every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, only sells produce that’s been grown, raised or fished within 100 miles of the M25.
Located in quaint Orange Square just off Pimlico Road, the 25-30 stalls offer a delightful array of products including unusual vegetables such as radish pods, seasonal tarts, delicious cheeses and even edible flowers.

3. Wimbledon Farmers’ Market

This family-friendly neighbourhood market on Havana Road is open every Saturday from 9am till 1pm and features seasonal cut flowers, organic meat and poultry, seasonal game, and a huge range of organic fruits and vegetables.
Head over to March House Farm stall and their wonderful selection of free-range rare breed meats and try one of their delicious beef or lamb ‘Hetties’.

4. Brockley Market

Open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm, this lovely South London market is well known for its delicious ‘street food’ vibe where you can tuck into burritos, sourdough pizza, beef patties and flatbread wraps.
The award-winning food market supports location traders selling seasonally sourced fruit and vegetables, freshly caught fish, raw dairy products, natural wines, native breed meats and locally roasted coffee to name just a few.

5. Borough Market

The most famous and oldest farmers’ market in London, Borough Market at London Bridge is a haven for food lovers, not only serving the residents of Southwark, but attracting visitors from all over the country.
The historic market features a massive range of exceptional organic and seasonal produce in a wonderful and lively atmosphere. Open every day except Sunday, the market offers a fantastic day out for visitors. Part of the Slow Food UK movement, many of the traders focus on distinctive local foodstuffs and sustainable products and are only too happy to pass on their culinary knowledge with shoppers.
The market also hosts a range of events such as cookery demonstrations and educational programmes.

Our London experts at Premium Tours can offer information and advice on the very best farmers markets across the Capital. Call us today on 020 771 31311 or visit us online.

Victoria Coach Station

Address: 164 Buckingham Palace Road – London SW1W 9TP
Phone: 0343 222 1234

Ticket Hall

Open daily from 07:00 to 22:00.
Tickets for most coach companies can be purchased from the Ticket Hall at Victoria Coach Station.
The departures terminal closes at 01:00 and opens at 05:00. you are travelling on an overnight service, please arrive 20 minutes before your coach is scheduled to depart.

How to Get to Victoria Coach Station

Victoria rail station is a 300-metre walk from the Victoria Coach Station.

Left Luggage

Opening Hours

The left luggage facility is open daily between 07:00-22:45.

Security Notice

All items of left luggage will be examined using detection equipment, so you may be asked to open your bag for physical inspection. If you refuse, your luggage will not be accepted and the police will be notified.

Left Luggage Tariffs

  • Up to two hours: £3 per item (no weight consideration)
  • 2-24 hours: £5 per item under 20kg
  • 2-24 hours: £7 per item over 20kg
  • Multiple days charged at daily rate as above (£5/£7 by weight)
Deposits left longer than 24 hours are charged at multiples of the full 24-hour rate per item.
 

Porters

If you are arriving at Victoria Coach Station (VCS) by coach, porters will be available in Arrivals. Our porters can help you get to:
  • Departures
  • Victoria rail and Underground stations
  • The Green Line coach terminal
If you are departing from VCS by coach and require the assistance of a porter, either speak to a uniformed member of staff or visit the Mobility Lounge by Gate 0 in Departures.
All licensed luggage porters at the station are self-employed and rely on your generosity for their income. A payment for their services will be expected.

Toilets 

Toilets can be found:
  • By Gate 2 in Departures (via stairs to basement level)
  • By Gate 12 in Departures (at ground level)
  • In Arrivals (unisex toilets, at ground level)

Baby Changing Rooms

Baby changing rooms, for both mums and dads, are located next to the toilets in Arrivals and next to the toilets by gates 2 and 12 in Departures.

Accessible Toilets

Easy-access toilets for people with impaired mobility can be found:
  • In Arrivals
  • Inside the Mobility Lounge, opposite Gate 0 in Departures
If you don’t carry a Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (Radar) key, please ask the attendant in Arrivals or inside the Mobility Lounge.

Payphones

There are a number public payphones located in Departures and Arrivals. There is also a MiniCom-enabled payphone next to the information desk in the main entrance of Departures.

Money

Bureaux de Change

Bureaux de change are located in Arrivals and inside the main entrance in Departures.

Cash Machines

Cash machines are located by Gate 1, inside the main entrance to Departures and in the Arrivals terminal.

Refreshments

Refreshment facilities are available throughout Departures and Arrivals. Shops include:
  • Delice de France – by Gate 5
  • Burger King – opposite Gate 1
  • City Kiosk – in Arrivals
  • Il Corriere – in Arrivals
  • Treats – by gates 3, 11 and 12
  • Upper Crust – by Gate 4
  • Whistlestop – main entrance and by Gate 13

Coach Companies

Victoria Coach Station is the largest coach station in London, located in the central district of Victoria in the City of Westminster. It serves as a terminus for many medium- and long-distance coach services in the United Kingdom and is also the departure point for many countryside coach tours originating from London. It is operated by Victoria Coach Station Limited, a subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL).
It should not be confused with the nearby Green Line Coach Station for Green Line Coaches, or with Victoria bus station which serves London Buses operated by TfL.

Victoria Coach Station was opened at its present site in Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, in 1932, by London Coastal Coaches, a consortium of coach operators. The building is in a distinctive Art Deco style, the architects for which were Wallis, Gilbert and Partners.In 1970 the coach operators’ association which managed the station became a subsidiary of the National Bus Company.
In 1988, ownership of Victoria Coach Station Limited was transferred to London Transport. In 2000, Transport for London was formed and took over the station.
The freeholder of the site, Grosvenor Group, announced in 2013 that it wishes to redevelop the site and relocate the station elsewhere in London.However, the building was listed at Grade II by English Heritage in 2014.

Once you’ve arrived in London, there is so much to see and do, so it is wise to prepare an itinerary in advance. You can have a look at our array of tours here. If you require any more information about Victoria Coach Station, you can call us on 020­ 771 31311 and we’ll be happy to help.