Evening - Make your escape
As it’s your first time in the city, you’ll want a fairly central location for easy access to the iconic sights. The Langham, just north of Oxford Street, offers pure classic luxury – its Palm Court restaurant kicked off the tradition of formal high teas, after all. A more affordable option is the Rembrandt in Kensington, which is situated opposite the V&A and is a short stroll from Harrods.
Play ‘I spy…’ with London landmarks as you walk over the Golden Jubilee bridges – you’ll be able to tick off the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral
Once you’re checked in, make the most of your first evening by walking over one of the two parallel Golden Jubilee bridges, and play ‘I spy…’ with London landmarks as you go – you’ll be able to tick off the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. On the south side of the River Thames, head for the Royal Festival Hall – if you can get there before 19:00 you might catch the tail end of a free concert. Go up to the second floor to the glamorous mid-century modern inspired Skylon restaurant and enjoy a signature Skylon cocktail – muddled grapes, ginger, Ciroc vodka, wild apple liqueur, lime and apple juice – with a view.