Diners Club Weekender’s Guide: London

As we gear up to travel to London for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 Awards, we’ve compiled a Weekender’s Guide to London and uncovered some of the best hidden gems this world-class city has to offer.


Where to Stay

The Savoy has attracted celebrities and royals for decades, including Sir Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Christian Dior, Claude Monet and Katherine Hepburn amongst the many. It’s no wonder, with a rich aristocratic history and exceptional standard of quality, this iconic hotel’s ambience creates a perfect harmony of old and new glamour, simplicity and elegance.

The Savoy has been paired with exquisite dining since it began and you’ll find other notable restaurants within walking distance from the hotel.

Widely-decorated, the Savoy’s accolades include ‘Five-Star Hotel’ by Forbes Travel Guide for 2014, Condé Nast Traveler 2014 ‘Gold List’, Travel + Leisure ‘T+L 500 Best Hotels in the World’ and they were awarded The Hotel Cateys ‘Green Hotel of The Year’ for 2013.

Insider’s Tip: Want 10% off at this hotel, Diners Clubmembers can download our mobile app to access exclusive privileges.

What to Eat

When one of the best chefs in the world like Brett Graham creates an equally triumphant culinary experience, you’re left with The Ledbury. Considered one of the best restaurants in the world, this London establishment offers a contemporary French menu with a dash of Pacific Ocean flare – homage to Graham’s Australian upbringing.

If by happenstance you find this London favorite while strolling in Notting Hill, take a moment to indulge in the rustic faire and down-to-earth ambiance.

Insider’s Tip: This restaurant made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for three years and ranked No. 13 in 2013. Come hungry, you’ll want to try everything on the menu!  Read More


Where to Go

While we recommend the usual tours of London ‘must-sees’ like Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, we suggest a few hidden gems worth trying in between all that picture taking.

Prince Charles Cinema: Spend an evening mingling with a community of movie buffs and esteemed culturists at the Prince Charles Cinema. Known for its eccentricities, this unique movie theater caters to the young and the young-at-heart. Quentin Tarantino once dubbed this West End theater as “London’s queen jewel” and it is considered by many Londoners as the best cinema in the city. Movies aside, this cinema boasts some of the best events in the city, including intense dissections of films after a screening and all-night movie marathons with fellow film enthusiasts.

The Breakfast Club is a local startup café in Spitalfields that offers more than meets the eye. Known for its underground speakeasy, you’ll need the password to get in and a thirst for fine cocktail concoctions. Uncover the mystery.



Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Take a walk by the Regent Canal, also known as Little Venice, a haven for nature lovers and the best hidden photo opportunity for photographers.  This little pocket of paradise within the city is the perfect city escape, lined with quaint shopping for souvenir hunters.

Whether your weekend is quiet, ambitious, or quick, be sure to include at least one of these hidden gems on your itinerary next time you find yourself sipping tea by the Thames.

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