Diners Club Local Guide to London

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There are just a few days left until we travel to London for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 Awards. A 21st century city with a history stretching back to Roman times, London is an amazing cosmopolitan city. With a multitude of spoken languages and a global cuisine, there’s something intriguing to experience at every turn. Diners Club International® uncovers the hidden gems of London and shows you how to experience this city like a local.

Where to Stay

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens

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A small boutique hotel with luxury rooms spread out across four grand Victorian townhouses, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens is close to Harrods and the luxury goods and fashion shops of Sloane Street. Perks include the outdoor terrace and afternoon tea in the drawing room. Diners Club members, enjoy a complimentary third-night stay when you stay two nights at this elegant Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ property in Knightsbridge.

30 Pavilion Road

A peaceful, beautifully spacious bed & breakfast in Knightsbridge, 30 Pavilion Road is the perfect urban oasis in the heart of the city.  Hyde Park and the Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, are just five minutes away. To celebrate summer, 30 Pavilion Road is offering a complimentary Pimm’s and strawberries drink reception for all summer functions booked from June to August 2015.

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth Hotel

A thoroughly English hotel located in the heart of bookish Bloomsbury, this four-star hotel is close to Theatreland, Oxford Street Shops and the City. Enjoy afternoon tea or cocktails at the hotel’s restaurant Scoff & Banter. The Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels are currently offering The London Pass Package, which includes two nights’ accommodation for a lower rate, a two-day London pass to 60 local attractions and two days of complimentary breakfast. This offer is available for bookings made between July 20 and September 6, 2015.

What to Eat

English Breakfast

A very European café-restaurant famous for attracting media types, The Wolseley is a great place to feast on a giant English breakfast. Choose from fried, poached or scrambled eggs served with bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, black pudding and mushroom. Breakfast is served here seven days a week, although coming here for Sunday brunch is another local tradition. Another great London pastime to enjoy here: afternoon tea.

French Fare

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England has a 1,000-year cross-channel rivalry with France, so dining on modern haute French cuisine is par for the course. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester on the corner of Hyde Park is one of only two restaurants holding three Michelin stars in the country. Signature dishes include sauté of lobster chicken quenelles and homemade pasta. Diners Clubmembers, sip on a complimentary glass of champagne per guest or a bottle of champagne for parties of 4 or more guests. For reservations, please refer to the Diners Club Privileges.

Sunday Roast

Pub going is a London must-do, as is a Sunday roast.  You can do both at The Gun, which on Sundays serves up roast rump and roast belly of pork, in addition to a wide range of puddings and cheeses. Elegant white linen and a view of the river at this gastropub make it a London experience to remember. Meetings at The Gun for up to 22 guests in your group are currently only 30 GBP when they occur during the day.

What to Do

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If strolling through Hyde Park, afternoon tea, a visit to the pub, Theatreland, shopping on Sloane Street, and Sunday brunch isn’t enough for you, we have more ideas. The Tower of London, the Churchill War Rooms and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre are among the top attractions included in a London Pass. In addition to free admission to more than 60 London attractions, the London Pass also includes discounts at numerous gift shops and restaurants so you can get the full London experience.

Before You Leave

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Don’t forget about the new Diners Club airport lounges at London Heathrow Airport. Set down your carry-on and have a drink at our new fabulous Servisair Lounge (children under age 2 are admitted free), or stop by the new Plaza Premium. Check out our other London lounges—we currently have 14!

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