London

A city to explore…

…the birthplace of the modern industrial revolution; come and visit one of the biggest, most intriguing, multi-cultural cities in the world.

There is something for everyone, travel on the world’s oldest underground system (initially constructed for horse and cart!), cycle on the infamous Barclays Bike, take a London Black cab, a bus or a boat and discover this beautiful city.

Shopping

Enjoy the greatest shopping experience, from the world famous Harrods to the newly opened Westfield Shopping Centre close to the Olympic Village. If modern shops aren’t your thing, head to hustle and bustle of London’s markets such as Spitafields or Camden market.

Arts and Culture

Explore some of the greatest museums and galleries in the world (and believe it or not, most of them are free!) or watch one the many theatre productions on offer in one of iconic venues in the West End.

Sports

There many world class events on offer; the Premier League Football, Rugby, Cricket (if you know the rules), Wimbledon, Formula 1, Tennis and many more.

Food & Drink

There’s a multitude of restaurants offering some of the finest cuisine from all over the world. After all that you can enjoy the nightlife at the many pubs, bars and clubs located around London offering a huge variety of music!

The Lavender Guesthouse

Based in a beautiful quiet South London Street is surrounded by a lively and sociable population, home to many bars, cafes and restaurants for one to discover is a perfect base for you venture out into this city.

To the right are just some suggestions, please view the visitLondon link for further ideas or ask us! We are happy to suggest things to do.

Places to visit

The Science Museum
Free to Visit
The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.
National History Museum
Free to Visit
Our vision is to advance our knowledge of the natural world, inspiring better care of our planet.

Our mission is to maintain and develop our collections, and use them to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world.

Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned for its outstanding performances of both traditional opera as well as commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Ades.

Some of the most famous singers of all time have performed with the Company including Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufman, Rolando Villazón, Juan Diego Flórez, as well as the late Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.

Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every year. For visitor information, please visit the Royal Collection website.

Harrods
Encompassing seven floors of exquisite collections across 4.5 acres, Harrods welcomes over 15 million customers through our doors each year. A must for anyone wanting the ultimate shopping experience.
Westfield Shopping
Located in White City and Stratford
TRANSFORMING THE FACE OF RETAIL
Iconic shopping centres in major cities around the world, integrating the best in fashion, food, leisure, entertainment and digital technology with the world’s leading retail brands.
The View from The Shard
The Tallest Building in Western Europe
The Shard is an iconic, landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), the tallest building in Western Europe, The Shard redefines London’s skyline and will be a dynamic symbol of London, recognisable throughout the world.
Houses of Parliament
Parliament is open to the public through a variety of different programmes and events. Guided tours take visitors into both the Commons and Lords chambers and historic Westminster Hall. Visitors can also attend debates in both Houses and watch committee hearings.
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul’s is London’s Cathedral and embodies the spiritual life and heritage of the British people. Cathedrals serve a wide community. A Cathedral houses the seat – or in Latin, cathedra – of the bishop, making it a centre for Christian worship and teaching, and the Christian mission.
London Eye
Spectacular views of London.
HMS Belfast
Free for Kids aged 15 and under
HMS Belfast, part of Imperial War Museums, tells the stories of life on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond. Imagine sleeping in one of the tightly-packed hammocks during convoy duties in Arctic waters.Explore nine decks of amazing history, from the heavily protected Shell Rooms to the sights and sounds of the interactive Operations Room. Hear veterans’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition, and immerse yourself in the midst of a battle in the Gun Turret Experience.

Don’t forget, kids aged 15 and under go free!

Harry Potter Tour
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most successful film series of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.