I had a quick 2 night stopover in London after 4 days in Wales.
I stayed at the amazing 5 star Mayfair Hotel located in the Mayfair area which is very upmarket.The rooms at the Mayfair are huge and very well appointed. The restaurant here was amazing and we where lucky enough to dine there on our second night. No hesitation on recommending this hotel and area for high end clients.
Personally I prefer the area around Covent Garden and Soho for its more casual laid back vibe. We inspected two other hotels Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street and Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street, I loved both of these hotels and the locations.
I met up with itravel colleague Megan and we travelled on the underground (or tube as it is also known) to Soho for dinner in an Italian restaurant. This is a great area for bars and restaurants. The underground is very easy to use. You need to purchase an oyster card and load it up with credit and have a map as sometimes you need to change trains to get from Point A to Point B. or an app on your phone.
I always recommend for people to do the hop on hop off bus the first time they visit somewhere, however due to my limited time and the traffic congestion of bank holiday we were advised the trip would be slower than normal, so we hit the pavement and discovered some areas by foot and river cruise.
First up, we walked from the Mayfair through Green Park to see Buckingham Palace and watch the Change of the Guards, we were so excited to have a great position at the Gates, until some time later we saw a small sign saying there would be no display today due to the marathon that was going on around us! So off we walked via Westminster Abbey and The Houses of Parliament down to the River and the London Eye. Big Ben is currently surrounded by mesh and scaffolding, so no nice pictures here. We then boarded A Thames River cruise which is was also a great way to see London. We disembarked at London Tower and wandered around here for a while before walking via a pub for lunch to St Pauls’ Cathedral, then back on the tube as time was short.