The team at Bowes-Lyon Partnership love this ‘survival kit’ put together by our favourite London Concierge, Bon Vivant, designed to help Londoners make the very most of their amazing City during the Olympic mayhem!
So if you find you can’t get a table at your regular haunt or need to kill a little time to allow the crowds to disperse on the tubes, then take a look at the restaurants, bars and advice below that is certain to make the next few weeks a much more pleasant experience!
Restaurants and Bars Near Tube Stations
If the tube looks full, grab a drink or a bite to eat at the restaurants and bars nearby. Hot spot tube stations with excellent food and drink options on the doorstep are:
Green park – try Tempo, The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel, The Wolseley
Oxford Street – try Artesian at The Langham, the terrace at Aqua, Goodman Mayfair
Tottenham Court Road – try Paramount, Hakkasan
Bank – try Coq d’Argent (pictured above) One Lombard Street
Liverpool Street – Andaz Hotel, L’Anima, Galvin La Chapelle
Piccadilly Circus – Bentley’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Brasserie Zedel
King’s Cross – The Gilbert Scott, Karpo
No Booking Policy
Have in your armoury a list of restaurants and bars with a no booking policy so that no matter how busy town is, you’re still going to get in somewhere fabulous.
Our top walk-in restaurants are: Burger & Lobster in Mayfair, Polpo Soho (with Polpo Smithfield to open in July), Spuntino in Soho (pictured), Albion at The Boundary in Shoreditch, Opera Tavern ground floor in Covent Garden, Morito on Exmouth Market near Farringdon.
Stay Local – Where possible, don’t travel. Rediscovering your neighbourhood is a wonderful way to get the most out of your home city, and you may discover some hidden gems.
Be Prepared – You can never be too prepared! Check, check and then check again for tube delays, road closures etc here.
Get Involved! – Throw yourself into the competitive spirit by watching the shows open to the public such as road cycling and the marathon. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and even if the ballot wasn’t kind, being part of the games in some way is a must.
The London 2012 festival which runs until September 9th also features 12,000 cultural events across the UK, so be sure to take part.
Work From Home (if you can) – Take the long commute from your bedroom to the terrace, and set up a pop-up home office there. Perhaps even pool this and work with others who live nearby, and enjoy your gin and tonic with friends and family at 6pm on the dot.
Walk! – We live in such a glorious city with spectacular buildings and scenery all around us, so take this opportunity to walk everywhere – it may actually cut journey times, and have many health benefits.
Enjoy it! – Keep Calm and Carry On – be patient, keep calm, and try to enjoy your city being the focus of the world’s attention.
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