Science Museum Map ppl

0870 870 4868 www.sciencemuseum.org.uk Exhibition Rd SW7 admission free, adult concession IMAX Cinema 7.50 6, SimEx Simulator Ride 4 3, Motionride simulator 2.50 1.50 S 10am-6pm South Kensington This is one of the most progressive and accessible museums of its kind, and does a terrific job of bringing to lustrous life a subject that is often dull, dense and impenetrable for kids and adults alike. With five floors of interactive and educational exhibits, it's informative and entertaining and...

Bethnal Green Hackney

LITTLE GEORGIA Map p156 Georgian 7739 8154 87 Goldsmith's Row E2 mains 10-11 h closed dinner Tue & Wed t Bethnal Green, d Cambridge Heath A charming slice of the Caucasus in East London, LG is an excellent introduction to the cuisine of Georgia (as in Tbilisi, not Atlanta or midnight trains). Here the menu includes dishes such as nigziani(red pepper or aubergine stuffed with walnuts, herbs and roast vegetables), chicken satsivi in walnut sauce and the Georgian classic staple khachapuri...

Cinema Television

Television was born in London and is ageing well. Although locals complain about the constant dumbing down of the BBC and ever-falling standards as producers chase an ever lower common denominator, most countries would give their eye teeth to have television like that available here, from the extraordinary BBC natural history unit films to the cutting-edge comedy and drama across the channels. However, although the UK punches well above its weight in terms of presence on the international film...

Opening Hours

S The good news is that you can go shopping y every day of the week. The bad news is that this g is not universally true throughout the city. Generally, shops open from 9am or 10am to about 6pm or 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, at least. Shops in the West End (Oxford St, Soho and Covent Garden) open late (to 9pm) on Thursday those in Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Kensington open late on Wednesday. In the West End and in Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Kensington, many shops are also open on Sunday,...

Tyburn Convent Map ppl

7723 7262 www.tyburnconvent.org.uk 8 Hyde Park PI admission free S tours of the crypt 10.30am,3.30pm & 5.30pm, call beforehand -e-Marble Arch One of the buildings of this sorrowful and silent place has the distinction of being the smallest house in London, measuring just over a metre in width. A convent was established here in 1903, close to the site of the Tyburn Tree gallows where many Catholics were executed because of their faith during the 16th century, and which later became a place...

Natural History Museum Mapppl

7942 5725 www.nhm.ac.uk Cromwell Rd SW7 admission free, half-hourly tours of 'wet' zoological exhibits in the Darwin Centre free, book in advance S10am-5.50pm Mon-Sat, 11 am-5.50pm Sun South Kensington The Natural History Museum is a mammoth institution dedicated to the Victorian pursuit of collecting and cataloguing, and walking into the Life Galleries, in the 1880 Gothic Revival building off Cromwell Rd, evokes the musty moth-eaten era of the Victorian gentleman scientist. The main museum...

City Hall

Nicknamed 'the egg' (or, more cheekily, 'the testicle' because of its shape), this glass-dad building (pi 33) could also be likened to a spaceman wearing a helmet. It has an interior spiral ramp ascending above the assembly chamber to the building's roof, which has now been fitted with energy-saving solar panels. Eating p251 Drinking p284 Shopping p226 Sleeping p351 The area stretching from Hyde Park - the largest of London's Royal Parks - to Chelsea is high-class territory. It's all groomed...

Ntting Hill Portobello

PORTOBELLO HOTEL Mapp175 Hotel 7727 2777 www.portobello-hotel.co.uk 22 Stanley Gardens W11 s d tw 142 190 210, ste from 242 * Notting Hill Gate a This beautifully appointed 24-room place is in a great location and has been a firm favourite with rock and rollers and movie stars down the years. Rooms and furnishings are eccentric in a funky, eclectic way and there's a 24-hour bar to fuel guests on their merry way. MILLER'S RESIDENCE Map P175 B& B 7243 1024 www.millersuk.com 111a West-bourne...

Earls Court

ROCKWELL Map P177 Boutique Hotel 7244 2000 www.therockwellhotel.com 181 Cromwell Rd SW5 s 120, d 150-180 t Earl's Court a A very welcome addition to the greater Earl's Court neighbourhood, the 40-room Rockwell is a 'budget boutique' hotel par excellence. The decor puts a contemporary spin on English traditional and the rooms and restaurant overlooking the garden are a delight. 7565 9555 www.twentynevernsquare.co.uk 20 Nevern Sq SW5 s 99-120, d 110-140 t Earl's Court This 20-room sister...

St Jamess

Clarence House James Palace

St lames's is where the aristocrats are entertained in exclusive gentlemen's clubs the Army and Navy sort as opposed to lap-dancing , and whose refined tastes are catered to in the many galleries, historic shops and elegant buildings. Despite much commercial development, its matter-of-fact elitism remains intact, and as you enter the seat of royal London along the grand, processional Mall that sweeps alongside the gorgeous St lames's Park, up to Buckingham Palace and the Queen's driveway,...

Rock

Everybody who likes pop knows Blur, Oasis, Suede, Pulp, Garbage, Elasticaand Radiohead, and remembers the golden age of London's live music - the 1990s and Britpop - when the LOCAL VOICES CARLOS HERRERA Interviewed by Steve Fallon Carlos Herrera carlosherrera100 yahoo.co.uk is a trained musician from the Canary Islands who entertains Underground commuters with his acoustic guitar music. He lives in Camden Town. A trained musician Why do you busk Busking is a beautiful thing. You can play as...

Smithfield St Pauls

Duke Memorial Chapel

ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL Map pll0 amp pll2 7236 4128 www.stpauls.co.uk St Paul's Churchyard EC4 adult 6-16yr senior amp student 9.50 3.50 8.50 S 8.30am-4pm last entry Mon-Sat -e St Paul's cK Occupying a superb position atop Ludgate Hill, one of London's most recognisable buildings is Sir Christopher Wren's master-work, completed in 1710 after the previous building was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The proud bearer of the capital's largest church dome, St Paul's Cathedral has seen a lot in its...