Strawberry Hill House
Marvel at Renaissance glass windows, artistic ceilings and treasured antiquities at this 18th-century archetype of Georgian Gothic Revival.
Strawberry Hill House was built in 1749 by Horace Walpole, the son of the first Prime Minister of Britain, to preserve his extensive repertoire of art and antiquity. The exquisite architecture is of the Georgian Gothic Revival school and the design is a deliberate attempt at giving classic columns and symmetric lines a miss. The medium of expression is wood and papier mache, as opposed to stone carvings, as Walpole found inspiration in cathedrals and medieval tombs. Complimenting the exterior, the interior features a collection of rare antique artifacts, showcasing Walpole's eccentric and antiquarian taste. The house is surrounded by verdant gardens and is open to the public viewing and has been an inspiration to several artists. A cafe and gift shop help complete a whimsical experience.
Address:268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST
phone:+44 20 8744 1241
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Experience the paramount of luxury shopping in one of Europe's largest stores with designer jewelry, clothing and accessories. Feel noted!
This is one of London's most prestigious shopping venues and serves as a glittering tribute to everything opulent and stylish. Owned by Mohammed Al Fayed, each floor scales the heights of designer fashion clothing and accessories, luxury furniture, cosmetics, fine jewelry and classic toys. Adding to that, this Knightsbridge palace has multiple cafes and restaurants, an online casino, a designer shoe salon, and a pet department. A complimentary Harrods personal shopper will even assist you if you are in a hurry. Harrods' own brand provisions make perfect presents, and you can have your purchases delivered anywhere in the world. Also note, in the basement, Al Fayed has erected a small gilded tribute to Princess Diana and his son Dodi who died tragically in 1997.
Address:87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL
phone:+44 20 7730 1234
Authentic Indian cuisine is prepared by Sipson's talented chefs, offering guests a diverse taste of the Indian peninsula's every flavor.
Only four kilometers from London Heathrow Airport, Sipson Tandoori is a favorite among international travelers as well as local critics. A multi-year recipient of the British Curry Award as well as the only Indian restaurant in the area to receive a five star health and hygiene rating, Sipson consistently raises the bar in regards to functionality and flavor. The menu at Sipson is gigantic, but familiar to fans of Indian cuisine. The most decadent, if perhaps less authentic, selections are placed on the "Royal Dishes" menu, featuring huge portions of rich and delicious curries packed with lamb, chicken, seafood or goat. Of particular note is the paneer shashlick, a tandoor-cooked paneer skewer that lets vegetarians get in on the fun of this iconic dish. The only drawback to Sipson lies in its decor, pastel tones of neon creating a somewhat chintzy effect more befitting of a gimmicky Asian fusion restaurant than an authentic and highly reputed restaurant. If you don't feel like going out, Sipson offers free delivery to customers within a four kilometer radius.
Address:5-7 Harmondsworth Road, London, UB7 9JJ
phone:+44 018 9543 5515
From the decor and drinks to the personal service, The Plough is an old-time pub that treats every guest like a regular.
The Plough welcomes visitors into West Drayton, the first building on the road through this quaint grassy hamlet. The stark white building stands out against the verdant backdrop of a tree-lined motorway, creating a lovely aesthetic in which to enjoy a few pints on the spacious patio outside. The interior, while a tad small, retains all of the exterior charm, dark wooden accents creating a classic pub vibe that transports guests back to the area's original idyll. Of course, no classic pub would be complete without fish and chips. A smattering of Indian fare is on the menu as well, but the pints and scenery are the real draw at this cozy pub.
Address:239 Sipson Road, London, UB7 0HW
phone:+44 20 8759 1938
Get a taste of Moroccan cuisine. Their tagine dishes are mouthwatering and pair perfectly with the Egyptian Blue Margarita.
Visit Ayoush and you'll be transported to North Africa. Everything from the cuisine to the decor to the entertainment is designed to create the experience of dining in Morocco. Plush red chairs, lanterns with elaborate cutouts, and colorful tapestries set the tone for the evening when you walk in. Visit during weekends, and you'll be entertained by belly dancers while you dine on butternut hummus, lamb couscous, and vegetable tagine.
Address:55 High Street, Eton, SL4 6BL
phone:+44 1753 865516
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The King William IV
King William IV's deep wooden interior and classic pub service showcases the timeless tact of British hospitality.
The King William IV provides a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy a traditional pub atmosphere in a 16th-century hall house currently listed as a Grade II listed building. This lovingly cared-for pub has preserved the architecture of a typical inn of its time, dark wooden accents and exposed beams creating a rustic ambiance that matches the pub's "real ale," ale that has not been pasteurized or filtered and retains all the original body of the brew. The only area of King William's operation that is not decidedly medieval is the food selection, the menu consisting largely of Thai food that, by all accounts, is some of the most phenomenal in the area. Of course there's the standard set of British pub grub, although these offerings fell surprisingly flat when compared to the Asian dishes on offer. Perfect for visitors to the area's numerous hotels, King William IV is a charming old-English sight that also boasts an eclectic fare of dinner options.
Address:392 Sipson Road, London, UB7 0HT
phone:+44 20 8897 6888
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Hampton Court Palace
Explore the architectural opulence that punctuates beautiful gardens and is replete with royal art collections and 17th Century furnishings.
Hampton Court Palace is a magnificent blend of Tudor and Baroque architecture, sprawling over two hectares (six acres) on the banks of the River Thames. After taking over from Cardinal Wolsey, King Henry VIII lived here with some of his many wives. The palace is famed for its verdant gardens, where music and flower shows take place in the summer. The maze is a very popular attraction, as well as tours of the grounds, complete with costumed guides. To get to here, hail the river launch from Westminster, Richmond or Kingston for a scenic trip up the river. Alternatively, a train departs every thirty minutes from Waterloo to Hampton Court Station. Hours vary by season. During the 2012 London Olympic Games, the palace was chosen as the start and finish line for the men and women's Time Trials for Road Cycling.
Address:Hampton Court Road, East Molesey, Molesey, KT8 9AU
phone:+44 20 3166 6000
The inventory encompasses furniture, home decor, toys and more, and is arguably Windsor's largest and unrivaled department store.
Launched by Walter James Daniel, Daniel started small back in 1901 and the store at Windsor is one of three outlets in the UK. For over a century, the retail giant has been family-run and boasts one of the largest toy departments. From Lego to radio-controlled helicopters and planes, this section is a hit among children. In addition, the collection of contemporary furniture and beds, upholstery, household appliances and elegant home decor make it your one-stop-shop for living space solutions. The repertoire also features fashion accessories, clothing and stationery. Service is hands-on and impeccable and makes for an unrivaled shopping experience.
Address:121-125 Peascod Street, Windsor, SL4 1DP
phone:+44 17 5380 1000
Get enchanted at Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is a significant landmark worthy of a tour. Whether you're alone or with your family, it's the perfect place for princes and princesses to explore and discover the British Monarchy's rich history and endless rooms of treasures. Who knows you may just find your Royal match.
Address:Windsor, Windsor, SL4 1NJ
phone:+0303 123 7334
Whether slim suits, winter overcoats or a pair of socks, this chic boutique has all that a gentleman needs. Stop by and take your pick.
With a tagline that reads “Wear it to understand,” you have to try Nick Tentis to believe it. This boutique features sharp suits, crisp shirts, stylish coats and much more, that far from disappoint. Tailor-made to give you that perfect fit, they are truly a cut above the rest.
Address:37 Savile Row, London, W1S 3QD
phone:+44 20 7287 1966
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The White Hart
Sit in the beer garden on a lazy weekend afternoon and sip on a cold pint while the kids run around. They even offer a children's menu.
The White Hart is one of the area's favorite pubs. Stop in for a cold beer on the sunny patio. Kids are welcome, so you'll find families gathering here on weekends to enjoy lunch and some time in the sun. They have sports on TV and darts to keep you entertained. Stop by on Sunday for a taste of a traditional Sunday Roast, featuring chicken, lamb, and even a vegetarian option. If you're looking for a laid-back place to have a beer, The White Hart has got you covered.
Address:158 High Street, Harlington, UB3 5DP
phone:+44 20 8759 9608
Located a short drive from the bustling Heathrow Airport, enjoy a memorable British dining experience upon your arrival to the city.
Set behind The Pheasant Inn is the restaurant of the same name. Select a table on one of its six levels or out on the patio to enjoy quintessential English hospitality. Start off with a local beer or wine from Italian, South African or Australian labels and savor traditional bar fare. The main course features the likes of salmon steak, beer battered cod, barbecued baby ribs and deep fried mushrooms. Located not too far from one of the busiest airports in the world, the place is a great alternative to catch a business lunch or quick meal in between connecting flights at Heathrow.
Address:98 West End Lane, Middlesex, UB3 5LX
phone:+44 20 8759 9685