Michal Beneda | Discover Renaissance Hotels

Michal Beneda

Golden Keys Concierge by trade and Navigator at heart! Michal loves music and is a massive foodie but exploring London's theatre and art scene has always been his biggest passion!

Navigator Biography

Samuel Johnson once said - 'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life'. Michal has been following that rule the last 13 years living in London and in his years as a Concierge of London's top hotels never stopped to explore this magnificent city. Michal is originally from Poland and graduated from Middlesex University in Business Economics. He is a keen cyclist and swimmer who has completed Triathlons and even Ironman competitions across London and Europe. Michal loves the new innovative approach of Renaissance Hotels towards his role as a hotel concierge – ‘As a Lead Navigator I have a unique opportunity to connect our guest with the local area and businesses, it is so much fun to merge your lifestyle with the job you always wanted to do’ – says Michal. ‘Did you know that you can join a guided tour of our hotel on the weekend and explore its magnificent architecture and numerous quirks? I love Granary Square, located behind St Pancras Station where old industrial Victorian buildings have been immaculately restored into numerous bars, shops and restaurants. Michal is a proud member of The Golden Keys Society and really enjoys networking with other Concierges using his local and global connections for the benefit of our Renaissance guests. Whether you are a foodie or an art lover, be sure to ask Michal about his favourite new restaurant or a local band that might as well be the next big thing!

Gordon's Wine Bar - find
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Gordon's Wine Bar

Gordon's low ceilings and candlelit interiors take guests back to the 18th-century origins of the Kipling House at London's oldest wine bar.
Clamber down the steep, narrow staircase to cross the threshold of this Gothic-style 19th-century wine cellar- the oldest in London. Although located on busy Villiers Street, this institution of a wine bar (and former home of Rudyard Kipling) is preceded by an anonymous, even derelict-looking exterior. With nothing but a few cobweb-covered jars in a neglected window, only the faint lettering that begrudgingly spells the word 'Gordon's' invites you in. Downstairs, Londoners in the know huddle beneath low arches and antique clocks to enjoy wines from across the globe by candlelight. Besides the myriad of wines on offer, Gordon's has a noteworthy selection of sherry, port and Madeira served from wooden casks behind the bar. Also available is a variety of light dishes and continental cheeses with a generous hunk of French bread and butter.
Address: 47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7930 1408
Opening hours: Mon- Sat11am-11pm Sun12-10pm
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The Cross Keys

Stop by this cool bar to check out the eclectic decor. Enjoy drinks paired with a delicious roast dinner and chatter with friends.
An unassuming pub on a comparatively quiet back street on the edge of Covent Garden, Cross Keys gets its name from its unusual sign showing cherubs holding the crossed keys of Saint Peter, keeper of the gates to Heaven. Built in the 19th Century, every inch of wall space in this narrow, grade 2 listed building is covered in pictures, photographs, etchings and posters, ranging from Victorian paintings to Beatles album covers. From the ceiling hangs a collection of copper and brass items, including kettles, pots and musical instruments. It's an eclectic space, but one that suits Cross Keys, making it a charming place to visit. It's the perfect place to stop in for a pint, and on Sundays you can get a slice of their special roast. There's even a functional room in back that can be rented out for parties or events.
Address: 31 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9EB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7836 5185
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-1, Sun12-10:30
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Enjoy the perfect cup of coffee at Timberyard. This laid-back London coffeehouse serves up tasty drinks and decadent pastries.
Timberyard is a modern coffeehouse in every sense of the word - it's obvious in everything from the decor to the Ipads mounted on some of the tables. That's right, while you're enjoying your latte, you can enjoy technology at your fingertips without lugging your laptop around. Inside, you'll find comfortable shabby-chic furniture and counters stacked high with cakes, brownies, fruits, and other irresistible coffeehouse goodies. Even with technology's central role in this cafe, the atmosphere is lively, with plenty of people coming here to catch up with friends or have an informal business meeting. 
Address: 7 Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9DL, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Saturday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM,Sunday from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
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Caravan King's Cross

Fuel up for the day with a cup of joe from this heavenly coffee roasters shop. The corn and morcilla fritters make for a great breakfast.
The second location of London's coffeeshop darling, Caravan King's Cross brings the business's worldly all day menu and delicious coffee drinks to the King's Cross area. The open, industrially inspired decor plays host to a suitably contemporary menu of small bites and larger entrees from around the world. A sizable dessert menu is joined by a selection of traditional puddings and Swiss cheeses, allowing a world of tastes in this upscale restaurant. 
Address: 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7101 7661
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat10-12am,Sun 10-4
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Green & Fortune Cafe

Enjoy dishes made with meats sourced from Green & Fortune's own farm, for a truly sustainable, local dining experience.
Green & Fortune Cafe offers farm-fresh sandwiches, salads, and more. Sourcing their beef and lamb from their own farm, their staff butcher prepares the cuts of meats to be used in their dishes. Other meats and fish are sourced from local providers who raise their animals ethically. Their baker makes the cakes and pastries on display fresh every day. Offering a sustainable and authentic dining experience, this cafe is worth a visit for breakfast or lunch. 
Address: 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7014 2850
Opening hours: Mon - Sat 7am-6pm
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Camden Town Brewery

Camden Town Brewery offers small-group tours of their brewing facilities, so you can learn all about how their tasty beers are created.
The Camden town Brewery makes one of the best local brews in the city. Its speciality brews are the crisp and lemony Camden Hells Lager, the dry, fruity Camden Pale, the Camden Wheat with a distinct aroma of banana and toffee and Camden Ink that has a blend of coffee and chocolate. These beers are available year-round. Other seasonal beers include floral and lemony Gentleman’s Wit, the bitter Rude Boy and the USA Hells that has a mix of mango and pineapple in it. On certain days, food trucks are invited to provide guests with a taste of the wonderful street food the city has to offer.
Address: 5-59 Wilkin Street Mews, London, NW5 3NN, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7485 1671
Opening hours: Thursday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM,Friday from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM,Saturday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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The Charles Lamb

A gorgeous sunlit interior pairs with a long French wine list and tasty bar fare at neighborhood favorite Charles Lamb pub.
Charles Lamb pub is a delightful hidden gem, tucked behind rows of Regency terraced houses just behind Angel Station. It's position off of the main street manages to control the crowds, however, leaving the bar bustling yet accessible. With elegant, minimal decor, a sunlit interior that brightens up the afternoon atmosphere, and a selection of delectable bar snacks, it's easy to see why this hidden spot is a neighborhood favorite. A French wine list available in glasses and carafes completes the selection at this wonderful spot.
Address: 16 Elia Street, London, N1 8DE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7837 5040
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-11 Sun 12-10:30
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The Spanish tapas here are perfect for sharing amongst family and friends. Order as many will fit on the table for an unforgettable meal.
This popular tapas bar is located on lively Exmouth Market. This tapas bar is relatively small and simple, but the flavors coming out of the kitchen are absolutely mouth watering. Sample small plates of traditional Spanish tapas like croquetas, tortillas, montaditos and more. All the tapas and wines are very reasonably priced, making Morito a great value. Flavor-seekers can perch at the tall tables or bar inside, or take advantage of nice weather and people-watch while you savor.
Address: 32 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7 278 7007
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM,Monday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM,Sunday from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
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Granary Square

This canalside square is a fantastic public space to visit when the weather is good; enjoy the Al fresco restaurants.
Visit this public space when the weather is good, as it is a meeting place and hub for numerous activities. Enjoy the restaurants which offer seating outside or admire the choreographed fountains lit up at night to form a spectacular display.
Address: 4 Stable St, London, N1C, England
Opening hours: 24hrs
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The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum is Britain' original home for abandoned children, founded in 1739.
The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity. This well preserved historic building is a real highlight of the architecture that can be found in the Bloomsbury area nearby. The museum hosts regular exhibitions and contains the important Foundling Hospital Art Collection.
Address: 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)20 7841 3600
Opening hours: OPEN: Tue - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00, Sun, 11:00 - 17:00, Mon closed
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The Regent's Canal

Take a sunset walk along the Regent's Canal waterway and see some the area's historical buildings along the way.
Regent’s Canal is part of King's Cross unique heritage and it's a great walkway to explore nature & historical buildings. Great for runners, walkers and families alike. Take the towpath from King's Cross & it can lead you to Camden Town & Regent's Park.
Address: Granary Square, London, N11 3NL, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Sunrise - Sunset

The British Library

The biggest public library in UK and the largest collection of books in the world.
The British Library is located next-door to our hotel and it is a home to number of books and manuscripts displayed to the public for free. Be sure not to miss Magna Carta but also Captain Cook's journal. Every music fan can visit The British Library Sound Archive and listen to old recordings. My personal favourite is the statue of Isaac Newton in the main piazza, sculptured by Eduardo Paolozzi.
Address: 96 Euston Rd,, London, N11 3NL, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 330 333 1144
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30- 5 Sun 11-5pm