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There's nowhere in the world quite like London. The capital of England is a vibrant, multicultural, 24-hour hub. Wind your way through the delightful blend of old and new; the buzz of the city and the tranquility of its many open spaces make London totally unique. Over 300 languages are spoken here, creating a fantastic place to experience culture from all over the world. Be sure to visit the major attractions: Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and others. And when it comes to getting around, just hop aboard a red double-decker bus-or listen for "mind the gap" as you get on and off "The Tube," London's underground subway.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to London. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host® will share local London insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
A dedicated team of Local Hosts are on hand at every Monograms hotel to offer you advice during your stay in London - whether you need help on how to travel about the British capital, how to book one of the many optional excursions available, or to recommend a nice place to dine in style.
Founded in 1753, the British Museum is one of the world’s great museums. With works dating from prehistoric to modern times, it is a showcase of collections from around the whole world. Ten years ago, the museum’s inner courtyard was transformed into the largest covered public square in Europe; it is now worth a visit in its own right.
Explore one of London's more popular markets. The one-time undisputed center of London’s alternative scene still has plenty of delights, from vintage fashion and retro T-shirts to second-hand books and bric-a-brac.
Stroll through the famous glass-covered market with its fashionable boutiques, cafés, and arts and crafts stalls or watch the jugglers, mime artists, variety acts, and musicians perform in the open piazza. The small roads around Covent Garden are also full of beautiful shops, lively bars, and great restaurants.
Enjoy amazing views over London from Hampstead Heath. As London's largest ancient park land, it was first mentioned in 974 and remains very popular with locals, who love it for its wilderness areas and ponds.
One of the world's most famous department stores, Harrods has everything—from food, fashion, and furniture to sportswear and 20 in-store restaurants. Must-see sights include the five art deco-style food halls as well as the store itself at night, which is illuminated by 11,500 light bulbs.
Now a Grade 1-listed park, the cemetery boasts a wealth of flora, fauna, and bird life. Over its 150-year history, the burial site and its natural setting have become inseparable, and it is this that makes it unique. Its most famous occupant in the east cemetery is probably Karl Marx.
At more than 350 acres, Hyde Park is one of the largest green spaces in central London and famous for its Speaker’s Corner and Serpentine. Relax in one of the deckchairs that are available from April to September, and enjoy a scoop of ice cream or even a light lunch from one of the many stalls and cafés.
Founded by John Wright in 1961, this is the only permanent puppet theatre in London. The compact 100-seat theatre stages diverse productions devised here or by visiting companies, and it shares its space with the workshop where the marionettes are carved and created.
The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Today, it houses 120,000 portraits dating from the 16th century, including one of the best-known paintings of William Shakespeare, a self portrait of William Hogarth, and Branwell Bronte's famous painting of his sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne.
This is the world’s leading museum of natural history. It features hundreds of exciting interactive exhibits, ranging from the dramatic earthquake experience to the spectacular dinosaurs exhibitions.
Not a classic tourist sight but the Old Bailey or Central Criminal Court offers a unique authentic insight into London and the British justice system with its peculiar wigged judges and barristers. The Old Bailey was built about a century ago on the site of an old prison. The courts consist of 18 courtrooms and nearly all have public viewing galleries. Entry is free.
The Saturday antiques market on Portobello Road is truly unique as 2,000 antiques dealers tend their stalls full of intriguing items. You can spend hours looking for that special souvenir—and once you leave the antique stalls behind, you find yourself in the middle of the most colorful food market. Go early because it gets crowded.
Stand on the world-famous Greenwich Meridian Line, Longitude Zero (0° 0' 0"), which divides Earth’s eastern and western hemispheres. Explore the history of time and astronomy in this charming Wren building.
The Saatchi Gallery is a London gallery for contemporary art, opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 in order to show his sizeable (and changing) collection to the public. The gallery has been a major influence on art in Britain since its opening; it presents work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.
Why not spend a sunny afternoon on the bustling South Bank? It is an area equally popular with tourists and locals due to the amazing number of famous venues and things to do along this incredibly scenic walk by the Thames.
Situated next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, St. Katherine Docks has been the focus of worldwide trade and commerce for over 1,000 years. It’s a quiet and unique place to eat or have a drink—plus, while you’re admiring the yachts, remember that it costs about £800 a month to park a 50-footer here.
If you like the arts, consider a visit to one of the Tate Galleries. Tate Modern is located in an unused power station and exhibits international modern and contemporary art, whereas Tate Britain is home of British art from 1500 to the present. Admission is free.
This is the best place in London to enjoy a sumptuous Afternoon Tea, including finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and cakes! The English Tea Room has won the tea world’s highest accolade—the 2009 Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea award!
Climb a creaky spiral staircase to a church attic for a look at Britain's only surviving operating theatre, where limbs were sawed off in front of a live, viewing audience. Tour an assemblage of other Victorian medical devices—you'll be glad to step soundly back into the 21st century!
Europe’s largest in-city shopping center is a stunning architectural masterpiece with over 275 shops from luxury fashion labels to high street favorites and over 50 places to eat and drink, Westfield London is truly a unique shopping experience.
Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history; it has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the country’s most important gothic buildings.
The mother church of the Roman Catholic community in England and Wales is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. The Byzantine-style architecture of the eastern Roman Empire sets it quite apart from other London landmarks.
In northern England, York is a thriving city steeped in history. Within its ancient, encircling walls, its medieval streets are well preserved, and its pedestrian zone is one of Europe's largest. The city is considered an archaeological treasure trove, and its historic sights include the famous York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Europe. It took 250 years to build, was consecrated in 1472, and offers England's biggest concentration of medieval stained glass. Other attractions include Clifford's Tower, which is almost all that remains of York Castle, built by William the Conqueror.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to York, England. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host® will share local York, England insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Martin is Yorkshire born and has lived within the ancient walls of York since 2003. He has worked within the tourist and entertainment industry for 23 years. His knowledge of the city and Northern England is extensive.
Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. The building has been lovingly restored to its original splendor with stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames and possibly the only horn window in England. It has been decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall.
In 1936 the founder of Bettys, Frederick Belmont, travelled on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. He was so enthralled by the splendor of the ship that he commissioned the Queen Mary’s designers and craftsmen to turn a dilapidated furniture store into his most sophisticated branch yet – an elegant café in the land-locked location of St Helen’s Square. Today, as you sit in Bettys surrounded by huge curved windows, elegant wood paneling and ornate mirrors, you can almost imagine yourself aboard a luxury liner.
Take a tantalizing trip through time as you step into the world famous recreated street - Kirkgate. Experience the sights and sounds of Victorian Britain and discover a whole lot more in this amazing museum of everyday life famous for its collections of costumes, textiles, military and social history.Special Exhibition - York Castle Prison: See York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in the latest exhibition. Experience a brutal and crooked prison system - and meet the most notorious inmate: the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin!
No visit to York would be complete without a walk around the City Walls. At 3.4 kilometers long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England. About 2.5 million people walk along all or part of the City walls each year, enjoying some amazing views. The completion of the entire circuit will take approximately 2 hours. There are five main bars or gateways, one Victorian gateway, one postern (a small gateway) and 45 towers. The walls weigh approximately 100,000 metric tons.
Clifford's Tower stands as a proud symbol of the power of England's medieval kings. Originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north, it was twice burned to the ground, before being rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. With sweeping panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside, it isn't hard to see why Clifford's Tower played such a crucial role in the control of northern England.
The York Cold War Bunker uncovers the secret history of Britain’s Cold War. Enter the blast-proof doors and investigate the more unusual side of York’s heritage. In active service from the 1960s–1990s the bunker was designed as a nerve-centre to monitor fall-out in the event of a nuclear attack.
Managed by the Dean and Chapter of York Minster, Dean's Park is one of York's best loved places offering magnificent views of the Minster.
With a brilliant cast of professional actors, 11 shows, authentic sets and costumes and amazing special effects, you experience a unique thrill-filled journey through 2000 years of York's murky history. Meet York's most infamous villains, rogues and rascals, including highwayman Dick Turpin, the infamous Guy Fawkes and Viking King Eric Bloodaxe. Discover the Labyrinth of the Lost Roman Legion and the fate of the Yorkshire Witches. Plus, see the back-breaking work that goes on in the torture chamber, be judged in the courtroom and feel the effects of the plague.
Fairfax House is one of the finest Georgian town house in England and a classical architectural masterpiece of its age. Originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax, its richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr, and houses the superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie's as one of the finest private collections of the twentieth century.
There is nothing more British than a delicious serving of Yorkshire's Finest Fish & Chips. Don’t leave York without having eaten fish & chips the traditional British way, freshly cooked, piping hot, smothered in salt and vinegar, whilst strolling through York's historic surroundings.
A Glimpse of the Medieval world behind a busy street. Holy Trinity Goodramgate has the air of a hidden treasure. It stands in a small, secluded, leafy churchyard, with the Minster towering behind, tucked away behind Goodramgate - one of York's busiest shopping streets. To visit, you pass through an 18th-century archway tacked on to buildings that served as artisans' workshops in the 14th century.
At Jorvik Viking Centre you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Thirty years ago archaeologists revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago. The creation of a Viking city as authentically as possible from the layout of the houses, the working craftsmen, the language of the gossiping neighbors, to the smells of cooking and the cesspit meant that it has now been visited by more than 15 million people.
One of York's great historic treasures and one of its best kept secrets! Step through the doors of York's civic history from the simplicity of the hall way to the grandeur of the Stateroom, from seeking the secret drawers hidden in a bureau to discovering the chamber pot! The Mansion House is the home of the Lord Mayors of York, started in 1725 this was the First Purpose built residence for a Lord Mayor in the country.
The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of historical York, this stunning timber framed building was constructed by a fraternity made up of York citizens to provide a base for charity, worship and business. Explore the Great Hall where business and feasting took place, the Undercroft where poor and sick people were cared for and Chapel where religious services were conducted. The Hall is home to many remarkable collections. Including silver, furniture and paintings, which provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it.
Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York’s only National Museum. Explore the giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains. Get on board awe inspiring locomotives, watch the engineers at work in The Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in The Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area.
Be inspired by the fabulous fabrics, colors, designs and stories of the quilts in the changing exhibitions on display from The Quilters Guild of the British Isles Collection and contemporary textile artists.
A short walk from the city centre, on the banks of the River Ouse, this inspiring 30-acre was a gift to the City of York by Messrs Rowntree & Co. in 1921 and is a memorial to the Cocoa Works staff who fell and suffered during World War 1. A set of listed gates off Terry Avenue were added to the park in memory of those who fell in the World War II. Bronze plaques mark both occasions within the centrally located Lych Gate.
Possibly one of York's best kept secrets is this fascinating Museum situated in York's tallest and most impressive Medieval Gatehouse - Monk Bar. Built in the 14th Century as part of York's famous City Walls it was originally a guard house and has been both a prison and a police house, lived in until 1914. There are three rooms in all, the uppermost is said to have been added by King Richard himself in 1484, allegedly supervising its construction and paying for it out of his own money.
‘The Shambles’ is sometimes used as a general term for the maze of twisting, narrow lanes which make York so charming. At its heart is the lane actually called the Shambles, arguably the best preserved medieval street in the world. Many of the buildings on the street today date back to the late 14th and 15th century.
Who is haunting Treasurer's House? Named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman road, the house is not all that it seems. Discover on a guided tour the cellar where ghostly Roman soldiers were seen or go to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics. Explore at your leisure an extensive collection of antiques in different historic settings throughout 13 rooms all created by one Yorkshire man, Frank Green.
York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You'll discover chocolate's origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate. You'll also uncover a host of surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind.
Established in May 1996 inside the historic Micklegate Bar Walls, York Brewery is both a traditional working brewery and a major tourist attraction providing customers locally and from around the country with the first real ales from within the walls of York for over 40 years.
The Yorkshire Museum houses some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe. From prehistory to the city's medieval splendor, this amazing place tells the whole story in its fantastic new interactive galleries and AV shows. Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St William's medieval shrine, see the monsters of the deep that swam when Yorkshire was beneath the sea - and all in the heart of the city. Finally - immerse yourself in the story of England's other capital, all brought to life with the latest digital technology in a spectacular film show in the auditorium.
A great photographic opportunity and chance to see the fascinating buildings, bridges and historic sights on the River Ouse in York. Look for stunning wildlife including Kingfishers.
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