Welcome to "The Best of London," a travel guide featuring top restaurants, luxe hotels and spas, hot attractions and other essential information for sophisticated travelers and diners. Whether you are a local or tourist, GAYOT's destination guide will steer you to the hippest highlights in London and surrounding areas.
The Best of London
A 21ST-CENTURY ICON
The Coca-Cola London Eye's 15th Anniversary Where can you get a 360-degree view of London on a rotating observation wheel while sipping Champagne? Nowhere else but on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Opened to the public in 2000, the enormous cantilevered wheel has already become one of the city's iconic landmarks, rivaling the fame and architectural marvel of Tower Bridge and Big Ben. Hop in one of the 32 capsules and enjoy a 30-minute ride that gives you spectacular views of the surrounding area and an opportunity to take unforgettable pictures.
THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
Ellenborough Park, Cotswolds Dating back to the 1500s, Ellenborough Park was once owned by King Henry VII. Since then, the structure has served many purposes and is now a luxury hotel. Stay in one of 62 elegant guest rooms to enjoy exclusive amenities and explore the historic estate.
Top 10 Modern British Restaurants in London
Modern British cuisine takes traditional cooking as its base but adds international ingredients, flavors and cooking methods. Take a look at GAYOT's selection of London restaurants that capture the essence of England's culinary renaissance.
ON THE ROAD TO BLISS
The Spa at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel The subterranean spa of this historic hotel offers a welcome respite to weary train travelers. Perks include a Victorian tiled relaxation pool and your choice of one of four euphoric spa "journeys."
To belong to the Thompson Hotels group is to be ensured a spot on "best of" lists around the world, but we love this property for more reasons than that. With a swanky atmosphere and high-profile setting, Belgraves Hotel is an absolute hot spot.