Thinkers50 London Recommendations


Here are our recommended hotels to stay near Guildhall. Please note that discounts are limited and are on a first come first served basis.


The Westin London City

60 Upper Thames St.
London EC4V 3AD
United Kingdom (Google Maps)

Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square

10 Trinity Square
London EC3N 4AJ
United Kingdom (Google Maps)

Threadneedles, Autograph Collection

5 Threadneedle St
London EC2R 8AY
United Kingdom (Google Maps)


NYX Hotel London Holborn

50 – 60 Southampton Row
London WC1B 4AR
United Kingdom (Google Maps)

Leonardo Royal Hotel London City

8-14 Cooper’s Row
London EC3N 2BQ
United Kingdom (Google Maps)

Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge

45 Prescot St
London E1 8GP
United Kingdom (Google Maps)


Premier Inn London Farringdon (Smithfield)

24 30 W Smithfield
London EC1A 9HB
United Kingdom (Google Maps)

Point A London, Shoreditch

8-10 Paul St
London EC2A 4JH
United Kingdom (Google Maps)

Diners&Drinkers50: Pubs, Bars & Restaurants

In our view, London is one of the best cities in the world for wining and dining. You can find all types of cuisines and watering holes, from traditional pubs offering great value classics to fine bars, bistros, and world-class restaurants.

Here’s a tiny handful (it had to be 50) of random recommendations, starting with their proximity to Guildhall and the hotels listed above. We’ve also included options in Covent Garden, Soho, Mayfair and elsewhere.

For Sunday, please check opening times in advance. Some restaurants and bars are closed for Sunday evenings, or close earlier than usual.

Classic pubs, cocktail bars, and some quirky places

The Bull and Hide, Bishopsgate: traditional pub with London charm

Balfour at St Barts, Smithfield: modern British fare

The Ned, Bank: take your pick from 10 bars and restaurants

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, Spitalfields: hidden basement bar

Nightjar, Shoreditch: cocktails and live music

Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn: historic pub tucked away, excellent for real ales

The Market Porter, London Bridge/Borough Market: a busy local

The Porterhouse, Covent Garden: big Irish pub with cosy Dingle Whiskey Bar

The Wigmore, Portland Place: elevated classic pub fare

Duke’s Bar, Mayfair: the inspiration for the James Bond martini, “shaken, not stirred”

The Connaught Bar, Mayfair: classy; evoking the 1920s

The Lamb & Flag, Covent Garden: a favourite of Charles Dickens

Lady of The Grapes, Covent Garden: organic wine bar

The French House, Soho: characterful pub with eclectic history

The Lyric, Soho: Victorian, wood-panelling, etched glass

Cahoots, Soho: 1940s themed bar in an abandoned train station

Swift Soho, Old Compton St: live jazz and blues Fridays and Saturdays

Disrepute, Carnaby St: basement bar, velvet ottomans, vintage whiskeys

The Blind Pig, Soho: speakeasy vibe

The Bloomsbury Club: for aficionados of the iconic Bloomsbury Set

Library Bar, Lanesborough Hotel: classy cocktails

Bistros & Brasseries

Balfour at Bow Wine Vaults: bistro close to St Paul’s

The Ivy City Garden: in historic Bishopsgate Gardens

Crispin, Spitalfields: modern European

Bourne & Hollingsworth, Clerkenwell: faded stately home grandeur

Kitty Fisher’s, Shepherd Market, Mayfair: cosy bistro


Hawksmoor Guildhall: London steakhouse, closes 4pm Sundays

Origin City, Smithfield: authentic “pasture to plate,” sustainable and organic

The Ivy Asia St Paul’s: lively and colourful, with views of St Paul’s

Bubala, Spitalfields and Shoreditch: Middle Eastern vegetarian and vegan 

Duck & Waffle, Bishopsgate: gastro diner with 40th-floor views

Fenchurch Restaurant: Sky Garden rooftop in the City, British-Caribbean

Bob Bob Ricard, City: glamorous dining, British-French 

High Timber Restaurant: riverfront dining with South African inspiration

Kol, Marylebone: Mexican-inspired, Michelin-starred fine dining 

St. John, Marylebone: cult restaurant, also at Smithfield and Spitalfields

Padella, Borough Market or Shoreditch: casual pasta bar 

Mildred’s, Soho and Covent Garden: 100% plant-based, since 1988

Frog by Adam Handling Restaurant, Covent Garden: best of British tasting menu

Rovi, Fitzrovia: Ottolenghi with a focus on vegetables and fire cooking

Sabor, Mayfair: Michelin-starred Spanish cuisine

Myrtle, Chelsea: modern European with an Irish influence

Darby’s, Battersea: NYC-inspired oyster bar, grill, and bakery

Fallow, St James: “conscious gastronomy” with vegetarian and vegan options

Spring Restaurant, Somerset House: elegant dining

Dean Street Townhouse, Soho: all day British classics including afternoon tea

Hoppers Soho: popular Sri Lankan and South Indian

Doppo, Soho: a little Italian gem

Andrew Edmunds Restaurant: 38 years in Soho, seasonal modern European

Señor Ceviche, Carnaby Street, good value Nikkei Peruvian cuisine

Things to do

Packed full of history but oozing with 21st-century contemporary vibe, the streets of London invite you out to explore. If you have factored in a little extra time to enjoy our home city, here are some suggestions to get you out and about.

Be aware of Bonfire Night!

The weekend of 4-5 November will see various fireworks displays and bonfire events all around the UK. Bonfire Night marks the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 led by Guy Fawkes. Most events in London require tickets to be purchased in advance including the huge fireworks extravaganzas in Alexandra Palace and Battersea Park


Columbia Road Flower Market, Bethnal Green: Sundays 8:00 – 15:00 

Borough Market: London’s oldest food market: Tuesday – Sunday

Maltby Street Market, Bermondsey: Farmers foodie market Friday – Sunday

Museums are free in London!

The British Museum, Bloomsbury: open daily 10:00 – 17:00

Tate Modern, Bankside: open daily 10:00 – 18:00

Natural History Museum, South Kensington: open daily 10:00 – 17:30

Science Museum, South Kensington: open daily 10:00 – 17:15

V&A, South Kensington, open daily: 10:00 – 17:45

Battersea Power Station

After lying derelict on the banks of the Thames for 30 years, the iconic Battersea Power Station has been transformed as part of a massive regeneration project. It’s a brand new neighbourhood of shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, apartments, and entertainment, with echoes of its industrial past. Ascend one of the four chimneys 109m for stunning 360 views of London’s skyline in the Chimney Lift. (Pink Floyd fans might remember the album cover of Animals).


Where east meets west at Longtitude 0º. Walk the Prime Meridian line at Greenwich Royal Observatory. Visit the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House for free. Explore the famous Victorian tea clipper, the Cutty Sark, and colourful Greenwich Market. Get there by river boat, Docklands Light Railway, or IFS Cloud Cable Car.

Kew Gardens

Catch the late autumn colours at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, open daily in November 10:00 – 16:00. Travel by taxi, tube or river boat


Daunt Books, Marylebone: beautiful galleried independent bookshop, open daily

Brick Lane Bookshop: independent; pair with Brick Lane Beigels

Stanfords, Covent Garden: specialist in travel and maps


Treasures of the British Library, St Pancras: free exhibition, open daily

Thames River Cruise

See London from the water on a Thames river cruise: 

Thames River Boats

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

Thames River Cruises

Family fun

BBC Earth Experience, Earl’s Court: featuring narration from David Attenborough

Clip ‘n Climb Chelsea: all-weather, all equipment provided, no experience required

Junkyard Golf Club, Shoreditch: the craziest golf, plus cocktails

The LEGO® Store, Leicester Square

Hamley’s, Regent St: famous toy shop

Richmond Park: home to herds of deer and views of London; nearby riverside walks

London Eye: London’s most popular attraction

Reflection and worship

Southwark Cathedral: where John Harvard was baptised in 1607

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue

Union Chapel, Islington: alternative Christian space for reflection

Most Holy Trinity Dockhead, behind St Saviour’s Dock, near Tower Bridge

London Central Mosque, Regents Park

Hyde Park Chapel: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Radha-Krishna Temple, Soho

The London Buddhist Vihara, The Avenue, Chiswick

A final word

Please note information can change. Please use the links to check opening times, menus, and reviews. We hope you enjoy your time in London.

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