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London’s wealth of culture, rich heritage, architecture and art has helped secure this great city’s position as one of the world’s top destinations. From the elegant avenues of Mayfair to the bustling East End, the expansive parks and romantic waterways, the capital is brimming with diversity that offers a new experience with each visit.

For more information on our favourite local attractions, please speak to a member of the Concierge team. 

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is Britain’s most famous residence, and has been the official home to British sovereigns since 1837. The Palace has over 775 rooms, many of which are accessible to the public during official opening times (August and September). One of London’s most popular attractions, it is well worth a visit. Don’t forget to catch the Changing the Guard ceremony which takes place on the forecourt at 11.30am (on alternate days during autumn and winter. The soldiers who have been on duty at Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace are relieved by the 'New Guard'. A military band plays music, which ranges from military marches to Abba's greatest hits. On Royal birthdays the band plays 'Happy Birthday'.

Facts about Buckingham Palace:
- Buckingham Palace has its own postcode; SW1A 1AA. The only other building to have something similar is the House of Commons which is SW1A 0AA.
- There are more than 350 clocks and watches in the Palace, one of the largest collections in the world.
- Buckingham Palace's garden covers over 40 acres, and includes a helicopter landing area, a lake and tennis courts.
- The Palace has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 Royal and guest rooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
- There are 1,514 doors and 760 windows in Buckingham Palace which are cleaned every six weeks.
- The Palace has its own chapel, post office, swimming pool, staff cafeteria, doctor's surgery and cinema.
- A flag always flies above Buckingham Palace - when The Queen is in residence, the Royal Standard flies. When the Sovereign is not present, the Union Flag flies instead.
- Over 50,000 people visit Buckingham Palace each year as The Queen's guests at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties. The Palace kitchen can cater to up to 600 people at a time.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is arguably the most famous of London’s eight Royal Parks. Located opposite to InterContinental London Park Lane, the park spans over 350 acres and is home to a number of famed landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

Hyde Park Attractions:
- Every summer the park plays host to a number of concerts through the ‘British Summer Time Hyde Park’ events
- Winter Wonderland is Hyde Park’s annual festive spectacular, featuring a Christmas market, rides, big top shows and an observation wheel. Winter Wonderland is held between November and January.
- The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain was opened on 6th July 2004 to commemorate the life of the late Princess of Wales.
- The Serpentine Lido is open daily to the public from June – September for the brave souls wishing to swim.
- Row your way across the Serpentine with their rowing/pedal boats available to hire.  

St. James's Park


Just a short walk away lies St James’s Park; one of London’s best loved parks covering 23 hectares (58 acres). The Park is the oldest Royal Park in London and is surrounded by three palaces. The most ancient is Westminster, which has now become the Houses of Parliament, St James's Palace and of course, Buckingham Palace.
Watch the Park’s famous residents, pelicans, as they are fed every day at 2:30pm or take a photo from the iconic Blue Bridge; the perfect shot any time of the year. There's a children’s play area, and deckchairs from April to September. Changing the Guard occurs daily in summer and alternate days for rest of year; The Queen's Lifeguard changes daily at Horse Guards Parade Ground.

Westminster Abbey

Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - just a short walk from InterContinental London Park Lane through St James’s Park, this UNESCO World Heritage gothic church is a must-see for any trip to London! Since the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066, Westminster Abbey has been the official Coronation church for the nation. Kings and Queens, including the current reigning Queen Elizabeth II, have been crowned on King Edward’s Chair. The Abbey has also seen many Royal Weddings and Funerals through the years; as played host to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. 

Speak to Concierge about tickets.

The Churchill War Rooms

Recognised as one of the greatest individuals throughout British history, Winston Churchill spent his and Britain’s finest hour here; the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz. Restored to its former glory, and to the exact detail of when Churchill last held court there back in 1945, the Churchill War Rooms are just a short walk away and promise a fascinating and intimate peek into Britain’s past.

The London Eye


Over 135m high, the London Eye is Europe’s tallest observation wheel providing up to 40km panoramic views of the city and is now regarded as one of London’s most iconic structures. A trip in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes, offering views of famous landmarks such as The Royal Parks, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Gherkin, St Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf and more.

Speak to Concierge about fast track tickets.


Houses of Parliament and Big Ben


The Houses of Parliament, once known as the House of Westminster, is the oldest Royal palace in London, a world heritage site and one of most recognised and iconic buildings in the world. Built on the site of a medieval palace, and possibly a Roman Temple dedicated to Apollo, the palace has been in constant use since the 11th century.
The most famous part of the building is the Elizabeth Tower – most commonly known as Big Ben. The nickname actually relates to the bell housed within the Elizabeth Tower - and Big Ben's official name is the Great Bell. The Houses of Parliament are open to the public through certain events and tours. Guided tours take visitors into the House of Commons and the Lords chambers, as well as the historic Westminster Hall. Visitors can also attend debates in both Houses and watch committee hearings.

For more information, speak to Concierge.


Apsley House

Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington, (1st May 1769 – 14th September 1852), was a British soldier and statesman from Anglo-Irish ascendancy, who was twice Prime Minister and one of the 19th century’s leading political figures. The Duke resided opposite the hotel in Apsley House, at ‘Number One London’. Apsley House was given to the nation in 1947 however the family still retains private rooms, making it the only English Heritage site in which the owner’s family still resides. The 8th Duke of Wellington (Arthur Valerian Wellesley) who still resides part-time in Apsley House opened InterContinental London Park Lane on 23rd September 1975.

Park Lane

Running from Hyde Park Corner to Marble Arch, Park Lane is one of London’s most renowned streets. Located in the heart of Mayfair, it is home to some of the city’s most prestigious homes, stores and hotels.


One of London’s most famous and prestigious districts, Knightsbridge is home to some of London’s most affluent residents. Home to Harrods, the most recognised shop in the world, the area is now home to many flagship designer stores including Jimmy Choo. The trio of department stores (Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Peter Jones) continue to dominate the area and bring in tourists, who can also take their pick from a selection of London’s best bars and restaurants.



Mayfair, which makes-up an intricate network of 42 streets and lanes bordered by Park Lane, Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly, is considered the hub of British craftsmanship. A large portion of the Mayfair area was built during the mid-17th century to mid-18th century and quickly established as a fashionable residential district. Its reputation drew luxury dealers and early luxury merchants, some still trading today. Just a stone throw from many of the big brand store, Mayfair offers some of London’s oldest and most cherished artisan stores and new designers.





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