DICKENS AT HOME
The Charles Dickens Museum, a short walk from the hotel, was the home of the renowned author while he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. The manuscripts, rare editions, personal items and paintings housed at the museum, which was renovated in 2012, represent one of the best collections of Dickens’ artefacts in the world.
A TREASURE TROVE OF WORLD CULTURE
The British Museum houses a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures that spans two million years. Founded in 1753, with the goal of being free to all “studious and curious persons,” it was the first national public museum in the world. Today, it remains one of world’s great repositories.
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” said Samuel Johnson in 1777, and it is as true now as it was then. Brimming with centuries of history and boundless innovative energy, the capital never runs out of places to explore, be they old favourites that have been given a makeover or hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Rosewood London is ideally situated in Central London, perfect for guests to explore the many undiscovered places and experiences on its doorstep and across the city.
Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones reunite to take on the iconic roles of Beatrice and Benedick in one of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedies. The production is being directed by Mark Rylance, who was previously the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. 7 September to 30 November 2013.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical is based around Stephen Ward, the man at the heart of the Profumo Affair which was one of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century. Opening at the Aldwych Theatre, this show centres on Londn of the early 1960’s and Ward’s chance meeting with the beautiful Christine Keeler. Performances from 3 December 2013.
The series of five plays at the Noel Coward Theatre produced by Michael Grandage finishes with Henry V by William Shakespeare. Jude law will play the eponymous title role in a play that examines nationhood and the bloody horrors of war. 23 November 2013 to 15 February 2014.
Now in its 11th year, Frieze London has quickly become one of the leading international art events showcasing the finest in contemporary art. Frieze Masters, which started last year, is an accompanying art fair which focuses on art from the ancient era through to the end of the 20th century. 17 to 20 October 2013.
Over 200 works of art will go on show at the Royal Academy marking the first major survey of Australian art in the UK for 50 years. 21 September to 8 December 2013.
A major exhibition devoted to works by this American-born artist including an array of paintings of Chelsea and the Thames as well as rarely seen drawings and watercolours. 16 October 2013 to 12 January 2014.
One of London’s most famous landmarks, the Tower of London is home to the Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, the famous ravens and nearly 1000 years of British history.
Take a flight on this 135 metre tall Ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames and see all of London beneath you.
Currently enjoying its Diamond Anniversary, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running show. Over 250,000 performances have been given and this play is now part of theatrical history.
For a glimpse of greenery without venturing outside the city, the Royal Parks are unbeatable. All offer unique opportunities in addition to their natural splendour: from the paddle boats and zoo in Regent’s Park, the bird-filled lake in St. James’s Park, the namesake palace and the Serpentine Art Gallery in Kensington Gardens to Hyde Park’s lake meadows and sculpted gardens.
Once home to London’s fruit, vegetable and flower trades, the covered market today is the centre of a vibrant shopping and dining district, just a few minutes’ walk from Rosewood London. With dozens of off-beat boutiques, high-street shops, street entertainment and buzzy restaurants, the neighbourhood also encompasses the Royal Opera House and a number of theatres. It is one of London’s most appealing neighbourhoods for lovers of arts, culture, food and fashion.
A Walk Along the Thames
The indomitable River Thames is essential to London’s identity, as it slices through the capital on its way to the North Sea. Just a short walk from the hotel, it presents one of the best opportunities to traverse the city. Heading east, walkers will encounter the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, British Film Institute (BFI), Tate Modern, the City, The Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Heading west, the Southbank Centre is the first sight, followed by Westminster, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Chelsea.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Perched at the highest point of the City of London, just a short walk from the hotel, the Christopher Wren-designed cathedral has dominated the London skyline for more than three centuries. Constructed from Portland limestone – like much of the British Museum, National Gallery and Buckingham Palace – the cathedral is open to the public and holds services daily.
Set immediately to the south of the hotel, the leafy park is the largest public square in London. It was designed in part by English architect Inigo Jones in the 17th century, and the square is flanked by its namesake Inn – one of four original Inns of Court that comprise the core of the British legal system – as well as hosting Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Hunterian Museum and a scattering of buildings belonging to the London School of Economics. Just around the corner is The Old Curiosity Shop, made famous by Charles Dickens.
Synonymous with the metropolis’ financial centre, the City of London is a one-square-mile district within London that dates back to the Roman settlement Londinium. Nowadays, in addition to glistening glass high-rises, it is home to St Paul's Cathedral as well as a host of smaller churches and hole-in-the-wall pubs that are among the oldest in Britain.
Lamb’s Conduit Street
Located in Bloomsbury, Lamb’s Conduit Street is one of London’s most picturesque thoroughfares. It’s full of independent stores and boutiques as well as the Lamb, a beautifully preserved Victorian pub.
A ground-breaking six-storey space opened by Comme des Garcons designer, Rei Kawakubo. The interior of the store constantly changes with exclusive lines available from some of the hottest fashion designers.
Originally a pop-up store, this is Chanel’s first dedicated beauty store in the UK and included a new Chanel nail bar. Tailormade beauty workshops are also available in the Chanel Beauty Atelier.
Established in 1798, Rules is the oldest restaurant in London and serves traditional British food including classic game dishes.
One of the hottest new additions to London’s restaurant scene, The Clove Club is located in Shoreditch Town Hall which was built in 1865. The restaurant offers a five course menu that changes daily and features often overlooked British ingredients and produce.
Chancery Lane is home to the London Silver Vaults which offers the world’s largest collection of antique silver. Open to everyone, it’s possible to find everything from a silver champagne swizzle stick to a silver armchair.
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields was the house of architect Sir John Soane who was born in 1753. He was profilic collector of art and antiquities which are on display. In 1833 an Act of Parliament established his house as a museum and ensured that the interiors were kept as they were at the time of his death.
Celebrating its 200th anniversary, the Hunterian Museum houses one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological speciments in the UK. Exhibits include the skeleton of the 7ft 7in tall Charles Byrne and Sir Winston Churchill’s dentures.
Larger-than-life English writer Samuel Johnson compiled his vast dictionary in the now three-century-old townhouse buried deep within the circuitous alleys of the City. It is now a museum with restored interiors and a collection of Johnson’s manuscripts as well as portraits of Johnson and his contemporaries.
The grand Victorian Gothic building, opened by Queen Victoria in 1882, sits on the Strand, a 10-minute walk from Rosewood London. Its majestic vaulted interiors, which are full of ornate oak decoration and house the Court of Appeal and High Court of Justice, are open to the public, as are the courtrooms themselves.
With more than 720 different species of animals the Zoological Society of London’s 14.6-hectare (36-acre) site at the top of Regent’s Park is one of the city’s most popular family attractions. Known as a progressive zoo, its exhibits include Animal Adventure (a new children’s zoo), Giants of the Galapagos, Butterfly Paradise, Meet the Monkeys, Rainforest Life, Gorilla Kingdom and the recently opened Tiger Territory, home to a pair of water-loving Sumatran tigers.
A stone’s throw from Kensington Palace on the south side of Hyde Park, the road offers a wealth of options, from the Science Museum’s interactive displays and the Natural History Museum’s inspirational exhibits to the eclectic Victoria and Albert Museum, where modern ballgowns share space with 18th century British crafts as well as a range of items from across the globe.
One of the world’s greatest toy stores, Hamleys is spread across seven stories and 5,000 square metres, filled to the brim with plush toys, games, puzzles and much more. Established in 1760, the original site – no longer in use – was just a few steps from Rosewood London in High Holborn.
Horse Riding in Hyde Park
There is no better way to see Central London’s best-known park than from atop a noble steed. Both group and private rides are available seven days a week from stables north of Hyde Park. Suitable for all abilities, the leafy rides are guided and offered to adults and children over the age of five.
A Trip to the Theatre
London’s world-renowned dramatic spectaculars are not just for adults. A host of plays and musicals catered to the whole family are presented across the theatre district year-round, from the timeless elegance of The Lion King to quirkier shows with shorter runs, such as Matilda the Musical and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
A View From Above
There is nothing quite like getting a new perspective on the sprawling city. The South Bank’s non-stop rotating London Eye provides a view toward the Houses of Parliament and surrounding buildings, but for a truly panoramic view, private helicopter tours cannot be beaten. They not only climb higher, but also traverse the capital, offering views unavailable any other way. Rosewood London’s concierge can assist with booking this unique way of exploring London.
A View From Below
The Thames has always been the lifeblood of London, and a boat trip down the river’s centre offers a glimpse of both the city’s past and present. Buildings that look ordinary from the ground take on new significance from the water, and even the water itself seems to have a life of its own. Journeys can be short or long, fast or slow: Rosewood London’s concierge is happy to advise about all the options.
This south-east London district is home to the recently refurbished Cutty Sark, a majestic clipper ship, the Greenwich Meridian – longitude degree zero – as well as to the Royal Observatory and the former Royal Naval College, whose stately confines have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now houses the National Maritime Museum.