Readersí Picks: London
Readersí Picks: London
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The National Portrait Gallery is a free trip through the history of British art.

Selected reader suggestions on visiting London, compiled from user comments on the Travel sectionís Web site. You can read more comments on this and other cities at


We just stayed at the Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge, directly across from the Victoria & Albert Museum and roughly five blocks from Harrods. Large rooms, firm beds, huge English breakfast buffet, included when you book at their Web site (11 Thurloe Place; 20-7589-8100;; rooms start at around £120, about $241 at $2.01 to the pound).

Posted by Heather Jernberg-Sarfi

For a short, convenient, luxurious-and-chic stay, I recommend St. Martinís Lane Hotel. Downstairs is Łber-chic, and the bar area can be loud, but the rooms area is very calm and quiet. The location (Convent Garden) is great (45 St. Martinís Lane, WC2N; 44-20-7300-5500;;).

Posted by Jeff Sidell

I regularly stay at Quality Crown Hotel Paddington (144 Praed Street, Paddington, W2; 44-20-7706-8888;;), even though it is bit expensive (doubles start around £133), because it is just outside Paddington Station. I take Heathrow Express and am in the hotel within 30-45 minutes of landing.

Posted by Madhukar Shah

I found everything I wanted and none of the things I donít, but usually end up paying for anyway, at in Earlís Court.. Prices are amazingly low for such quality (25 Courtfield Gardens; 44-20-7244-2255;; doubles start at £107).

Posted by Sydney Perlman


Avoid Chinatown and head to Mandalay (444 Edgware Road, W2; 44-20-7258-3696; cheap and tasty Burmese food with amazing salads and curries.

Posted by Rachel L. Waites

For those top spenders, go to Jamie Oliverís restaurant Fifteen (15 Westland Place, N1; 44-870-787-1515; near Old Street. The food is amazing, plus you might have a chance on running into Jamie Oliver!

Posted by Milka Hagos

Grazing (19-21 Great Tower Street, EC3R; 44-20-7283-2932; offers some of the best breakfast and lunch deals in London. Not far from the Tower of London, it opens at 7 a.m. for bacon butties, sausage rolls or any combination of egg, bacon, sausage and black pudding you fancy. Irresistibly tempting nosh. Posted by Bernice Hurst

I know itís been said before, but Borough Market (8 Southwark Street; 20-7407-1002; is a must for cheap eats. On a Friday or Saturday you can more or less get a free lunch by simply enjoying samples. This may seem a bit crass, but on a studentís budget, I take full advantage of it.

Posted by Anonymous


The National Portrait Gallery (St Martinís Place; 20-73122463; off Trafalgar Square is one of the best museums London has to offer. Admission to the permanent collection is free, though special exhibitions can require paid admission. Visiting is a trip through British history and the history of British art, from Holbein to Hockney.

Posted by the Rev. Mark R. Collins

I go to St. Martins in the Fields (Trafalgar Square; 20-7766-1100; downstairs to the cafeteria, which has good, inexpensive food and beer and wine, and a small shop where you can also make or purchase brass rubbings. One afternoon, while my daughter and I were leaving, we heard the most heavenly music from the church ó it was a childrenís chorus rehearsing, a cappella. We went in and just sat there listening in awe ó free (except for a donation).