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A perfect cultural evening in London.

by Rajul on October 9, 2009

The 7th floor restaurant at the stylish Tate Modern offers a superb riverside vantage point

The 7th floor restaurant at the stylish Tate Modern offers a superb riverside vantage point

It’s a longstanding dilemma: you have just one evening to enjoy London, what should you do with it?  London Hotels Insight has solved your quandary with our whirlwind one-night-only cultural itinerary!

6.00 pm

Grab an early supper at the Tate Modern Restaurant, where you’ll find some of the best views in London.

Located on level 7 of the Tate’s building and decorated with stunning art, it has panoramic views over the city, offering the perfect setting for dinner.

The dining room has a relaxed vibe, while the menu boasts a range of seasonal dishes created from carefully-sourced British produce.  If you like great views you’ll also enjoy our article on London’s best views.

7.00 pm

Take a leisurely stroll alongside the river towards Southwark Bridge.  Pause to enjoy the sun setting over the Thames… do however check the correct sunset times as they do vary a lot throughout the year!

7:30 pm

On Southwark Bridge Road you’ll find a unique alternative to the plays and musicals showing in other parts of London.  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will take you back in time with a sophisticated evening’s entertainment.

It’s a replica of the very Elizabethan theatre where Shakespeare premiered many of his productions.  You can see the Bard’s plays in all their glory with some unique actor-audience interaction.  It’s a real treat!

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre offers a cultural experience which you'll never forget

Shakespeare's Globe offers a cultural experience which you'll never forget

10:30 pm

After the play, prolong your evening by venturing further along the river to The George Inn, tucked off Borough High Street.

Dating back to 1676, it was a regular haunt of Charles Dickens (he mentioned it in Little Dorrit) and is now the only galleried inn left in London.

In summer you’ll love the hanging-basket clad courtyard, while winter visitors can appreciate the low ceilings, oak beams and open fires inside.

Later

When you’re ready to call it a night, cross over the Thames on London Bridge, enjoying views of London’s landmarks as you go.  Your suggested accommodation – Threadneedles Hotel – awaits you on the other side.

Threadneedles Hotel's imposing lobby

Threadneedles Hotel's imposing lobby

Originally a banking hall built in 1856, it’s an opulent space which has been tastefully renovated.  It still retains much of its original charm with solid oak doors, marble columns and a magnificent hand-painted glass atrium.

It describes itself as a “luxury boutique” hotel and pulls off the feel of a smart and distinctive place to stay in the heart of London’s business district (right by the Bank of England).

Threadneedles Hotel's rooms are modern and spacious, offering particularly good value on weekends

Threadneedles Hotel's rooms are modern and spacious, offering particularly good value on weekends

The hotel gets decent enough guest reviews, being in the top 50 on TripAdvisor.  It offers comfortable, clean rooms and nice breakfasts.

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If you prefer to stay on the south of the river, London Bridge Hotel is an equally good choice.  We recently mentioned this well-run, good-value hotel in the context of its proximity to thriving Borough Market.

It also gets thoroughly consistent guest reviews and is currently ranked in TripAdvisor’s top 30 hotels in London.

The London Bridge Hotel gets very solid guest reviews and has a superb location to enjoy London's cultural delights

The London Bridge Hotel gets very solid guest reviews and has a superb location to enjoy London's cultural delights

Mr Nick Cowell, the General Manager of the hotel, told London Hotels Insight: “London Bridge Hotel prides itself on offering our guests efficient service, in a friendly and courteous manner”.

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Recent comments on TripAdvisor confirm this, calling it an “excellent, friendly hotel” and highlighting its “dedicated staff” and its appealing furnishings.

Finally, if we’ve whetted your appetite to spend lots of fun-packed nights in London, do also check out our tips on London nightlife.

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Photo credits: London Bridge Hotel, Threadneedles Hotel.

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