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3Dis­cover a hid­den gem Make sure you visit Lead­en­hall Mar­ket, which is tucked away in the City. It’s a lovely cov­ered Vic­to­rian mar­ket with stalls, shops, pubs and restau­rants. It was also used for film­ing some of the Di­agon Al­ley scenes in Har­ryPot­ter. It is like go­ing back in time.

USE­FUL IN­FOR­MA­TION Emer­gency, Med­i­cal

Am­bu­lance, call 999 free from any phone. Moor­fields Eye Hos­pi­tal, T: 020-7253 3411. Na­tional Health Ser­vice, T: 111. Nine days, un­lim­ited free en­try £25 per per­son, fam­i­lies £50; 16-day pass £30 per per­son, fam­i­lies £60. www.english-her­itage.org.uk. T: 0870-333 1181 or col­lect on site. London Pass, ac­cess to attractions and free travel in zones 1- 6, com­plete with guide book and more than 30 ex­tra spe­cial of­fers. With travel: 1, 2, 3 or 6 days, adult from £58 (1 day) to £166 (6 days). www.lon­don­pass.com. T: 020-7293 0972.

MAS­SAGES Treat­ments And Mas­sages

London Gatwick (LGW)

London Stansted (STN)

See p. 68.

LONDON AIR­PORTS London Heathrow (LHR)

20 miles (32km) west of cen­tral London. Heathrow Ho­tel Hoppa bus from the air­port, op­er­ated by Na­tional Ex­press, runs ev­ery 10-15 mins daily for Ter­mi­nals 1-3 to ma­jor ho­tels, ap­prox 4am-mid­night. www.heathrowair­port.com. T: 0844-335 1801. Rail: Heathrow Ex­press: Tak­ing 15-20 mins be­tween air­port and Padding­ton sta­tion, ap­prox 5.10am-11.25pm. Sin­gle adult £21; child (5-15) £10.50. www.heathrow­ex­press.com. T: 0845- 600 1515. Un­der­ground: Pic­cadilly line into cen­tral London, reg­u­larly from ap­prox 5am (5.50am Sun) to 11.45pm (10.50pm Sun), tak­ing 50 mins. www.tfl.gov.uk. T: 034-3222 1234. Sin­gle ticket ap­prox £5.50, from £3 with Oys­ter card (off peak). Coach/Bus: Na­tional Ex­press from Heathrow to Vic­to­ria Coach Sta­tion, 5.35am-12.30am, tak­ing 40 mins. Sin­gle £6. www.na­tional­ex­press.com. T: 0871- 818 181. Bus N9 mid­night-5.30am ev­ery 30 mins to cen­tral London. T: 034-3222 1234. Taxi: Black cabs ap­prox 50 mins to city cen­tre, cost from £45. Ap­proved taxi desk in all ter­mi­nals. Left Lug­gage: All ter­mi­nals. T: 020- 8759 3344. 28 miles (45km) south of London. www.gatwick air­port.com. T: 0844- 892 0322. Rail: Gatwick Ex­press: Trains be­tween air­port & Vic­to­ria ap­prox 5am-mid­night, ev­ery 15-30 mins. Sin­gle £17.75, re­turn £31.05, tak­ing 30-35 mins. www.gatwick­ex­press.com. T: 0845- 850 1530. South­ern: To Vic­to­ria Sta­tion ev­ery 15 mins 4am-1am, hourly 1am- 4am. Sin­gle £14; tak­ing 35 mins. www.south­ern­rail­way.com. T: 0345-127 2920. Coach: Na­tional Ex­press to Vic­to­ria Coach Sta­tion. Hourly coaches tak­ing 1 hour 30 mins. Sin­gle £8, re­turn £15. T: 0871- 818 178. Taxi: Cabs ap­prox £80, plus £8 con­ges­tion charge. Left Lug­gage: Both ter­mi­nals. T: 0129-350 3162. 35 miles (56km) north­east of cen­tral London. www.stanstedair­port.com. T: 0844-335 1803.

Your concierge is there to help, from show­ing you how to get around the city to rec­om­mend­ing hid­den gems. An­drew Wright, Head Concierge at Park Plaza County Hall, shares his tips to im­prove your stay.

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