ESSENTIALS

Wo­j­ciech Ur­banczyk, head concierge at the Hilton Lon­don Padding­ton, shares his tips on how to make the most of your trip

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Wo­j­ciech Ur­banczyk, head concierge at the Hilton Lon­don Padding­ton, shares his tips on how to make the most of your visit.

1 Re­mem­ber to use your concierge Think of your concierge as your best friend. Imag­ine you are trav­el­ling to a city where your best friend is wait­ing for you and is ready to give you hon­est ad­vice on where to go, what to do, see and try. We can ful­fil even the strangest re­quests. I once had an el­derly lady ask for the whole of the Ald­wych The­atre to her­self – she had the main per­former of Dir­tyDanc­ing sing Time­ofMyLife just for her. 2 Take a trip to Shored­itch in east Lon­don My favourite area to spend time in has to be Shored­itch – it has di­ver­sity, cre­ativ­ity and trendi­ness in ev­ery sin­gle as­pect of it. I just love the pos­i­tive vibe, new ideas, pop-up bou­tiques and res­tau­rants.

3Try one of Lon­don’s modes of trans­port I am a huge fan of cy­cling – I’ve cy­cled to work for the past seven years. I rec­om­mend walk­ing and the Tube. When you go on the Tube, you can use your con­tact­less credit card for pub­lic trans­porta­tion. 4 Don’t for­get to stop off at the Hilton Lon­don Padding­ton The Hilton Lon­don Padding­ton is one of Lon­don’s best-con­nected ho­tels. We are ad­ja­cent to Padding­ton Sta­tion, which gets you to Heathrow Air­port in only 15 min­utes via Heathrow Ex­press. While you are at the ho­tel, visit Steam Bar, a con­tem­po­rary bar set in the 1854 Grade II-listed Vic­to­rian build­ing, which mar­ries his­tory with mod­ern de­sign. 5 Take part in one of Lon­don’s quin­tes­sen­tial English ex­pe­ri­ences I think ladies would en­joy an af­ter­noon tea, and for men there is noth­ing bet­ter than Sun­day roast with ale. If it’s your first visit, jump on a tour bus, then go on a boat trip.

Talk to your concierge for other things to do dur­ing your stay. For the lat­est Price­less Lon­don of­fers and ex­pe­ri­ences go to Price­lessLon­don.co.uk

Clock­wise from top left: A room at Hilton Lon­don Padding­ton; Lon­don Un­der­ground; ex­te­rior of the ho­tel; Wo­j­ciech Ur­banczyk

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