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James El­liott, Head Concierge at Lon­don Mar­riott County Hall, shares his tips on the city.

Where Lon­don is used by head concierges and their teams at 275 top ho­tels in the cap­i­tal Tips from James El­liott, head concierge at Lon­don Mar­riott County Hall

What kind of re­quests do you get? Most guests ask for city maps and di­rec­tions, but the strangest re­quest I’ve had was when a guest asked me to per­son­ally re­trieve a piece of lost prop­erty – which was lo­cated in Paris! What would be your dream day in Lon­don? An early horse ride at Hyde Park Sta­bles, break­fast at The De­lau­nay in Covent Gar­den, then shop­ping for gents’ prod­ucts on Jermyn Street. I’d also visit auc­tion house Christie’s and browse wines in the cel­lars at Jer­oboams in Chelsea. Share some hid­den gems. Sa­muel Smith pubs, be­cause they of­fer an in­sight into tra­di­tional ales and stouts; a clas­sic bar­ber’s shave at Geo F Trumper in May­fair, which has been there for 141 years; and a slice of cake in Charles Dick­ens’ old kitchen, which is now a mu­seum in Bloomsbury. What do you rec­om­mend for vis­i­tors with chil­dren? Chil­dren and adults will en­joy Pol­lock’s Toy Mu­seum, a quirky lit­tle place of old Bri­tish play­things housed in a pair of won­der­fully creaky, un­re­stored Ge­or­gian town houses. Teenagers will love Spi­tal­fields, which is packed with clothes by young ur­ban de­sign­ers. It has to be the Cock­ney com­fort-food sta­ple, pie and mash, plus the in­creas­ingly hard-to-find jel­lied eels. The pie and mash shops that used to feed the masses are a dy­ing breed. M Manze was es­tab­lished in 1902. There’s a branch on Tower Bridge Road, so help us keep the tra­di­tion alive! Lon­don Mar­riott County Hall, West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB Clock­wise from top left: Hyde Park Sta­bles; Spi­tal­fields; Jermyn Street In­set: James El­liott

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