Alex Collins, head concierge at Radis­son Blu Ed­war­dian Hamp­shire ho­tel, shares his tips.

Where Lon­don is used by head concierges and their teams at 275 top ho­tels in the cap­i­tal Alex Collins, head concierge at Radis­son Blu Ed­war­dian Hamp­shire Ho­tel in Le­ices­ter Square, shares his tips

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What kind of re­quests do you get?

Our most pop­u­lar re­quests range from restau­rant reser­va­tions to shop­ping desti­na­tions, but once I had to ar­range for a baby grand pi­ano to be placed in a suite for a guest’s daugh­ter as he didn’t want her to miss her pi­ano les­son.

What do you sug­gest for visi­tors with just one day?

Spend the day tak­ing pho­tos of Big Ben, vis­it­ing the Churchill War Rooms and see­ing Buck­ing­ham Palace. Move south to visit the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum, then take a taxi to Le­ices­ter Square, pass­ing 10 Down­ing Street and Nel­son’s Col­umn, be­fore fin­ish­ing with an amaz­ing din­ner at our Scoff & Ban­ter restau­rant.

What do you rec­om­mend for visi­tors with chil­dren?

A new ar­rival to Le­ices­ter Square is the Lego Store, which is near M&M’s World and the Nick­elodeon Store. Then head up to Ham­leys toy store for more fun.

Tell us a ro­man­tic spot.

For me, it’s where I asked my now wife to marry me – The Gil­bert Scott restau­rant and bar in St Pan­cras Re­nais­sance Ho­tel. The pi­anist played Here Comes the Bride as I got down on one knee! The restau­rant’s cock­tails are ex­cep­tional, es­pe­cially the 1873 one.

What are your favourite hid­den gems in the city?

St Dun­stan-in-the-East is a bombed-out church with a beau­ti­ful court­yard; it’s a must-see if you’re near the Tower of Lon­don.

Share the quin­tes­sen­tial English ex­pe­ri­ence...

Have high tea, which is a typ­i­cally Bri­tish af­fair. I rec­om­mend Fort­num & Ma­son’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Tea Sa­lon.

Clock­wise from top left:

Big Ben and a Lon­don bus; Ham­leys; Buck­ing­ham Palace

In­set: Alex Collins

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