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Concierges in the cap­i­tal use Where London for in­for­ma­tion, and they are al­ways re­li­able ex­perts in their own right Tony Baum, concierge at Bul­gari Ho­tel London, shares his top tips

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Tony Baum, concierge at the Bul­gari Ho­tel London, shares his tips on how to make the most of your trip.

What are pop­u­lar re­quests?

A reser­va­tion for Ja­panese restau­rant Zuma is a daily re­quest, among other restau­rant book­ings. The strangest re­quest I’ve ever had was to find some lion cubs for a Dis­ney-themed chil­dren’s birth­day party.

Why is your ho­tel unique?

We have the long­est ho­tel swim­ming pool in London. At 25m long, it’s half the length of an Olympic pool.

What do you sug­gest for vis­i­tors with one day?

Take an open bus tour. Make it ex­tra spe­cial with a B Bak­ery’s Af­ter­noon Tea Bus.

What do you rec­om­mend for re­peat vis­i­tors?

Head for the Cotswolds to ex­pe­ri­ence quin­tes­sen­tial English vil­lages and beau­ti­ful scenery.

What do you rec­om­mend for vis­i­tors with chil­dren?

ZSL London Zoo is al­ways great for chil­dren of all ages; my daugh­ter never gets bored of it. If you have more time, head out to Woburn Sa­fari Park in Bed­ford­shire. Teenagers will love the Warner Bros. Stu­dio Tour, which has Harry Pot­ter sets and props. It’s about an hour out­side of London and well worth the visit.

Where is London’s most ro­man­tic spot?

Have a meal in the pretty con­ser­va­tory at Clos Mag­giore in Covent Gar­den, then walk along the river to see London at night.

What if it rains?

Visit one of London’s many art gal­leries. The Na­tional Gallery is my favourite – you can see some of Canaletto’s finest works there.

Share a hid­den gem.

Have a pint of ale at The Gre­nadier Pub in Bel­gravia.

A quin­tes­sen­tial English ex­pe­ri­ence is...

A day at the races at As­cot Race­course.

Clock­wise from top left:

ZSL London Zoo; the lounge at Bul­gari Ho­tel London; the pool at Bul­gari Ho­tel London; a dish at Clos Mag­giore Inset: Tony Baum

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