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Your concierge is there to help, from se­cur­ing tick­ets to rec­om­mend­ing hid­den gems. Christo­pher Black, Head Concierge at Hol­i­day Inn King’s Cross, shares his tips to im­prove your stay.

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Christo­pher Black, from the Hol­i­day Inn King’s Cross, of­fers ad­vice on im­prov­ing your trip.

1

Make sure you use your concierge

Talk to us! We are here to help solve your prob­lems. I once had a group of fash­ion de­sign­ers who asked me to find a model. They wanted some­one to wear sev­eral items of cloth­ing so they could see how it looked. ‘Ac­tu­ally,’ one said, ‘the clothes might fit you, can you model a few bits for us?’ So there I was in a ho­tel suite walk­ing up and down in next sea­son’s men’s col­lec­tion. I wouldn’t have been seen dead in any of it, but I was happy to help!

2 Visit Win­ter Won­der­land in Hyde Park No visit to London in De­cem­ber would be com­plete with­out a visit to Hyde Park’s Win­ter Won­der­land. En­try is free and a wan­der past the fair­ground rides, the child-friendly Santa Land (in­clud­ing Santa’s grotto) or through the Christ­mas mar­kets is a must. Plus, treat your­self or young ones to a pan­tomime that’s play­ing over the fes­tive sea­son.

3

Take a trip to Hamp­stead

To es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle of the West End, I head for Hamp­stead Vil­lage and Hamp­stead Heath in north London. Stroll around Ken­wood House and the Heath, then browse the bou­tique stores in the vil­lage be­fore en­joy­ing a cosy din­ner.

4 Visit Hol­i­day Inn London King’s Cross for great In­dian food Our restau­rant, Rasa Maricham, un­der the guid­ance of award-win­ning chef Das Sreed­ha­ran, is fan­tas­tic. The dishes, from Ker­ala in South In­dia, are milder and sweeter than your usual In­dian fare. The food is of­ten served on ba­nana leaves and is ac­com­pa­nied by chut­neys. De­li­cious! 5 Don’t leave London with­out...

See­ing Chang­ing The Guard (left), which takes place out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace. Talk to your concierge for other things to do dur­ing your stay. For the lat­est Price­less London ex­pe­ri­ences and of­fers, go to Price­lessLon­don.co.uk

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