Theo Dubroy, head concierge at The Arch Lon­don, shares his tips on how to make the most of your visit.

Tips from Theo Dubroy, head concierge at The Arch Lon­don

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Why is your ho­tel spe­cial? We have some be­spoke Bri­tish art­work in our 24-hour Mar­tini Li­brary. What is the strangest re­quest you have re­ceived? Most guests ask for theatre tick­ets and restau­rant book­ings, but once a male guest re­quested women’s shoes in a size 14! What do you sug­gest vis­i­tors do if they have just one day in Lon­don? Start with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour or a pri­vate guide. If it’s rainy, visit The Bri­tish Mu­seum, then catch a mu­si­cal such as KinkyBoots. If the weather is good then cy­cle west along the Thames and have lunch in Rich­mond. For a quin­tes­sen­tial English ex­pe­ri­ence, try tra­di­tional fish and chips at The Golden Hind on Maryle­bone Lane. Any tips for re­peat vis­i­tors? Walk along Re­gent’s Canal and visit the Lon­don Canal Mu­seum to learn about the city’s wa­ter­ways. What if you have chil­dren? Kids will love Ham­leys toy shop, see­ing the swans on The Ser­pen­tine lake and vis­it­ing the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum. Har­ryPot­ter fans should tour Warner Bros Studio Tour Lon­don, while teens will love the shows In­theHeights and Stomp. What is Lon­don’s most ro­man­tic spot? Kens­ing­ton Palace Gar­dens; the lovers’ arch and the flowerbeds by the palace. What do you rec­om­mend be­yond zone one? Travel by boat along the River Thames to Green­wich, which has a great mar­ket and is home to many mu­se­ums, the Cutty Sark and the Royal Ob­ser­va­tory. Share a hid­den gem The Gef­frye Mu­seum in Hox­ton – it looks into Bri­tish liv­ing rooms, gar­dens and home life from 1600 to the present day. The Arch Lon­don, 50 Great Cum­ber­land Place, W1H 7FD

Clock­wise from top left: Cutty Sark; Ham­leys toy shop; Mar­tini Li­brary at The Arch Lon­don In­set: Theo Dubroy, head concierge at The Arch Lon­don

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