Concierges in the capital use Where London for information, and they are always reliable experts in their own right Jolanta Kowalska, concierge at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, shares her tips
Jolanta Kowalska, concierge at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, shares her tips on how to make the most of your trip.
What do you recommend for visitors with just a day?
Start the day with breakfast at The Wolseley followed by a private half-day walking tour ending with lunch at Borough Market. In the evening, don’t miss a West End show before a late-night dinner reservation made by your concierge.
What do you recommend for repeat visitors?
Explore areas outside central London. In the south, visit Kew Gardens, Richmond Park and the Petersham Nurseries Café; and in the north, visit Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House and Freud Museum London.
What do you recommend for visitors with children?
Take a train or river boat to Hampton Court. Hampton Court Palace has plenty of space – young ones can run around its lawns, maze and magical garden, which has aerial walkways, sand and water play areas and a wobbly bridge.
Where is London’s most romantic spot?
Take a canal boat cruise from Little Venice to Regent’s Park and stroll up Primrose Hill, where you can have a romantic picnic with an amazing view of London.
What would be your dream day in London?
It would be with my family – I’d have a cronut (a cross between a doughnut and a croissant!) and coffee at Dominique Ansel Bakery in Belgravia. We’d walk through the Chelsea Flower Show, have oysters for lunch at Wright Brothers in South Kensington and visit Tate Britain – your last chance to see David Hockney is 29 May!
Why is your hotel special?
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is one of the few iconic art deco hotels remaining in London, with the only full-size art deco ballroom still intact.
Clockwise from top left: Borough Market; Sheraton Grand London Park Lane; Tate Britain; seafood platter at Wright Brothers Inset: Jolanta Kowalska