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
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