One of the world's great and truly historic cities, London is also one of the most vibrant, colourful and fun places on earth. There is so much to see, do, explore and experience that people of all ages and from all walks of life find new things to enjoy and discover with every visit. At the very heart of it all in Piccadilly stands The Ritz, the very grandest of London hotels, with more personality, magic and style than should ever be left to the imagination alone.
The Ritz is ideally situated in London for our guests to have easy access all of the major attractions. Our hotel is near both Buckingham Palace and St James's Park, the oldest of the Royal Parks of London. A short stroll though Green Park will bring you to these world famous landmarks.
The Royal Opera House
One of the great Opera Houses of the world, a full programme runs throughout the year. The greatest singers, conductors, orchestras and dancers love to perform here. Highlights for 2010 include The Royal Ballet's Onegin and the popular operas Don Pasquale and Cosi fan tutte.
In the summer Somerset House offers contemporary art and design exhibitions as well as opera, dance, open-air concerts and films in the central courtyard. During the winter months there are few better ways to get into the festive spirit than skating to your heart's content at this beautiful outdoor ice rink. The historic setting adds to the unique magical atmosphere and can be enjoyed by day or in the evening.
One of the world's most famous landmarks, Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official London residence. During summer the lavish State Rooms are open to the public, offering the chance to get a glimpse of life in one of the world's few remaining royal palaces. The Changing of the Guard is also a great spectacle.
London is one of the truly great theatre capitals of the world and is justifiably famous for it's groundbreaking musicals and dramas. Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and Mamma Mia continue to enthral.
Few other cities can boast such an incredible range of comedy shows as London. From traditional bedroom farce and classic comedies to stand-up comedians and alternative acts, there's sure to be a show in town that will have you laughing all night long.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Everyone's favourite, the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington is recognised as the world's greatest museum of art and design. The richness and diversity of the various collections is extraordinary and there are many special exhibitions throughout the year.
London's history is so entwined with it's great river that a guided river cruise by day or night is one of the best ways to get a real feel for the true heart of London and how the city grew up. Enjoy unique views of the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, Traitor's Gate and many other famous landmarks.
The London Eye
A striking and hugely popular addition to London's skyline, the London Eye is great fun and a breathtaking way to enjoy sweeping panoramic views right across London. The giant wheel stands 135 metres above the ground and an unforgettable trip aboard takes about 30 minutes.
A worthy addition to the world's cultural landscape for it's stunning installations and pioneering exhibitions; the impressive Tate Modern is dramatically housed in a former Power Station. The gallery's regular displays include major works by Matisse and Picasso, as well as many other contemporary works of art.