Once famous for its riverside mansions, and later its music halls, the Strand – the main road connecting Westminster to the City – is a shadow of its former self. One of the few vestiges of glamour is The Savoy, London’s grandest hotel, built in 1889 on the site of the medieval Savoy Palace on the south side of the street. As its name suggests, the Strand once lay along the riverbank until the Victorians shored up the banks of the Thames to create the Embankment.

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Alternative London: off the tourist trail

Alternative London: off the tourist trail

In 2015, some 31.5 million people visited London. That was a record year, yet early indications are that 2016 beat even those figures. The capital has the three…

20 Feb 2017 • Neil McQuillian insert_drive_file Article
Along the Thames: a step-by-step London itinerary

Along the Thames: a step-by-step London itinerary

London grew up around the Thames, and a stroll (or a boat ride) along its banks is one of the city’s real treats. This step-by-step itinerary, adapted from ou…

31 Aug 2016 • Rough Guides Editors insert_drive_file Article
You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

That’s right. Those days of buying a nylon jumpsuit and turning your house into a makeshift obstacle course are over. Thanks to a crowd-funded project set up …

22 Aug 2016 • Greg Dickinson insert_drive_file Article
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