Visiting London

CogSci 2017: London

July 26 – July 29th, 2017

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Visiting London


Where to eat/drink?

There are several places near the conference venue where one can go for lunch, dinner or simply a drink in a pub. Below are a handful suggestions, but you can find more pubs, cafés and restaurant nearby at the following link to Tripadvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/RestaurantsNear-g186338-d193089-Hilton_London_Metropole-London_England.html

 

Food

Budget eats (but still great) (£5-£10)

Pret A Manger
Sandwiches, Salads, Snacks
3 Praed St, London W2 1NJ
50 m / 1 minute walk

Patisserie Valerie
Sandwiches and Snacks, Cakes
256 Edgware Rd, London W2 1DS
50 m / 1 minute walk

Fatouch Express
Lebanese cuisine
193 Edgware Rd, London W2 1ET
150 m / 2 minutes walk

Bonne Bouche
Sandwiches
131 Praed St, London W2 1RL
500 m / 5 minutes from the venue

Paul
Bakery, Sandwiches and snacks
4, Marble Arch, 32 Edgware Rd, London W2 2EH
800 m / 10 minutes walk

There is a good number of further cafés and sandwich bars along Praed Street (on the way towards Paddington train station) with different cuisines – Italian, Greek, Lebanese, French, … — if in doubt, stroll along and have a look at their daily offers.

 

Feeling comfortable (£10-15)

 Salt
Whisky Bar & Dining Room, Indian cuisine
82 Seymour St, Paddington, London W2 2JB
800 m / 10 minutes walk

Kensington Place
Seafood restaurant
201-209 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LX
2.5 km / not within walking distance

 

Save up to spend big (£15+)

 Lord Wargrave
British / European cuisine
40-42 Brendon St, Marylebone, London W1H 5HE
400 m / 5 minutes walk
http://www.lordwargrave.com/

 The Larrick
British cuisine
32 Crawford Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 5NN
450 m / 6 minutes walk
http://www.thelarrik.com/

Polpo
Venetian cuisine
126-128 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3QG
2.6 km / not within walking distance
http://www.polpo.co.uk/

Malabar Restaurant
Indian cuisine
27 Uxbridge St, Kensington, London W8 7TQ
2.6 km / not within walking distance
http://www.malabar-restaurant.co.uk/

 

Drink (and some pub snacks)

 The Chapel
48 Chapel St, Marylebone, London NW1 5DP
240 m / 3 minutes walk
http://thechapellondon.com/ 

The Monkey Puzzle
30 Southwick St, London W2 1JQ
450 m / 6 minutes walk
http://themonkeypuzzlepub.co.uk/

 The Churchill Arms
119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN
2.6 km / not within walking distance
http://www.churchillarmskensington.co.uk/

The easiest way to find other pubs and bars around the conference venue and further afield is http://www.beerintheevening.com/

 

Things to do in London

http://www.visitlondon.com is the official Tourist Information Website for London. If you have some spare time before or after the conference and would like to get sightseeing, there’s also the London Pass which will give you access to many tourist attractions on the must-see list https://www.londonpass.com/

 

TimeOut not only has the latest events, but gives you best-of-lists of nearly everything and 101 things to do in London https://www.timeout.com/london / https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/101-things-to-do-in-london. You can also search for activities by location, price range, type etc.

 

Visit Britain also has a section on London (https://www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/england/london).

 

And for the City of London specifically, home of St Paul’s cathedral, the Tower of London and many more attractions, find details here: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visit-the-city/Pages/default.aspx

 

Insider Tips

Want to take in London from above?

Most people head to the London Eye and it’s well worth a ride. But you could also go to The Shard. At 244 metres above the ground, it’s more than 100 metres higher than the London Eye, the tickets are cheaper and you can stay until you’ve seen it all.

The View from the Shard: https://www.theviewfromtheshard.com

London Eye: https://www.londoneye.com

Speaking of London from above – the Emirates Air Line crossing the Thames (http://www.emiratesairline.co.uk/) does the trick as well (discounts for Oyster Card holders) and the famous view from Primrose Hill at Regents Park is entirely for free and offers a lung-full of fresh air on top of it all (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park/things-to-see-and-do/primrose-hill).

 

Museum for Free

Most major museums in London are for free (however, they appreciate your voluntary contribution if you can), such as the British Museum (https://www.britishmuseum.org/), the Science Museum (http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/), the Natural History Museum (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/) and the National Gallery (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/). Here’s a list with other free-entry museums in London (Note that special exhibitions usually need paid-for tickets)  https://www.timeout.com/london/museums/free-museums-in-london

Also free and very much worth a visit is the Wellcome Collection (https://wellcomecollection.org).

 

Things to do nearby

 Speaking of museums: Did you know that the Sherlock Holmes museum on the famous Baker street is only 1.1 km away (about 15 minutes walk), for details see http://sherlock-holmes.co.uk/ (221B Baker St, London NW1 6XE; open daily 9.30am – 6pm; Admission: Adult £15, Child under 16 years £10).

Also on Baker Street and not far from the museum, you will also find The Beatles Store, according to them London’s only exemplar (about 15 minutes walk from the conference venue). Even though all you need is love, they carry other items as well (http://www.beatlesstorelondon.co.uk/; 231/233 Baker St, London NW1 6XE; open daily 10am – 6.30pm).

And while you’re there, Madame Tussauds is only a stone-throw away (https://www.madametussauds.com/london/en/; open 9am-5pm weekdays and 8.30am – 6pm on weekends). It makes sense to book the tickets online in advance (https://www.madametussauds.com/london/en/tickets/; from £29, especially if you plan to combine with other attractions). At peak times, be prepared to engage in one of Britain’s most beloved activity: queuing.