A local’s guide to London, UK

nov_jacq_london-finalJACQUI NICHOLLS, secretary to the station manager at Singapore Airlines’ London office, shares the best family-friendly spots in the British capital – and where to party in style.

 

 

ENGLISH ESSENTIALS

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For a quintessential London experience, take the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour (above), which combines sightseeing and afternoon tea aboard a 1960s Routemaster bus. If you fancy a tipple, have a pint and a bite at Lamb & Flag in Covent Garden. It was supposedly a favourite watering hole of British novelist Charles Dickens.

CHEERY OUTLOOKS

On a clear day, head to Hampstead Heath for a great view across north London. Or visit The Shard, a skyscraper where you can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city. If you’re the arty type, visit the restaurant at the top of the Tate Modern and admire the vista and paintings.

POTTER ABOUT

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Harry Potter fans should take the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, a half-hour train ride north of London. Step inside the Great Hall and view props, sets (above) and costumes used in the Harry Potter movies, and experience “flying” on a broomstick.

Back in the city, purchase tickets to the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child musical (December 19 to January 1, 2017) at the Palace Theatre. It is based on the adult life of the boy wizard. Due to the epic nature of the story, the musical could not fit into a single performance, so it’s in two parts. Get tickets for the matinee, followed by an evening show.