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A locals' guide to W1J

"Walking along Piccadilly, I love taking in the sites that central London has to offer."

Christopher Sellwood

"London's beautiful back garden, Hyde Park offers an idyllic escape from city life."

Christopher Sellwood

"Say hello to the Queen at London's most recognisable landmark, Buckingham Palace."

Stephen Lovelady

What is your favourite place?

Where do W1J locals go?

Berkeley Square

A leafy spot to eat lunch on a sunny day and a lovely space to escape too.

Wellington Arch

In this corner of Green Park, there's a number of memorials that remind us of Britain's rich history.

The Royal Academy of Arts

A world-renowned gallery with leading exhibitions such as this one from the defiant Ai Weiwei!

Australian War Memorial

I love its design and you get to experience a bit of culture walking from this pretty corner of Green Park to Hyde Park.

Royal Artillery Memorial

This World War I monument is very impressive, even on a cloudy day.

Shepherd Market

A great selection of pubs and sandwich shops in a corner of Mayfair between Green Park and Hyde Park.

Grosvenor Square

Grosvenor Square on a balmy evening beats Hyde Park!

The Parlour, Sketch

Posh breakfast and striking, artist-designed dining rooms - perfect for a special occasion...

Savile Row

The best tailors in Europe. Bespoke or off the rail, there's something for everyone's budget.

Mayfair Pizza Company

A hidden gem on a cobbled street in Mayfair. Simple bistro-style Italian food, a wood-fired pizza oven and really affordable for the Mayfair area.

The Gallery, Sketch

A stylish spot for afternoon tea, but be sure to check out the toilets that are shaped like eggs!

Galvin at Windows

Stunning views across Hyde Park, fantastic service, beautiful food and a surprise birthday dessert!

Kingly Court

A variety of restaurants for every occasion and budget, which are centred round a covered courtyard.

The Pantechnicon Rooms

There's a shortage of good dog-friendly restaurants in London, however Pantechnicon absolutely nails it. It is certainly the best Sunday roast in town.

The Grenadier

A local pub tucked away and open since 1818. It gets incredibly busy with people coming after work and is one of the most haunted pubs in London! They serve a fantastic beef Wellington too!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Mayfair, Victoria, Knightsbridge, West End, Soho, Marylebone, Fitzrovia, Sloane Square, Covent Garden and Westminster

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"Apsley House, once home to the Dukes of Wellington, stands opposite Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner and is otherwise known as Number One, London, as it was the first house people could see when they rode into London past the Knightsbridge toll gates."

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Child-friendly activities near W1J

Parent and Toddler Group

St. Peter's Eaton Square
This is a small and intimate playgroup. It's the best one for meeting local mums and learning more about the area. There is also a nice set of toys for infants and toddlers. Website


BranNew West End School
We warmly welcome all levels and abilities to our huge selection of dance and fitness classes in our lovely Victorian building with 7 great studios in the heart of London. Website


The Arts Club
Classes are taught through stories and children will perform various yoga postures whilst taking part in a magical adventure. They get a full physical work out before we take them through a brief relaxation and visualisation, leaving them feeling calm and relaxed. Website

Parent and Toddler Drop-in

Buckaroochies is a group for parents, carers and toddlers. It is a great chance to get out of the flat, meet new friends, arrange play dates and encourage social interaction for your child. Website

The Ark Playgroup

St. Michael's Church
The Ark Playgroup is a lively morning session for babies, toddlers, parents and carers. The children have lots of space to play with a superb range of toys, in a fun and happy atmosphere. After playtime, everyone gathers together for some children's songs and a Bible story. Coffee and juice and a snack are provided. The Ark gives children the opportunity to learn how to play in a safe environment, and mothers and carers the chance to make new friends. Website

First Touch FC

Hyde Park
First Touch FC run a wide variety of football courses for children of all ages and abilities. Our goal is to provide comprehensive weekly football training that allows junior players to develop their footballing abilities and build confidence in their skills. Website

Serpentine Lido

Outdoor pool so weather dependent. Includes child-safe paddling pool and children's playground. A great place to sunbathe and enjoy the sunshine! Website
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