Lunch hour places to visit in the West End
Submitted by Catrin Jenkins on
When you base your business in the entertainment capital of London, it certainly pays to get acquainted with the local sites. The West End is bustling with world-famous landmarks, spectacular events, and a seemingly endless list of things to see and do. It's almost unthinkable to ignore all that bustling activity; much less to pay it a visit once in a while.
Whether you're seeking a new serviced office in the West End, holding an important meeting or entertaining corporate VIPs, you have a prime opportunity to perk up your meeting and impress your guests with a whirlwind tour of the local attractions. Even better, there are scores of must-sees within a short walk of our West End offices, so you can easily tick off one or more sites within your lunch hour. With that in mind, here's a breakdown of top West End attractions to visit.
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West End sites near Dover Street:
Walk to Wellington Arch via Green Park and Buckingham Palace
Take a stroll from Dover Street through Green Park towards the Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace, before bearing west along Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch. This landmark structure was once the official entrance to Buckingham Palace and later became a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. Extend your visit and step inside the Arch to enjoy impressive views from its balconies.
30-40 minute circular walk from Dover Street
Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
Squeeze in a self-guided discovery tour of the Royal Mews or, even better, join a free guided tour (approximately 45 minutes) to see the famous carriage horses, the Diamond Jubilee State Coach and the coachmen's fine livery.
Open Monday - Saturday | 15-minute walk from Dover Street
Blow your mind at the Royal Institution
Dubbed 'the home of science', it seems the Royal Institution of Britain (RI) never sleeps. Every day is a new discovery with a vibrant programme of talks, workshops and events, not to mention heritage tours and the Faraday Museum's fascinating collection, spanning more than 200 years of history-making science.
4-minute walk from Dover Street
Jog around Hyde Park
Break up long sedentary days in the office with a lunchtime jog or a brisk walk around Hyde Park. A perimeter of the park, following the trails closest to the fence line, is approximately 3 miles. If that's too long, find your own way along the Park's many criss-crossing trails or chart a route with the help of Google Maps. You'll find 3 shower rooms at our serviced offices at 48 Dover Street, so you can head back for the afternoon shift feeling refreshed and revitalised.
12-minute walk to Hyde Park Corner from Dover Street (faster if you jog!)
West End sites near Covent Garden:
Grab lunch in Covent Garden
From a quick on-the-go sandwich to a sumptuous team lunch, Covent Garden is packed to the rafters with fantastic eateries. The site itself was once a walled garden owned by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of St Peter, later evolving into a housing estate and a market. Today, Covent Garden is its own district and is home to a vibrant array of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions.
5-minute walk from Garden Studios
London Film Museum at Covent Garden
Love film? Then you'll love the London Film Museum. Founded in February 2008 as The Movieum, the London Film Museum at Covent Garden has enjoyed great success in just a few short years, thanks largely to popular exhibitions featuring Star Wars, Charlie Chaplin and James Bond.
Open weekdays 10am - 6pm | 4-minute walk from Garden Studios
London Transport Museum
It might not sound like your idea of a thrilling lunch break but trust us, the London Transport Museum will be right up your street. It's home to a fascinating array of galleries and collections charting the evolution of transport in London over the last 200 years. From horse-drawn carriages and water taxis on the Thames to the world’s first underground, this is London as you've never seen it before.
Open Monday 10am - 6pm and Fridays 11am - 6pm | 5-minute walk from Garden Studios
Visit a world-famous art gallery
At Landmark Plc, the works of many local artists take pride of place on the walls of our serviced offices. Landmark has for many years supported the London art scene, with many exciting works by emerging artists featured in Landmark centres. You can a wealth of art for yourself in one of many nearby art galleries. Top picks include the world-famous National Portrait Gallery, home to over 200,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day, and The National Gallery - featuring works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and more.
National Portrait Gallery: 9-minute walk from Garden Studios | The National Gallery: 10-minute walk from Garden Studios
Sir John Soane's Museum
Whether or not you're in the property business, the museum of Sir John Soane is always worth a visit. The former house of the renowned 19th century architect has - at his request - been left untouched since his death almost 180 years ago. Step inside and explore the fascinating world of architecture with the help of a museum, a 40,000-strong collection of artefacts, a research library and more.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm | 7-minute walk from Garden Studios
Picnic in Bloomsbury Square Gardens
Created in the early 17th century, the beautifully manicured gardens of Bloomsbury Square provide the perfect spot for a lunchtime picnic. Quiet and peaceful, take a slow amble through the gardens and admire the historic piazza, which is surrounded by trees and grand Georgian terrace buildings.
Open during daylight hours | 7-minute walk from Garden Studios