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Marylebone and Mayfair is a large area of central London, encompassing Mayfair, Piccadilly and the area from Oxford Street and Marylebone to Regent's Park and St John's Wood. With this being such a prestigious and thrilling area, there are boundless ways in which to spend your time, and here we cover just a few.
Ripley’s in Piccadilly is an excellent way for those young and old to experience the amazing and astounding under one roof, for a morning or afternoon. A collection of over 500 weird and wonderful exhibits, you’ll be sure to be surprised.
The home of the Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002, a tour of Clarence House, next to St James’s Palace, is an excellent way of experiencing the living history of the British royal family. The official London residence of The Prince of Wales, it is open to the public during the summer months, when you can take a guided tour of certain rooms.
The king of retail outlets, Oxford Street has a wide range of large stores, from Primark to Debenhams, House of Fraser to Gap. You won’t find smaller independent stores here as the rent is simply too high, but for the larger chains it is the shopping centre of the UK.
London Zoo in Regent's Park is one of the world's most famous zoos, home to over 12,000 animals. Rare and beautiful creatures can be seen in the Aquarium, Gorilla Kingdom, the Clore Rainforest Lookout, Penguin Pool, Butterfly Paradise and the Blackburn Pavilion. A day out not to be missed, especially for those with younger children.
In 1835, Marie Tussaud, former sculptor for Louis XVI, established a show of famous contemporary and historical figures made from wax. Today, tourists queue to see some of these and modern celebrities such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and Brad Pitt. Another excellent way to spend a few hours!
As to be expected in the centre of England’s capital, there are almost countless evening options open to you. See a show at famous, elaborate theatres, dine at Michelin-star restaurants or dance the night away at some of the most famous clubs in the world.
Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-star Maze is a cool and inviting restaurant on Grosvenor Square. Enjoy impeccable service and outstanding food in a relaxed environment. For discreet service and vibrant food, Michelin 2-star The Square is a favourite among Mayfair residents and has been for two decades.
The London Palladium in Mayfair has hosted more royal variety shows than any other theatre and Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland have all performed there. For a fun evening out, check out the shows on offer.
For those who like a dance, try one of London’s top celebrity haunts, Funky Buddha in Mayfair.
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