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Old Guard Meets Vanguard

Balance out the old-guard appeal of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Victoria and Albert Museum with new landmarks such as the London Eye, the Tate Modern and architect Norman Foster’s "Gherkin" office tower. London never fails to excite the senses and stimulate the mind.
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Where to Eat

Toff's
Toff's

Toff's

Toff's is a local staple in Muswell Hill, and proud to uphold the British tradition of fish and chips. 960 1280

  

Toff's

Toff's

Greek brothers George and Costas Georgious have owned Toff's since 1968. 960 1280

  

Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Stop by Bea’s of Bloomsbury for high tea, where the owner has put a decidedly delicious take on traditional tea by serving it up with sweets like specialty cupcakes -- the American import may be new to Brits, but they’ve definitely taken to them with gusto. 960 1280

  

Bea Vo

Bea Vo

Bea Vo puts the finishing touches on some strawberry cupcakes in her Camden Town Bakery. 960 1280

  

Duke's Brew and Que

Duke's Brew and Que

Duke’s Brew and Que, one of London’s most popular restaurants, is where Americans can get a taste of home while also enjoying traditional English fare. The restaurant serves up delicious barbecue alongside Southern fried pickles and hand crafted Lagers and Ale. 960 1280

  

Duke's Brew and Que Co-Owner, American Byron Knight

Duke's Brew and Que Co-Owner, American Byron Knight

Duke's Brew and Que is jointly owned by American Byron Knight and Brit Logan Plant, who just happens to be the son of legendary Led Zeppelin lead singer, Robert Plant. 960 1280

  

Pulled pork on signature "Mini Buns of Luv"

Pulled pork on signature "Mini Buns of Luv"

Pulled pork on signature "Mini Buns of Luv" are on their way to a hungry customer. 960 1280

  

Beavertown Brewery

Beavertown Brewery

Co-owner and craft beer-aficionado Logan Plant gives a tour of neighboring Beavertown Brewery, where the brews are made for Duke's Brew and Que. 960 1280

  

"The Smog Rocket"

"The Smog Rocket"

Logan samples a fresh batch of "The Smog Rocket." 960 1280

  

Duke's Burger, Seasoned Fries and Ribs Slathered in Signature BBQ sauces

Duke's Burger, Seasoned Fries and Ribs Slathered in Signature BBQ sauces

Friends dig into the Duke's burger, seasoned fries and pork ribs slathered in signature BBQ sauce. 960 1280

  

Roti Chai

Roti Chai

For the best Indian food outside of India, London wins hands down. You can dine on home-style Indian food in an elegant setting at Roti Chai. Their special "Chicken Lollipop" is a modern Indian twist on the chicken wing with moreish Keralan spices. 960 1280

  

Roti Chai's Dining Room

Roti Chai's Dining Room

Roti Chai's stunning dining room sits above its casual street kitchen for lunch and takeout. 960 1280

  

Caravan

Caravan

In London’s vibrant restaurant scene in the East End, Caravan puts a twist on the traditional “Bubble and Squeak” dish by serving it for breakfast, alongside poached–to-perfection eggs and grilled ham topped with hollandaise. 960 1280

  

Caravan

Caravan

Locals line up from brunch to dinner, and coffee connoisseurs visit to pick up a pound and order the perfect "Flat White," a singularly filtered brew, beans roasted on site. 960 1280

  

Fresh crepes at Southbank Centre's Real Food Market

Fresh crepes at Southbank Centre's Real Food Market

Gill and Keith Wiles serve up fresh crepes for the masses at Southbank Centre's Real Food Market, which brings street food from all over London to one place on weekends. 960 1280

  

Street Food Stall

Street Food Stall

David Earl, aka Little D, stirs up some veggie stew at Arancini Brother's stall. London's exploding street food scene is an affordable alternative for tourists on the move. 960 1280

  

Pint of beer

Pint of beer

What is a trip to London without a visit to a pub? Make sure you pull up a stool and grab a pint. 960 1280

  

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Where to Stay

London
London

London

Debbie and Basil Rudawsky travel to London for a kids-free, 5-day romantic getaway. With a budget of $10,000, the couple is ready to splurge in celebration of their wedding anniversary, so they want to make sure they’re well taken care of. 960 1280

  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

Debbie and Basil’s first stop is the Sanctum Hotel in London’s SoHo – a 4-star boutique hotel converted from 2 historic townhouses and known for its hip clientele. A luxury junior suite will cost the Rudawskys $4,500 for their 5-night stay. 960 1280

Sanctum Hotel  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

The Sanctum SoHo is known for its edgy rock-and-roll glamour. 960 1280

  

Sanctum Hotel

Sanctum Hotel

At the No. 20 restaurant at the Sanctum Soho Hotel, Debbie and Basil sample different varieties of Jack Daniels – a different take on traditional afternoon tea. While the Rudawskys enjoy getting out of their comfort zone, the rock-and-roll glamour of the Sanctum SoHo isn’t quite Debbie’s style. But the hotel scores on budget and location. 960 1280

  

Debbie and Basil can’t wait to start their romantic, kid-free getaway. But first, they’ll have to decide where they’ll be staying. 960 1280

  

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Basil and Debbie’s next stop takes them out to the English countryside to Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa, where more traditional luxury and 45,000-square-feet of spa facilities grab Debbie’s attention. Unfortunately, this regal retreat will cost the Rudawskys $12,000 for their 5-night stay. 960 1280

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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

The Rudawskys love the regal feel of the Pennyhill Park Hotel, but Basil isn’t thrilled that it’s located almost an hour west of central London. 960 1280

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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill’s general manager gives the Rudawskys a tour of the 5-star luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel

While at the Pennyhill Park Hotel, the Rudawskys go clay pigeon shooting. 960 1280

  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

Debbie and Basil’s last stop brings them to the Stafford Hotel in central London’s historic St. James neighborhood. The Stafford is known for its classic luxury, as well as its 300-year-old wine cellar. A historic luxury suite in the small, intimate hotel will cost $6,500 for Debbie and Basil’s 5-night romantic getaway. 960 1280

The Stafford London by Kempinski  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

The Rudawskys enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Stafford Hotel. 960 1280

  

Stafford Hotel

Stafford Hotel

The world-famous American Bar at the Stafford Hotel. 960 1280

The Stafford London by Kempinski  

The Rudawskys explore London as they try to make a decision. Will it be the sprawling resort in the English countryside, the rock-and-roll boutique hotel or the more traditional historic hotel? 960 1280

  

London Eye

London Eye

The Rudawskys call the “winning” hotel while on the London Eye. Find out which one they pick on Top Spot: London. 960 1280