Destination Showdown: Rome vs. London

It's ancient ruins vs. posh art deco when Rome and London battle it out for the title of Best European Hot Spot.

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It's ancient ruins vs. posh art deco when Rome and London battle it out for the title of Best European Hot Spot.

Round 1: Where to Eat Round 1: Where to Eat
Hostario del Moro
Vicolo de' Cinque, 36, 00153 Rome, Italy
Known for their lasagna, Hostario del Moro, also known as “Tony’s,” is the place to go for good laughs and great classic Italian dishes.
Amaya
Halkin Arcade  Motcomb St, London, SW1X 8JT, United Kingdom
A meal at this Belgravia hot spot -- a Michelin-starred Indian grill -- is worth its high price tag.
Casa Copelle
Piazza delle Coppelle, 49, 00186 Rome, Italy
Casa Copelle is a charming restaurant with a great wine selection and fantastic dishes.
Goodmans
24-26 Maddox St, London, W1S 1QH, United Kingdom
Goodman’s is a New York-style steakhouse in London that serves up the best cuts of meat alongside delicious side dishes.
Camponeschi
Piazza Farnese, 50/50a, 00186 Rome, Italy
This place is the restaurant of choice for Rome’s rich and famous.
Golden Union
38 Poland St, London, W1F 7LY, United Kingdom
The Golden Union is the place for the best fish and chips in London.
   
Round 2: What to Do Round 2: What to Do
Colosseum 
Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Italy
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Colosseum -- the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire.
Westminister Abbey
London, United Kingdom
Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of 17 British monarchs, and it has been the official coronation church since 1066.
The Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, Italy
The pantheon was commissioned as a temple to the Roman gods during the reign of Augustus and was built in 126 AD.
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom
Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace -- the official London residence and office of the British monarch.
Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi 00187 Rome, Italy
Inspired by Roman triumphal arches, the Trevi Fountain is the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Rome.
The London Eye

Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
Take in an incredible view of the city from this giant Ferris wheel, located on the bank of the river Thames.
Pompeii
Via Sacra 1, 80045 Pompeii, Naples, Italy
Visit Pompeii -- just a short train ride away from Rome -- for a sense of what life was like in 79 AD.
Café de Paris
3-4 Coventry St, London W1D 6BL, United Kingdom
Café de Paris is one of the world’s most famous venues, having hosted unbelievable shows since 1924.
Coyote Testaccio
Via di Monte Testaccio, 4800153 Rome, Italy
Coyote Testaccio is a popular bar and nightclub for both tourists and locals to visit for a late-night (or early-morning) party.
Pacha Nightclub
Terminus Pl, Victoria, SW1V 1JR
One of the world’s hottest clubs, Pacha is the perfect place to lose control and dance the night away.
   
Round 3: Where to Stay Round 3: Where to Stay
Auditorium di Mecenate
Via dello Statuto, 44, 00185 Rome, Italy
Stay at this inexpensive guest house with great service in a central location.
The Arch London
50 Great Cumberland Pl, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
The Arch London is a luxury lifestyle hotel in an enviable location: just a stone's throw from Marble Arch.
Westin Excelsior
Via Veneto, 125, 00187 Rome, Italy
This luxury 5-star hotel in downtown Rome has hosted many statesmen, celebrities and artists since its opening in 1906.
Ridgemount Hotel
65-67 Gower St, London, WC1E 6HJ, United Kingdom
This hotel has 32 clean and comfortable rooms, 15 of which are now en-suite. Plus, hot and cold drinks are available 24 hours a day in the lounge.
   

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