Here’s how to enjoy London for..
Take in the view of London from the Shard (from £29.95 (US$48.95)), the city’s tallest skyscraper. A lift whisks you up to the 33rd floor at an ear-popping 6 m per second, where you transfer to a second lift for the final ascent to the 68th floor. A flight of stairs up to the 69th floor’s viewing platform reveals the jaw-dropping wraparound panorama of the city.
When you’re done, recover with a cocktail – such as the Rambling Rose, made of rose petal sugar, Tanqueray gin and champagne – at Oblix on the 32nd floor. There’s a live band to groove to if you’re there in the evenings.
The TKTS Booth in Leicester Square offers up to 50 per cent discounts on many shows – even hit West End musicals such as The Lion King (though discounts will be less for popular shows like The Book of Mormon). Alternatively, try your luck by showing up at the theatre just before the show begins for cancelled tickets.
Afterwards, drop into Italian eatery Princi for supper – their hot chocolate and tiramisu are to die for.
Work off the jetlag with an organic facial at Vaishaly. An express 25-minute facial costs £65 while an hour’s session under the magic fingers of facialist to the stars, Vaishaly herself, starts from £100.
Fully refreshed and glowing, head to Koffmann’s for lunch. The Michelin-starred Gascony-born chef Pierre Koffmann was the mentor for an entire generation of mod-Brit chefs like Marcus Wareing, Marco-Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay and at around £25 (without wines), his three-course set lunch is incredible value. However, if you’ve a little extra in the wallet after the shopping, splash out on his a la carte menu where his classics like stuffed pig’s trotters, baked snails in garlicky oil, and pasta made of thinly sliced squid have stood the test of time.