Travel Postcard: 48 hours in London

Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:08pm EDT
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore the British capital during a business trip? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors explore London's mix of old world charm and modern culture.


4:00 p.m. If you've been here on business all week, make like the locals and conveniently misunderstand the timing or location of that late Friday afternoon meeting so you can slip away to the pub instead. Reschedule by text after the meeting has started and be all apologetic on Monday. Don't fret, most of the other attendees will have made their excuses too.

If you're in London's square mile financial district known as the City, there are countless pubs and bars, from the ancient haunts of Charles Dickens to smart bars for the bankers, lawyers and other City professionals in need of refreshment.

On historic Fleet Street, the former home of most of the British press, known for centuries as the "street of adventure" for its foreign correspondents and latterly as the tabloid press reporters' "street of shame," you'll find Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.

Rebuilt after the 1666 Great Fire of London, the wood-paneled, sawdust-strewn Cheese was a haunt of Charles Dickens. Other illustrious former "regulars" include literary giants Oliver Goldsmith, Alfred Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Samuel Johnson. See a review at:

If it's raining, you might try the Lamb Tavern ( situated at the heart of the covered Leadenhall Market first built in 1309 and rebuilt after the Great Fire. If you'd rather a more modern vibe, nearby is the sleek Revolution in the City bar (, which sits opposite the famous Lloyds and Gherkin buildings, or Abacus bar ( across the street from the Royal Exchange.

If you're in the City's modern annex, Canary Wharf, try Davy's Wine Bar (, Corney & Barrow ( or any of the chain pubs like All Bar One, the Slug and Lettuce, Cat & Canary or Brown's.   Continued...

<p>A sightseeing bus passes through London's Piccadilly Circus July 18, 2007. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>