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10 Things Not to Do in London

by Giovanna Dunmall

Bed down in the latest design hotel

One of 2010's much-talked-about hotel openings was the minimalist Town Hall Hotel, which takes shabby chic to a whole new level in terms of setting. Located in the fast-gentrifying East End neighborhood of Bethnal Green, it has been carved out of a former Edwardian town hall, with varying degrees of success. Some of it works well (most notably the glamorous bar, the pool, the all-glass top floor, the meeting room—a former council chamber—and some of the suites), but it struggles to cast off its bureaucratic past in places, especially the endless corridors and impossibly high ceilings. This place might not leave you with that warm glow of intimate luxury you were looking for.

Soothe yourself in a classic grande dame

One of London's most iconic accommodations, the Savoy, opened its doors again in October 2010 after a staggering $340 million refurb (almost twice the original budget). The hotel closed in December 2007 for an ambitious restoration of its common areas and 268 guest rooms and suites. Guests can now enjoy high tea and fresh pâtisseries in the stunning winter garden, dine at the Savoy Grill (run by none other than Gordon Ramsay) or River Restaurant, and swim in the hotel's rooftop pool (a rarity in the city). If you can afford it, choose one of the 38 River Suites—in this case, the experience is definitely worth the splurge.

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