If you’re in London for business but you've only got a few hours free between meetings, that's enough time to experience a classic British pub . Stop by The Punchbowl, one of the most famous pubs in London, for a traditional British pub lunch. And if you have a bit more time and enjoy antiquing, we suggest browsing through Thomas Goode & Co, one of the oldest China shops in all of England.
For Travelers Who Like: classic English food, good drinks, and antique shopping
Where to Go: The closest tube stations are either Green Park or Bond street. Take the Jubilee, Piccadilly or Victoria line.
What Makes It Special: The Punchbowl has been around in one form or another since 1729! It had a resurgence in popularity when it was bought by Madonna’s then-husband, Guy Ritchie. Although he sold it, The Punchbowl is still considered the pub to the stars for its Hollywood connection and trendy Mayfair location. The plush interior doesn’t disappoint and it has some of the best pub food to be had. Think juicy burgers topped with British cheeses and classic fish and ."triple cooked" chips. And of course it wouldn't be a real English pub if it didn't have real local ales. The Punchbowl also serves a fine single malt scotch.
After your lunch, wander over to Thomas Goode & Co, a shop that dates back to 1827. Thomas Goode is considered the very finest purveyor of silverware, glassware and china tableware. They maintain a relationship with The Royal Family. Though exceedingly pricey, window-shopping here is just as fun. Take a look at some of the stunning antiques and rare pieces.
Must Try: Be sure to try the extra English specialties on the menu at the pub, such as the chicken and leek pie and sticky toffee pudding. To quench your thirst, try Punchbowl's own 1750 ale.
You’ll also be close by to Green Park and Hyde Park, so you can walk off your lunch and be alert for more business in the afternoon by taking a stroll through one of these stunning parks – testy British weather permitting!