Two Hours in London: Visit the Royal Academy. Walk Thru Piccadilly. Eat at San Carlo Cicchetti

June 20, 2018

Two Hours in London: Visit the Royal Academy. Walk Thru Piccadilly. Eat at San Carlo Cicchetti

 

Are you’re in London for business and have a few hours between meetings to do something fun?  If you enjoy art, culture and sensational food, in no special order, one of our best recommendations for how to spend an afternoon in London is to pop into the Royal Academy of Arts; then stroll over for a look at the famous Piccadilly Circus; then stop for a bite at the gem that is San Carlo Cicchetti.


For Travelers Who Like: Art, food and culture.

Where to Go: The nearest Tube station is Piccadilly Circus, on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo line. Check the Royal Academy website for hours.  Admission is free.

What Makes It Special: The Royal Academy of Arts was opened in 1768 as  way to champion art and artists.  What makes the Royal Academy unique is that it's run by the "Royal Academicians", artists and architects elected by their peers in recognition of their exceptional work. In addition to being Britain's oldest art school, each year the Royal Academy holds an annual Summer Exhibition which is the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. 

The Royal Academy houses some of the most stunning collections of historic art but also always has cool, modern exhibits that keep it feeling fresh. One of this summer's exhibits is "The Making of an Artist" which features a 16th century copy of Leonardo's "Last Supper" and Michelangelo's Taddei Tondon, a marble sculpture which has been described as "one of the most beautiful works of art in existence." 

 Piccadilly Circus is a London icon.  Similar to New York's Times Square, it is essentially a major traffic junction known for its video display and neon signs, a busy meeting place, and a tourist attraction in its own right. But this bustling junction of Regent Street and Piccadilly has more historical heft, such as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue.  This statue of the Greek god Anteros, often mistaken for his brother Eros, was erected in 1892–1893 to commemorate the philanthropic works of Lord Shaftesbury, a Victorian politician, philanthropist, and social reformer. Piccadilly Circus is also surrounded by several notable buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre. 

After the busy Piccadilly Circus, you’ll need some respite. San Carlo Cicchetti is one of the most stunning restaurants in all of London. The marble interior, gorgeous bar and glass detailing all adds to the experience. The food is divine, but we must admit we like to people watch in here too.


Must Try: Cicchetti :- (pronounced chi - KET - tee) are medium size dishes best shared among some friends. You can also easily make a meal out of a couple of them if you are travelling solo. Cicchetti is a concept from Venice – these small format dishes are found in their Cicchetti bars. Our favorites at San Carlo are the fried Mozzarella balls and the cod croquettes. We find they are best washed down with a glass of cold champagne.





Also in Two Hours in....

Two Hours in London: Instagram-Worthy Moments in the Colorful Notting Hill Neighborhood
Two Hours in London: Instagram-Worthy Moments in the Colorful Notting Hill Neighborhood

February 03, 2019

If you're in London on business and happen to find yourself with a spare afternoon, we recommend taking a stroll through Notting Hill.  If you love beautiful architecture and Instagram-worthy moments, you'll enjoy the famous colorful doors and seeing the site of the romantic film that bears the same name.

Continue Reading

Two Hours In London:  Been There; Haven't Done Westminster Abbey?
Two Hours In London: Been There; Haven't Done Westminster Abbey?

January 28, 2019

So you're in London for work and only have a few hours free between meetings.  If you've been to London before but never had time to see Westminster Abbey, don't miss this famous landmark this time around. 

Continue Reading

Two Hours in London: You Can Do More than Shop at Harrods. Try the Wood-Fired Pizza & Ice Cream Sundaes
Two Hours in London: You Can Do More than Shop at Harrods. Try the Wood-Fired Pizza & Ice Cream Sundaes

January 23, 2019

So you’re in London for business and you've only got a few hours or one afternoon free between meetings. If you love fantastic spectacles and delicious gourmet food, we suggest you spend the afternoon wandering through Harrods; eat pizza at their famous wood fire Pizzeria & Canti Prosecco Bar; then treating yourself to a sundae at their fantastic Ice Cream Parlor sundae bar.

Continue Reading