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5 Things to do on your lunch break in central London

Make the most of your lunch hour in London

Some of you might be back in the office - or visiting central London for a meeting or two. We’re here to help you make the most of your time, so read on for the best ways to spend your lunch hour in the West End:

 

1. Pick up a new novel.

Browsing for a book is a lovely way to spend your break. Our favourite literary haunts are The London Library, Waterstones, Liberty London and Hatchards.

 

2. Spot the St James’s pelicans.

Nearby St James’s Park is home to a pod of pelicans - spotting their bright beaks and soaking up the sunshine is a great way to refresh.

 

3. Book yourself a wellbeing session.

Get energised and draw on the expertise of wellness gurus who call our neighbourhood home. Choose from a class at Barry’s Soho, Psycle, Coach London, Third Space Soho, or a treatment at Hotel Cafe Royal’s Akasha Spa, Glow Bar or Sofitel St James’s SO Spa.

 

4. Dine out.

You’re spoilt for choice in central London with restaurants in abundance. Grab something to go from Ole & Steen or or a coffee from Hagen Project. Wanting to settle down for a more leisurely lunch? Heddon Street and St James’s Market are two culinary hot spots with the likes of Nordic Aquavit, West African Ikoyi, Japanese Heddon Yokocho, Australian Ziggy Green or Spanish Sabor.

 

5. Browse the boutiques.

Nipping out to the shops is an ideal way to spend your lunch hour. Shop for that wedding guest outfit or pick up a present with the help of friendly (and stylish!) staff in our flagship brands or unique boutiques.

 

For further ideas and inspiration, discover our guide to indoor dining. Or quaff a tipple or two with our guide to the best cocktails central London has to offer.