City guide: London

Friday, 1.30pm Take the train from Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. What, no hanging about, queueing or frantically raking about for a clear plastic bag to stow your lip balm? Not the airport, then.

6pm Arrive at Threadneedles (Threadneedles, 5 Threadneedles Street, 0207 657 8080,, in the City of London.

9pm Head to Brick Lane for a curry. We challenged our tastebuds at Prithi (124-126 Brick Lane, 0207 377 5252).

Hide Ad

Saturday, 9am Enjoy a decadent weekend breakfast at Threadneedles. Eggs benedict and smoked salmon with scrambled egg set us up for the day.

Noon Check out the Covent Garden Christmas decorations (

7.45pm Take in a West End show. Peter Capaldi has just opened in classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers scripted by Father Ted’s Graham Linehan (Gielgud Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, from £12.50,

Sunday 10am Scoot round the Tate Modern for a taste of culture (Sumner Street, Bankside, 0207 887 8752,

1pm Steak and frites (£9.95) at Cote, a nice French chain a bit like All Bar One (The Riverside, Hays Galleria, Tooley Street, 0207 234 0800, [email protected]).

4pm Hop on the train back north at Kings Cross. Forget to find Platform 9¾ for a photo opportunity. Next time.


Hide Ad

THE FACTS Contact Threadneedles for details of the Christmas Sparkle Package, from £245 per room, per night.

Advance return rail fares booked online from Edinburgh to London with East Coast Trains start from £33 Standard Class or £95 First Class: book via, tel: 08457 225225 or visit any staffed station.

A three day London Theatre Rail Break starts from £209.95pp, see