As Silversea’s Silver Wind docks in the UK’s capital, concierge Susie Whitman shares the city’s secrets.

Where should I go to stretch my legs?

For those getting off at Tower Bridge, the embankments that run alongside the River Thames are rich in character. The Tower of London embodies the history of the city and the cafés and restaurants at St. Katharine Docks are the perfect spot to while away the hours at central London’s only marina.

Where can I get a decent coffee?

For a taste of home, head to Lantana Cafe at London Bridge. Whether you’re passing through for a flat white or enjoying a meal from the Australian café’s gourmet selection, you’ll be welcomed with friendly service and authentic food, including brunch featuring smashed avocado.

What’s a great place for lunch?

The enduring glamour of The Ritz London is hard to pass up at lunchtime and The Ritz Restaurant received a Michelin star last year. The Dining Room at The Goring is also great, offering English elegance with a contemporary twist.

And for a drink?

Whether you’re seeing a show or not, the elegant Paul Hamlyn Hall Champagne Bar at the Royal Opera House is a must – the building’s glass façade is stunning. Otherwise, Sea Containers London – 12th Knot rooftop bar at Mondrian London is a colourful, chic spot with a panoramic view of the city.

Where’s the best place to shop?

Avoid the crowds on Oxford Street and head to Carnaby Street, which is home to designer boutiques and great restaurants.

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