Category: Art & Culture Date: Monday, 01 January 0001 Following the news that London has recently been voted Best City by visitors participating in the Anholt-GFK City Brands Index, we at Red Carnation have decided to put together a list of enjoyable activities that should be enough to persuade anyone to experience the Big Smoke. Book yourself a room at the Rubens at the Palace hotel and witness the best of what the capital has to offer. Royal engagement As the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace, staying at the Rubens gives ample opportunity to experience royalty up close and personal. Witness the traditional Changing of the Guard, be astounded by Hampton Court's Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber exhibition, or go on one of the many royal-themed walks around London while taking in the sights. West End theatre London's theatreland is second to none across the globe, with a huge variety of stage shows, musicals and plays on offer. Whether you want to see an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic or a cutting-edge musical in development, there are shows to suit all. Our personal recommendations include the toe-tappingly enjoyable Billy Elliot and the Broadway spectacular hit Wicked - book now with Red Carnation's special Hotel and Show deal. High street shopping Few shopping locations in the world can boast the sheer variety of Oxford Street, which attracts big brands aplenty. But if you're not in the mood to brave the crowds, there is always High Street Kensington, which offers an eclectic and remarkable selection of outlets, from Marks & Spencer to Miss Selfridges. London offers high-class shopping at its best, so keep an eye out for celebrities as well. Outdoor London While the nights are closing in and there's a definite chill in the air, that's no excuse not to explore some of London's parks and green areas. Staying at the Rubens, you are right on the edge of Buckingham Palace Gardens, Green Park and St James' Park, while Hyde Park is also within walking distance. Witness extraordinary natural beauty - perfect for a brisk walk in the wintery air.