If you are visiting the city of elegance and sophistication, why not consider staying at a chic boutique hotel? London, after all, is the city do explore in style. To make the most of what England’s capital has to offer, choose a location that is central and has easy access to transport. If a luxurious and personalised urban escape is what you have in mind look no further than the Metropolitan by COMO, London and get ready to be pampered.

A ten minute drive will take you to Westminster Bridge and the heart of London’s historic sites. Nestled among these famous landmarks is the Sea Life London Aquarium. It is located opposite Big Ben, in the historic County Hall building on the south bank of the River Thames. Buying tickets ahead is recommended to save time in queues and secure the best rates. Special offers and deals are sometimes available online and families should look out for savings on family tickets.

The aquarium holds an impressive two million litres of water. With over five hundred species from every corner of the world, it is the largest worldwide marine life collection in Europe. You will need a couple of hours to explore all the fourteen themed zones, which span three floors. Sixty five displays are dedicated to underwater flora. Take a trip to the Antarctic at the new ‘Penguins: Ice Adventure’ section. The ‘Shark Walk’ and newly introduced ‘Shark Reef Encounter’ will introduce you to more than forty sharks from twelve different species and encourage visitors to overcome their fear or preconception of sharks. There is also the option of taking a dip with these magnificent ocean dwellers. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with the animals during feeding times, diving displays and in touch pools.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+