The Ship & Shovell | Charming pub serving Badger Beer in Charing Cross


Just a stone’s throw from Charing Cross station, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, as well within walking distance of Covent Garden and its rich mixture of theatres, shops and restaurants, the Ship & Shovell provides the ideal watering hole for your day out in and around the West End.


Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer.



The Mall is London’s primary ceremonial road which leads from Trafalgar Square though Admiralty Arch, past Clarence House, to Buckingham palace. The 1km road, which is laid out like a giant red carpet, is used for royal processions and national celebrations, such as the famous Horse Guards Parade.

In 2011, over one million people packed the Mall to see the newly wed Prince William and Kate Middleton appear on the palace balcony with other members of the Royal Family.



Trafalgar Square is a truly iconic landmark in London, surrounded by museums, galleries, cultural spaces and historic buildings, including the National Gallery. The square houses both Nelson’s Column as well as its famous fountains.

The Square is also the centre of national democracy and protest. Rallies and demonstrations are frequently held at weekends on different political, religious and general issues. The Mayor of London supports this democratic tradition and gives access to the square for such causes.



With free access to over 2,300 paintings from altarpieces to the Impressionists, there's something for everyone at the National Gallery.
Whether you want to look round on your own, use the Gallery’s audio tours, themed trails and apps, or access facilities for the blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, or those with mobility impairments, you’ll find that the Gallery caters for most needs.



Benjamin Franklin House at 36 Craven Street in the heart of London is a heritage ‘gem.’ For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more – lived there.

The House today brings history and innovation to life though the Historical Experience, Architectural Tours, the Student Science Centre (which serves over 2000 students each year in the building and in the community) and some 40 public events of the Robert H Smith Scholarship Centre.



For centuries culture vultures have swooped into Covent Garden, relishing the area’s eclectic, ever-changing mix of opera, ballet, theatre and drama, from highbrow to mainstream, fringe and beyond; No other urban quarter in the world is home to two esteemed artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet – in addition to more than twenty thriving theatres in the vicinity.

In addition the area offers a range of world-class fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores, from The Shop at Bluebird, Tom Ford, Mulberry and Tiffany & Co. to Petersham Nurseries and Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop, to name but a few.


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