Quaint pubs and glitzy bars, sprawling palaces and world-class galleries, blissfully wild parks, indie boutiques and iconic retailers. There’s a reason why London is one of the world’s best holiday destinations – there’s truly something for everyone.
A trip to London isn’t just about touring the big sites – although with Tudor palaces once home to kings and queens, two grand cathedrals and a Thamesside medieval castle housing the Crown Jewels, it’s tempting to do so. Mix your art galleries and museums (Tate Modern, V&A and the National History Museum, say), with shopping at antiques markets in colourful, film-famous Notting Hill or glamorous department stores like Harrods in Knightsbridge.
Dine in Michelin-starred restaurants then check out independent eateries and cafés taking in the full gamut of world cuisine – from perfect pizza and dainty modern Euro small plates, through banging biang biang noodles, Basque meats, pan-African fusion, Jewish diaspora diner fare, sensational sushi and so on. You can eat well all over the city, from the vibey southern enclaves of Brixton and Peckham to venerable Islington in the north and the hipster hinterlands out east in Dalston.
And whether you fancy shaking off last night’s revelries with a stroll or prefer to take the kids to the playground, there’s always a leafy, fauna-filled park nearby. Rain or shine, London never fails to thrill.