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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. 

And whether you're bound for the vibey southern enclaves of Brixton and Peckham, venerable Islington in the north or the hipster hinterlands out east in Dalston, come summertime, you'll find Londoners coming together in vibrant settings – perhaps with an expertly-mixed Aperol Spritz in hand – to see in London's delightfully balmy evenings.

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.

Brought to you this summer with Aperol Spritz