London

From the bright lights of the West End and Theatreland to the smart streets of Kensington and Chelsea and the busy bustle of the City and Canary Wharf, London is a great, sprawling melting pot of a city, a fascinating blend of history and modernity.
And 2012 has been an exciting year for the city, with the London Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee both being a storming success.
London skyline. Credit: Visit Britain

History of London’s Mayfair and St James

From Royal parks and palaces, to clothing and consumables fit for a king, this district forms the very heart of London. Discover how much this area was developed on the whims of royals and canny aristocrats.

Buckingham Palace With Flowers Blooming In The Queen's Garden, London, England. Credit: Shutterstock

Buckingham Palace: The Queen’s London residence

Take our tour of London’s grandest royal residences and you might even catch a glimpse of Her Majesty at home WORDS MARTHA ALEXANDER London is a city with such a glut of royal buildings, parks…

Piccadilly, London

Famous London Streets

Stuck for inspiration? Head to one of London’s most famous thoroughfares and see where the fancy takes you Words: Chris Beanland   The Mall For pure pomp, The Mall is hard to beat. Running from Admiralty…

Shopping in London - Harrods

Best shopping in London

Forget your endless malls and out-of-town retail parks. For a unique, enticing shopping experience, London remains a world-beating destination Words: Martha Alexander When it comes to retail therapy, killing all of your birds with one stone…

Best London Markets - Portobello Market

Top five London markets

For a true taste of London life, take a morning stroll around a city market before the crowds arrive Portobello Road Market Spanning the 1.5 miles from the shabby-chic charm of Ladbroke Grove to the…

Tower Bridge, London

Roman London

London is one of the great cities of the modern world, but it is built on ancient foundations. Here, we go in search of its origins There is a school of thought that considers the…

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Big ben’s chimes sound for last time in four years

When was Big Ben built? The history of London’s biggest icon

It is a symbol of London the world over, but do you know the origins of Big Ben? If you’ve ever asked yourself, ‘when was Big Ben built?’ then read on for a potted history…

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Top things to do in London in 2018

Make the most of your time in the capital this year. Try to squeeze as many of these top things to do in London into your visit as possible

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Hotels in central London: the best in five-star luxury

Make your next trip to London your most luxurious yet with a stay in one of these quintessentially English five-star London hotels

The London 2018 Guide is out now

Pick up your copy of the London 2018 Guide for the latest on the royal wedding, London’s most iconic landmarks (including Big Ben and Tower Bridge), and the best of the West End