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.
'Bump, bump, bump', Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, pencil drawing by E. H. Shephard, 1926

Winnie-the-Pooh comes to the V&A in the UK’s largest exhibition of the bear of ‘very little brain’

Created by A. A. Milne and drawn by E. H. Shepard, Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the best-loved characters in children’s literature. Now a major exhibition is coming to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum

Entrance to GBR in Dukes of London, an all-day brasserie in St James’s

Review: GBR restaurant in Dukes of London, St James’s

This bright and chic brasserie tucked away in London’s St James’s offers refined respite from the busy shopping thoroughfare of Piccadilly

White Tower, Tower of London, history of London’s castles

The history of London’s castles

The capital is home to many palaces that have been impeccably preserved but London’s castles are a little more elusive. Here are four of the castles in London to have withstood the test of time…

See Britain’s Sistine Chapel, Greenwich’s Painted Hall, up close

Visitors to London’s Greenwich have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the magnificent Painted Hall’s ceiling, known as Britain’s Sistine Chapel, up close

London landmark, Big Ben clock tower and the Houses of Parliament | Big Ben’s Bongs

Big Ben’s bongs to fall silent during restoration work

The iconic sound of Big Ben’s bongs will not be heard in London until 2021 as essential restoration work is carried out to Westminster’s Elizabeth Tower

Chocolate afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel

Stop! You’ve been been pouring tea all wrong

Afternoon tea is popular in Britain. Whether tea is poured from a ceramic or a silver teapot can make all the difference. We asked some of our favourite tearooms – from Bettys in Yorkshire to…

Cherry Garden, Ham House, Richmond, London’s stately homes

London’s stately homes: Kenwood, Chiswick and Ham House

Better known for its royal palaces, London also boasts some great houses that provide a glimpse into the city’s aristocratic past. Here are some of the most magnificent of London’s stately homes

Roman gladiator show

Roman London: what to do at the Londinium 2017 festival

Gladiators, togas, chariots. We think we know what life in Roman London was like. But is any of it true? We preview Londinium, a season of events in the capital celebrating London’s Roman heritage

RSC, London, West End, Queen Anne

Review: Queen Anne reigns supreme at London’s Royal Haymarket Theatre

This Royal Shakespeare Company smash hit, which has just transferred to London’s West End, explores the troubled life of Queen Anne during a time of political turmoil

The Royal Opera House, London. Credit: The Royal Opera House

5 of the best London theatre hotspots

London’s theatre scene is at the heart of the capital’s creativity and a visit to a world-class show is a must-see for many visitors. Here we explore the best spots to sample a theatrical treat.