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.

In 1123, one of London’s oldest churches, St Bartholomew-the-Great, in West Smithfield, was founded as a priory

Savoy, London, Afternoon Tea

5 of the best… afternoon teas in London

We’ve picked the finest treats London has to offer if you’re in the mood for a classic English afternoon tea

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Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, London, Open House London

London 2017: top 10 things to do

Plan the perfect holiday to the capital with our recommendations for some of the highlights of London’s cultural life this year.

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Emanuel, Princess Diana

Discover Princess Diana’s style at Kensington Palace

A fabulous exhibition of fashion icon Princess Diana’s stunning outfits explores her public style at her former home, Kensington Palace.

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South Banks

Cultural capital: Explore London’s Southbank

For the best culture in the capital, London’s Southbank still reigns supreme. Sally Coffey takes in the sights and sounds. 

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The Royal Opera House, London

5 of the best: London theatre hotspots

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

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Shaftesbury Avenue, London

25 best things to do in London

London is the most visited city in Europe and its delights are almost endless from royal palaces to cutting-edge culture. Here, we pick the 25 things every visitor must see.

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Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, London. Credit: VisitBritain/Jasmine Teer

Unlock the capital with Open House London 2016

A highly anticipated fixture in the capitalʼs cultural calendar, Open House London – a citywide celebration of buildings, places and spaces – takes place next weekend.

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10 facts about the Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London in 1666 is part of British folklore but how much do you really know about those dramatic three days in September?
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The dome of St Paul's Cathedral  above the modern city skyline Credit: Art Kowalsky/Alamy

Explore the history of the Great Fire of London

The famous blaze raged for days and its impact is still felt on the capital’s skyline. Neil Jones takes a closer look at the extraordinary events of the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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10 best stately homes

Britain has a wealth of beautiful stately homes, many of which are used as sets for filming period dramas for film and television. Here is our pick of the best. Read More »

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