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.
Wildmeadow flowers in Barnes

Charming South London villages: Dulwich, Blackheath and Barnes

The villages of south London retain distinct identities amid the capital’s cosmopolitan bustle. Here, we reveal some of the highlights

As You Like It

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: As You Like It

Watching Shakespeare under the stars is an essential part of the London summer season. So what did our reviewer make of As You Like It?

The Final of the Gentlemen's Singles Roger Federer (SUI) v Andy Murray (GBR) The Championships Wimbledon 2012. plan your Wimbledon Tennis fortnight

Plan your 2018 Wimbledon Tennis fortnight

Have you planned your Wimbledon Tennis fortnight? Here is our guide to getting the most out of your trip If like us Wimbledon Tennis fortnight is the highlight of your sporting calendar, then get your…

The Triforium, Westminster Abbey

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries open at Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, set some 52 feet above the Abbey’s floor in the 13th-century triforium, has opened to the public for the first time in 700 years The triforium, tucked beneath the vaults,…

Sir Robert Peel. Credit: Creative Commons

History of the Metropolitan Police

In 1829 the Home Secretary, Robert Peel, founded the the Metropolitan Police in London Before the passing of the Metropolitan Police Act, law enforcement among the general population was carried out by volunteer constables and ‘watchmen’….

Fred Perry in action at Wimbledon in 1936. The history of Wimbledon tennis: where it all began

The history of Wimbledon Tennis

We look back at the history of the tennis championships, which bring Wimbledon to a standstill every year.

Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey, London. Credit: Westminster Abbey

How London inspired the world’s greatest authors

From Virginia Woolf to Charles Dickens, many of the world’s greatest authors have drawn inspiration from life in the English capital  WORDS  Florence Sheward Virginia Woolf For centuries, London has acted as both a nurturing…

Millennium bridge with St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: Getty Images

London at night

With several tube lines now running 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday, we celebrate the many nocturnal delights of the English capital WORDS Steve Pill In her 1927 essay Street Haunting, Virginia Woolf claimed…

London’s historic pubs

For a true measure of London life, pay a visit to one of the capital’s best historic pubs WORDS George Dailey Cittie of Yorke In 1951, Dylan Thomas, one of the finest Welsh poets ever to…

London from Southwark, c.1630. Old London Bridge is in the right foreground and old St Paul's Cathedral on the skyline to the left. This is one of the few remaining pictures showing the city before the Great Fire. photoS: Credit: Digital Image Library / Alamy

Discover Shakespeare’s London

Follow our guided tour from St Paul’s to London Bridge for a vivid glimpse of the city in Shakespearean times WORDS David Thomas Start at St Paul’s Station. Take exit two from the station and…