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Portals to the past: The history of London’s blue plaques

Scattered across London in stately prominence and secret corners, the blue plaques scheme brings buildings to life Words: Jessica Tooze On a quiet Chelsea street between the River Thames and the bustling King’s Road, the odd passer-by...

Tea with a twist

Once the current crisis is over, why not treat yourself to a slap-up afternoon tea in one of London's grand hotels? For a fresh and quirky take on tradition, try one of these themed...
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 and...

Top 5 London restaurants for a Christmas meal

For a festive meal to remember, head for one of the capital’s historic restaurants. Wiltons For a special meal, Wiltons is hard to beat. Started as an oyster stall in 1742, Wiltons was opened as a...

Guy Fawkes: the man behind the guy

The effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned throughout Britain at this time of year, but how much do we really know of the famous Gunpowder Plot conspirator? The classic rhyme “Remember, remember the fifth of November" features one of...

Best British destinations in October

October is often seen as an in-between month – it's not quite winter, though summer is a distant memory. We've highlighted a few of the best British places to visit at this time of...
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Best independent shops in London

LONDON'S MOST QUIRKY AND CHARACTERFUL INDEPENDENT SHOPS ARE A JOY TO BROWSE Like all big cities, London has a large turnover: many shops open and close every year, but in hardly any other metropolis will...

House Rules

Combining a thousand years of history, the drama of modern-day politics and majestic architecture, a visit to the seat of British government is quite an experience If the walls of Westminster Hall, the oldest part...

Glorious Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is the most elegant area of south-east London, straddling the world's hemispheres with glorious architecture and green open space. We list its must-see gems. Cutty Sark: As part of...
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...
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