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.

Top 10 historic pubs in London

With over 3,500 pubs still pouring pints in the capital, here’s our recommended classics to help define your trundle down Tippling Street… 1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Rebuilt after The Great Fire in 1667 this…

The story of the Royal Albert Hall

Prince Albert’s huge domed red-brick amphitheatre celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2021. We look at the history of London’s most atmospheric concert venue

The London 2022 travel guide is out now

London 2022 is the perfect travelling companion if you have a trip to Britain’s capital coming up soon (or want a good excuse to book one) Containing all you need to know about the city’s…

Top 5 London hotels for families

From special family packages to children’s concierges and one-off experiences, if you’re looking to treat little ones to a stay in the capital they’ll never forget, here’s our pick of London’s best family-friendly luxury hotels…

5 best places for afternoon tea in London

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, which takes place from 8-14 August this year, we’ve picked the finest treats London has to offer.

The virtual Viking Cruises British Art Prize 2021 exhibition is now open

The inaugural Viking Cruises British Art Prize exhibition is now open online, after Covid restrictions made organising a physical exhibition impossible Hosted by Artists & Illustrators, the UK’s most popular magazine for practising artists, in…

The terrace of Sabine has a stunning view of St Paul's Cathedral

London restaurants and bars with a view

Feast your eyes: at these London bars and restaurants, it’s the views of the capital that steal the show Sabine London’s newest rooftop bar, Sabine, offers something special: a spectacular close-up view of the dome…

Curating the Crown: Tracy Borman’s insider’s guide to London

Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman shares the highlights of the job and reveals her favourite haunts Author of biographies on Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Thomas Cromwell, as well as the…

Couture chocolate. Credit: Jose Lasheras

London’s chocolate heritage

Once dens of debauchery and political plotting, the capital’s chocolate shops have a rich history. Today they are an altogether sweeter affair, writes Oonagh Turner Wander down St James’s clubland and you’ll be greeted with…

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…