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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.

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…

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 afternoon…

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…

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…

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?

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 year…

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.

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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…

London restaurants with a view

Feast your eyes: at these London restaurants, it’s the views of the capital that steal the show Butlers Wharf Chop House Tower Bridge turned 125 this year. To celebrate you can enjoy a spectacular picture-postcard…

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…