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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.

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…

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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…

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…