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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.
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…

Kensington Palace: A Royal Home. Credit: Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace: A Royal Home

As royal wedding excitement hits fever pitch, we explore the London borough the newlyweds will call home Words Chantal Borciani Flanked by the verdant acres of Hyde Park and a stone’s throw from walks along…

London skyline. Credit: Visit Britain

History of London’s Mayfair and St James

From Royal parks and palaces, to clothing and consumables fit for a king, this district forms the very heart of London. Discover how much this area was developed on the whims of royals and canny aristocrats.

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…

Best London Markets - Portobello Market

Top five London markets

For a true taste of London life, take a morning stroll around a city market before the crowds arrive Portobello Road Market Spanning the 1.5 miles from the shabby-chic charm of Ladbroke Grove to the…

Tower Bridge, London

Roman London

London is one of the great cities of the modern world, but it is built on ancient foundations. Here, we go in search of its origins There is a school of thought that considers the…

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Big ben’s chimes sound for last time in four years

When was Big Ben built? The history of London’s biggest icon

It is a symbol of London the world over, but do you know the origins of Big Ben? If you’ve ever asked yourself, ‘when was Big Ben built?’ then read on for a potted history…