Our annual guide to the capital brings you fascinating features on our historic landmarks and royal palaces, plus our guide to the best days out and where to eat, drink and sleep.
Ever since the Romans landed here circa AD50 and began to lay the foundations of Londinium on the banks of the Thames, our capital city has been developing into the sprawling metropolis it is today.
Home to some of Britain’s most impressive architecture – from the Palace of Westminster to St Paul’s Cathedral – as well as the site of many momentous events, it’s a city to be reckoned with.
But while the cobbled streets and taverns that inspired our literary greats still evoke a sense of this rich past, London is constantly evolving, offering the best in contemporary theatre, shopping and restaurants.
Our annual London Guide has everything you need to plan your trip, including:
Hampton Court Palace
This palace, which was once the home of King Henry VIII consists of two distinct halves: its Tudor origins and its 17th-century makeover and its walls tell as many stories as the ghosts that haunt them.
Hampton Court Palace and its famous maze are open year-round, with the exception of 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January. Get ticketing info and opening times for Hampton Court Palace.
This was the childhood playground and school of King George III and a visit here will reveal a different side to the king that everyone remembers as ‘mad’.
In 2015 it will be open from 2 April until the end of September. You can find out about Kew Palace ticket prices and how to get there here.
The most well-known of all the royal residences, Buckingham Palace has performed many roles over the years but first and foremost the Queen is most likely to consider it her office.
As it is a working palace visitors can only come at select times. The summer opening times in 2015 are from 1 August until 27 September, but if you’re quick you could also book yourself on an exclusive guided tour between now and 1 February 2015. Find out more about visiting Buckingham Palace.
Tower of London
In 2014 this historic building played a pivotal role in the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War with its revered poppy installation but whenever you choose to visit there are fascinating histories to discover, from the Princes in the Tower to the truth behind Anne Boleyn’s execution.
The Tower of London is open year-round, see opening times and prices for the Tower of London here.
From the capital’s new sky-high hotel, to the epitome of British luxury, we round-up some of London’s best hotels. Check-out some of our full reviews below.
London restaurants and bars
The restaurant scene in London is always evolving, with new eateries opening every week, but there are also some faithful establishments that have stood the test of time. Follow the links for some reviews.
Come with us as we take you on a photographic tour inside some of London’s most iconic buildings, revealing a side of them rarely seen before, and sharing some of their secrets…
Westminster Abbey is just one of our recommended days out and its ancient environs hides many a murky history….
To read all this and much more see the London 2015 Guide
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