London Guides

About London

Britain’s capital city may be huge, but central London is surprisingly walkable, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The culturally diverse nature of the city makes it one of the most buzzing and cosmopolitan in the world.

Start and end your trip in the buzzing capital of the UK and take the Eurostar across to mainland Europe. Why not add a few nights of accommodation here to see the sights?

London Guides

Quick facts:

  • Rough location of city London, South East, UK
  • Language English
  • Population of city 7 million
  • Nearest airport Gatwick, Heathrow
  • Main train/bus station(s) St Pancras/King’s Cross (trains), Victoria (buses)
  • Best time to visit? All year round
  • Budget level? £££
  • Best for History/museums, shopping, landmarks, nightlife, arty

 

Main Districts

Westminster

The heart of the city of London. The most famous of London’s attractions are nearby, such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.

Camden

The focal point is the popular Camden Market, over 1000 shops and stalls selling alternative fashion, food, music & art.

Soho

Go to Leicester Square for glitz & glamour, Regent Street for shopping, and Old Compton Street for the best bars & nightclubs.

Top Attractions

Big Ben

When you ask someone to describe London, they usually mention London buses, red telephone boxes and Big Ben. This famous clock tower is part of the Palace of Westminster.

Tower Of London

One of London’s most popular tourist attractions, home of the Crown Jewels, and prison of many high profile historical characters like Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I, and the Kray Twins.

Trafalgar Square

Best known for its iconic fountains and giant lion statues, and hosting special events around the year, such as a New Year’s Day Parade, Chinese New Year Parade and Pride.

The Shard

This skyscraper is 95 storeys tall, making it the tallest building in the UK, and has one of the best viewing platforms of the city.

Best places to go out

Soho Notorious for the best night out in London, Soho hosts a range of dive bars, gay clubs, and exclusive star-studded hotspots. Among the most popular are Café de Paris and Club 49.

Brixton Up and coming and most importantly budget friendly, most people go for the quirky bars, pubs and street food joints. There’s also some great live music venues.

Covent Garden Stylish and grown up, Covent Garden is one of London’s most elegant districts. The daytime shopping frenzies dwindle down into a lively evening atmosphere of cocktails and dancing.

Best Culture Spots

Southbank Centre There’s always something going on at this multi-arts venue, including art, theatre, dance, music and literature.

British Museum holding a massive collection of art and world exhibitions, this museum is a British household name. Admission is free.

Victoria & Albert Museum The world’s largest museum of art and design. The museum holds over 4.5 million objects from ancient Chinese ceramics to present day. Admission is free.