London is the largest city in the United Kingdom and its landmarks are world famous. You will already know many of them, but there are plenty of hidden gems that London has in store for you. From dive bars to £25 cocktails, burger joints to dining on the 32nd floor of the Shard and from hidden laneways to breathtaking views from the London Eye, this city has it all and even more.
London has two major international airports, Gatwick (LGW) & Heathrow (LHR) and several smaller ones, that are serviced by every major airline and world destination. You can also access every region of the UK from London via train or bus. There is also a reliable network of trains, buses and subways that service all of the Greater London metropolitan region and link with the other regional networks as well.
WHEN TO GO
London, like the rest of the United Kingdom has fairly changeable weather and whatever time of year you go, it is recommended to prepare for four seasons in one day. That said, we love the month of June for slightly lower prices, royal events and sunny weather.
WHAT TO EAT
Beigel Bake ($), Efes ($$), The Bohemia ($$), Hog Roast ($$), Cabana ($$), Quilon ($$$), Oblix ($$$$), The Ritz ($$$$$)
THINGS TO DO
[Tower of London] While a trip to Buckingham Palace is top of the list for many first timers, there can be surprisingly little to see and infrequent openings so we recommend a trip to the Tower of London instead. This medieval castle is home to the crown jewels, bloody history and the iconic beefeaters.
[Tate Modern] The Tate Modern is a haven for world class modern art. The museum has large exhibition halls which are frequently used by performance artists and other temporary exhibits. The view from The Switch House too is fantastic. The 360 degree panoramic viewing point is free to enter, as is the museum and offers great views to rival that of the expensive London Eye & The Shard.
[Borough Market] Foodies should look no further than this historic market place nestled below a rattling railway bridge on London’s artistic Southbank. Head to Pieminster for a traditional British Pie or pastry.
[Soho] This trendy area of central London is filled with pubs, bars and clubs that will cater to everyone and all budgets.The area is also a haven for gay-bars and is extremely welcoming to LGBTQ travellers. Head to The Piano Bar for stylish cocktails and live piano.
[Harrods] Whether you have money to burn or can only window shop, Harrods department store is the place to be to really feel like you’re living the highlife. Split over 7 floors and nearly 350 departments, this is the place to be seen and you may even spot a celebrity.
[Royal Observatory] For a change of pace, journey slightly outside the city centre to the place where East meets West. This fascinating place is the reference point for time across the world (GMT). And the adjacent park has amazing views of the London skyline.
Other Things to Do: Big Ben, The Science Museum, Covent Garden, Hyde Park, Camden Market