Introduction to London
Few cities can match the fun that comes naturally to London. Beloved as one of the world's greatest cities, the historic capital is practically drenched in popular culture, artistic flair and one too many pints. Where the Tower of London tells sordid tales of betrayals, torture chambers and kings, the boutiques along Soho's Carnaby Street continue to bask in its swinging sixties fame and the Tate Modern displays all that is up-to-the-minute in the art world.
Though it may be the shining beacon of British life, home to the country's famous Royal Family, London's immense diversity makes it a world in a city. You never have to walk far to find cuisine from every country, varied music pulsates from the clubs to the city's cabs and high street shopping is just the tip of the iceberg. From the razzle-dazzle of the West End to the peaceful greenery of Hampstead Heath and the endless hum of chatter permeating from every corner pub, fun in London comes in all forms. It's up to you to choose your own adventure.
A London adventure can take on many forms, but for the most part, the city's iconic spots are hard to resist. Don't leave London without exploring the River Thames and its famous neighbouring landmarks such as the Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Equally, a trip to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard is a must-do, while a ride on the London Eye will treat you to the best view in the city.
For retail therapy London-style, Oxford Street is the obvious choice, while those looking for a taste of the green English countryside can find it in Richmond Park or Hampstead Heath. Entertainment is world famous in the West End, with award-winning musicals taking place every night. Equally famous art can be found in the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, the Victoria and Albert gallery.
For more must-dos in London, check out our things to do page and start planning your London holiday.