Experience high society in one of the great cities of the world. London is the ultimate cosmopolitan playground, where the historical and the stylish reign supreme. The extent of the British Empire’s reach across the world can be found on every corner. From street fashions to Indian cuisine to the royal family, cultural treasures abound in London.
Taste of Royalty
Marvel at the enduring power of the British Empire at the Palace of Westminster
, a collage of architectural styles where the Houses of Parliament sit. At the north end of the Palace, you can hear the iconic Big Ben
ring its bell at the top of every hour. Worship in the halls of Westminster Abbey
, the Early English Gothic church that has presided over royal weddings and where monarchs are buried. Parliament Square
is a protest hub where you’ll find statues of Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi.
Palace of Westminister
Only a mile away is Buckingham Palace
, the home of the British Royal Family since 1837. Parts of the palace, like Green Park
, are open to the public to get a glimpse of royal life. It’s also the daily site of the Changing of the Guard
, a traditional ceremony where you can witness the discipline of the Queen’s Guard as they rotate a new batch of soldiers. The eerie Tower of London
is actually a 22-tower castle with exhibits on the sometimes brutal history of the British monarch.
View from the Top
The London Eye
is the most popular paid attraction in the UK. This ferris wheel stands 443 feet tall, where a 30-minute ride in one of its spacious pods offers breathtaking views of the city. You can see the wheel, as well as Tower Bridge
, lit up at night from a cruise on the River Thames
, the iconic river that has brought industry into the city for centuries.
The London Eye
is the premier destination for live entertainment. Adventure seekers can take guided climbs to the roof of the O2. The Shard is a
futuristic skyscraper with the highest views in all of Western Europe.
Center of the World
London is where cultures and peoples collide, so it’s no wonder there are so many meeting spots popping with energy. A vibrant street junction in the heart of London, Piccadilly Circus
is home to a collection of video displays, the famous statue of Eros
, and theater venues like the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre. The area is so crowded with traffic, tourists, and advertisements that it’s called the “Times Square of Britain”.
is an entertainment hub famous for hosting film premieres of the biggest blockbusters. Visit Prince Charles Cinema to see cult films and marathon nights. Nearby Soho
is the center of the city’s LGBT community. Trafalgar Square
is the true center of London, where everything from political rallies to holiday celebrations are held regularly.
Local Showing Pride in Soho
is the busiest shopping street in Europe, with hundreds of designer stores and vibrant window displays. Iconic double-decker red buses pass through all day. Down the road is more posh Bond Street
, where doormen stand patiently outside its jewelry stores, watchmakers, and handbag stores. Electric Avenue
in the south London district of Brixton is known for its diverse food market and dozens of small businesses giving it a charming neighborhood feel. Shoreditch
is a trendy nightlife area of London packed with happening spots like XOYOnightclub
There’s no better place to feel like a proud Londoner than a good British pub. Head on over to The Princess Victoria
in West London for a pint of Guinness and a scotch egg on a gloomy day. A scotch egg is quintessential British pub fare: a soft boiled egg, wrapped in minced pork, rolled in bread crumbs, and deep fried. Cut it in half and you’ll get that runny yolk oozing over the mincemeat to eat on a gloomy morning. For the best fish and chips in town, visit The Fryer’s Delight
, where battered haddock and mushy peas are served alongside chips fried in beef dripping.
London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. British Indians in particular have made their mark for generations. You'll find the best chicken tikka masala or black daal in restaurants like The Punjab
in Covent Garden .
The first Nigerians arrived in the slave trade over two centuries ago. The south-east district of Peckham is now known as Little Lagos
. There you’ll find churches, mosques, and restaurants like Nigerian BBQ joint Obalende Suya Express
Culture for the Masses
London is famous for world-renowned exhibitions that are free to the public. The Science Museum
is the most popular science and tech museum in the world, with over seven floors of interactive exhibits like the Apollo 10 flight simulator. The Natural History Museum
houses natural wonders like a giant sequoia tree, animatronic dinosaurs, and glow-in-the-dark crystals. The magnificent Victoria and Albert Museum
celebrates thousands of years of human creativity in design, fashion, and art. Highlights include the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries and the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art.
Natural History Museum, London
The lasting influence of the British monarchy hovers over the cloudy skies of London. No matter what your cup of tea is, the city is proof that anyone can enjoy the finer things in life.