You better start planning your trip from the moment you book flights to London, because there are few cities with so much choice when it comes to things to see and do. From Tower Bridge to the Tate Modern, London’s landmarks and attractions will leave your head spinning like the London Eye! Of course, if it all gets a little too much you can always take a little time out for a picnic in St James Park, a walk across Hampstead Heath, or a cruise down the Thames… and with three London airports to choose from, it couldn’t be easier to book low fare flights to London with Ryanair.
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London is full of things to see and do; from famous attractions such as the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Tower of London and the Tate Modern; to great shopping opportunities; to wide open urban green spaces and much, much more. Read on for inspiration and handy tips on the unmissable places to visit while you're in London. Many attractions on this list are to free to enter; another great reason to fall in love with London.
The National Gallery

You can find hundreds of the most famous, beautiful and challenging paintings in the world at the National Gallery. Discover inspiring art by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Monet and Van Gogh.

​Address: Trafalgar Square​Phone: +44 20 7747 2885​Website:​More info:
The British Museum

One of the biggest and finest museums in the world, the British Museum is home to some of the most treasured historical artefacts in existence. The extensive exhibition include the Rosetta Stone, Assyrian treasures, the Egyptian mummies and the museum's spectacular, light-filled Great Court. A new restaurant has recently been opened in the Great Court; an ideal spot for afternoon tea under the magnificent roof. There are also free tours and guides to take advantage of at the museum.

​Address: Great Russell Street, London​Phone: +44 20 7323 8000​Website:​Opening hours: Open daily 10.00-17.30, open late until 20.30 on Fridays.Subway: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, and Goodge Street Tube stations are all close by.Tickets: Free (some temporary exhibitions are ticketed)
Madame Tussauds London

With more than 300 wax figures, the Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience and Spirit of London Taxi Ride, there's plenty to entertain at Madame Tussauds London. The uncannily lifelike wax figures of famous (and infamous) individuals from throughout history are, of course, the highlight, with everyone from Johnny Depp and One Direction to The Queen and Muhammad Ali making an appearance.

​Address: Marylebone Road, London​Website: Baker Street is the closest Tube stationTickets: Adult tickets: from £22.50 (advanced online price)
West End Theatre

London's West End is renowned the world over for its high quality, creative and diverse shows. Whether it's thought-provoking Shakespearean theatre you're into, or light-hearted musicals such as We Will Rock You and The Lion King, you'll find a show to suit your tastes in the West End – the home of theatre in London. To kick start your search, why not check out the VisitLondon Top 10 guide to musicals in London at

​Address: London​Website:
HM Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. It's also a mysterious place full of dark secrets, strange stories and historic relics. Here you can admire the priceless Crown Jewels, explore the Medieval Palace, visit the infamous Bloody Tower, and go on a tour with a Yeoman Warder to learn about the many executions that took place here.

​Address: Tower Hill, London​Phone: +44 20 3166 6000​Website:​Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 09.00-16.30. Sunday-Mon 10.00-16.30.Subway: Tower Hill is the closest Tube station.Tickets: Adult tickets: £19.50. Child tickets: £9.75.
Hyde Park

Spread over 350 acres, Hyde Park is a green haven in the centre of London. The park is home to 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, not to mention a bustling programme of activities and events including horse riding, skating, cycling, swimming and boating. Highlights to look out for include the Serpentine Bridge, Joy of Life fountain, Achilles statue, Diana Memorial Fountain and Speaker's Corner.

​Address: London​Phone: +44 300 061 2000​Website:​Opening hours: The park is open daily from 05.00-00.00Subway: Lancaster Gate, Queensway, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge stations are all situated around the edge of Hyde Park.Tickets: Free
Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum houses hundreds of amazing exhibits from the natural world in one of London's most beautiful landmark buildings. Highlights include the popular Dinosaurs gallery, the model blue whale, the Cocoon specimen centre and special events and debates in the Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio, including a chance to meet the scientists.

​Address: Cromwell Road, London​Phone: +44 20 7942 5000​Website:​Opening hours: The museum is open daily 10.00-17.50Subway: South Kensington Tube station is the closestTickets: Free (some exhibitions have separate charges)
St Paul's Cathedral

The 17th century St Paul's Cathedral on Ludgate Hill in the City of London is one of the city's most iconic buildings. It was designed by the illustrious Sir Christopher Wren and it was the highest building in London until as late as 1962. Use the touch-screen multimedia guides, or take a guided tour, to learn about the famous interior or, if you're feeling fit, climb up to the Whispering Gallery (to try out the acoustics) and on towards the golden Gallery at the top of the dome where you'll be rewarded with amazing views across London. You can also descend into the crypt where you'll find memorials of heroes such as Admiral Lord Nelson.

​Address: St Paul's Churchyard, London​Phone: +44 20 7246 8350​Website:​Opening hours: Open Monday-Saturday, 08.30-16.00.Subway: St Paul's Tube station is close by. Alternatively, there are a number of buses that go through the area.Tickets: Adult tickets: £14.50. Child tickets: £6.
Wembley Stadium Tour

Relive those glory moments in sport and entertainment with a behind-the-scenes look through London's biggest stadium, Wembley. The tour walks you through the press room, the England football team changing rooms, through the players' tunnel, out onto the famous pitch, and up the Trophy Winner's steps to the Royal Box where you can stand alongside The FA Cup. A new section of the tour takes in the Exhibition of Champions, which takes a look at the 57 UEFA Champions League football finals from 1956 to 2012. This is also the stadium where England won the 1966 World Cup and where the Live Aid concert took place in 1985.

​Address: Empire Way, Wembley, London​Website:​Opening hours: 10.00-16.00 every day except 25 December, 26 December, 1 January, and before, during and immediate after major events.Subway: Wembley Park Station is a 10 minute walk from the stadium.Tickets: Adult tickets: £16. Child tickets: £9.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of the original open-air theatre on the banks of the river Thames, where the playwright, William Shakespeare, first staged many of his famous plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Located just a few hundred yards from its original site, today's Globe Theatre stages classic and modern interpretations of Shakespeare's work as well as brand-new plays. And at just £5 for a standing ticket, you can't lose! The exhibition has audio guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. There are expert guided tours as well every 30 minutes.

​Address: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London​Phone: +44 20 7401 9919​Website:​Opening hours: The theatre is open May-September. The exhibition and tour are open all year round except 24 and 25 December, Monday-Sunday 09.00-17.30 (shorter hours from 6-30 March 2014).Subway: Blackfriars, London Bridge and Mansion House are the nearest Tube stationsTickets: From £5
SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Located next to the London Eye along the South Bank, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium has one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life covering more than 500 species, 14 themed areas and two million litres of water. The exhibition includes favourites such as seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and clown fish. It's also an interactive experience so you can feed the stingrays, see the sharks' feeding time, watch diving displays and go 'under the sea' in the glass tunnel walkway.

​Address: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London​Website:​Opening hours: The aquarium is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day), 10.00-19:00 (last entry 18.00).Subway: Waterloo station is roughly 5 minutes' walk away.Tickets: Adult tickets: £23.10. Child tickets: £16.50
Legoland Windsor

Set in 150 acres of parkland, the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is situated just outside London. It is home to more than 55 rides, shows, attractions and workshops, all geared towards children up to 12 years of age. This theme park is a great place for a family day trip, but for fun seekers who wish to try everything the park has to offer over several days, you can stay at the Resort Hotel and enjoy its themed rooms. Inside the park you can get on board a Lego submarine, see London's iconic landscape in miniature form, test your skills at The Driving School, and get soaking wet on the water rides, to name just a few.

​Address: Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire​Website:​Opening hours: The park opens at 10.00 and closes 17.00 on weekdays, 18.00 on weekends, and 19.00 every day from the end of July to the end of August.Subway: Take a train from London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central via Slough, or from Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside direct. A shuttle bus service operates from both stations to the park.Tickets: Adult tickets: £46.60. Child tickets: £41:00. Children under 3 go free.
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace was King Henry VIII's favourite royal residence, and is full of thrilling stories and beautiful sights. Inside you can explore the Medieval Great Hall where William Shakespeare’s company once performed, as well the huge Tudor kitchens and the Haunted Gallery. The palace has much to see outdoors as well with a puzzling maze, beautiful gardens and large park to enjoy. Other highlights include daily costumed tours and talks, as well as the annual Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

​Address: East Molesey, Surrey​Phone: +44 20 3166 6000​Website:​Opening hours: The palace is open Mon-Sun 10.00-16.30 (last admission 15.30)Subway: Hampton Court train station is just across the bridge.Tickets: Adult tickets: £18.20. Child tickets: £9.10.
National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in Central London holds more than 195,000 portraits of famous men and women who have shaped British history from the 16th Century to the present day. Sitters include kings, queens, film stars, politicians, musicians and many more, painted by acclaimed artists such as Holbein, David Hockney, Cecil Beaton and Lucian Freud. The gallery's rolling calendar of exhibitions is worth investigating as well, particularly the annual BP Portrait Awards.

​Address: St Martin’s Place, London​Phone: +44 207 306 0055​Website:​Opening hours: Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thu-Fri 10.00-21.00Subway: Charing Cross and Leicester Square Tube stations are both within 5 minutes' walk. There are also many buses that go through the area.Tickets: Free (some exhibitions have separate charges)
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Step into the magical world of Harry Potter and visit the film sets where the series was shot on Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. On the tour you can nosy around Dumbledore's office, enter the Great Hall, walk down Diagon Alley, see how the technical whizzes made Harry Potter fly, and watch special effect animatronics come to life. A must for fans of the world's favourite boy wizard.

​Address: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden​Website:​Opening hours: 9.00/10.00-16.00/16.30 (depending on time of year)Tickets: Advance purchased adult tickets: £59.00. Child tickets: £52.00. These prices include return coach travel from Victoria and Baker Street (when booking through the website)
Museum of London

Discover the story of the world's greatest city at The Museum of London. The tale begins during prehistoric London, detailing the influence of the Romans and Saxons on the city, and on towards Medieval London. Along the way you will encounter civil wars, deathly plague and rampant fires. Journey through the Galleries of Modern London, along Victorian streets, and on towards the lavish Lord Mayor's Coach display.

​Address: 150 London Wall, City of London​Phone: +44 20 7001 9844​Website:​Opening hours: 10.00-18.00 every day except 24-26 DecemberSubway: Barbican, St Paul's or Moorgate Tube stations are only a few minutes on foot when exiting the station.Tickets: This museum is free to enter.
WWT London Wetland Centre

The 105-acre WWT London Wetland Centre is a wildlife reserve on the outskirts of Central London. Here you will find plenty of rare birds, beautiful lakes, tranquil gardens and calming meadows to walk amongst and admire, as well as other natural attractions worth spotting such as a family of otters. You can also take a free, expert-guided tour, chill out at the Water's Edge Café, and watch the kids run free in the indoor and outdoor adventure areas.

​Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London​Phone: +44 20 8409 4400​Website:​Opening hours: The centre is open 7 days a week, except 25 December: 09.30-18.00 during the summer; 09.30-17.00 during the winter.Subway: From Hammersmith station take the number 283 bus which stops at the centreTickets: Adult tickets: £9.95. Child tickets: £5.50.
Sherlock Holmes Museum

221b Baker Street is the official home of the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived here from 1881 to 1904, according to the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The museum features Holmes' detailed study, life-size waxworks representing scenes from Holmes and Watson's adventures, and a souvenir shop.

​Address: 221b Baker Street, London​Phone: +44 207 224 3688​Website:​Opening hours: Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day) from 09.30-18.00Subway: Baker Street is the closest Tube stationTickets: Adult tickets: £8. Child tickets: £5.
City Cruises

See London from a different angle by taking a cruise along the famous River Thames. City Cruises offer frequent sightseeing trips between Westminster, Waterloo (next to the EDF Energy London Eye), Tower and Greenwich piers. Options include tea-time cruises, evening cruises, a jazz cruise and The London Showboat, a dinner/cabaret/dance cruise.

​Address: Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London​Phone: +44 20 7740 0400​Website:​Opening hours: The cruises are available every day except 25 December.Tickets: Adult tickets: from £12.00. Child tickets: from £6.00.
The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington has a breathtaking collection of design and art, ranging from Islamic art, to fine European jewellery, to famous watercolours by artists such as John Constable, and iconic fashion creations by Vivienne Westwood. Explore the permanent collection or visit one of the museum's world-class, and always popular, temporary exhibitions. Look out for the quirky Friday Lates events that happen on the last Friday of every month.

​Address: Cromwell Road, London​Phone: +44 20 7942 2000​Website:​Opening hours: Sat-Thu 10.00-17.45, Fri 10.00-22.00Subway: South Kensington Tube station is the closestTickets: Free (some exhibitions have a separate charge)
The London Dungeon

London's history is filled with gruesome tales and scary characters. The new London Dungeon attraction on the south bank of the Thames retells some of those bloody stories. Using live costume, 360° sets and a multitude of special effects, The London Dungeon takes you through 1000 years of London's gory past in 90 terror-filled minutes. Look out for Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd along the way, as well as two underground thrill-seeking rides. This is not an attraction for those of a nervous disposition.

​Address: County Hall, Riverside Building, London​Phone: +44 20 7403 7221​Website:​Opening hours: The London Dungeon is open 7 days a week, every day of the year, except Christmas Day. Opening hours vary throughout the year.Subway: Waterloo station is a 5 minute walk away. This station is served by various Tube line as well as train services. There are also many London buses that go through the area.Tickets: Adult tickets: £21.00. Child tickets: £16.00.
Thanks to London's rich mix of cultures, the capital's restaurants serve up delicious food from all corners of the globe. Whatever cuisine you fancy, you're sure to find it in London – be it Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Caribbean, Polish, French, Italian, Afghan, Ethiopian, American, Spanish, South African, Persian… the list goes on. There's also an exciting buzz on the British culinary scene in London, with innovative chefs rethinking traditional British classics and creating new favourites – all with an emphasis on fresh, local produce. Plus with Michelin-starred restaurants, family-friendly eateries, cosy gastropubs, fast food joints and quirky cafes dotted all over the city, there's something for every budget too.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

If the name alone doesn’t sell it, the three Michelin stars that Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was honoured with should. Located in affluent Chelsea, the restaurant serves up modern French food in an elegant, intimate atmosphere - under the masterly gaze of head chef Clare Smyth.

​Address: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, 68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP​Phone: +44 20 7352 4441​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:15 and 18:30-22:15Subway: South Kensington, Sloane Square
Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge is the first and only British pub to be certified as organic by the Soil Association. The menu at the Islington gastropub unsurprisingly features an excellent range of delicious organic food and drinks, and changes daily according to what seasonal food is available.

​Address: The Duke of Cambridge, 30 St Peters Street, Islington, London N1 8JT​Phone: +44 20 7359 3066​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:30Subway: Angel
Fifteen London

Rustic yet elegant modern British food is the focus at Jamie Oliver's East London restaurant Fifteen. Under the helm of Jon Rotheram, the restaurant uses top British meat and fish (butchered and prepared on site every day) and fresh ingredients to create delicious dishes such as grilled plaice, Jerusalem artichoke & brown shrimp; Lindisfarne oysters, sweet & sour apple vinaigrette; and Chocolate & malt mousse.

​Address: Fifteen, 15 Westland Place, London N1 7LP​Phone: +44 20 3375 1515​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-22:00Subway: Old Street
Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Cafe brings the sights and sounds of the jungle to London's famous Piccadilly Circus, with elephants, gorillas, jaguars, crocodiles, butterflies, tropical fish tanks, an indoor waterfall and roaring thunderstorm sounds. Feeding time is a fun, family-friendly affair, with steaks, burgers, pasta and salads on the menu.

​Address: Rainforest Cafe, 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EU​Phone: +44 20 7434 3111​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-22:00, Sat 11:30-22:30, Sun 11:30-22:00Subway: Piccadilly Circus
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal's Knightsbridge restaurant Dinner is known for its inventive menu of historically inspired British dishes. Choose from dishes such as Earl Grey Tea cured Salmon (c.1730), Spiced Pigeon (c.1780) and Tipsy Cake (c.1810) - or let the chef do the choosing by going for the Set Lunch Menu or splashing out on a seat at the Chef's Table, which directly faces the restaurant's custom-built show kitchen.

​Address: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA​Phone: +44 20 7201 3833​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 12:00-14:30 and 18:30-22:30​More info: Located inside Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotelSubway: Knightsbridge
Gaucho - Piccadilly

The glitzy Piccadilly branch of Argentinian restaurant Gaucho is spread over four floors. Alongside the main restaurant is the Cavas De Gaucho wine boutique, a ground-floor wine bar and a supper lounge on the top floor. Steaks, of course, are high on the menu - but there are many other dishes to try too, from Ecuadorian ceviche to Scamorza and potato ravioli.

​Address: Gaucho, 25 Swallow Street, London W1B 4QR​Phone: +44 20 7734 4040​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-23:00​More info: Located close to Regent Street, W1Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Green Park

Sketch is an eccentric, original and elegant venue off Regent Street founded by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz. The unique space comprises five dining areas: The Parlour patisserie and restaurant, The Glade bar, The Gallery brasserie, the two Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library dining room and The East Bar.

​Address: Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG​Phone: +44 20 7659 4500​Website:​Opening hours: Daily (see website for times)Subway: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley is renowned for its sophisticated menu of modern, light European cuisine. Tucked away inside the elegant Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge, the Michelin-starred restaurant is declared by many to be the best fine dining restaurant in London. Make a date to enjoy the Taste menu or one of the many delicious specialties from the a la carte.

​Address: Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL​Phone: +44 20 7235 6000​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12.00-14:30 and 18.00-23:00Subway: Knightsbridge, Hype Park Corner

Inamo is a pioneering Oriental fusion restaurant and bar where the control of the dining experience is placed firmly in your own hands, thanks to an interactive ordering system. Instead of reading a long list of dish names, you simply pick your favourite from an illustrated food and drinks menu projected onto your table surface. The pan-Asian menu includes influences from Japan, China, Thailand, Korea and beyond.

​Address: Inamo, 134-136 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8ZP​Phone: +44 20 7851 7051 ​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Wed 17:00-23:30, Thu 12:00-15:00 and 17:00-23:30, Fri-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-22.30Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus
Mestizo Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Colourful and welcoming, Mestizo Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar serves quality, traditional Mexican cuisine. Downstairs from the relaxing restaurant you'll also find a stylish tequila bar serving cocktails, tequila and 'antojitos' (Mexican tapas).

​Address: Mestizo, 103 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 3EL​Phone: +44 20 7387 4064​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:30Subway: Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street
Masala Zone - Bayswater

Colourfully decorated with Indian folk art and collages of firecracker labels, the Bayswater branch of Masala Zone is as warm and welcoming as the other restaurants in this growing chain. The menu takes inspiration from Indian street food and home-cooked dishes, with Indian grills and regional curries as well as tapas-style Thali platters.

​Address: 75 Bishops Bridge Road, Bayswater, London, W2 6BG​Phone: +44 20 7221 0055​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12:30-15:00 and 17:30-23:00, Sat 12:30-23:00, Sun 12:30-22:30​More info: Located at the corner of Bishops Bridge Road and Inverness TerraceSubway: Royal Oak, Bayswater
Porters English Restaurant

Porters English Restaurant is located in bustling Covent Garden and serves good, traditional English food in relaxed surroundings. On the menu of this popular restaurant you'll find classical dishes such as Steak, Guinness and Mushroom Pie; Toad in the Hole and Spotted Dick.

​Address: Porters, 17 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH​Phone: +44 20 7836 6466​Website:​Opening hours: Sun-Tue 12:00: 22:30, Wed-Thu 12:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:30Subway: Covent Garden, Leicester Square
Boho Mexica

Boho Mexica draws on the old family recipes of head chef Tia Patty (Aunt Patty) for its authentic Mexican recipes. Tuck into guacamole with handmade tortilla chips, succulent meat mains and tasty tortillas to the sound of Latin music from the 30s, 40s and 50s. To drink there are fresh natural drinks from Mexico and a huge selection of fresh and fruity cocktails.

​Address: 151 - 153 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BJ​Phone: +44 207 377 8418​Website:​Opening hours: Mon 17:30-22:00, Tue 17:30-22:00, Wed 12:00-14:30 and 17:30-23:00, Thu 12:00-14:30 and 17:30-23:00, Fri 12:00-14:30 and 17:30-23:30, Sat 17:00-23:30, Sun 12:30-16:00 and 17:00-22:30Subway: Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street

Sarastro is renowned for its flamboyant interior - part stage set, part old curiosity shop. Taking a nod from the nearby West End theatres, the dining room features opera boxes, luxuriant velvet tablecloths and cosy booths. The menu is Mediterranean and live shows regularly take place, with live opera on Sundays and Mondays, swing and Motown on Thursdays and Latin rhythms on Fridays.

​Address: Sarastro, 126 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5SU​Phone: +44 20 7836 0101​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 12:30-00:00 (except Sun 16:00-18:00)Subway: Covent Garden, Holborn, Temple
J Sheekey

Tucked away between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, J Sheekey has been in business since the 1890s and is the place to go for sustainably sourced fish, oysters and shellfish. From Sheekey's Fish Pie to potted shrimps (plus vegetarian and meat options), there's plenty of selection for everyone.

​Address: J Sheekey, 28-34 St. Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL​Phone: +44 20 7240 2565​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 and 17:30-00:00, Sun 12:00-15:30 and 18:00-23:00Subway: Leicester Square
Locanda Locatelli

Michelin-starred restaurant Locanda Locatelli serves top-quality, traditional Italian food created with panache by head chef Giorgio Locatelli. Stand-out dishes at the Central London eaterie (according to the Michelin guide) include scallops, celeriac purée and saffron vinaigrette; and wild sea bass baked in salt and herb crust, escarole, sultanas and pine kernels.

​Address: Locanda Locatelli, 8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ​Phone: +44 20 7935 9088​Website:​Opening hours: (Lunch) Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-15:30 (Dinner) Mon-Thu 18:45-23:00, Fri-Sat 18:45-23:30, Sun 18:45-22:15 (Dinner)Subway: Marble Arch
Mr Chow

Since it opened on Valentine's Day 1968, Mr Chow has become a London institution. The menu is authentic Beijing cuisine, featuring original recipes such as Green Prawns, Chicken Satay and Mr Chow Noodles. The interior is worth a visit too, with its smoked mirrors, walnut furniture and elegant ambience, and every night a chef comes out to perform original hand-pulled Beijing-style noodle making.

​Address: Mr Chow, 151 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PA​Phone: +44 20 7589 7347​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 12:30-15:00 and 19:00-00:00Subway: Knightsbridge
The Wolseley

Housed in a former car showroom on Piccadilly, The Wolseley is an elegant café-restaurant inspired by the grand European style of years gone by. The food follows the same classic European thread, with favourite dishes including veal Holstein and chicken soup with dumplings. Pop in for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner... any meal you fancy.

​Address: The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB​Phone: +44 20 7499 6996​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Fri 07:00-00:00, Sat 08.00-00:00, Sun 08:00-23:00Subway: Green Park
Haandi - Knightsbridge

Located close to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street, Haandi specialises in fresh, quality cuisine traditionally from the North Indian Frontier. Its masalas are prepared daily and all dishes are cooked fresh to order in the glass-fronted kitchen - so you can see the chefs preparing your dinner in front of your eyes. Another branch of Haandi can be found in Edgware.

​Address: Haandi, 136 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1HY​Phone: +44 20 7823 7373​Website:​Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-15:00 and 17:30-23:30Subway: Knightsbridge

Dehesa is a charcuterie and tapas bar inspired by the cuisine of Spain and Italy. Located just off Carnaby Street in the heart of the West End, Dehesa is ideal for a pre-theatre dinner or mid-shopping snack. As well as tapas and fine charcuterie, including Jamón Ibérico, the menu includes cheese boards and wide variety of wines and sherries.

​Address: Dehesa, 25 Ganton Street, London W1F 9BP ​Phone: +44 20 7494 4170​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 and 17:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:00Subway: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus

Located on the ground floor of the stylish Sanctum Soho Hotel, No.20 serves modern, seasonal British cuisine from breakfast through afternoon tea to dinner. A bar as well as a restaurant, it's also a good spot for a coffee, evening cocktail or glass of wine.

​Address: No.20, 20 Warwick Street, Soho, London W1B 5NF​Phone: +44 20 7292 6102​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 06:30-23:00, Sun 07:00-17:00​More info: Located inside Sanctum Soho HotelSubway: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
Delicate finger sandwiches, tempting cakes, pots of steaming tea, scones with lashings of jam and cream… With so many delicious ingredients, it's no wonder traditional afternoon tea remains as popular in London as ever. There are many top hotels, restaurants and cafes serving afternoon tea in London today, with many varieties available – from classic afternoon tea to low-calorie alternatives and even gentleman's afternoon teas. Here are some of the best:
Afternoon tea at The Dorchester

Afternoon tea is served five times a day at The Dorchester in the timeless Promenade and elegant Spatisserie. Choose from Vintage Afternoon Tea on The Balcony, The Dorchester Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea or the bite-size Spatisserie Afternoon Tea. Special seasonal teas are also available at different times of the year.

​Address: The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1K 1QA​Phone: +44 20 7629 8888​Website:​Opening hours: Afternoon tea is served at 13.15, 14.30, 15.15, 16.45 and 17.15Subway: Hyde Park Corner, Green ParkTickets: From £41
Bar Italia

This Soho institution is charming and perhaps even a bit chaotic. Typically Italian, you can tell the barista exactly how you want your coffee, he will make it for you. According to people in the know, this is the best café north of Milan.

​Address: 22 Frith Street, London W1D 4RF​Phone: +44 207 4374520​Website: Tottenham Court Road
Caffè Nero

With branches springing up all over Festival Hall, Regent Street and Piccadilly, Caffè Nero is an ideal spot to sit after a hard day´s work or shopping. Tasteful decor, an exquisite cup of coffee and a fine choice of beverages make for a positive, appealing experience.

​Address: 36a St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2H 9DL​Phone: +44 20 7836 5110​Website: http://www.caffenero.comSubway: Covent Garden (Piccadilly)
Afternoon tea at The Ritz

Afternoon tea at The Ritz is a London institution. In fact, so popular is it that you have to book at least four weeks in advance. There are an incredible five afternoon tea sittings every day to keep up with demand, which all take place in the beautiful Palm Court. Once comfortably settled, you can tuck into one of the four afternoon tea options available, choose from 17 different types of loose-leaf tea and listen to the pianist or harpist softly playing.

​Address: The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR​Phone: +44 20 7493 8181​Website:​Opening hours: Daily at 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30 and 19:30​More info: At The Ritz HotelSubway: Green ParkTickets: From £45
Café Montpeliano

After a long day of shopping take a break and enjoy a great coffee at this Italian café. Here you can have a quick meal and eat sandwiches, salads or desserts.

​Address: 144 Brompton Road Knightsbridge, London SW3 1HX​Phone: +44 20 7225 2926​Website:

Allans Patisserie is located in London Mayfair and is a family run business. In this cosy environment you can eat breakfast, salads, sandwiches, soups and drink hot beverages like coffees, teas and hot chocolates. If you are craving for something sweet you will find desserts like chocolate peanut cake, carrot cake and raspberry cheese cake.

​Address: 75 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 5PA​Phone: +44 20 7409 7888​Website:
Afternoon tea at The Savoy

The Savoy's afternoon tea is an elegant affair, served in the historic Thames Foyer and with the accompaniment of the hotel's resident pianist. A wide range of teas are available, served with finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes and pastries. Make time to stop in at Savoy Tea, the hotel's in-house tea shop where you'll find tea leaves, patisseries, chocolates and more.

​Address: The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU​Phone: + 44 20 7836 4343​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 08:00-23:00Subway: Temple, Charing Cross, EmbankmentTickets: From £26
Afternoon tea at The Langham

The Langham hotel has been serving afternoon tea since 1865, and it is still drawing visitors well over a century later. Tea is served in the Palm Court, and there is a tea sommelier on hand to help you pick from the long tea menu. There are three different tea options available, from 1865 Langham High Tea to Aspreys Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea.

​Address: The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA​Phone: +44 20 7636 1000​Website:​Opening hours: Afternoon tea: 13:00, 15:15 and 17:30, High tea: 19:00-20:30Subway: Oxford CircusTickets: From £40
Afternoon tea at Claridge's

Sample traditional afternoon tea in the glamorous Art Deco surroundings of the Foyer and Reading Room at Claridge's Hotel. At Claridge's, afternoon tea includes freshly baked raisin and apple scones and a choice of almost 40 teas from all over the world - plus the option of adding a glass of Champagne.

​Address: Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR​Phone: +44 20 7629 8860​Website:​Opening hours: Served daily at 15:00, 15.30, 17:00 and 17:30Subway: Bond Street, Oxford CircusTickets: From £50
Afternoon tea at The Berkeley

If you're a follower of fashion, you'll love The Berkeley's Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea. Its miniature savoury skewers, taster spoons, elegant canapés and sandwiches are all inspired by the latest collections from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen and Prada. The menu is changed every six months to adapt to the themes and colours of the new season, and tea is served in the hotel's elegant Caramel Room.

​Address: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL​Phone: +44 20 7235 6000​Website:​Opening hours: Served daily 13:00-17:30​More info: Located in The Berkeley hotelSubway: Knightsbridge, Hyde Park CornerTickets: From £39
Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

In 2012, Fortnum & Mason's newly renamed Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon was officially opened by the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge. Today, afternoon tea or high tea in the Tea Salon is a suitably regal affair, with a selection of cakes and pastries from the Coronation Cake Carriage, salmon blinis, and tea and cake pairing menus.

​Address: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER​Phone: + 44 845 602 5694​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-21:00, Sun 12:00-20:00​More info: The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is located on the fourth floor of Fortnum & MasonSubway: Green ParkTickets: From £40
Afternoon tea at The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough's award-winning afternoon tea includes freshly baked scones, thick clotted cream and homemade fruit preserves - plus a tea sommelier to help you pick your ideal brew. Gluten and dairy-free afternoon teas are available on request, with all served in the hotel's elegant restaurant, Apsleys.

​Address: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA​Phone: +44 20 7333 7254​Website:​Opening hours: Daily​More info: Afternoon tea is served in the hotel's ground-floor restaurant, ApsleysSubway: Hyde Park Corner, KnightsbridgeTickets: From £38
Afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel

Afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel is served in the cosy, timeless surroundings of the English Tea Room, complete with wood panelling, fireplaces and original art. To the sound of music from the Baby Grand Piano, you can tuck into a selection of sweet and savoury snacks - plus tea from Brown's unique Prestige Seasonal Tea Library - and have your plate replenished at no additional charge.

​Address: Brown's Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP​Phone: +44 20 7518 4155​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 12:00-18.30Subway: Green Park, Piccadilly CircusTickets: From £39.50
Afternoon tea at The Balcon

The traditional English afternoon tea gets a French twist at the The Balcon. Served in pink-and-cream hued Rose Lounge, the Balcon afternoon tea includes a tray of miniature Parisienne pastries, rose-scented strawberry jam and classic teatime finger sandwiches.

​Address: The Balcon London, 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG​Phone: +44 20 7968 2900​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 14:30-17:30​More info: The Balcon is located inside Sofitel London St James hotelSubway: Charing Cross, Piccadilly CircusTickets: From £28
Afternoon tea at The Bentley

As well as the traditional afternoon tea, The Bentley offers an indulgent chocolate and Champagne afternoon tea selection, as well as other classic British snacks such as toasted crumpets and muffins. Tea is served in the opulent lobby or in the light and summery Peridot restaurant.

​Address: The Bentley London, 27-33 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4JX​Phone: +44 20 7244 5555​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 15:00-18:00Subway: Gloucester RoadTickets: From £25
Afternoon tea at The Cadogan

Afternoon Tea has been served at The Cadogan since 1887. The country-house style Drawing Room is a fitting location for this very British tradition, with its oak wood panelling, original art, stained-glass windows and comfy tweed armchairs. Choose from The Cadogan Afternoon Tea or The Cadogan Cream Afternoon Tea.

​Address: The Cadogan, 75 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9SG​Phone: +44 800 023 5445​Website:​Opening hours: DailySubway: Knightsbridge, Sloane SquareTickets: From £17
Afternoon tea at The Sanderson

Design-led London hotel The Sanderson has dreamed up a characteristically quirky afternoon tea: the Mad Hatter’s Tea. Created in collaboration with design collective Luna & Curious, this Alice In Wonderland-inspired tea is served amid all manner of strange props, from menus hidden inside vintage books to napkins wrapped with riddles. The food is equally inventive with strawberries and cream homemade marshmallow mushrooms, a Tick Tock traditional Victoria sponge clock and a trolley of jellies in traditional Victorian jelly moulds.

​Address: The Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, London W1T 3NG​Phone: +44 207 300 5588​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 12:30-17:30pmSubway: Oxford Circus, Goodge Street, Tottenham Court RoadTickets: From £35
Afternoon tea at Lancaster London

Lancaster London's award-winning restaurant Nipa offers the first Thai Afternoon Tea in London. As you look over the beautiful vista of Hyde Park below, you can enjoy a fusion of cuisines, including Thai-style sandwiches, savouries, scones and pastries - with the option of adding a glass of Champagne or pink Champagne.

​Address: Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY​Phone: +44 207 551 6000​Website:​Opening hours: Fri-Sun 14:00-16:00Subway: Lancaster GateTickets: From £22
Afternoon tea at the Reform Social and Grill

The Vintage Afternoon Tea at the Reform Social & Grill celebrates the best of British produce, with Scottish smoked salmon, Cumbrian goats curd and ham from restaurant's local butcher. There are lots of retro favourites too, including Battenburg cakes and individual Black Forest Gateaux with kirsch cherries. Plus a special Gentleman's Afternoon Tea, which includes a hearty burger, pork pie and steak & snails sandwich, topped off with a whiskey cocktail.

​Address: Reform Social & Grill, The Mandeville, Mandeville Place, London W1U 2BE​Phone: +44 207 224 1624​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Fri 15:00-17:30, Sat-Sun 12:00-17:30​More info: Reform Social & Grill is located inside The Mandeville hotelSubway: Bond StreetTickets: £26.50
London's nightlife is one of the most vibrant and versatile in the world, with everything from mega clubs to live music, trendy bars to traditional pubs. Central London hotspots like Soho and Leicester Square attract visitors most nights of the week, but if it's cool and trendy you're after try out-of-town neighbourhoods too, like Hoxton and Shoreditch in East London or Brixton and Clapham in South London. Here's just a taster of what London has to offer for a fantastic night out, including quirky pubs and bars, world-renowned clubs, stunning night-time views and much, much more…
Drunken Monkey

Oriental-themed bar and restaurant Drunken Monkey does an excellent line in both cocktails and Chinese dim sum. Drinks at the popular Shoreditch hangout are prepared using fresh juices and include specialties such as Monkey Mojito, Simian Features and Monkey Mango Julep. Happy hour runs weekdays from 5-7pm, Saturdays 12-8pm and all day on Sundays.

​Address: Drunken Monkey, 222 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ​Phone: +44 20 7392 9606​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-23:00Subway: Shoreditch High Street
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern

Built in 1546, Ye Olde Mitre has a long and fascinating history. Queen Elizabeth is said to have danced around the cherry tree at its door and it has also been used as a location in films including Snatch and The Deep Blue Sea. Pop in to sample its seven real ales on tap, real scrumpy cider and homemade bar snacks.

​Address: Ye Olde Mitre, 1 Ely Court, Ely Place, London EC1N 6SJ​Phone: +44 20 7405 4751​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-23:00Subway: Farringdon, Chancery Lane
The Argyll Arms

Known for its real ales, traditional pub grub and beautiful Victorian décor, The Argyll Arms is a slice of old London in the bustling shopping district of Oxford Street. Completed in 1742, the Grade II listed pub is named after the second Duke of Argyll and there is a rumour that a secret tunnel once connected the pub to the duke's mansion.

​Address: The Argyll Arms, 18 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TP​Phone: +44 20 7734 6117​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10:00-23:30, Fri-Sat 10:00-00:00, Sun 10:00-23:00Subway: Oxford Circus
The Prince Alfred

Opened in 1863, The Prince Alfred has retained much of its period features, including the original Victorian snugs - each with its own door onto the street and separated from each other by a wooden partition with a small access door. The PA as it is known locally also serves food in the adjoining Formosa Dining room and is located close to the picturesque waterside of Little Venice.

​Address: The Prince Alfred, 5a Formosa Street, London W9 1EE​Phone: +44 20 7286 3287​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Thu 12:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-22:30Subway: Warwick Avenue
Ministry of Sound

Converted from an old bus station in the 90s, the Ministry of Sound is a legend on London's club scene - and an international brand too. Located close to Elephant & Castle, south of Waterloo, the club boasts five rooms, four bars, a VIP lounge, a courtyard area and what's said to be the world’s best sound system.

​Address: Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6DP ​Phone: +44 207 740 8682​Website:​Opening hours: Fri 22:30-06:00, Sat 23:00-07:00Subway: Elephant & Castle

Housed in a former meat market in the City of London, Fabric is so popular it was named fourth in DJ Magazine's Top 100 Clubs (in the world) list for 2013. Head down on Fridays for drum & bass, dubstep, techno, electro and house, or on Saturdays and Sundays if you're into techno, house, electronica and tech-house.

​Address: Fabric, 77a Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ​Phone: +44 207 336 8898​Website:​Opening hours: Fri 22.00, Sat 23.00, Sun 23:00Subway: Farringdon, Barbican
Icebar London

Carved out of crystal-clear ice from the Torne River in Sweden and maintained at a constant minus-five degrees year-round, Icebar London is literally the coolest bar in town. Everything in the bar is made from ice, including the walls, tables, chairs and even the glasses that the cocktails are served in. And every autumn the bar is re-sculptured into a new, themed design.

​Address: Icebar London, 31-33 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BN​Phone: +44 20 7478 8910​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Thu 15:30-22:15, Fri 14:00-23:45, Sat 11:45-00:30, Sat 14:00-22:15Subway: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
Gordon’s Wine Bar

Thought to be London’s oldest wine bar (it was established in 1890), Gordon's is a wonderfully atmospheric venue that feels like something from another era. Lit by candlelight, this cellar-bar serves a wide range of wines, sherries and ports from the barrel, and hearty meals. Always busy, you're advised to arrive around 4pm if you want to bag a table.

​Address: Gordon's Wine Bar, 47 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NE​Phone: +44 20 7930 1408​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:00Subway: Charing Cross, Embankment
Piccadilly Institute

Ideally located in the heart of Piccadilly, the Piccadilly Institute has something for everyone, with six different themed rooms incorporating all sorts of weird and wonderful designs. Happy hour is 5-9pm every night, with everything from 80s classic to R&B on the decks.

​Address: Piccadilly Institute, The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1V 9LA​Phone: +44 20 7287 8008 ​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 17:00-03:00, Sun 17:00-00:30Subway: Piccadilly Circus

Thanks to its futuristic design, live stage and great central location, DSTRKT London has become a favourite among the A-list. Famous guests to have visited the Piccadilly hotspot's VIP lounge include Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and Nicole Scherzinger.

​Address: DSTRKT London, 9 Rupert Street, W1D 6DG London​Phone: +44 207 317 9120​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 22:00-03:00Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square
The Hippodrome Casino

Just like Leicester Square, where it is located, the five-floor Hippodrome Casino is glitzy, vibrant and full of distractions. As well as the gaming areas there are live shows, six bars, a restaurant, two lounges and an outdoor smoking and cigar bar. The heart of it all is the Heliot bar on the first floor balcony, serving new twists on classic cocktails from the Hippodrome's glittering past.

​Address: The Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7JH​Phone: +44 207 769 8888 ​Website:​Opening hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a weekSubway: Leicester Square
The Atlas Pub

The Altas Pub is a warm and relaxing venue, where you'll find stylish wood panelling, fresh flowers and a brick fireplace. It also has a fine selection of wines and ales, a menu full of delicious and diverse dishes, and is the location of The London Wine Academy’s popular wine workshops.

​Address: The Atlas, 16 Seagrave Road, Fulham, London SW6 1RX​Phone: +44 20 7385 9129​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:30pm (separate kitchen opening hours apply)Subway: West Brompton
The Roxy

Below the busy streets of London's West End lies informal basement bar The Roxy. Popular with everyone from students to the after-work crowd, The Roxy has six weekly club nights pumping out popular, electronic and alternative music. Happy hour kicks off at 5pm and ends at 8.30pm.

​Address: The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place Marylebone, London W1T 1HJ​Phone: +44 20 7255 1098​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Thu 17:00-03:00, Fri 17:00-03:30, Sat 21:30-03:30Subway: Tottenham Court Road
Shopping in London is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors and locals alike. And little wonder given the huge range of shopping destinations across the capital, from high-end luxury boutiques and huge department stores to lively markets and vintage pop-ups. The key is to find the right shopping area for you, be it the bright lights and big brands of the West End, the quirky crafts and outrageous fashions of Camden or the sharp suits of Savile Row. Here are just a few of London's top shopping destinations well worth a visit...
Bicester Village

One of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages, Bicester Village is just 60 minutes from London and home to 130 boutiques offering reductions of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Discover a relaxed shopping haven in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, where spacious boutiques showcase the world's leading fashion and lifestyle brands, normally only found in the most exclusive shopping streets, and all offering fabulous savings, all year round. There's so much to enjoy here, whether it's browsing prestigious boutiques at leisure for great-value buys, or sampling fine food and drink in the Village's cafés and restaurants.

​Address: 50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire​Phone: +44 1869 366 266​Website:
Oxford Street

Oxford Street is the ultimate London shopping destination, packed with high-street fashion, international brands, technology, homewear and much, much more. No wonder its streets are always full of bag-laden shoppers! Favourite destinations include a huge branch of Topshop, plus iconic department stores such as Selfridges, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer.

​Address: Oxford Street, London​Phone: +44 20 7462 0689​Website:​Opening hours: Check with individual venuesSubway: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Marble Arch

Selfridges' flagship London store is one of the world's finest department stores, with six floors of fabulous fashion, pop-up concessions, electrical gadgets, stylish homeware and tasty food. But it's far more than just a shopping destination, it's a social hub - with events, bars, restaurants, cafes, art exhibitions and the odd rooftop party.

​Address: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB​Phone: +44 113 369 8040​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 09:30-21:00, Sun 11:30-18:00Subway: Bond Street
Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols, or Harvey Nicks as it's known locally, is a favourite among London’s fashionistas. Its flagship Knightsbridge store opened in the 1880s and today boasts a massive eight floors of fashion, beauty and lifestyle collections. The fifth floor is given over to the stylish Fifth Floor Restaurant, Café and Bar - plus a food market and wine shop.

​Address: Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ​Phone: +44 20 7235 5000​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-20:00, Sun 11:30-18:00Subway: Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner
Regent Street

With its beautiful curved facades, listed architecture and elegant hotels, Regent Street is a cultural destination as well as a shopping hotspot. Top brands such as Liberty, Apple and Hamleys congregate here, alongside what is the largest Burberry store in the world.

​Address: Regent Street, London​Website:​Opening hours: Check with individual venuesSubway: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus

Instantly recognisable by its iconic mock-Tudor frontage, Liberty is a lavish design emporium located just off Regent Street. It first opened its doors in 1875, and was later crowned by Oscar Wilde “the chosen resort of the artistic shopper.” Today it's best known for its top-quality fashion, jewellery, beauty, furniture, toys, oriental rugs and much more.

​Address: Liberty, Regent Street, London W1B 5AH​Phone: +44 20 7734 1234​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-20:00, Sun 12:00-18:00​More info: The main entrance is located on Great Marlborough StreetSubway: Oxford Circus
Covent Garden and Seven Dials

As well as its street entertainment, Covent Garden is famous for its covered markets: Apple Market, Jubilee Market and East Colonnade Market, which sell everything from British arts and crafts to jewellery and antiques. The area has many permanent stores too, from the ever-popular Disney Store to travel book shop Stanfords. Close by are two other unique London shopping destinations: Neal Street and Covent Garden's 'village' Seven Dials, a collection of streets packed with fashion boutiques, vintage shops, jewellers and furniture design stores.

​Website: Covent Garden

Knightsbridge and the surrounding areas of Chelsea and South Kensington are known for their high-end fashion and prestigious brands. On Sloane Street, you'll find Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Dolce et Gabbana, Fendi and many more top labels. The road intersects to the north with Brompton Road, home to the likes of Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and to the south with King's Road, where punk and other counterculture movements flourished in the 1960s. Today it's where you'll find Vivienne Westwood's London shop and department store Peter Jones.

​Website: Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, South Kensington

Famous around the world, Harrods is a gold-and-green beacon on London's shopping scene. Inside the stunning store you'll find everything from homewares and kitchen essentials to books and beauty products. But most people make a beeline for the Harrods-branded gifts, fashion aisles and food hall, an ornate treasure trove of foodie delicacies and sweet treats.

​Address: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL​Phone: +44 20 7730 1234​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-20:00, Sun 11:30-18:00Subway: Knightsbridge
Savile Row

Mayfair street Savile Row has been synonymous with traditional bespoke tailoring since 1803 and remains a key player on the London fashion scene thanks to cutting-edge designers such as Richard James and Ozwald Boateng. For shirts, ties, hats and other accessories, head for nearby Jermyn Street.

​Address: Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 3PG ​Website:
Greenwich Market

Packed with unique arts and crafts, Greenwich Market is the place to go for one-off, unique gifts and souvenirs - be it handmade jewellery, natural beauty products, children's toys or antiques (every day has a different specialism). There are also permanent shops selling art, clothing and accessories - plus a good range of food stalls serving up delicious cuisine from around the world.

​Address: Greenwich Market, Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 9HZ​Phone: +44 20 8293 3110​Website:​Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:30 (Late closing on Fridays until 19:30)​More info: The market can also be accessed from College ApproachSubway: Cutty Sark, GreenwichTickets: Free

Mayfair is home to some of the world's most prestigious brands and luxury hotels, and is London's most exclusive shopping destination. Along Mount Street you'll find many luxury fashion and beauty brands, art and antiques dealers and top restaurants. Other Mayfair retail residents include Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Jenny Packham, Balenciaga, Purdey and William & Son.

​Address: Mayfair​Website: Bond Street, Marble Arch, Green Park
Westfield London

Westfield London is a super-sized shopping and leisure destination in West London's Shepherd's Bush. Inside this stunningly designed mall you'll find more than 265 luxury and high-street shops, from Debehams to Dior (located inside luxury brand area The Village). There are also plenty of restaurants and bars to refuel at along the Southern Terrace, plus a 14-screen cinema, gym, spa, library and a packed programme of special events in the central Atrium.

​Address: Westfield London, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF​Phone: +44 20 3371 2300​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-22:00, Sun 12:00-18:00 (Individual store times may wary)Subway: Shepherd's Bush
Westfield Stratford City

The sister mall to the pioneering Westfield London, Westfield Stratford City has revitalised East London with its great brands, top restaurants and entertainment venues. As well as 250 shops and 70 dining spots, there's a cinema, All Star Lanes bowling experience and 65,000ft casino. While you're there, look out for great views over the stunning Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park nearby.

​Address: Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 1EJ​Phone: +44 208 221 7300​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-21:00, Sat 09:00-21:00, Sun 12:00-18:00Subway: Stratford, Stratford International
Camden Lock Market

Located next to the picturesque canal, Camden Lock Market is a must if you're into quirky, alternative and unique gifts, fashion and crafts. Comprising a mix of shops and stalls, the buzzing market has been attracting crowds of visitors since 1972. While you're in the area, make sure you visit the nearby Stables Market and Camden Market (formerly Buck Street Market).

​Address: Camden Lock Market, 54-56 Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AF​Phone: +44 207 485 7963​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 10:00-18:00Subway: Camden Town, Camden Road, Chalk Farm
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London Gatwick Airport is the second largest airport in the UK (Heathrow Airport is the largest), with two terminals: North and South. The fastest route form the airport into Central London is via the Gatwick Express, with trains departing every 15 minutes. The non-stop journey to Victoria Station takes 30 minutes and costs £19.90. Alternative travel options include going by First Capital Connect train to London Bridge, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Farringdon or St Pancras International (£10 to St Pancras); Southern train services (£19.90 to Victoria Station), coach (£8), easyBus (£2 – online price) or taxi.

​Address: Gatwick Airport, West Sussex RH6 0NP​Phone: 0844 892 0322​Website:​Opening hours: 24 hoursSubway: London Gatwick Airport Train Station

London Stansted Airport is the third busiest airport in the UK, and where many low-cost airlines serving Europe and the Mediterranean operate from. On the Stansted Express you can reach Liverpool Street station in 47 minutes. Trains run every 15 minutes and the journey costs £23.40. You can also travel between Stansted Airport and Central London by coach with easyBus (£2 – online price), National Express (from £5) or Terravision (from £6). Alternatively book a minicab with 24x7 Stansted – note: black cabs do no operate from Stansted (though you can take one to the airport).

​Address: Stansted Airport, Essex CM24 1RW​Phone: 0844 335 1803​Website:​Opening hours: 24 hoursSubway: Stansted Airport Train Station

London Luton Airport is located just 56km north-west of Central London, and is a popular base for low-cost airlines. A regular shuttle bus transports passengers from the airport to the nearest station, Luton Airport Parkway, which takes about 10 minutes. From the station you can catch an East Midlands Trains or First Capital Connect service to Central London in between 21 and 25 minutes (£13.50). Other options include the easyBusB express bus service (from £2 – online price), the Green Line 757 coach service to Victoria Coach Station (£17) and Terravision coaches to Victoria Coach Station (£15), each service stopping at different destinations en route. A metred taxi ride to or from Central London costs around £80.

​Address: London Luton Airport, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 9QT​Phone: +44 1582 405100​Website:​Opening hours: 24 hoursSubway: Luton Airport Parkway
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