London Travel Guide
Travel Guide to London
When in London, don’t forget to…
Visit the East End. Once a seedy and grimy part of London, the now thriving area is filled with great ethnic and Michelin-star restaurants, street markets, on-trend boutiques, and quirky independent galleries housed in newly renovated 19th century tenements. The East End is a vast tract made up of hipster neighbourhoods like Hackney, Hoxton, Shoreditch and Bethnal Green.
Cross the Millennium Bridge over the River Thames. Designed by starchitect Lord Norman Foster, it was closed for re-engineering almost immediately after it opened in 2000 because it literally wobbled. To this day, some locals still call it the Wobbly Bridge. The bridge, now firmly stable, links the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Tate Modern to the south with the historic St Paul’s Cathedral to the north.
Go shopping at Mount Street. This short stretch in fancy Mayfair has just emerged from an extensive three-year £4m makeover. With fresh pavements and cleaned up Arts and Crafts (a style of architecture) building facades this historic patch is easily one of London’s most fashionable districts boasting the likes of Balenciaga, Loewe, Christian Louboutin, Goyard and Marc Jacobs alongside legendary dining spot Scotts and a clutch of fancy art galleries.
Wander around Hampstead. A leafy neighbourhood that’s just 20 minutes away from central London on the Underground, this mediaeval village with its charming Downton Abbey vibe has long been a magnet for artists, writers, stage actors, former politicians and poets (including the beloved Keats). In summer, stroll through the nearby Heath – a vast, bucolic swathe of meadows, swimming ponds and forests.
Visit Dennis Severs House for a fascinating glimpse into London life in the 18th century. The Georgian house is styled like a living stage set so it looks, feels and even smells as if its occupants – the fictitious family of Huguenot silk weavers – have just stepped out for a moment. There’s a half-eaten meal at the dining table, the beds are unmade and even a dog-eared open book on the desk.
Capital city specifics: London
Population: 62,041,708 approx.
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz AC
Duty free allowance: -
Timezone (GMT):GMT +1
Average temp (celsius):16
Distance to town (km):24km
Coach/Taxi fare:GBP 6 / GBP 45 approx.