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London Travel Guide

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Want to learn more about London? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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London Today

Welcome to London! Variously described by poets and statesmen as "modern Babylon," "Unreal City," "enormous Babel," and "…the City of the free...

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British Food Decoder

For pure Britishness, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding tops the list. If you want the best, go to a foodie-mad local gastropub. Here the Sunday...

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Free Things to Do in London

The exchange rate may vary a bit, but there is one conversion that will never change: £0 = $0. Here are our picks for the top free things to...

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Top Reasons to Go to London

Architectural Icons: The Tower of London and Big Ben are quintessential London. Art Museums: From the National Gallery to the Tate Modern...

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Westminster Abbey

The pillars of this early–English Gothic edifice stand around the stone tombs of the great men and women who built Britain. The Abbey also continues...

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London's Royal Legacy

Don't know your House of Tudor from your House of Hanover? Here's the lowdown on the most famous kings and queens who have influenced London...

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Education Without Yawns

Kew Gardens. Kew Gardens is great for kids, with activities, the "climbers and creepers" play zone, treetops sky walk, zip wires, scramble...

Restaurants

Popular Chain Restaurants in London

If you're zipping round town or don't have time for a leisurely meal, try a local chain restaurant. Bill’s: Linger at this popular chain...

Restaurants

Afternoon Tea

So, what is Afternoon Tea, exactly? Well, it means real loose-leaf tea—Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Ceylon, Darjeeling, or Assam—brewed in...

Hotels

Bed-and-Breakfasts in London

You can stay in small, homey B&Bs for an up-close-and-personal brush with city life (Parkwood Hotel; Arlington Avenue), or find yourself...

Hotels

Apartment Rentals

For a home base that's roomy enough for a family and that comes with cooking facilities, consider renting furnished "flats" (the British word...

Nightlife

Pub Names and Signs

Pictorial signs traditionally helped illiterate customers identify establishments; these popular names have an interesting historical element...

Nightlife

A brilliant, beery, and traditional way to see London and its medieval backstreets is on a "pub crawl." This walk takes you through some of...

Nightlife

Gay Nightlife in London

The U.K. capital's gay and lesbian culture is as thriving as it is in New York or Los Angeles, with Soho serving as the traditional hub, though...

Nightlife

Jazz and Blues

Jazz in London is highly eclectic. You can expect anything from danceable, smooth tunes played at a supper club to groovy New Orleans–style...

Shopping

The Best London Souvenirs

To avoid panic-buying a bulk pack of Cadbury chocolate at Heathrow, it's wise to plan your gift purchasing with care. For a well-chosen, eclectic...

Shopping

London Shopping Steals and Deals

Even at the best of times London has never been known as a budget-shopping destination, and when the pound is strong prices can seem stratospheric...

Shopping

Shopping in London for Every Taste

Where is the best place to shop in London?" There are thousands of shops in the city, and dozens of neighborhoods worth shopping in. Start by...

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A Brief History of London

Although there is evidence of Celtic habitation on the north bank of the Thames, in many ways London begins with the Romans, who established...

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Banksy and The East End Art Scene

Banksy, the Bristol-based artist and provocateur who has maintained his anonymity despite now commanding six-figure prices, is widely credited...

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The Docklands Renaissance

For centuries the Thames was a fevered hub of activity. Great palaces were built along the river, most long gone (such as Whitehall, which dwarfed...

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A Trip to Abbey Road

The black-and-white crossroads (known as a "zebra crossing") near the Abbey Road Studios at No. 3 is a place of pilgrimage for Beatles’ fans...

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Historic Homes in London

As you wander around London, you'll see lots of small blue, circular plaques on the sides and facades of buildings, describing which famous...

Sights

Jack the Ripper

The spirit of Jack the Ripper, one of the world's most infamous serial killers, haunts the "Jack the Ripper Walk" that takes you to the deserted...

Sports & Activities

Watching Sports in London

Sport in the capital is best watched, rather than participated in. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket for a Premier League football match...

Performing Arts

Dance: London Today

Dance fans in London can enjoy the classicism of the world-renowned Royal Ballet, as well as innovative works by several contemporary dance...

Performing Arts

Opera: London Today

The two key players in London's opera scene are the Royal Opera House (which ranks with the Metropolitan Opera House in New York) and the more...

Performing Arts

Theater: London Today

In London the play really is the thing, ranging from a long-running popular musical like Mamma Mia!, a groundbreaking reworking of Pinter...

Performing Arts

Top Five Art Attractions in London

Stand with the "plebs" in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. There are seats, but to really experience theater Shakespearean-style you should stand...

Performing Arts

From the atmospheric period streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields to the warehouses-turned-galleries of Hackney, a tour of the East End’s...

Performing Arts

Contemporary Art: London Today

In the 21st century, the focus of the city's art scene has shifted from the past to the future. Helped by the prominence of Tate Modern, London...

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Film: London Today

There are many wonderful movie theaters in London and several that are committed to non-mainstream and repertory cinema, in particular the excellent...

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Classical Music: London Today

Whether it's a concert by pianist Lang Lang or a Mozart requiem by candlelight, it's possible to hear first-rate musicians in world-class venues...

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