London: Places to Explore

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  • Bloomsbury and Holborn

    Southeast of Bloomsbury and west of The City, Holborn may appear to be little more than a buffer zone between the two—but while it may lack the panache and of its neighbors, don’t...

  • The City

    The City is the capital's fast-beating financial heart, with a powerful architectural triumvirate at its epicenter: the Bank of England, the Royal Exchange, and Mansion House. The "Square Mile"...

  • East London

    Made famous by Dickens and infamous by Jack the Ripper, East London is one of London’s most enduringly evocative neighborhoods, rich in popular history, architectural gems, and artists’...

  • Greenwich

    About 8 miles downstream—which means seaward, to the east—from central London, Greenwich is a small borough that looms large across the world. Once the seat of British naval power, it is not...

  • Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge

    Chelsea was settled before the Domesday Book was compiled and already fashionable when two of Henry VIII's wives lived there. On the banks of the Thames are the vast grounds of the Royal Hospital,...

  • Mayfair and Marylebone

    The name Mayfair derives from the 15-day May fair that was once held in the charming warren of small streets known as Shepherd Market. But in the 18th century, the residents of this...

  • Notting Hill and Bayswater

    Notting Hill is a fashionable square mile full of multiethnic finds, music, funky vintage clothing stalls, vibrant street markets, cool bars, and trendy restaurants and shops. It was the heart of...

  • Regent's Park and Hampstead

    Even a destitute Romantic poet like John Keats could afford Hampstead in 1818 when he moved to what is now Keats House, a pretty Regency residence where he spent two years and wrote several of his most...

  • Soho and Covent Garden

    To the east of Charing Cross Road lies Covent Garden, the famous marketplace turned shopping mall. Although boutiques and haute fashion shops line the surrounding streets, many Londoners come to...

  • South of the Thames

    For decades, south London had a reputation for being down-at-heel, with a considerable criminal element. Tourists rarely ventured across the river to south London except to go to Waterloo station...

  • The Thames Upstream

    Named after the (long-vanished) palace Henry VII started here in 1500, Richmond is still a welcoming suburb with a small-town feel, marred only by choking levels of traffic. Duck away from the...

  • Westminster, St. James, and Royal London

    As a fitting coda to all of Westminster's pomp and circumstance, St. James's—packed with old-money galleries, restaurants, and gentlemen's clubs that embody the history and privilege of...

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