London: Places to Explore

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  • Bloomsbury and Holborn

    London can be a bit schizophrenic: Bloomsbury is only a mere couple of hundred yards from fun-loving, hedonistic Soho. Best known for the famous flowering of literary-arty bohemia in the early 20th century... Read more

  • 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, where the lord mayor of The... Read more

  • East End

    Made famous by Dickens and infamous by Jack the Ripper, the East End is one of London's most enduringly evocative neighborhoods. It may have fewer conventional tourist attractions but it is rich in folk... Read more

  • Greenwich

    About 8 miles downstream—which means seaward, to the east—from central London lies a destination you'd think had been conceived to provide the perfect day out. The small borough of Greenwich is only small... Read more

  • Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge

    In the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (or "K&C" as the locals call it) you'll find London at its richest, and not just in the moneyed sense. Once-bohemian Chelsea is where James McNeill... Read more

  • Notting Hill and Bayswater

    Notting Hill is a trendsetting square mile full of multiethnicity, music, magnificent street markets, bars, restaurants, and chic shops. The area is studded with some of London's most handsome old crescents... Read more

  • Regent's Park and Hampstead

    As civilized as a Gainsborough landscape, Regent's Park and Hampstead contain some of the prettiest and most aristocratic architecture that London has to offer. The city becomes noticeably calmer and greener... Read more

  • Soho and Covent Garden

    Once a red-light district, today's Soho is more stylish than seedy and offers some of London's best nightclubs, live music venues, restaurants, and theaters. By day, this hotbed of media production (Sir... Read more

  • The South Bank

    For decades, tourists rarely ventured south of the river, except to go to Waterloo station. Now a host of attractions draws visitors from all over London: The reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe, the... Read more

  • St. James's and Mayfair

    St. James's and Mayfair form the core of London's West End, the city's smartest central area. These neighborhoods epitomize the stately flavor that is peculiarly London's—the sense of being in a great... Read more

  • The Thames Upstream

    The upper stretch of the Thames unites a string of fashionable districts—Chiswick, Kew, Richmond, and Putney—taking in winding old streets, horticultural delights, cozy pubs nestling at water's edge, and... Read more

  • Westminster and Royal London

    This is postcard London at its best. Crammed with historic churches, grand state buildings, and major art collections, Royal London and Westminster unites politics, high culture, and religion. (Oh, and... Read more

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