London Guidebook

Find your way around London with this list of things to do.

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Bloomsbury

Quiet, mostly residential area just south of Euston, home of the University College of London.

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden can be thought of as the more genteel neighbour of Soho, consisting of cobbled streets lined with charming Victorian shops now selling nice things that I can’t afford.

The centrepiece of the area is the Georgian former fruit, vegetable and flower market. When the market was moved out to Nine Elms in 1974 the building was saved and has been redeveloped as a shopping destination.

Photo of a terrace of large Georgian houses
Photo by me, on a rare sunny day

Notting Hill

Famous for the Portobello Road Market, carnival and a fictional second-hand bookshop.

Notting Hill was once the centre of the Caribbean immigrant community in London but its streets of stuccoed Georgian terraces have returned to being a playground for the extremely wealthy.

It is outside the city centre but well placed for the royal residences of Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace, which can be reached through Hyde Park.

Photo of South Kensington Underground station.
Photo by me, not a classic

South Kensington

One of London’s most affluent areas, housing the best museums in London.

Photo of a boat on the Thames taken from the South Bank
Photo by me, well artistic

The South Bank

The south bank of the Thames has an enormous concentration of cultural venues - many of them brutalist icons built for the Festival of Britain in the early 1950s.

The Thames Path along the South Bank is one of the best ways to admire the city, lined as it is with tempting shops and pubs to ensure you get nowhere quickly.

Photo of Westminster Bridge and The Houses of Parliament.
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Westminster

Westminster is where you’ll find the majority of the famous London landmarks and activities, all packed together within walking distance.

The area is strongly associated with royalty and the Mall (which rhymes with pal, not ball!) and surrounding areas are where events such as the coronation and platinum jubilee were held.