The ultimate High Street shopping destination, you can find everything here, from affordable clothing to chic jewelry. Home of three large department stores, John Lewis, House of Frasier and Selfridges, whatever your heart desires, you are bound to find here.
If you are more into big labels, head down to Bond Street. Boasting one of the largest concentrations of designer shops in London, from Cartier to Donna Karan, Prada and Louis Vuitton, it is a one stop shop for fashionistas and art lovers alike. Here you can also find the famous auction house, Sotheby’s and several antique stores.
The traditional site for coronation and burial of British monarchs, the Westminster Abbey is a mostly gothic abbey church situated west of the Houses of Parliament. This wonderful building was also the chosen site for funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and most recently the royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.
Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
The Palace of Westminster houses the House of Commons and House of Lords, the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Most famous for one of its tower, the Elizabeth Tower and its renowned bell, Big Ben, it is located on the bank of the Thames River, immediately after Westminster Abbey.
Home of Nelson’s Column, both this monument and the square commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, where Admiral Horatio Nelson died in 1805. The Square has several commemorative statues and an empty plinth that has been home to several temporary contemporary art pieces since 1999. It is also the home of London’s official Christmas tree during the holiday season.
Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is the royal residence and principal work place of the British Monarch and it is open to the public only in August and September when the Queen is absent.
Natural History Museum
The world’s most prestigious museum of natural history, it is home to 80 million specimens of botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. One of its most famous exhibitions about Dinosaurs includes a robotic T-Rex that delights adults and children alike.
One of the three major museums on Exhibition Road, with free permanent exhibitions, this is one of the most visited museums in London. From medicine to digital technology, with the inclusion of items on display such as some of the first steam locomotives built and the first jet engine, this museum is an attraction not to miss.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Founded in 1852, its collection spans 5000 years of art from all over the world. Home to one of the best East Asian collections in Europe and one of the largest western collections of Islamic Art, the museum has 145 galleries, gardens and wonderful shops, all worth a visit.
Located in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is home to some of the most famous paintings of all times. From Piero della Francesca, Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci to Velazquez, Rembrant and Vermeer, including also works by Cezanne, Monet and the easily recognizable Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, the National Gallery’s collection is definitely worth a visit.
Probably the best known museum in London, the British Museum is, contrary to its name, is dedicated not to the history of Britain but to human history from its beginnings to the present. One of its most famous departments covers the history of Ancient Egypt and it mostly known for its mummies.
One of the oldest food markets in London, Borough Market is the perfect destination for gourmands on a visit to the south bank of the Thames. The present-day market mainly sells speciality foods to the general public. However, in the 20th century, it was essentially a wholesale market, selling produce in quantity to greengrocers. The retail market operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm.
Notting Hill Market
From fruit stalls to second hand albums and vintage clothing, Notting Hill Market has it all. Nestled in the narrow streets in and around Portobello Road that runs almost the entire length of Notting Hill from north to south. It contains Portobello Road Market, one of London’s best known markets. Notting Hill is also famed for its annual Carnival and for being part of the set of the 1999 film starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.