Whether you’re in London for business or pleasure, this city offers you so much to see and do and the choice is never-ending. From great restaurants to a colourful history and charming entertainment, plus every kind of shop imaginable, whatever you’re in the market for, London has it.
The heart of theatre land, with more shows than you know what to do with, London’s West End is a magical place and home to Leicester Square, China Town, Soho, Covent Garden and the famous shopping streets of Regent Street, Oxford Street and Bond Street.
Known for being quite arty and trendy, East London exudes an air of ‘cool’. Here, you’ll find pop-up mall Box Park, the fantastic Spitalfields Market and the notorious Brick Lane, plus lots of great bars and clubs in the areas of Hackney, Dalston and Shoreditch.
Sitting on the north side of the River Thames, The Houses of Parliament are a focal point in Westminster. It’s also where you’ll find other historical landmarks, like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.
Also known as the Square Mile, this financial district has over 255 banks, including the central bank of the UK – the Bank of England. This area is buzzing Monday to Friday, but offers a more sedate experience on the weekends.
Recently revamped, the Kings Cross area is now home to a range of high-end bars, restaurants and shops, such as Fortnum & Mason, while the British Museum and the Wellcome Collection are a short stroll away.
This affluent area is home to some pretty impressive sights, like Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall. And the shopping isn’t too bad either, with Harrods, Harvey Nichols and High Street Kensington all in close quarters.
Early flight? Late arrival? Staying at a hotel near the airport could be the perfect answer. Catch a handy shuttle bus or quick taxi straight to the terminal and be ready for take-off in minutes. Check out our guide to getting to London from the airport for more information.
Located to the West of London, with easy access on both the London Underground (Piccadilly line) and by the Heathrow Express from Paddington, Heathrow Airport is a short journey from central London.
With quick access to central London on either National Rail or via the Gatwick Express to London Victoria, Gatwick Airport is never too far from the action.
Located in Essex, just northeast of central London, Standsted airport is a quick train ride into London Liverpool Street on the Stansted Express.
National Rail trains run to and from both London Bridge and St Pancras International stations from Luton Airport.