London City Guide

Explore the historical European city of London and discover the top restaurants, bars, things to do, what to pack, tips before you travel, getting around the city, and more.

Explore the Places

  • Shops

    • Petersham Nurseries petershamnurseries.com/covent-garden/the-shop

      The Shop in Covent Garden offers handpicked collections of homeware, furniture and gifts curated by the Petersham family, including one of a kind, hand crafted pieces and exquisite antiques. Staying true to Petersham Nurseries’ origins, the Shop is a green space, abundant with specialist indoor plants and magical floral displays along with artisanal gardening tools.

    • Neal’s Yard nealsyardremedies.com/store

      Tucked away near Seven Dials is this colorful courtyard lined with restaurants and shops, such as the popular Neal's Yard Remedies health and beauty store.

    • Fortnum & Mason fortnumandmason.com

      An upmarket department store headquartered and established in Piccadilly in 1707, specializing in tea and fine home goods.

    • Harrods harrods.com/en-gb

      Elaborate shopping emporium with glittering Egyptian Room and acclaimed Food Hall.

  • Bars

    • Cahoots cahoots-london.com

      A secret bar in Soho that mimics a tube station and transports guests back in time to post-war 1940s.

    • Disrepute disrepute.co.uk

      Inspired by its colorful history of scandal and infamy, Disrepute combines timeless qualities and Sixties counterculture with London’s exciting cocktail scene of today.

    • The Last Tuesday Society thelasttuesdaysociety.org

      Pataphysical bar offering a range of literary and experiential discussions... and cocktails.

    • The Ten Bells tenbells.com

      Classic, iconic public house serving beer, wine & cocktails in a 3-floor setting.

    • Mother Kelly’s motherkellys.co.uk

      Under railway arches, this industrial bar and shop with a patio offers draft and bottled beers.

    • Opium Cocktails & Dim Sum Parlour opiumchinatown.com

      Classic 'fancy drinks', large sharing brews and seasonal cocktails with dim sum in simple open bar.

    • Mr. Fogg’s House of Botanicals mr-foggs.com/house-of-botanicals

      Imagine a place filled entirely with flora and fauna collected from all over the world. A place created solely with the adventurous in mind. Serving cocktails and light bites inspired by strange and exotic botanicals and plantlife, it is a cocktail bar for the adventurous.

    • Freud freud.eu/cafe-bars

      Much-loved minimalist bar in concrete cellar, serving potent classic cocktails.

    • BrewDog Camden brewdog.com/usa/bars/uk/brewdog-camden

      No-nonsense chain bar specialising in the Scottish brewery's craft beers, with regular guest brews.

    • The World’s End theworldsend.co.uk

      Traditional corner pub with mezzanine and fireplace, drawing a mixed crowd from Camden Market.

    • Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar bandhbar.com

      A whimsical basement bar reminiscent of a quirky living room on the corner of Charlotte Street.

    • Barts barts-london.com

      Speakeasy cocktail bar with quirky wall ornaments and dressing-up boxes, plus vintage afternoon tea.

    • The Ladbroke Arms ladbrokearms.com

      Gastropub with hanging baskets, light-filled bar and dining room with eclectic, daily-changing menu.

    • The Churchill Arms churchillarmskensington.co.uk

      Flower-bedecked real ale boozer, filled with Churchill memorabilia, serving Thai noodles and curry.

  • Cafes and Coffee Shops

    • Urban Tea Rooms urbantearooms.com

      Smart all-day cafe with homemade cakes and British/international snacks, plus a canopied terrace.

    • Climpson & Sons Cafe climpsonandsons.com

      Flagship cafe of an artisan coffee roaster, with breakfast and lunch menus made using local produce.

    • The Fine Cheese Co. finecheeseshops.co.uk/belgravia

      Cheese shop with over 100 artisan European cheeses and imported charcuterie freshly cut to order, that also operates as a cafe.

    • Gail’s Bakery gailsbread.co.uk/bakeries/notting-hill

      More than 30 types of bread are offered at this chain bakery serving coffee, breakfast and lunch. Multiple locations in London.

  • Markets

    • Netil Market eatworkart.com/netil-market

      Creative community of traders in arts, fashion and food, with a bar and Saturday stalls.

    • Broadway Market broadwaymarket.co.uk

      A Victorian street market popular on Saturdays for it's farmers market and lined with over 70 shops, cafés and restaurants.

    • Leadenhall Market leadenhallmarket.co.uk

      A covered market established in 1321 with unique shopping and dining.

    • Camden Market camdenmarket.com

      The Camden markets are a number of adjoining large retail markets, often collectively referred to as "Camden Market" or "Camden Lock", located in the historic former Pickfords stables, in Camden Town, London. It is situated north of the Hampstead Road Lock of the Regent's Canal.

    • Old Spitalfields Market oldspitalfieldsmarket.com

      A market bringing together small producers with local creatives and artisans, original independent retailers and a few well-known brands under one historic roof.

    • Boxpark Shoreditch boxpark.co.uk/shoreditch

      Shipping container, pop-up mall for independent and global, fashion and lifestyle stores and cafes.

    • Borough Market boroughmarket.org.uk

      A wholesale and retail food market and one of the largest and oldest food markets in London dating back to at least the 12th century. 

  • Attractions

    • Tower Bridge towerbridge.org.uk

      A combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built in 1886 that crosses the River Thames.

    • Buckingham Palace royal.uk/search

      Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning.

  • Restaurants

  • Museums

    • Tate Modern tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

      A free international modern and contemporary art museum under the Tate galleries in London.

    • Victoria and Albert Museum vam.ac.uk

      The world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects founded in 1852.

  • Parks

    • Hyde Park royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park

      The major park in Central London and the largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace.

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