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A centre for art, architecture, food and fashion, the UK’s cosmopolitan capital is bursting with endless things to see and do. It’s an open-air museum of historic sights and skyscraping buildings mixed with beautiful green spaces and ever-changing boroughs. World-famous shops and plenty of free museums are just the start, while countless options for dining give London an international flavour, without losing its traditional British charm.

At a glance

  • Language English
  • Currency Pound sterling
  • Time difference GMT
  • Beer £3.10
  • 3-course meal £55

London’s calling

The roll call of world-famous landmarks in London is incredible. Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben are all top of the list for must-take photos. Throw in the Tower of London if you fancy a peek at the Crown Jewels and St. Paul’s Cathedral for its breathtaking dome. Down by the Thames, jump on the London Eye for the best views in town and make a stop at the Globe Theatre – a replica of Shakespeare’s old stomping ground. Don’t miss a ride on the tube and if the weather’s nice, take a scenic stroll through Hyde Park. Canary Wharf is a showcase of gleaming glass structures while the Olympic Park is a new sightseeing hotspot thanks to its part in the 2012 games.

A feast for the eyes

When it comes to museums and galleries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Head to Trafalgar Square to gaze up at Nelson’s Column and then nip over to the National Gallery. This 19th-century showpiece houses one of the world’s greatest collections of paintings. Look out for classics by Constable, Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Over at the British Museum, check out the Egyptian mummies. Get the District Line to South Kensington and you’ll be greeted by a towering dinosaur skeleton when you pop into the National History Museum. Over the road, the Victoria & Albert Museum is beautiful both inside and out and often puts on fashion-flavoured exhibits.

The world on a plate

Wherever you look in London, there’s a foodie delight waiting to be discovered. Afternoon tea at an iconic five-star hotel like the Dorchester is the height of sophistication. On the flip side, Borough Market is the place for world food stalls and the latest on-trend flavours. Over in the East End, pie and mash shops give you a traditional taste of the past while secret supper clubs and pop-up restaurants keep the dining scene bang up to date. If you fancy splashing the cash, there are over 60 Michelin-starred restaurants to try.