London is full of history, yet never grows old. New experiences, events and exhibitions are constantly popping up and will undoubtedly lead you to explore London!
Oxford St, Regent St and Carnaby St should meet all your shopping needs in central London. Shaftesbury Avenue and Soho are home to the majority of London’s famous West End theatres. The South Bank Centre next to the London Eye is also worth a look for interesting free events and performances, and a quick drink on the terrace bar for great views over the Thames.
Camden is famous for its tree lined canals, alternative music scene and ever-growing market. Islington (Angel/Highbury and Islington) is a great place for small music venues and restaurants. Finsbury Park is a haven for Arsenal football fans, parks and pubs. Hampstead Heath is also one not to be missed for the spectacular view of London from Parliament Hill.
The happening ‘East-End’ is home to the latest trends and hipsters. Shoreditch/Hoxton is full of ‘pop-up’ shops, funky coffee shops, vintage shops and markets. Victoria Park in Hackney is great to spend time in the sun and regularly hosts festivals and events throughout the year. Stratford is home to Westfield, the biggest shopping centre in Europe, and London’s newest park in the shadows of the 2012 Olympic Stadium.
Go south of the River Thames and head to Greenwich to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Naval College or pick up a bargain at the market. Brixton has some great places to have a drink and is home to the O2 Academy (arguably the best music venue in London). Clapham Common is home to various social and competitive sports leagues ranging from football and rugby through to ultimate Frisbee and softball – if sports don’t interest you then visit for a summer walk or picnic with friends!
Chelsea and Kensington are particularly affluent areas of London where you will find expensive designer shops, boutiques and cocktail bars. South Kensington is home to many of the biggest museums in London (all of which are free to enter) making it definitely worth a visit! Hyde Park is also great to explore in order to find Kensington Palace, the Princess Diana Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery. The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew are also well worth a visit.