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Sights

Dennis Severs' House

Dennis Severs' House

This old merchant's house on the edge of the City was redeveloped by artist Dennis Severs, who lived in it much as he imagined its original occupants would have done in the 18th century. It's now open for tours, so you can immerse... More Read More

The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard

The 306m-tall Shard is an unmissable addition to London's skyline: western Europe's tallest building, set near London Bridge, it was designed by "starchitect" Renzo Piano (who was also behind Paris's Pompidou Centre)... More Read More

The Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory

Pay a visit to the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world, The Royal Observatory. Enjoy the wonders of Europe’s most advanced planetarium and straddle the Meridian line to have each foot in a different... More Read More

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Food & Drink

Fika

Fika

On the edge of the City, the southern leg of Brick Lane is known for its Bengali restaurants, but north of the Overground rail line as you head towards Shoreditch is a mish-mash of new cafés, bars and galleries (plus famous beigel... More Read More

Plum and Spilt Milk

Plum and Spilt Milk

Named after the distinctive livery sported by the Flying Scotsman's old dining cars, Plum & Spilt Milk is the latest addition to a roster of bars (try the GNH), eateries and a hotel in the redeveloped King's Cross railway station.... More Read More

The Lockhart

The Lockhart

The sage green exterior may be typical of Marylebone eateries, but the food is distinctly different: American Deep South fare, prepared by Mississippi-born chef Brad McDonald. Dishes include grits served with shrimp and cheese, and... More Read More

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Kids

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl

To London's popular All-Star Lanes and Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, we can now add the 12-lane Brooklyn Bowl in Thames-side, millennial behemoth The O2. Brooklyn Bowl takes the staple vintage look, with a dance, cocktail bar and American... More Read More

ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo

Set in London’s beautiful Regent’s Park, this inner-city zoo is a great family day out during the summer. Meet the monkeys, feed the penguins and have high tea with the giraffes. For a real treat and a proper hands-on experience,... More Read More

The Science Museum

The Science Museum

Fly in the cockpit of a Red Arrows jet in the 3D flight simulator or take a trip to the moon in the 4D cinema. However you choose to spend your day at the Science Museum, it is guaranteed to be out of this world. With seven floors of... More Read More

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Shops

Present London

Present London

East London's Shoreditch area has built a growing reputation for its menswear, and this is one of its principal lights. Present assembles a seasonal selection of the best from brands including Hardy Amies, Hancock and William Fox &... More Read More

Present and Correct

Present and Correct

The graphic designers behind Present & Correct have filled their stationery store with all the things they've loved since school: objects inspired by homework and the office. They source vintage and unusual items from around the... More Read More

Uniqlo

Uniqlo

For all of your wardrobe staples, Uniqlo is the place to go. Nicknamed ‘the Japanese GAP’, it’s not generally described as a fashionista’s paradise. But, if you want classic clothing, then it definitely fits the bill and its... More Read More

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Day Trips

Oxford

Oxford

With its impressive spires and colleges, romantic rivers, fabulous shopping and picturesque gardens, Oxford really does have it all. Take a 1-hour train ride (or a 1 hour and 40-minute bus ride) from central London to become intoxicated... More Read More

Dover Castle

Dover Castle

The famous White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle are a great day trip from London for anyone interested in history or just wanting to spot France across the sea. An hour and a half train ride from the city-centre, you’ll want to make... More Read More

Cambridge

Cambridge

A mere 45-minute train journey through English countryside will bring you to Cambridge. The city’s famous university has 31 grand, ornate colleges, which are sure to leave an impression on you and no one would blame you for thinking... More Read More

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Nightlife

Oslo Hackney

Oslo Hackney

Oslo Hackney is a new restaurant-club in the old railway station at Hackney Central, east London - the design is Nordic-influenced, as is the food, which is an inventive East End-Scandi hybrid (think smoked salmon salad with pickled red... More Read More

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Dating from the sixteenth century, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London and remains a popular drinking haunt today. Set back off the main street in a narrow alleyway; keep an eye out for the lantern bearing... More Read More

Waxy O’Connor’s

Waxy O’Connor’s

At London’s biggest Irish bar, a weave of inter-connecting staircases and passageways link the different rooms and floors together. If the lure of a pint of Guinness isn’t enough to entice you, maybe the 250-year-old preserved beach... More Read More

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Art & Entertainment

Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum

Architect Sir John Soane redeveloped his home on Lincoln's Inn Fields to create a unique museum for his remarkable collection of statuary, paintings, architectural models, books, plans and more. On his death in 1837, the building was... More Read More

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Tate Britain's collection has been reconfigured to offer a tour through 500 years of British art from 1545 to the present. Gone are the thematic displays (which persist at sibling Tate Modern) to offer the chance to compare the work of... More Read More

Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

Once one of the biggest backers of the Young British Artists' (YBA) movement of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and the like, former ad man Charles Saatchi's eye now roams the world for new work - which he puts on show at this impressive,... More Read More

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