Covent Garden is well-known for its incredible cultural goings-on, especially its street performers. Some of the world’s best street entertainers start out in this bustling market area full of shops selling shoes, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods, and more. Naturally, there’s also an incredible collection of restaurants and pubs that reflect the neighborhood’s eclectic artistic types. Fans of the arts will enjoy the Royal Opera House, home to the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.
There’s plenty of history in Marylebone, with some fantastic walking tours available and lots of sights to see. Marylebone has had its fair share of well-known residents in its time, among them Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon (if you’re a Beatles fan, check out the original Apple Corps headquarters on Wigmore Street). Its most famous address is 221B Baker Street – home to literary legend Sherlock Homes. Other sights include Madame Tussaud’s and Regent’s Park.
Located just south of Piccadilly, St. James’s is a traditional neighborhood for historical gentlemen’s clubs. As such, it features some of the finest men’s amenities in London – it’s home to the city’s best tailors, wine shops and cigar retailers. Be sure to spend some time wandering the area’s numerous art galleries, whose collections run the gamut from timeless classics to modern masterpieces. Don’t forget to visit St. James’s Palace, home to the Prince of Wales, in your travels.
If you’re keen on seeing many of London’s most historic buildings, Westminster is the place for you. Home to Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, the Palace of Westminster and more, it’s a neighborhood to explore with a camera in hand. Stroll the River Thames as you check the time on Big Ben, or try to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace. Relax with a pint at an area pub afterwards.
Hyde Park is one of London’s premier landmarks and is tied in to so much of London’s history. Grab your camera and lace up your walking shoes before passing through the Hyde Park’s Grand Entrance (aka Queen Elizabeth Gate). Check out the Weeping Beech tree, the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial, and the site of the infamous Crystal Palace. Stroll through 350 acres of park and enjoy the flora and fauna located in the heart of London.
An upscale neighborhood in central London, Knightsbridge runs along the south end of Hyde Park and beyond. It’s one of London’s premier upscale shopping districts, with a number of big-name stores housed in boutiques in and around Knightsbridge. Stroll up and down Knightsbridge as you browse shops like Prada, Jimmy Choo, Harrods and many more. Some careful snooping might reveal tucked-away places to grab lunch as you recharge between shopping trips.
Located in central London just north of Buckingham Palace, Mayfair is a neighborhood full of history and incredible architecture. A walking tour will provide some great insight into area sights like Victorian townhouses, the former homes of the aristocracy, Berkeley Square, Piccadilly Circus and more. Mayfair is also home to some of London’s best shopping, with exclusive stores located throughout. If you work up an appetite, fear not - Mayfair is also host to some unbelievable eateries.
Soho has become the place to be for upscale restaurants, incredible shopping and more. Colourful shops line the streets, with many quaint shops selling boutique items. Record shops, a street market, and much more dot the alleys and side streets of the area. London’s theatre district is nearby, or if you prefer the nightclub scene, Soho hotspots offer a wide selection of music and clientele. Track down Karl Marx’s old pad, or visit the Prince Edward Theatre — Mozart lived nearby as a child.
Located in central London just north of Buckingham Palace, Mayfair is a neighborhood full of history and incredible architecture. A walking tour will provide some great insight into area sights like Victorian townhouses, the former homes of the aristocracy, Berkeley Square, Piccadilly Circus and more. Mayfair is also home to some of London’s best shopping, with exclusive stores located throughout. And if you work up an appetite, fear not — Mayfair is also host to some unbelievable eateries.
Considered one of the wealthiest districts in the world, Belgravia is home to some of London’s most impressive residences. The area’s hub is Belgrave Square — surrounded by stately terraces, it’s a timely outdoor space that imparts the history and regency of Belgravia. It’s a much quieter area of central London when it comes to shopping and dining — think of it more as a retreat from the hustle and bustle. No wonder it’s home to A-listers like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nigella Lawson, Sarah Brightman and more.
Think of Piccadilly Circus as London’s answer to New York’s iconic Times Square. A bright, busy corner featuring sprawling ads, neon signs, kiosks and plenty of pedestrian traffic, Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s great tourist spots. Take in some of the city’s best theater in and around Piccadilly Circus, pose for pictures at the Shaftesbury memorial and statue of Anteros, and make sure you do some shopping while in the area.
Leicester Square is ideally located within equal walking distance from Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and Trafalgar Square – it has become the heart of London’s West End. Enjoy the natural beauty of the park, featuring statues of Charlie Chaplin, William Shakespeare, and more. The heart of London’s cinema scene (and home of many European premieres), Leicester Square is also the perfect spot to take in a film or grab a pint or cocktail at one of the area's lounges or pubs.
With great world class attractions like the London Eye and the Globe Theatre, the Southbank neighborhood has plenty to offer. If you are looking for something with a little more edge than Tate Modern or Borough Market, stop by the unofficial home of skateboarding in London under the arches near the Royal Festival Hall.
Located in the heart of London sits Fitzrovia, a hidden gem of a neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to a thriving creative community including design firms, art galleries and music venues. Recently named the best place to live in London by the Sunday Times, this diverse neighborhood has something for everyone.