Incredibly diverse and crackling with energy, London is one of the planet’s most enthralling travel destinations. It’s a city of palaces and pound shops, parks and pubs, where show- stopping modern architecture looms above ornate old bridges, glamorous stores, museums and ritzy hotels and playhouses. Exploring this vast multicultural metropolis, you’ll hear everything from the Queen’s English to Arabic, Cockney to Swahili, as suited cyclists, black cabs and big red buses whir past and Tube trains rumble deep beneath your feet. Whether you’re strolling through the neighbourhoods of the rich and famous, browsing market stalls in trendy, street-art- speckled districts or wining and dining in A-list hangouts, London will always keep you coming back for more.
Chiltern Firehouse (top) attracts a celebrity clientele with cult dishes such as beetroot blunts and crab-stuffed doughnuts (above)