Qantas - - Travel Insider. - STORY BY STEVE McKENNA

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)

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