Built on the banks of the Thames nearly two millennia ago, the British capital’s vibrancy sweeps through historic streets, museums, and monuments. Once the seat of a powerful empire, London is effortlessly stylish, with superb shopping, outstanding cuisine, and an endless range of adventures.
One of London’s wealthiest and most desirable neighborhoods, Belgravia is filled with picturesque private squares, elegant Georgian townhouses, luxury boutiques, and well-preserved traditional pubs. Long the domain of aristocrats and celebrities, Belgravia is within a stone’s throw of some of London’s most respected cultural institutions, from the Natural History Museum to Westminster Cathedral.
Venture across town to the heart of trendy East London on a Saturday and be rewarded with one of London’s best outdoor markets. The site of a farmers’ market for centuries, the current incarnation hosts a collection of the city’s best farm stands, bakeries, artisan food stalls, craftsmen, artists, and more amidst a festive atmosphere. The rest of the week, the street is still lined with independent bookstores, cafés, pubs, design shops, and galleries.
Founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries of London, this serene apothecary garden along the River Thames boasts a vast collection of plants from around the world, originally planted for the purpose of herbal medical remedies. In addition to hosting educational classes and events, the garden is also home to one of the city’s loveliest cafés, open in warmer months.
While Buckingham Palace may be the most famous London residence of the British royal family, Kensington Palace, located in the expansive gardens of Hyde Park, feels more intimate and approachable. Built in the 17th century, the palace has long doubled as a residence and museum, and its restaurant in Queen Anne’s Orangery is one of London’s most elegant.
A maze of narrow streets in the heart of London, the neighborhood of Soho vacillated for centuries between a respectable aristocratic neighborhood and a dodgy entertainment district. Nowadays, it’s one of the city’s trendiest areas, crammed with award-winning restaurants, designer boutiques, trendy cocktail bars, long-standing pubs, and independent theaters and music venues.
An impressive example of Victorian architecture, the Royal Albert Hall was commissioned as a concert hall by Queen Victoria, in honor of her beloved late husband, Prince Albert. Nearly 150 years since its opening, the hall has evolved into a cultural center, hosting musical performances and events of all sorts, and is home to a number of acclaimed restaurants, bars, and tea rooms.
Near the thin, western tail of the Serpentine Lake, within the legendary green oasis of Kensington Gardens in Hyde Park, lies one of London’s most vibrant art centers. The Serpentine Gallery features a changing program of pioneering exhibitions and events in a space where London society once took their afternoon tea. Each summer, while ground-breaking artists are displayed inside, the work of an architect is featured outside in a temporary pavilion.
Opened in 1852 by Queen Victoria as part of the “Albertopolis” complex of cultural institutions, the Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the foremost museums of art and design, housing extensive collections of textiles, photography, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, and more from around the world. Rotating exhibitions and events cover everything from engineering to theater to musical traditions.
Immerse yourself in the best of the UK’s contemporary art scene at this five-day fair that brings together more than 125 of the capital’s top galleries.Learn More
Every March since 1926, rowing teams have raced this course along the Thames. Bundle up and stake out a spot along the river early to join the festivities.Learn More
Admire rare plants, innovative garden designs, vibrant flowers, and more from the world’s top gardeners and horticulturalists at the plant world’s equivalent of fashion week.Learn More
Don’t forget your designer duds when you head out of the city to Britain’s most iconic horse race, which is as much a fashion show and society to-do as a sporting event.Learn More
The world’s top tennis players and most ardent fans descend upon London and its environs for this legendary two-week tournament.Learn More
London’s most famous street festival fills the neighborhood of Notting Hill with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Caribbean culture for a two-day celebration.Learn More
Catch classic and contemporary films – as well as a few premieres – at London’s top outdoor movie series, located along the river at the historic Somerset House.Learn More
Twice a year, museums across London (and around the UK) stay open late for special events and exhibitions just for this art festival.Learn More
Also known as Guy Fawkes Day, this annual festival in honor of the foiling of a 17th-century plot to blow up Parliament is celebrated with fireworks displays and night fairs around the city.Learn More
Get in the festive holiday spirit with a range of classical and contemporary Christmas musical performances in one of London’s most iconic venues.Learn More
“Right in the heart of London, Hyde Park’s 350 acres of natural splendor offer a welcome break from the bustling metropolis at its perimeters. Once a royal deer park, the grounds were opened to the public in 1635 by Charles I, and have since been host to countless Londoners and international visitors alike who come to enjoy nature.”
One of the tallest buildings in the area, this Richard Seifert-designed tower offers unparalleled panoramic views of the London skyline along both sides of the river from the suites on the top floorsLearn More
At One-O-One Restaurant, critically acclaimed Chef Pascal Proyart serves up the freshest seafood amidst an exceptional fine-dining experience.Learn More
Enhance your London experience with the Park Tower Butler Service, which goes above and beyond traditional white-glove service to anticipate and provide for your every whim.Learn More
All of the guest rooms have been given a chic makeover by Alex Kravetz Design Ltd., but the sprawling suites with public garden and iconic London street views are the hotel’s crown jewels.Learn More
Book in at one of London’s finest restaurants, Alyn Williams, with a contemporary European menu so superb and a stylish dining room to match, it’s earned a Michelin star.Learn More
Snack on elevated gastropub fare or tip back cocktails at the Polo Bar, a sleek Art Deco-inspired drinks den that caters to the London power set and is no stranger to London’s “Best of” lists.Learn More
Keep fit on holiday by matching up with a personal trainer from renowned London fitness guru Matt Roberts for a tailor-made workout followed by an energizing breakfast.Learn More
Catch live performances on Fridays and Saturdays in an intimate and legendary space where jazz greats and soul singers Amy Winehouse and Jamie Cullum have taken the stage.Learn More
Chef Sebastiano Cioffi cooks sophisticated Italian cuisine paired with signature cocktails and select wines in an opulent Art Deco-inspired dining room styled in gold and soft pastels.Learn More