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Number 100 Oxford Street is a London landmark that opened in a basement during WW2 in 1942. Well-known artists have played here, including Johnny Depp... Read More

Why It’s Cool: In recent years, London kept a somewhat low architectural profile, but the buildings it did add—like this glittering office... Read More

The wellness center that is 58 South Molton Street is a place of genius. Every business within the center is run autonomously, under the uniting... Read More

No trip to London is complete without a jaunt across the legendary zebra crossing in front of world-famous Abbey Road Studios. Originally a nineteenth... Read More

The Abercrombie & Kent travel agency began as an African safari company, founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962. Today, the company... Read More

Prior to launching Adams Antiques Fair at the Royal Horticultural Hall, Matthew Adams studied costume and theatre design at Central School of Art. In... Read More

This transport company has 3,000 mini-cabs to cover London and its surrounding areas. Six-seaters, four-seaters, and VIP-service Mercedes E-Class and S... Read More

Upon entering this simple shop, designed in green hues with reclaimed wood, patrons are awed by row after row of dark glass apothecary jars filled with... Read More

The premier London vendor for art supplies, Alec Tiranti was founded by Giovanni Tiranti in 1895. This Fitzrovia store sells supplies to professional... Read More

Alexandra Palace, or the Ally Pally, as it’s familiarly called, is a spectacular Victorian pile. The location is reachable by taxi but we... Read More

Specializing in treasures dating from the 1920s onward, this Church Street market is home to more than 100 experienced and enthusiastic dealers, making... Read More

Gallerist Alison Jacques worked as a curator for the British School at Rome before opening her first London space in a Mayfair town house in 2004, but... Read More

The first thing you notice as you enter Alnwick Garden is all the water. Walk through the new pavilion and visitors' center—an airy, glass-and... Read More

Since 1906, Anderson & Sheppard has been an icon in bespoke tailoring. Located on London’s Savile Row, the well-known shop is reminiscent of a... Read More

Anfield has been called soccer's Fenway Park, though from the outside it seems a particularly unlovely factory. The field is an otherworldly green, all... Read More

North London’s finest play at the state-of-the-art, 60,000 capacity Emirates stadium that opened in 2006. The area is well served by public transport:... Read More

British Airways commissioned site-specific, technologically enhanced pieces from Oona Culley, Troika, and other contemporary British artists for its new... Read More

The Ashmolean opened in 1683 as the world’s first public museum. It originated with a core group of natural history specimens that belonged to... Read More

This year, Londoners have been tripping over themselves to get  “up The Shard,” London’s latest high-rise venture (currently the tallest building... Read More

Both Middleton sisters, Pippa and Kate, are regulars at this funky clothing store, run by Australian siblings Katie and Lindy Lopes, who fled TV careers... Read More

The tight space here brims with 2,000 woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, including a Swiss alpenhorn, one of the world's largest instruments. Read More

The beauty of this super-sleek oasis is in its basic idea: to provide spa treatments that remedy common travel problems customized to suit any travel... Read More

Fine Neoclassical country house with gardens and grounds designed by Capability Brown. The behind-stairs tour is worth taking, and so is the long walk... Read More

With Bespokes car tours, travelers have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a legendary car like an Aston Martin, Bentley, or Porsche. Founded in... Read More

Beyond Retro has three branches all over the capital and four in Sweden. It has a handle on the upscale-end of the market and suggests current trends... Read More

Come to the town of Oxfordshire for cool Britannia at a cut price—up to 70 percent off. Expect leather goods from Smythson (its creative director... Read More

In a place as vast as London, you have to pace yourself. Save your feet and take in the major sights from the upper deck of an open-top bus. Listen to a... Read More

Reputed to be Weymouth's oldest tavern, the building dates to the 16th century. A visit to the bar, with its low-beamed ceiling and its pervasive scent... Read More

Urban legend has it that Bleeding Heart Yard—a cobbled courtyard in Farringdon in the City of London—is so-named to mark the death of Lady Elizabeth... Read More

The Duke of Marlborough lives here, Winston Churchill was born here, and Capability Brown did the gardens. Read More

Posh people love to ski and the young royals are no exception. But it’s the après-ski they go wild for. Bodo’s Schloss brings the Alpine to London.... Read More

At the newly opened Bodyflight, the world’s largest—and U.K.’s first—skydiving wind tunnel, visitors have a chance to simulate a... Read More

In London’s trendy Mayfair District, the fashionable Old Bond Street has been a shopper’s mecca for luxury items since the 18th century.... Read More

Located near the Trades Union Congress and the British Museum, Bookmarks is London’s premier socialist bookshop. The inventory here is, no... Read More

This Hammersmith bookshop was founded by the Hammersmith branch of Amnesty International, the internationally-recognized organization dedicated to... Read More

Discerning cooks know that Notting Hill isn’t merely the location of that Hugh Grant film, but home to a cooks’ paradise. Browse the thousands of books... Read More

The Heathrow outposts of this popular London healthcare emporium are designed to cater to the specific needs of air travelers. Busy airport denizens can... Read More

Crammed with stalls, pubs, shops, and small restaurants, Borough Market is London's grazing central. Come early on Thursday or Friday and avoid the... Read More

A gourmand’s paradise, this fruit and vegetable market was almost shut down but now flourishes as a hive of fresh produce and baked goods with an... Read More

Named after a defunct British department store where owner Mark Holdstock’s mother once sold gloves, this closet-size basement bar is part 1920... Read More

From Friday to Sunday, specialists come from all over the UK and Europe to sell their modes in the bustling marketplace. I have picked up a fabulous... Read More

Located just off the southern coast of England, this Brighton gallery is the showroom and workshop of ceramic artist Jo Davda, who specializes in... Read More

Inside Borough Market’s Floral Hall, Brindisa sells an assortment of high-quality Spanish food items every Tuesday through Saturday. The shop... Read More

Quite simply, this is one of the world’s finest museums. Founded in 1753, it covers more than two million years of history from every continent,... Read More

No visit to London is complete without exploring this iconic museum in Fitzrovia. When it opened in 1753, it was the first national public museum in the... Read More

Broadway Market began in 1900, when Fred Cooke took to the streets to sell his jellied eels, but it wasn't until 2004 that it evolved into its current... Read More

Dating back to the 14th century, this timbered manor house was already old when Shakespeare was alive; miles of walks through park and woodland are full... Read More

Serious fashionistas know to make for Browns on South Molton Street for unique, high-end designs and cutting-edge pieces. In business since 1970, this... Read More

For a taste of royalty, make for Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Monarch. If you’re lucky, you might just catch sight of The... Read More

Talk about a reversal of fortunes. Chief Creative and Executive Officer Christopher Bailey has taken a down-at-heel raincoat brand and turned it into a... Read More

A top shopping hang-out in the 60's comprised of newly gentrified warehouses and restaurants, is swinging once again. ... Read More

Founded in 2007 with a mission to revive Savile Row tailoring, Byrne & Burge is a bespoke tailoring house located in London’s Mayfair... Read More

Book a treatment at this hypermodern spa in a tranquil natural setting. Read More

On the St. Marylebone Parish Church Grounds, this Saturday market sells everything from locally designed clothing to vintage accessories to a selection... Read More

Hidden behind an unassuming brick façade on London’s Old Street, this super-secret gallery is as exclusive as they come. In fact, Cabinet... Read More

Camden Town in North West London hosts a group of open-air and indoor markets known as Camden Markets. Camden Stables, Camden Lock Village, Inverness... Read More

Tickets get snapped up quick for this annual evening event, which is one of the most glorious holiday traditions in London.  Performed by the... Read More

The vast lavender fields are a perfect escape without leaving London. Read More

Well-known British designer Cath Kidston started out selling secondhand painted furniture and vintage fabrics before eventually designing her own... Read More

East London hipsters have long known that this fashion oasis in the heart of Shoreditch is the place to be. Billed as an alternative luxury store,... Read More

From antique pendants to couture pieces, Central Gallery carries a vast selection of fine pearls, gemstones, and semi-precious stones, as well as gold... Read More

Charbonnel et Walker was founded in 1875 and has become Britain’s most prestigious chocolatier. Named for its founders, Mme. Charbonnel, who... Read More

While living in this historic house, Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, his sister-in-law Mary died at 17, and he welcomed two daughters... Read More

Dickens fans will love this beautifully-restored Georgian terraced house in Bloomsbury, where the author wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.... Read More

Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the city’s oldest botanic garden and home to... Read More

One of London’s most popular upscale nightclubs, Chinawhite is frequented by wealthy tourists and celebrities, with former patrons including Kate... Read More

Experimental video, gut-wrenching photographic collages, dramatic installations: if it shows true innovative talent, the Chisenhale has it. This... Read More

Christ Church Picture Gallery nearby is a jewel box of Old Master paintings and drawings. The paintings are impressive, but it's the drawings—by... Read More

This bustling market in high-end St. Johns Wood is home to 220 trading pitches filled with a wide range of goods and products. Open every Monday through... Read More

Located just below King Charles Street, the Cabinet War Rooms served as the secret underground headquarters for Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his... Read More

When London was under aerial attack during WWII, the British Prime Minister and his government took refuge in this wartime bunker. Explore the... Read More

The largest skating instruction company in Europe, Citiskate organizes private and group rollerblading courses, as well as free weekly skating events.... Read More

In a location that has hosted pubs since the 15th century, the back room at Cittie of York has ornately carved wooden booths, 1,000-gallon wine vats on... Read More

Serving as the headquarters for the Greater London Authority (GLA), London’s modern City Hall is situated on the south bank of the Thames between... Read More

Two-part Cocomaya is both a fine chocolate shop and artisan bakery. The vintage cabinets and central table in the lime-green-and-magenta chocolate shop... Read More

Brace Yourself: Sure, Britain’s mostly dreary climate can seem like a strange choice for a theme park, but this roller coaster, built in 2002,... Read More

A Sunday morning tradition for many decades, the Columbia Road Flower Market is a bright, bustling event that has become one of the most beloved in all... Read More

This year, the bar at the Golden Coq, that’d be the translation from French for the name of this acclaimed restaurant, is being transformed into a... Read More

The civil war is obliquely memorialized in the towering aspect of Corfe Castle, a hilltop ruin in the southeastern corner of Dorset. Read More

The National Trust has reserved this public footpath that bisects the whole of Gloucestershire. Read More

This annual market is where Henry Higgins famously came across flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the George Berard Shaw play Pygmalion (better known in its... Read More

Emphasizing comfort and using its own all-natural products, Cowshed offers clients a unique, relaxing spa experience that focuses on rejuvenation... Read More

Founded in 1758, Cox & Kings is the oldest travel company in the world, and it prides itself on using its 250 years of experience to provide clients... Read More

Learn about the area’s rich prehistoric legacy through guided visits to nearby sites, such as a network of 13,000-year-old cave paintings... Read More

A 17th-century manor house with handsome interiors and grounds that include a lovely walled garden and a collection of centuries-old Spanish chestnut... Read More

Bargain-seekers and serious collectors find treasures among the 18th- and 19th-century glass pieces, silver, and arts and crafts at this Portobello Road... Read More

Housed in a hulking converted power station, this vast modern art showplace opened in 2000, but still breaks new ground with installations. Each year... Read More

Deceivingly large, this Marylebone bookshop has original Edwardian oak-paneled galleries filled with a huge selection of books. Skylights provide plenty... Read More

Founded by James Daunt, this small chain has been feeding the souls of literary and non-fiction buffs for years. Fans flock to the travel section of the... Read More

This London shop has been stocking London’s most elegant kitchens with house-brand tableware for 40 years. The basement showroom is dedicated to... Read More

In addition to farmshop Daylesford is also a garden store, yoga studio, spa, and designer clothing boutique. For more than 20 years, the owners have... Read More

When you enter Dennis Severs' house, you step into 1724. The artist saw the house as a living piece of art, and intentionally decorated it according to... Read More

The Memorial Fountain is a wonderful place for kids to run through the water and let off steam. Located beside the Memorial Playground is an enormous... Read More

Ever want to enter a world full of hunger, hackneyed accents, and criminals on the run? This 75,000-square-foot re-creation of a 19th-century Dickensian... Read More

With four locations covering 250 acres across England, this construction-themed franchise pairs children with heavy machinery. More than 200,000 hoe... Read More

Decadence abounds inside London’s new Dorchester Spa, an ivory-and-coral-colored subterranean paradise with cream chiffon curtains and a... Read More

Now synonymous with the city of London, the iconic red Routemaster double decker buses served as one of the city’s primary forms of public... Read More

Wordsworth’s home is now a museum with original manu-scripts by the poet as well as a vast collection of watercolor paintings from the 19th... Read More

Discerning label-lovers adore Dover Street Market in Mayfair. Hidden behind the Georgian façade are six floors of designer clothing presented in the... Read More

Located in downtown Northampton, this Japanese-style spa has been welcome guests to its hotsoaking tubs, sauna, and treatment rooms since 1981. Read More

Exquisite jewelry combining traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design has customers oohing and aahing at this award-winning shop in... Read More

Actor Colin Firth's home design store, located in Chiswick neighborhood, stocks a range of artisan-made, ethical, fair trade, and eco goods. The three... Read More

Ceramics and housewares, plus must-have clothing by a constantly changing mix of designers like Casey Vidalenc. Read More

Tired travelers can rejuvenate at Elemis Travel Spa inside Heathrow International Airport’s Terminal 5. The acclaimed London-based spa and... Read More

Located in London’s Marylebone area, this Emma Bridgewater shop sells her hand-painted Yorkshire pottery. Run by Emma and husband Matthew Rice,... Read More

Designer Emma Hope’s Sloane Square store sells vintage-inspired shoes and handbags to London’s fashionable set. After starting her career at... Read More

Offering fair trade, organic, and ethical clothing, Equa boutique is the perfect shop for the eco-friendly women of London. On a mission to prove that... Read More

New plays, often by local writers. Read More

From Monday to Friday, approximately 20 artisanal food stalls sell to lucky Londoners on their lunch break at the Exmouth Market. I’ve had some amazing... Read More

Rotating Expo art displays were launched to expose under-the-radar artistic and cultural endeavors from the U.K. Previous exhibitions include... Read More

Hidden in the heart of Farringdon opposite the historic Smithfield’s Meat Market, is “fabric.” In the dark depths of this world-class super club,... Read More

Light up even the dreariest day in London with a visit to this breathtaking antique shop, where ethereal glass chandeliers float and shimmer overhead... Read More

With the recent arrival of the Shoe Corner on the ground floor (three rooms filled with more than 8,000 shoes) Fenwick has asserted its significance in... Read More

Fine Art Travel is one of Europe’s most prestigious travel companies. Offering tours to some of the continent’s most popular destinations... Read More

Dating back to 1883, the Fitzroy Tavern is certainly steeped in history. This London pub was a gathering place for such literary icons as Dylan Thomas... Read More

Make a beeline for the Italian paintings gallery to see the Annunciation by Domenico Veneziano, painted in the 1440's for the altarpiece of a church in... Read More

For an on-the-water perspective from the Thames, book a one-hour speedboat trip with Flying Fish Tours. The high-speed excursion takes off from St... Read More

"The details are not the details, they are the design." This quote from Charles Eames has largely influenced Folk founder Cathal McAteer, who transforms... Read More

For quintessentially English products (edible and non), head to this purveyor of high-quality provisions; it’s been in business for more than 300... Read More

Located on Charing Cross Road, this London chain’s flagship store is the largest bookshop in the British Isles (or in Europe, for that matter).... Read More

In business since 1903, Foyles celebrated both its centenary and winning UK Bookseller of the Year for the second consecutive time in 2013.  Its... Read More

Theatre aficionados flock to this Fitzrovia bookshop, which is known for carrying an unmatched inventory of theatre and performance-focused literature,... Read More

This annual mid-October art fair in Regent's Park is known for its multidisciplinary approach to contemporary art. The main attractions at the four-day... Read More

Unlike the shiny Emirates arena, Fulham’s Craven Cottage is a typical Victorian-era stadium, perfectly situated on the banks of the Thames. Be sure to... Read More

Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, Howard Hodgkin: while the gallery’s star-studded roster speaks for itself, there’s also... Read More

With a 360-degree view of London and a particularly a nice sight line into the Queen’s 42-acre garden behind Buckingham Palace, the Galvin at Windows... Read More

Where: On the South Bank of England’s River Tyne, between Gateshead and Newcastle.... Read More

Taking visitors on a journey through time, the Geffrye Museum offers a unique look at English middle-class life from the 1600s to present day. Located... Read More

This prestigious clothing store is located on London’s famous Savile Row and is renowned for selling the finest quality menswear. Began as a... Read More

This independent traveling act is the creation of Nell Gifford, who ran away to the big top on her gap year from Oxford, and her husband, Toti. The... Read More

Run by Sandra Esqulant since 1979, the Shoreditch tavern has an affectionate house terrier and a loyal clientele. Read More

The city’s most storied wine bar has been operating as such since 1890, and today you can relish a glass of one of 80 wines (a blackboard shows... Read More

Hundreds of hanging lamps illuminate this bijou boutique, with cushions toppling from the corners and shelves towering with apparel, bags, and... Read More

Hundreds of hanging lamps illuminate this bijou boutique, with cushions toppling from the corners and shelves towering with apparel, bags, and... Read More

Grays, an antiques center with the most fabulous jewelry in London, hands down, is by reputation as expensive as it is elegant. But it turns out that... Read More

If you’re looking to add some intrigue to your next trip, check in to mystery author Agatha Christie’s former summer home, Greenway, in... Read More

Now with seventy-seven stores in sixteen countries, Hackett has established itself as a definitive menswear brand.  Fabrics are fantastic quality... Read More

Known for his work on other theatres, incluing the London Coliseum and London Paladium, architect Frank Matcham designed this theatre in the... Read More

Traveling on the Northern line to Hampstead is a must-do for first-time visitors to London. After a stroll around Hampstead Village shops, visit the... Read More

Henry VIII spent more time at Hampton Court Palace during the second half of his reign than at any other royal residence.  Walk through his... Read More

The Portland collection, which includes the work of Van Dyck, is on display here. Read More

Harrods is hailed as the king of department stores, and it’s here you’ll find the most impressive sales. The Food Hall is a must. Sample the cheese... Read More

Known as Harvey Nicks to Londoners, this store is the quirkier antidote to its neighboring department store, Harrods.  Head to the Knightsbridge... Read More

Passionate bookworms can get lost for hours in this charming old-fashioned shop, the oldest surviving bookstore in London. Established in 1797, the shop... Read More

One of the world’s leading international galleries, Hauser & Wirth is a quiet yet commanding giant on the contemporary art scene. Originally... Read More

A severe gray building on the south bank of the Thames, the Hayward Gallery hides within its austere walls a stimulating smorgasbord of modern and... Read More

Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2010,  the stately Heal’s interiors store is a British institution. Climb the stairs and check out the... Read More

Noted for its undulating glass roof, Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 opened in 2008 and is the global hub used exclusively by British Airways.... Read More

Heaven claims to be the world’s most famous gay nightclub. Find out for yourself down under the Craven Street arches in Charing Cross. Rub shoulders... Read More

The tailor’s archives show that Henry Poole & Co have dressed men as diverse as Emperor Napoleon III, Charles Dickens, William Randolph Hearst, and... Read More

Posh, polished and always on trend, this Bethnal Green gallery is everything a contemporary art enthusiast could desire. Within the striking industrial... Read More

A Mayfair landmark for over seven decades, this quaint bookstore has always taken great pride in its carefully composed selection of old, new and... Read More

Although Highgate is not London’s oldest cemetery, it’s certainly one of the best known. Consecrated in 1839, the 37-acre site now... Read More

Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, and many other illustrious individuals are buried in this famous graveyard. Keeping them company is a cast of phantoms, ghouls... Read More

Prince Charles' green shop features his Duchy Originals organic goods. Read More

The museum houses the treasures of Sir William Holburne, a 19th-century Bath collector of fine and decorative art. Read More

Just a short trip from nearby Notting Hill, the Holland Park Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto, offers a zen... Read More

Inside London’s Covent Garden, Hope and Greenwood is a small confections shop offering a variety of handmade British sweets. Inside the red... Read More

The most fashion-forward men in London are raving about this Shoreditch style house established in 2010 by native fashion guru James Brown. Created by... Read More

In 2003, art lovers Darren Flook and Christabel Stewart created a one-room project space in their flat and welcomed artists to stay with them during the... Read More

Poundbury’s chocolate factory has a shop where the sweets are sold. Read More

Step inside the Palace of Westminster and learn about the events and people who have shaped Britain today. Watch live debates in the House of Commons... Read More

As one of London’s best-known monuments, the Palace of Westminster should be on every visitor’s tick-list. Its Gothic Revival building was... Read More

Founded in 1945, Housmans was one of London’s first progressive bookstores. Today, it has become one of the few such stores remaining in the... Read More

Once a hunting ground for King Henry VIII, Hyde Park now boasts eight million visitors a year. The park’s new playground, which opened in June 2014, is... Read More

Although a relatively new event, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is quickly becoming a favorite with Londoners. The annual event runs from early December... Read More

One of the most iconic buildings in London, Somerset House is best known for hosting London Fashion Week—but come the holidays, it draws just as many... Read More

One of the city’s most popular touring companies, Insider London takes you to see some of the best hidden gems in London. Walking tours cover a... Read More

At Isis Ceramics, outside Oxford, owner Deborah Sears, a collector of 17th-century English delftware, has resuscitated the art of hand-painted tin-glaze... Read More

Throw on your walking shoes and come prepared to be scared. Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of the Victorian East End, and infamously murdered... Read More

Established in 1676 to wait upon the Court at St. James's, James Lock & Co. has since been the place for Londoners to purchase hats. The company... Read More

Jamme Masjid—the Great London Mosque—was consecrated in 1976 in an early Georgian house that, for the century prior, was the Spitalfields... Read More

Located near Sloane Square in Chelsea, this independent bookshop houses roughly 25,000 books in a three-story 18th-century building. The store was... Read More

Bibliophiles make for this shop to run their fingers over the spines of the 25,000 books crammed into the 18th-century building. Previously a poodle... Read More

Josh Wood is considered the country's top hair colorist. He has a salon in Holland Park, in the luxury department store Liberty's, and most recently at... Read More

Sure, this flea is rough and tumble, with plenty of unspeakable junk, but there is also a goodly amount of fashionable items—heaps of fur coats... Read More

Located inside East London’s Old Truman Brewery, Junky Styling is the brainchild of self-taught designers Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager. ... Read More

 A 95-mile stretch between Dorset and East Devon is England’s first natural unesco World Heritage site. The South West Coast Path runs the... Read More

Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, and the funeral cortege of Diana, Princess of Wales departed from here, her former home. Explore majestic... Read More

Situated atop Hampstead Heath, this lakefront estate features a Neoclassical villa housing a collection of world-renowned paintings. First built in 1616... Read More

Since the Royal Botanic Gardens were established in 1759 by Princess Augusta, they’ve expanded from nine acres to more than 300; Victorian-era... Read More

For an insight into the private lives of Georgian Royalty, make sure to visit Kew Palace. Built in 1631, the intimate residence became a sanctuary for... Read More

Much of Kingston Lacy's interior reflects the taste of a 19th-century Bankes descendant, a friend of Lord Byron who lived on the Continent to avoid... Read More

Subtle but definitive" is a motto of owner, designer, and founder Kirsten Goss, whose boutique shop is located on a Kensington side-street, just a stone... Read More

Beloved by every sweet tooth in London, this darling bakery was founded in 1993 by German pastry chef Gerhard Jenne. Since its opening, the shop... Read More

Although its name is actually derived from a Longfellow poem, this charming Shoreditch shop inspires patrons to "labour away" with its enticing... Read More

In 1679, a man attacked John Dryden in this tiny pub’s alleyway for writing scurrilous verses about one of Charles II’s mistresses. These... Read More

Since 2004, the Lavender Hill Studios has been training fine art students in the atelier tradition. Co-run by a Charles H. Cecil Studios alum, the... Read More

This brand-new five-floor spread opened last May in a Georgian town house that was once a brothel. The notorious, headline-grabbing gallery is run by... Read More

Transform yawn-inducing spaces into stylish conversation pieces with quirky finds from this well-loved antiques shop-meets-curiosity cabinet. Located on... Read More

A London institution since 1875, Liberty’s a mainstay that’s as overwhelming as it is essential. Despite its historic appearance (Tudor... Read More

Every visitor to London is charmed by this mock-Tudor style store that was founded and built in 1875.  The floral prints and feminine accessories... Read More

One of London’s premier jewelers, Links of London was founded in 1990 and specializes in men’s and women’s sterling silver and 18... Read More

Theater classics performed in a 19th-century music hall. Read More

This innovative concept combines traditional fashion retailing within an art-based installation. Enjoy this unique space and pick up pieces from... Read More

In search of an authentic tour of the city? Then look no further than London Black Cab Tours. Native Londoner and black cabbie Michael Churchill will... Read More

For a fun and unique way to see London, there is nothing better than a 75-minute Duck Tour in a revamped, World War II amphibious DUKW, or Duck. Packed... Read More

Originally built for the new millennium, this mammoth Ferris wheel has 32 dangling pods (each holds 25 people sitting or standing) that gracefully take... Read More

The only hub airport in the United Kingdom, London Heathrow Airport is also one of the world’s busiest. The airport hosts airlines from around the... Read More

Just around the corner from the British Museum in a neighborhood that was once home to a number of eccentric specialty booksellers, in some respects,... Read More

Behind an imposingly massive door in the 19th-century Chancery Lane Safe Deposit, more than 30 vaults sparkle and shimmer with the world’s largest... Read More

This overview of London’s transportation history includes more than 450,000 artifacts and spans 200 years. Here, kids can take to the wheel of an old... Read More

Every four to five weeks, an enthusiastic crowd of designers, celebrities, boutique owners and dedicated fashionistas flock to Hammersmith Town Hall to... Read More

Frankly, there are too many walking tours to choose from. From the magical Harry Potter walking tour to excursions to Olympic Park, or the literary... Read More

With more than a dozen drop-in walks daily, these tours are perfect for last-minute planners. The West End on Film tour is perfect for movie buffs.... Read More

Tebury's Long Street is unofficially considered Antiques Alley. Read More

At Lorfords Antiques, stone garden statues are showcased outside, while English wing chairs and blue-and-white porcelain plates and crockery fill the shop. Read More

The Princes in the Tower, reputedly murdered by their uncle (the future Richard III) in the Tower of London, spent their childhood at this splendid 924... Read More

It's common knowledge that many of London's greatest museums—the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Tate Modern—don’t charge... Read More

One of the oldest organic tea estates in the world, Luponde sells its leaves inside this small shop in London’s Mayfair neighborhood. Located in... Read More

Book aficionados are promised an idiosyncratic experience at Lutyens & Rubinstein. The core stock list comprises books recommended and loved by... Read More

Young poshies like to do nothing more than romanticize an era they were never part of. In the case of Maggie’s (named after Margaret Thatcher), it’s the... Read More

This hip London bookstore was founded by Marc Valli and the one-name Montse, who sought to improve the city’s bookstore scene. The artsy shop... Read More

A regular haunt for Wills and Kate in their courting day, this fun tiki bar specializes in large cocktails, and by large, we mean enormous. Menu... Read More

Seductively stylish yet surprisingly unpretentious, this modern Soho speakeasy is ideal for small groups and couples hoping to get cozy over Curacao.... Read More

Despite being right in the heart of London, the thriving neighborhood of Marylebone (pronounced mary-le-bone) maintains a fairly low profile. Tourists... Read More

Held every Sunday at the Cramer Street Car Park, the Marylebone Farmers’ Market has between 30 and 40 stalls selling everything from fresh... Read More

As the surrounding neighborhood becomes more restaurant-centric, the Marylebone Farmers’ Market, which is currently sandwiched in a former car lot... Read More

Mesmerizing photographs by Turner Prize-winner Wolfgang Tillmans, earthy sculptures by Rebecca Warren, and chaotic installations by Anne Hardy are just... Read More

From the street you wouldn’t know this bar exists (there’s no signage or visible address; it’s between numbers 59 and 63), but inside... Read More

Located on the first floor of the stylish Mint Hotel in London’s Westminster neighborhood, the Millbank Lounge is known for having the best... Read More

For trance, house, and rave lovers, the iconic Ministry of Sound is the only dance club destination to visit in London. Join more than 300,000 club... Read More

With a prime location in the bustling Brompton Design District and an interior that looks like a scene from a Dali painting, Mint is a contemporary... Read More

Established in 2000 by lawyers turned chocolatiers Helen and Simon Pattinson, this acclaimed sweet shop sells a wide array of handmade artisan... Read More

A throwback to Prohibition-era speakeasies, Montgomery Place has an unassuming façade that belies a sophisticated interior with dark leather... Read More

The iconic British handbag label recently opened two concept shops at Heathrow (in addition to its more traditional locations in T1, T3, and T4) that... Read More

Inside one of my favorite museums, you’ll discover 450,000 years of London history. Later in 2014, an exhibition on Sherlock Holmes (The Man Who Never... Read More

Consisting of two sites in Clerkenwell, the Museum of the Order of St. John tells the centuries-old story of the order, first established in Jerusalem... Read More

An enchanting cabinet of zoological curiosities, this University College London museum is among the city’s best-kept secrets. Housed in an... Read More

Founded in Notting Hill in 1999, Myla is London’s premier vendor of luxury lingerie. The company now has nine shops in the United Kingdom and has... Read More

Here, locals and sightseers regard the finest works of art from the 13th to the 19th centuries, like Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh, Bathers at Asnières... Read More

The National Gallery is London’s museum dedicated to Western European paintings. Located in Trafalgar Square, the museum opened in 1838 and now... Read More

Explore portraits of famous citizens from Tudor Kings and Queens like King Henry VII in 1505 to the Bronte Sisters in 1834. For a more contemporary... Read More

This cultural juggernaut has three different stages (Olivier, Lyttelton, Cottesloe) and an innovative artistic director, Nicholas Hytner (who also... Read More

One of three frontages in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum is one mile in depth and has two façades 1,000 feet long. ... Read More

More than 200 varieties of creamy, crumbly cheese are packed to the rafters at this famous fromagophile heaven in South London’s Borough... Read More

The latest addition to Robert De Niro’s empire is decadent and glitzy (interiors impresario David Collins designed the spaces), with a large bar... Read More

Sixteen years after the film was lauded with seven Academy Awards, Shakespeare in Love’s transition to stage played to excellent reviews when it opened... Read More

Weymouth's role in D-day, along with the part the town played in defending against the Spanish Armada and the Napoleonic fleets, is showcased at Nothe... Read More

Visiting Notting Hill should be on every visitor’s to-do list, and not just to have a photo taken outside the famous blue door as seen as Hugh Grant’s... Read More

Old Truman Brewery here takes its name from a family who started making ales in the late 1600’s. Today, the brewery building is home to almost 200... Read More

Located on London’s South Bank on the corner of The Cut and Waterloo Road, the Old Vic theatre is known for attracting some of the best acting... Read More

The first Oxfam store to be redesigned by Jane Shepherdson (formerly of Topshop), this Westbourne Grove boutique opened in 2008, successfully... Read More

The easiest and most economical way to travel throughout London is with the Oyster Card, a type of transportation debit card. The card reduces the cost... Read More

Ozwald Boateng, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, is very well regarded in the industry. He is reputed for having put fire in the belly of the... Read More

In London on a Saturday night? Get down to Terminus Place in Victoria. Don’t be fooled by the wood paneling and period features of this historic... Read More

The Vintage Guide to London proclaimed Paperdress Vintage as the city’s best womenswear shop. It stocks period pieces from as far back as 1900, and the... Read More

Though there are now branches of this paper mecca across the world, the triple-decker Fitzrovia spot was the original Paperchase store, catering to... Read More

One of London’s finest grocers, Partridges was founded in 1972. The family-run store sells a variety of gourmet food items, including truffle... Read More

Fresh from having a retrospective of his work displayed at The Design Museum, Sir Paul Smith is an iconic British designer who mixes high quality... Read More

Push through the French château doors and it’s clear that Smith’s Globe is more than a clothing shop. Sure, you’ll find plenty... Read More

A large golden “9” boldly marks the glass doors at this Paul Smith shop in the Mayfair neighborhood of West London. Inside, the store has an... Read More

Although British fashion king Paul Smith owns namesake shops across the globe, this funky branch near Borough Market is said to be one of his... Read More

Britain’s best-known men’s wear designer is gregarious and charming, and his eccentricities manifest in discreetly peculiar and impeccably... Read More

Britain’s best-known men’s wear designer is gregarious and charming, and his eccentricities manifest in discreetly peculiar and impeccably... Read More

At the base of Richmond Hill, Petersham Nurseries is a beautiful garden and shop set apart from bustling London. When Gael & Francesco Boglione... Read More

Milliner to royals, celebs, and fashion's elite, Irishman Philip Treacy's bespoke studio/retail shop in Belgravia has eye-catching chapeaux and... Read More

Original Debut: The Art Deco–style, 255-seat Phoenix originally opened as the East Finchley Picturedrome, with the tagline, “the world&rsquo... Read More

Supper clubs and cabarets are London’s latest craze, and Shaun Clarkson lent his design expertise to this one. The name doesn’t refer to the... Read More

London socialite and gallerist Pilar Corrias—who helped start Haunch of Venison gallery, a branch of which recently opened in New York City&mdash... Read More

An indoor skating rink designed like a 1970's commissary, the staff here wear outfits that look as if they were left over from some failed Scandinavian... Read More

The Pitt Rivers Museum, one of the world's top ethnographic collections, comprises a dizzying array of objects—vitrines stuffed with shrunken... Read More

Canadian financier and polo pro Johnny Lynn launched his menswear line, aiming to out-Lauren Ralph—its name Argentine slang for “polo... Read More

Since 1988, Portobello Print & Map Shop has been trading with collectors and dealers in the Portobello Antique Market. The Notting Hill shop’s... Read More

Wake up! The earlier you can drag yourself over to this 1,500-dealer market the better—many shoppers are here at the literal crack of dawn, and... Read More

Get ready to rummage down the Westway end of Portobello Road, nearest to Ladbroke Road Tube Station.  Here, vintage clothes sit cheek by jowl with... Read More

Drawing from the discerning taste of its owners—former British Vogue writer Ian Holmes and restaurateur/gallery owner Meryanne Loum-Martin&mdash... Read More

Daring fashionistas from across the globe are sporting bold urban threads from Public Beware, a stylish East End boutique located in the Old Truman... Read More

So new it’s sparkling—and not with rain one hopes, the Radio Rooftop bar at the ME Hotel has an outdoor terrace and conveniently, an indoor bar (not... Read More

One- to four-day programs at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxford, England, on classical techniques and market-fresh ingredients with the celebrated... Read More

Award-winning, elegant, and original, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is a summertime must. With 1,250 seats, it's one of the city's largest venues,... Read More

Situated at the foot of Trellick Tower in Notting Hill, this independently owned vintage boutique sells designer clothing and accessories dating from... Read More

Relik opened up shop in 1999 and sells clothes from the 1930’s to today. Here, lucky buyers have found such treasures as outfits worn by Madonna in Elle... Read More

It wasn’t celebrity crimper Ward himself who was responsible for making over Kate Middleton’s hairstyle into the chic, effortless, and... Read More

As both the largest of the Royal Parks and the largest enclosed space in London, Richmond Park offers visitors 2,500 acres to explore. Animal lovers... Read More

Opposite the Crofton Park overground rail station, the Rivoli Ballroom is one of the city’s few remaining ballrooms. The grade two-listed building... Read More

Catering to children ages 12 and under, this small museum is located in the town of Great Missenden, where author Roald Dahl lived for 36 years.... Read More

Chocoholics rejoice at this shop in the Marylebone district, home to some of the most sought-after cocoa creations in London. Part of a small, award... Read More

Located along Notting Hill's antiquing mecca, Portobello Road, Rogers is a Saturday-only arcade that features one of the district's most eclectic... Read More

The doors to Ronnie Scott's first opened in 1959, when the saxophonist of the same name opened an intimate space for fellow jazz musicians to play. It... Read More

This club is a Soho staple, with an owner, Ronnie, who used to shout at anyone who talked during a performance. Things are a bit more relaxed now, but... Read More

Considered one of the world’s greatest independent record shops, Rough Trade was founded in 1976, quickly emerged as a major retail presence on... Read More

Established in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall fulfilled Prince Albert’s vision for a central hall to promote the arts and sciences. Located in South... Read More

London's Royal Festival Hall has never looked—or sounded—better. The home of the London Philharmonic, built in 1951 for the Festival of... Read More

One of the world’s most renowned links courses, Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club is located in Lancashire, about half a mile inland from the... Read More

A stunning Covent Garden landmark, the Royal Opera House is home to the Royal Opera Company and the Royal ballet, this venue's best-known patron is HRH... Read More

The Globe may be the home of Shakespeare, but the RSC at The Barbican surely gives it a run for its money.  Less married to the traditional than... Read More

This two-storefront art gallery in Mayfair (the second space is a short walk away at 4 New Burlington Place) displays the work of contemporary visual... Read More

Just east of Regent's Park, Sadler's Wells is a performance venue dedicated solely to the art of dance, including tango, experimental, hip-hop, and... Read More

The newly expanded Norman Foster–designed center features a collection that spans centuries and continents: a Francis Bacon painting hangs next to... Read More

Saltwater specializes in English-style women's clothing that is classic without being stuffy or old-fashioned (think little-to-no plaid or quilting.)... Read More

Sister theater to the legendary Globe, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opened earlier this year, but in contrast to its historic neighbor, the playhouse is... Read More

Two hours southwest of London, this studio is owned by art instructor Nicholas Beer, who teaches his students to draw and paint portraits of live models... Read More

The school teaches baking, brewing, butchery, preserving, and cheese making to amateurs as well as students of the University of Derby. Don't miss food... Read More

At the Scott Polar Research Institute, you can pore over exhibits relating to the Arctic and Antarctic, including Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition... Read More

Voted Best Department Store in the World three times including 2014, Selfridges’ innovative approach to all areas of its business keeps the... Read More

Come here to catch everything from video projections to experimental works combining sculpture, sound, and light. Locals highly anticipate its summer... Read More

Shakespeare’s plays were first performed at London’s Globe theater several centuries ago. It was lovingly re-built near the original location in 1997,... Read More

In Tetbury, don't miss Long Street, unofficially considered Antiques Alley: there's Sharland & Lewis, a cheerful shop brimming with 19th-century... Read More

This low-lit, wood-paneled basement bar—designed by Japanese firm Super Potato—looks like a feudal Japanese ryokan reimagined by Star Trek... Read More

One of the first contemporary galleries founded in London’s East End arts district, the Showroom has been nurturing young artists as well as... Read More

It's common knowledge that many of London's greatest museums—the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Tate Modern—don’t charge... Read More

The former home of architect Sir John Soane is one of the quirkiest museums in London. It is stuffed with thousands of curiosities, art, furniture, and... Read More

Lauched by three Scandinavians, the British company Skandium sells Scandinavian furniture and accessories at its Brompton area store... Read More

Fancy a pint at 7 a.m.?  As the center of London’s meat trade, Smithfield market is not for the vegans among us, but you can expect to encounter... Read More

The high-end stationer and leather-goods company from London’s Bond Street has two Heathrow outlets with journals, travel wallets, passport covers... Read More

Simply the most stylish stationer in London, this tony temple has produced bespoke, engraved, and flat-printed stationery for more than 120 years. It... Read More

When you visit Somerset House in the summer, you're greeted by 55 fountains in the front courtyard. In the winter, that same space becomes an unmissable... Read More

Located in the 18th-century courtyard in front of the Neoclassical Somerset House, this outdoor ice rink is a wintertime tradition on the south side of... Read More

Run by a friendly team of denim demigods, this East End jeans shop is arguably the best in London. Located in the Old Truman Brewery, Son of a Stag... Read More

A walk along the river’s South Bank from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge is a pleasant mile-and-a-half stroll that can include stops at the... Read More

The range of holistic spa treatments here is tailored to jet-lagged travelers. The three-hour Signature Ritual ($395) is a T5 one-off, incorporating a... Read More

London’s oldest market, Spitalfields has a history dating back to 1666. Today, the sprawling marketplace includes both the old market and a newer... Read More

Situated at the northern end of Hackney’s Broadway Market, Sporeboys sells a wide variety of fresh, hard-to-find mushrooms. Established in 2005 by... Read More

Opened in 2003, this gorgeous contemporary gallery is the London branch of a renowned German chain run by art dealers extraordinaire Monika Sprüth... Read More

Specializing in communications and surveillance products, Spymaster’s Portman Square shop has the high-tech gadgets needed to satisfy the spy in... Read More

Located below the stunning Barlow Shed inside the historic Victorian train station, St. Pancras Grand Brasserie is a stylish spot to grab food and... Read More

This enduring London icon survived German aerial bombardment during the Blitz in WWII, as well as the threat of demolishment in the 1960’s. Poet Sir... Read More

Climb up the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral and enter the Whispering Gallery, but keep quiet! Thanks to the unique acoustics, your words can be heard 100... Read More

Leading the march of younger-generation British fashion designers, Stella McCartney became a star (no surprise with Sir Paul as her father) when Gucci... Read More

Stichelton, said to be a historic name for Stilton, is made using the original raw-milk method of Colston Bassett.... Read More

Londoners searching for fresh, local produce know to visit the Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday at St. Paul's Church. The UK... Read More

Stop in for gourmet chutneys, flowers, cheeses, meat, fish, and game. Read More

Originally in the vibrant East London arts district, Stuart Shave relocated his avant-garde gallery to a large, glass-fronted West End building in 2008.... Read More

Nature lovers and history buffs should spend the afternoon in the 15th-century castle. The 14-acre grounds include an English rose garden. Read More

Founded by Sue Cruttenden in 1979, the Sunbury Antiques Market is England’s longest running bi-monthly market. With 700 stalls (350 inside and 350... Read More

Located in the 17th-century Old Truman Brewery, the Sunday UpMarket features more than 140 stalls selling everything from clothing and jewelry to... Read More

Considered one of the top golf clubs in the nation, Sunningdale has two 18-hole championship courses: the Old Course, designed by Willie Park Jr. in... Read More

Located in Islington, Club Surya bills itself as the world’s first eco-friendly nightclub. Created by property developer Andrew Charalambous, a.k... Read More

Part of the prestigious Tate family of museums, which also includes the Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives, the Tate Britain is without... Read More

Converted-warehouse branch of the London museum. Read More

Housed in a hulking converted power station, this vast modern art showplace opened in 2000 but still breaks new ground with installations. Each year... Read More

The Tate Modern opened in 2000 in a vast former power station on the South Bank. Inside, in the turbine hall, modern art exhibitors make the most of the... Read More

This tea emporium in Covent Garden Piazza carries more than 120 teas and herbal infusions from around the world. Teas come in an array of black,... Read More

Stop here to stock up on Ted Baker’s witty men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and fragrances. Countryside scenes and... Read More

There may not be a Ted Baker living in London, but this imagined-fashion icon from Glasglow has a reputation for smart, contemporary shirtmaking. Now,... Read More

Hailed by American Vogue as  "the designer making the biggest waves in British fashion,” Alice Temperley counts Brit beauties Emma Watson,... Read More

Founded by designer Alice Temperley in 2001, Temperley London has become one of the most celebrated fashion labels in the United Kingdom. The company... Read More

First built in 1837, it wasn't established as the Almeida until the 1980s. A 325-person theater spread out over two floors, it offers some of the most... Read More

Set in a nabe with an acute cool quotient, this watering hole is behind the annual Big Chill Multimedia Festival held during August in the Malvern Hills... Read More

Legendary gallery and performance space. Read More

The largest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century, The British Library opened in 1998, and houses treasures like the Magna Carta and... Read More

Since 1992, the Donmar Warehouse have won 43 Laurence Olivier Awards, 28 Evening Standard Awards, and 20 Tony Awards with its productions. Artistically... Read More

Calling this a cinema is practically reductive; instead, The Electric is an experience. The theater features 65 leather armchairs with footstools and... Read More

One of London’s most historic pubs, the Flask Tavern dates back to the 18th century and counts artist William Hogarth among its former patrons.... Read More

Everything you’d wish for in a luxury hotel bar is here, plus contemporary style and sophistication. The plum-hued bar is both small and posh,... Read More

This office building, officially called 30 St Mary’s Axe, was designed by Sir Norman Foster in 2004. The wraparound, blue-glass structure opened to some... Read More

Built in 1720 and originally the Officers Mess, or dining hall, for the Duke of Wellington’s soldiers, this is a wonderfully traditional pub painted red... Read More

There's more than 50 years of history propping up the Hampstead Theatre, and many of the world's top actors have appeared on its stage, from Alan... Read More

John Soanes was a prominent 19th century architect. His house has remained untouched for nearly 180 years and is an example of living art. While alive... Read More

This public house is worth visiting for its authentic Victorian décor. It’s one of the last pubs to boast the once-traditional glass ‘snob-screen’... Read More

At the London Dungeon, theatrical actors and 360-degree sets with special effects will give you a thrilling and terrifying walkthrough experience. It is... Read More

The Lord Mayor of the City of London lives and works in the Mansion House. This historic venue is also home to arguably the best collection of 17th... Read More

This historic museum opened in 1857 and saw another monumental landmark in 2012 when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge became a patron. Explore... Read More

One of the most iconic Art Deco buildings in London, the OXO Tower used to be owned by one of the largest meat traders in the UK. He made stock cubes... Read More

The “panto’” is a peculiarly British brand of musical farce based on a fairy story. This year sees Jerry Hall playing the wicked stepmother in Snow... Read More

This Chelsea gastro-pub is where Prince William is spotted quite regularly nursing a pint of British Cask Ale at the bar with his chums. Even if he’s... Read More

The name may sound like a pub, but this destination is a bar, club, and art gallery all in one single space. The ground floor hosts a gaming room with... Read More

“The Rake is my local in London!” exclaims one of the many brewers’ signatures sprawled across the wall at this tiny but impressive... Read More

During the summer, Regent’s Park’s outdoor theatre is some of the best in London, and taking a chance on the weather is part of the fun. Many a Londoner... Read More

The Royal Academy is a working institution, a living and breathing home for art and artists. It houses one of the last free art schools in Europe, and... Read More

At the Royal Court, the focus is on new works, and tapping the untapped when it comes to writers. Its track record is unparalleled, having helped launch... Read More

Families flock to this museum, as do school kids taking part in field trips (380,000 visit as part of a school group each year). Founded in 1857 as part... Read More

This concept store is located on the iconic King’s Road in Chelsea. In the heart of an airy 10,000-square foot garage known for its art deco... Read More

It's brave, it's bold, it's dynamic and so much on show is funny. With a 150-seat theater, a 90-seat theater, and a beguiling cabaret space, programming... Read More

The Southbank Center needs little introduction; the world-famous art space has hosted some of the biggest names in arts and culture globally since its... Read More

At the time it was built in 1585 as a tollgate, The Spaniards Inn was two hours from London by coach and a favorite hangout of highwaymen like Dick... Read More

In Spitalfields, East London, stands arguably the most famous pub in Ripper history. Cross the threshold and step into the days of the Autumn of Terror.... Read More

Some might go to the Tower of London to catch sight of the Crown Jewels, while others hope for a glimpse of a harrowed ghost as well. Intrigue, torture,... Read More

Sixty years old in 2014, The Troubadour is a coffee shop, wine gallery, and art space that happens to have had a music room in the cellar. It’s where... Read More

Housed in a former estate home, the collection of Titian, Rembrandt, and Velázquez also features a vast amount of shiny knights’ armour.  Children... Read More