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Things to do in London

There’s no lacking for things to do in London, one of the world’s greatest cities. At once historic and on the leading edge of cool, Britain’s favorite city is packed with centuries-old architecture (Tower of London, Big Ben) as well as galleries and museums on the cutting edge (White Cube, Tate Modern). Antique shops, iconic department stores, and flea markets jostle for attention with sleek boutiques featuring the latest wares from contemporary designers. It’s a sprawling town of two extremes, where great finds—buzzy bars, hidden city parks, and world-class theaters—dot every neighborhood from Kensington to Fitzrovia to Clerkenwell and the South Bank.

Travel + Leisure’s guide shares an insider’s take on the capital city, highlighting what to do in London, where to go, and why a visit is worth the trip for all types of travelers—family, couples, friends, and solo adventurers. Whether you want to catch the action in Parliament in the House of Lords or Commons galleries, tour the city on foot or iconic double-decker bus, or visit Beatles shrine Abbey Road Studios, there are plenty of things to do in London to keep you busy. Let T+L be your guide to the very best spots to take in history, savor local culture, and celebrate the city’s uniquely British style.

  • 30 St. Mary Axe

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

    No trip to London is complete without a jaunt across the legendary zebra crossing in front of world-famous Abbey Road Studios. Originally a ninetee... More
  • Abercrombie & Kent

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

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

    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 a... More
  • Aesop

    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 ... More
  • Alec Tiranti

    The premier London vendor for art supplies, Alec Tiranti was founded by Giovanni Tiranti in 1895. This Fitzrovia store sells supplies to profession... More
  • Alexandra Palace Antique Fair

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

    Specializing in treasures dating from the 1920s onward, this Church Street market is home to more than 100 experienced and enthusiastic dealers, ma... More
  • Alison Jacques Gallery

    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, ... More
  • Anderson & Sheppard

    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 gent... More
  • Annex 3

    Behind the unprepossessing facade lies a bizarre array of opulently campy bric-a-brac (Meccano model sets, twinkly mini-carousels, and 3-D painting... More
  • Art at British Airways Galleries

    British Airways commissioned site-specific, technologically enhanced pieces from Oona Culley, Troika, and other contemporary British artists for it... More
  • Artesian at the Langham

    Just off Regent Street, Artesian specializes in rum-based cocktails crafted by expert mixologist Alex Kratena. Along the walls of the bar, paneling... More

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