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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

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

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

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

Best for live music, especially during the Celtic Colours Festival. 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

 Producers of a rare triple-distilled whisky; tours available. 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

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

Riverside outfit with a weekend Whisky School 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

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

In a 16th-century edifice of rough and smooth stone, the textile museum opened in the spring of 2008. Move from sobering displays on the second floor (a... 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

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

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

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

Three-day course at a seaside distillery on the Isle of Islay that also includes evening trips to the pub, live folk-music performances, and informal... 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

Established in 1842, this bottler deals in fine aged single-cask whiskey from distilleries like Banff, Glenlivet Minmore, and Royal Brackla; the... Read More

New president and CEO Massimiliano “Max” Zegna Baruffa plans to bring much needed energy to Scottish cashmere’s most luxurious label.... 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Behind a narrow red storefront on Victoria Street, this self-proclaimed “liquid deli” is a cross between a liquor store and an old-fashioned... 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

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

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

In a funky chandeliered lounge known for the Adidas sneaker collection displayed above the bar, sip an Ape Expectations (local Monkey Shoulder Whiskey,... Read More

Rent a Mini Cooper S—a sporty classic that hugs the winding Scottish roads nicely. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The hottest contemporary-arts gallery in the city once housed a 1938 produce market; now displayed are the works of Scottish artists like Christine... 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

Browse bolts of house-woven tartans or pick up one of the leather pouches that adorn traditional men's dress. Downstairs at 21st Century Kilts, the... 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

 Scotland’s largest stills and a whisky-making exhibit, just outside Edinburgh; tours available. 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

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

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

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

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

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

Top fashion houses commission Rohde's cashmere handiwork. The designer, who only works with the finest yarns from Scotland in her town-house atelier... 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

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

The House of Bruar, a compound of buildings surrounding a courtyard, including the Men’s and Women’s Wear Hall, Food Hall, Knitwear and... Read More

The shop carries pottery, art, and jewelry produced by Scottish artisans. 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

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

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

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

Johnstons (est. 1797) is one of the oldest mills in Scotland. Certainly, its approach to business is up-to-date. Here is a company that recognizes that... Read More

The glass cases in this boutique are stocked with notable estate pieces like vintage square-cut emerald necklaces and antique gentlemen's pocketknives;... Read More

Journeys by Design specializes in bespoke itineraries to the region, which often include a stay at Selous's Sand Rivers Camp and guided walking safaris... 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

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

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

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

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

A 10-day celebration of film, theater, and food that takes place along the Edinburgh harbor. 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

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

Each of the 1,300 tartans Lochcarron makes is a meaningful interpretation of a grid, and every design is copyrighted and listed with the Scottish... 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

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

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

Edinburgh's most glamorous set congregates at the city's buzziest club under the Tigerlily Hotel. The black-and-rose wallpaper is embedded with... 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

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

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

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

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

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

This Edinburgh neighborhood is dominated by Georgian architecture and lined with cafés and boutiques. 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

Formerly the reception room of the Scotsman, one of the country's national newspapers, this galleried, oak-paneled space is now a civilized hotel bar.... 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

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

Salty locals haunt this no-frills establishment with long literary traditions; it's favored by writers and is featured in native Ian Rankin's Inspector... 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

Every summer, en route to Balmoral from Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II stops at this spectacular, if lesser-known, 16th-century royal residence... 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

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

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 Peter Scott, a label most associated with golf sweaters customized with club logos, signing up for a factory tour is as straightforward as entering... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Since 1670, when it was established for cultivating medicinal plants, the gardens have been an exemplar of botanical conservation. On the immaculate... 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

Just west of the Princes Street Gardens, the Lyceum is an impressive Victorian theatre dating back to 1883. Over the centuries, the theatre hosted some... 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

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

Catalonian architect Enric Miralles went $767 million over budget on his 2004 architectural masterpiece, which won the U.K.'s most prestigious... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Weeklong program at a still-operating 1828 distillery in Campbelltown, a historic whisky town (it was home to more than 30 distilleries in its 19th... 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

Check out the first hole, where a public path crosses the famous fairway where golf was born. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four-day course on one of Scotland's most remote islands (Jura is a two-hour ferry ride from the mainland town of Kennacraig). Students are housed at... 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

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

Tour this warren of recently opened underground alleyways for a fascinating account of the city's past (victims of the 1644 plague died here) and a... 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

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

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

Situated in the Stratford neighborhood, this restored Victorian theater produces an average of seven shows each year, as well as a pantomime and... Read More

London theater and opera have never been more exciting: 14 new musicals opened during one recent season, and West End stages attract megawatt stars... Read More

Design duo Thom Whiddet and Luke Sweeney have gone from traditional tailoring to off-the-peg men’s clothing this year. They say that the most... Read More

Since 1827, this Mayfair boutique has carried the ultimate in luxury houseware basics, from fine bone china to crystal stemware to sterling silverware.... Read More

In the heart of London’s Sloane Square, nightclub owner Guy Pelly, a character perhaps better known as official best friend to Harry and William, opened... Read More

Top Shop has skillfully created a hybrid between fast, cheap fashion and quality design, making it the perfect sport for purchasing trendy, transient... Read More

No other store follows the catwalks so closely or initiates its own national trends like Topshop, a mecca for high-street fashion. What looks like a... Read More

A unique Christmas experience, the Tower of London's Medieval Christmas takes you back in time to 1284, where you join the court of King of England King... Read More

Voted London’s Favorite Music Venue in 2014, the Union Chapel is not only a music space, but also a working church, restaurant, and center for those who... Read More

With Urban Gentry’s collection of tours, visitors can experience London’s art, fashion, and design from an insider’s point of view.... Read More

This museum is a must for children not only from abroad, but also for British tykes, too. At this East End center, visitors will learn how childhood has... Read More

Thirty Miles from Edinburgh, on the North Sea, lies a blossoming, 20-acre meadow filled with ponds, trails, and wildlife—including thousands of... Read More

Within this labyrinthine collection of stately buildings covering 12 acres lie more than 27,000 pieces and 43,000 photographs: everything from Celtic... Read More

Described as the world’s greatest museum of art and design, the Victoria and Alber Museum currently houses a free Disobedient Objects exhibition... Read More

Representing Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili and Grayson Perry, as well as renowned artists Peter Doig, Isaac Julien and William Eggleston, Victoria... Read More

Since Dame Vivienne Westwood first fused punk music with her debut designs during the 1970’s at the Kings Road shop SEX, she has gone on to win the... Read More

Walk through the villages of Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Moreton-in-Marsh. Just follow the walking maps for the Cotswold Way, a 100-mile... Read More

Stroll Tetbury's 600-acre arboretum, started by the Holford family in the 1820's and now home to more than 3,000 types of trees, including maples,... Read More

Perhaps the most influential contemporary gallery in London, White Cube was established by renowned art dealer Jay Jopling in 1993. In 2000, Jopling... Read More

The Whitechapel Gallery is one of London’s premier venues for displaying contemporary art. After acquiring the Whitechapel Library and completing... Read More

There’s simply no way to re-create an interior that exudes the convivial, gently timeworn atmosphere of this gem, built in 1835, which has... Read More

Perfect for children, the Winter Wonderland has an immersive walk-though Magical Ice Kingdom featuring an ice castle, circus shows, a traditional German... Read More

When Henry Gordon Selfridge founded the department store of the same namesake in 1909, he collected objects from around the world for his customers to... Read More

At this Holborn pub, expect Tudor beams, coal fires, and beer jugs overlooked by portraits of Henry VIII, the king of England who famously had six wives... Read More

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