Here, Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, reveals his favorite places around London.
The Pub: The low-key Dean Swift, near Tower Bridge, is all about nostalgia for Old London, with hearty cooking—try the rabbit, pork, and chicken liver terrine—served in simple, unpretentious surroundings.
The Art Gallery: A transformation of an industrial building from the 1970’s, the esteemed White Cube has a dazzling interior bathed in artificial light. The gallery’s success has helped shift the power in the contemporary art world from museums to dealers.
The Medieval Landmark: On Clink Street, there’s a spectacular remnant of the 12th-century Winchester Palace, where the bishops of Winchester once lived. It’s a six-floor masonry wall with three small doors that’s crowned by a Gothic rose window.
The Best-Kept Secret: Few people know that just east of Tower Bridge is a set of stairs (at the corner of Shad Thames and Horsleydown Lane) that leads to the Thames. At low tide, you can walk on the gravel and enjoy an unobstructed view of the bridge.
Sarah Miller is Travel + Leisure's European Editor.