Neighbourhood Guide: London

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One of the most diverse cities in the world, London has so many different neighbourhoods each with its own style and range of sights and attractions for visitors to explore. Here’s an overview of the main London neighbourhoods to help you choose where to stay and visit in this remarkable city.

Bloomsbury

A cultural corner in the centre of a London with a distinctly village feel and laid back vibe. Visit here to relax in one of the many peaceful gardens or for the British Museum and Library.

Brixton

A buzzing and up and coming area to the South of the city, Brixton makes no apologies for its unpolished appearance and is home to a number of exciting pop up shops and restuarants. Visit here for street food, pop up shops and culture.

Camden

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An alternative, edgy corner of North London famed for its creativity. Visit here for street food, markets, nightlife and art. Top sights include Camden Lock Market and Camden High Street.

 

 

 

Chelsea

An altogether different proposition to the previous two areas, Chelsea has emerged from its status as the centre of the swinging sixties and is now the playground and home of London’s well heeled. Visit here for shopping, glamour and Chelsea FC.

City of London

The Square Mile, home to the London Stock Exchange and the financial heart of the city, with the glass towers and skyscrapers that tower over the rest of the city. Visit here for St Paul’s Cathedral and a range of swanky bars and restaurants that cater to the city’s fat cats.

Covent Garden

A hugely popular tourist venue in the centre of the city. The central square is the focal point for this lively area and home to a variety of street entertainers looking toearn their fortunes amusing the crowds of visitors. Visit here for restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

Greenwich

A scenic and historic area to the south east of the city. Getting here can take a while but its well worth the visit. Take the Thames Clipper for the best views across London. Visit here for history, scenery and one of the best parks in the city.

Kensington

An elegant and opulent area to the West, home to Kensington Park and Palace. Visit here for the Royal Albert Hall, and a number of museums including the Natural History, Science and V&A.

Knightsbridge

Another of London’s wealthy areas to the west; Knightsbridge is by far the most exclusive and the real millionaire’s if not billionaire’s playground in the city. Home to Harrods and a range of designer labels and boutiques, visit here for high end shopping and some of London’s best and most prestigious restaurants.

Marylebone

A high end but relaxed area to the north of the city with a real village feel. Marylebone high street offers some of the cities best shopping with independent boutiques, old fashioned book shops and family owned pattiseries. Visit here for great shopping and eating and also popular tourist attractions including Madame Tussauds and Baker Street for the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

 

Notting Hill

Home to the infamous annual carnival this part of the city has so much more to offer. A peaceful and pretty part of the city which is home to some of the best markets including Portobello Road and Columbia Road Flower Market.

Shoreditch

One of the most vibrant and up and coming areas of the city, home to London’s trendiest and most creative minds. Visit here for pop up shops, restuarants, arts and great hipster nightlife.

Soho

Undoubtedly London’s premier neighbourhood for nightlife. Soho has shrugged off its red-light reputation and is now a thriving and hip neighbourhood; home to some of London’s best bars, clubs and restaurants and the epicentre of the London LGBT scene.

South Bank

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A real tourist hotspot and cultural neighbourhood across the river from the Houses of Parliament. Home to the London Eye and some of the best theatre and arts in the city. Visit here for culture, attractions, art and some great views across the river.

St James’

The royal centre of London and one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods. Home to Green Park and of course Buckingham Palace, visit here for some of London’s most iconic sights.

West End

London’s Theatreland and home to iconic attractions including Piccadily Square and Leicester Square, this is a buzzing area hugely popular with tourists. Visit for the huge range of shows on offer and for some great shops, pubs and clubs.

Westminster

This central London area is a tourist heaven, home to most of London’s major attractions; Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral. Spend time here to see historic London, capture the oligatory photos of the infamous landmarks and for great views along the Thames.

London Neighbourhoods

 

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