Catch London’s edgy side with handmade jewellery, punky gear and tattoo parlours in Camden Town. The whole area teems with clothing and food stalls along Camden Lock and under restored Victorian arches in Stables Market. Stylish guys can find a natty new wardrobe along 17th-century Jermyn Street, where it’s all about top British tailoring and handmade leather shoes. Join shoppers along busy Oxford Street to find discount designer goodies in London’s favourite department stores. There’s always a sale on somewhere.
Experience the bright lights of London’s Theatreland for classic musicals, experimental dance and theatre stalwarts. Enjoy the lively atmosphere around Soho, where you can drop into sleek cocktail bars or old-school pubs for a pint of London Pride. Catch up-and-coming bands gigging in Camden Town’s bars, stomping ground for many of London’s top musicians in bygone days.
London is where the world’s cuisines gather on one huge dining plate. Find fun, informal eateries on the South Bank alongside the river Thames, from gourmet pizzas to Indian street food. It’s lip-smacking Lebanese on Edgware Road next to Marble Arch, with top-quality kebabs in elaborate Middle Eastern décor. It’s still going strong late at night as locals top up with falafel and fresh fruit juices. Slip under the pagoda-style gateway for Chinatown’s restaurants for a dim sum brunch or a multi-course feast alongside packed Cantonese supermarkets.
See London’s landmarks from your ‘pod’ in the London Eye observation wheel. The kids will love the swirling bubbles and fog at the Eye’s 4D cinema. Wander through the venerable halls of the British Museum to marvel at the Elgin Marbles and one of the world’s largest collections of Egyptian antiquities. A coffee under Norman Foster’s glass-and-steel roof of the Great Court will recharge your batteries for thousands more treasures. Relax on a boat trip along the Thames to Greenwich’s Royal Observatory, home to the Prime Meridian Line where you can stand astride two hemispheres.