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This is an obvious starting point. Personal favourite bits include:
Hyde Park (especially good when there's events, like the Red Bull Flugtag or the annual Wireless music festival).
Kensington is great for window shopping - having seen Macys in New York, I can say Harrods puts it to shame - the food courts and winery alone are enough to get lost for an hour or so, and there's about 7 more floors after that.
The music venues here are fantastic - Brixton Academy, Electric Ballroom (Camden) and Relentless Garage (Islington) are the best places to try and see decent bands.
Also wander aimlessly around Covent Garden, the South Bank and Leicester Square (especially if there's movie premieres going on).
If you're in Berkshire, or even just driving through, go to Hurley - it's a tiny village on the outskirts of Maidenhead, but if you park near the little High Street and wander through the bushes, there's the gorgeous Hurley Lock, which is a big, well kept island in the middle of the Thames where you can watch boats pass through the Lock. Really relaxing in the summer.
A great example of an old English town that's managed to develop without losing its very tranditional character. Victoria Park/The Pump Room Gardens are great in the summer and there's some really nice pubs (The Clarendon for example).
The town centre is surprisingly busy and well established for such a traditional town - there's plenty of shopping options here.
Largely populated with students and games designers, but the nice ones.