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London Tourism: Best of London

A regal city surrounded by a rush of modern life
London is layered with history, where medieval and Victorian complement a rich and vibrant modern world. The Tower of London and Westminster neighbor local pubs and markets, and time-worn rituals like the changing of the guards take place as commuters rush to catch the Tube. It’s a place where travelers can time-hop through the city, and when they’re weary, do as Londoners do and grab a “cuppa” tea.

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  • Covent Garden has something for everyone!
    A very busy place with an up beat vibe! There are Street performers, restaurants, market stalls to browse around or you could just buy an ice cream and people watch!
  • Bright lights at night
    By Greg
    Piccadilly Circus is well worth a visit during nighttime hours. It’s bright, vibrant and full of energy. The ‘Circus’ roundabout is obviously not so congested as perhaps it is at other times of the...
  • Lovely Peter Rabbit afternoon tea
    My husband saw this advertised in Time Out magazine so we decided to book this - my husband had the Peter Rabbit book as a kid so was keen to go. The cafe (on the 2nd floor of the hotel) itself is...
  • Amazing afternoon tea
    We came for afternoon tea it was a treat from my husband for my birthday and it was the most amazing afternoon. The tea , sandwiches and cakes was the best quality also champagne🥂and the staff...
  • A perfect landmark
    Can't go to London without seeing this beautiful bridge. You should definitely walk across it. Probably 1 of the most photographed bridges in the world and for an obvious reason!
  • Great day out
    We were first timers to Madame Tussaud’s and we all booked our tickets online. Arriving st the building it was so busy, decent queue system and good to see security checking bags etc. The whole day...

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Traveler Spotlight

A Touring Musician's Guide to London

I'm a storytelling rapper, so I get to know cities through places I can write about or places I can sit and write. If you're like me and want to know London at its most poetic, these are your must-hits. @dylanowenmusic
Dylan Owen, New York City, NY
  • Shoreditch Grind
    358
    A favorite coffeeshop downstairs, and a favorite recording studio upstairs. Records have been made here by Sam Smith, FKA Twigs, and Tinie Tempah.
  • St Pancras Old Church
    84
    A hidden music venue inside of a church that offers ethereal performances with minimal lighting from both up-and-comers and established acts. Some historical names who have played here include: Sinead O Connor, Laura Marling, Brian Eno, Ron Sexsmith, Jason Mraz, Damien Jurado, and Simone Felice.
  • Rough Trade East Cafe
    75
    Vinyl LPs line the aisles, walls, and floors in this location of the iconic record store chain. Plus, you can grab a coffee or drink and perhaps see your favorite artist perform on a promo stop for their newest release. You might be able to find one or two hidden copies of my LP on the shelves.
  • Dishoom Carnaby
    2,765
    Can't have a London list without Dishoom. Truly authentic, unforgettable Indian food experience.
  • Brick Lane Vintage Market
    10
    Endless booths and pop-up shops of vintage clothes (with tons of character and history) at a decent price. Shop until you drop.
  • Nomadic Community Garden
    50
    One of London's best kept secrets. An urban open gallery of gardens run by volunteers who live in the community and display their art. If the gardens themselves aren't open when you arrive, walk around nearby to see London's largest wall of legal street art and endless miles of graffiti-covered tunnels.

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Timeless afternoon tea

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