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Courtesy of Visit London

Perhaps more so than any other city in the world, London excels at blending a stoic belief in traditionalism with an uncanny sense of trend-setting. This is the city that loves the uniform spectacle of a changing guard as much as it does the bell-bottomed brilliance of a David Bowie. A city that cherishes history and a stiff upper lip but also a place that fully embraces the cutting-edge more than any other European capital. Best of all, London is a city that invites even first-time visitors to play along.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in grand style at the Connaught
  • Experience…breakfast at the Wolseley, an institution in London
  • Splurge…on a meal at Tom Aikens, run by one of the city’s finest chefs
  • Eat…some of the city’s best Indian food at Gymkhana
  • Drink…a cappuccino at Daylesford Organic, then go antiquing
  • Savor…a walk in Hyde Park or even a horseback ride
  • Visit…two of London’s famed museums by taking the Tate-to-Tate boat
  • See…a movie in the über-comfortable Electric Cinema
  • Shop…in Notting Hill for bohemian fashion
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, expert guides, special access and itineraries

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Lay of the Land

“The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. ”
~Stephen Fry

Today’s London is an amalgamation of numerous villages, some dating back to ancient Roman times. As a result, the city’s neighborhoods have distinct personalities and attributes. Traveling from west to east, Notting Hill and Kensington are primarily residential and home to some hidden restaurants and boutiques. Chelsea, South Kensington and Knightsbridge are ideal for strolling and shopping, with some excellent cafés and famed British stores like Harvey Nichols. Mayfair is where you’ll find many of the city’s grandest hotels and restaurants like Claridge’s and The Square. Meanwhile the West End, Soho and Covent Garden districts are famous for theaters, museums and general hubbub (see: Picadilly Circus).

Major historical sightseeing (such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye) is located in central London. In the east is “The City,” the financial district and hip neighborhoods like Shoreditch and Clerkenwell, home to some seriously cool restaurants. Directly across the Thames, South Bank is a foodie destination with funky restaurants and the cult favorite Borough Market.

Black Cabs are pricier and harder to come by than taxis in other cities, but the Underground or “tube” is quick, clean and safe. If you plan on staying in the city for more than a couple days and using the underground system, look into purchasing a multi-day card. Be aware that you must present your ticket as you exit the station, so keep it handy.

London is an example of a city that has perfected the airport transfer (New York City, take note). Heathrow and Gatwick Express trains run between the airports and Paddington or Victoria train stations (respectively) multiple times per hour. Tickets can be purchased in advance or just before departure, and they are significantly cheaper than taxis plus avoid London’s legendary traffic.

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