LONDON IS A SPRAWLING CITY of different neighbourhoods each with their own distinct vibe. On first impressions, it’s hard to know where to start… so here’s our guide on how to make the most of it.
West End, Soho & Covent Garden
Full of bars, restaurants, theatres and major tourist attractions, this is the part of London that never sleeps.
If you’re heading to the West End, you’ve got to grab a ticket to the theatre. The hottest ticket in town is the risqué The Book Of Mormon. For original arts and crafts, head to Covent Garden Market with its bustling piazza, and for mainstream shopping, Oxford Street is the place to be. It’s also one of the best areas in London for dining so try to tick off Polpo’s Italian style tapas, cheap and trendy steak joint Flat Iron, Bombay restaurant Dishoom and ramen bar Bone Daddies. For a different vibe, take a wander down Carnaby Street — home of London’s Swinging ’60s. While it’s more commercial these days, there are plenty of cute boutiques and independent restaurants on the side streets — plus their Christmas decorations are always the coolest in London.