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London Guide

‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’

London Landmarks

It’s no secret that London is expensive – luckily, they haven’t figured out a way to charge you for looking at things yet…

  1. Big Ben – or rather, the clock tower housing Big Ben is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. If you do fancy forking out, you can nosy at the Houses of Parliament, where all the MP’s do their ‘work’ at the same time.
  2. Tower Bridge – the exhibitions in the Towers will cost you a bit, but just walking across and getting the incredible panoramic views of the Thames is free.
  3. Buckingham Palace - Looking around inside costs money (of course), but walking through St James Park and ending up outside the Queen’s house is a spectacular alternative.
  4. Hyde Park – the best place in London to see a little greenery and get out of the Big Smoke!
  5. Abbey Road – recreating the infamous album cover is likely to upset the motorists a bit, but for Beatles fans there’s no better place to see.

Museums and Galleries

London has more museums and galleries than anywhere else in the country… and unlike in many other capital cities, the majority of them are free! If you have a bit of spare time Sunday morning, take a look around…

  1. National Gallery
  2. Tate Modern
  3. British Museum
  4. V&A
  5. Natural History Museum


There’s nothing better than a good shop – especially in London, which has some of the best shopping streets in the world. If you’re looking to pick up a bargain or a quirky, individual find, it has to be a market. Some of our favourites are…

  1. Borough Market - It’s a gourmet’s paradise, and a great spot to pick up some lunch on the go.

  2. Brick Lane - Almost anything you can imagine will be found here, but it specialises in antiques, clothes, and general oddities. 

  3. Camden Lock - For the alternative, the artsy, and the plain odd. Incredible food, incredible stalls, and one of those rare streets where you feel out of place if you don’t have at least one facial piercing.

  4. Covent Garden Pretty, touristy, and quintessentially London, there’s a mix of jewellery, soaps, handbags, clothes, candles, and a lot of other handmade goods. There are usually few good buskers around too, if you want some entertainment whilst you shop.

  5. Portobello Road - One of the oldest markets in London, it’s main wares are antiques and arts, with some fantastic vintage pieces for the practiced market-rummager to find.

Festivals and Events

January: London Art Fair, London Boat Show

February: London Fashion Week, Chinese New Year

April: London Marathon, The Boat Race, London Book Fair

May: Chelsea Flower Show

June: City of London Festival, Pride London, World Naked Bike Ride, Trooping the Colour, Wimbledon, Ascot

July: Camden Fringe, Hampton Court Flower Show, Hard Rock Calling, Wireless Festival, Tour de France

August: The Proms, Notting Hill Carnival, Great British Beer Festival

September: London Design Festival

October: London Film Festival

November: Lord Mayor’s Show

December: Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

FCO travel advice

Travel Safety & Information

For information on staying safe and healthy while travelling abroad as well as local laws and latest government advice on destinations visit the FCO Travel Aware website.

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