London’s vibrant nightlife, world-class shopping, buzzy art scene, and suddenly respectable culinary chops have made it the beating heart of Europe. The world’s most visited city reclines along the river Thames, languidly unfurling the classic attractions: The Tate Britain museum, Gasworks, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, and The London Eye are among the iconic landmarks along its banks. But it’s the out-of-the way spots—Hoxton, Covent Garden, Camden and Shoreditch—that make today’s London thrum like never before.
Whether you’re partying with pretty young things at The Box in Soho, venturing to Vauxhall to dine on updated English classics at the Brunswick House Cafe, or shopping for the perfect bespoke suit on Savile Row, it’s a town of endless pleasures. Get lubricated at any number of soccer-crazed pubs, retro-speakeasy hotspots or musty private clubs. Try to eat your way through the city’s forty-plus Michelin-starred restaurants. Or browse upstart art gallery Haunch of Venison in Mayfair (the home of Banksy, after all).
“Here in London, giddy London,” Morrissey once sang. And he was right. It’s easy to get giddy in a town this cool. Before you book your ticket, check out our top spots to eat, drink and shop.