London

London is an “it girl”, a fashionista, who’s got it, and who certainly knows how to flaunt it. In fashion as in art, the capital of the United Kingdom is ever in the spotlight. A modern-day Babylon, London has a uniquely cosmopolitan atmosphere in which people and cultures come together, whether in its thousands of pubs and bars, or in its many excellent world cuisine restaurants. The royal palaces, tea time, and Shakespearean theatre rub shoulders with the sky-scrapers of the City in the third biggest financial centre in the world. Uber-modern and yet very traditional, London is a wonderfully diverse paradox.

Big Ben graciously welcomes you. Encased in the tower of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the 16-tonne bell will announce your arrival with a friendly chime. Head east and you'll find the other key symbol of London, Tower Bridge, spanning the Thames. From the top of the towers you'll get an impressive panorama. Or you could get even more of an eyeful of London from the London Eye, the world's largest ferris wheel.
The Queen awaits at Buckingham Palace, from which the kings and queens have reigned throughout the years. The changing of the guard takes place every day at 11.30 sharp. However, if you really want to catch a glimpse of Elisabeth II, Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry, you can catch them in June at the Trooping the Colour.

For a breath of fresh air, take a turn about Hyde Park, which will host part of the Olympics in 2012. What could be more romantic than rowing à deux across the Serpentine lake?
If you feel the need to shop till you drop, hit Oxford Street and Mayfair. Jump in a London cab and experience Harrods in Knightsbridge, king of shops in London. If it's jewellery that catches your eye, don't miss London Jewellery Week.
True to its reputation as a cultural melting pot, you'll find an abundance of Festivals in London which celebrate music, food and literature, such as the Festival Brazil at the South Bank throughout the summer.

Be a sport and watch the grand slam Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, in June. The sun has got his hat on, so grab yours for the elegant Royal Ascot Races, an opportunity to spot the rich and famous and their extravagant hats: absolutely fabulous, darling!

Classy and distinguished, wild and rebellious: get to know the unique and colourful city which is London.

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This neighbourhood can boast having the largest concentration of tourist sites in the British capital. A veritable marathon aw...

It’s the construction of the South Bank which began the transformation of the embankments. It sped up with a project around th...

It was on this patch of land north of the Thames that the Romans developed their city. The area measures 1600 m², a mile in t...

The first residents of Soho were those whose houses had burned in the Great Fire. They were rejoined by several waves of immig...

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St Pancras International is right in the heart of London. This architectural gem, with its neo-Gothic facade, is served by six...

Since 1886, brilliant billboards surround the angel of the Piccadilly Circus. If less and less punks mix with the tourists in...

Oxford Street offers more than 2 kilometres of boutiques for an extended shopping session. International brands and English st...

A point of anchorage for the Jamaican community, Notting Hill – filming place for the famous film with Hugh Grant and Julia Ro...

Westfield London Shopping Centre is gigantic, the largest of its kind in Europe. With around 270 shops, you will have every op...

"South Kensington seems to be an area of opulence. The neighbourhood is filled with museums, as it houses three of the main Lo...

Hammersmith is a good place for a nice walk, close as it is to the Thames, pretty riverside houses and Hyde Park.But this area...

Greenwich owes one part of its notoriety to its meridian, which is at 0 longitude. But this charming little town along the Tha...

As its name indicates, Covent Garden houses a 13th century convent and its garden. In the middle of the 16th century, the neig...

For a long time, this area was nothing more than humble fishermen’s cabins. Then in the 16th century, Henry VIII and Thomas Mo...

A few hundred yards from the centre, Camden attracts fans of music, avant-garde art and fashion. Visitors desiring to complete...

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