What to see
Many of London's iconic landmarks such as the Coca-Cola London Eye and the Tate Modern stand on the banks of the Thames. Look a little closer though and between the big names you'll find a few hidden gems.
Tucked away on the South Bank, Gabriel's Wharf is a haven for independent shops, cafés and bars, while further downstream you'll find the elegant, yacht-lined St Katharine Docks. Here, you can take in a views of Tower Bridge from one of the stylish marina-side restaurants or step aboard a party boat.
If it's nature you're after, venture west and further upstream to find pretty patches of green, such as the Chelsea Physic Garden, the second oldest botanic garden of its kind in England, and Holland Park with its resident peacocks.
Of course there's more to London than the Thames, so head south of the river to discover some of the lesser-known stops on the city's culture trail: from the impressive natural history and anthropological exhibits at the Horniman Museum, to works by Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Canaletto at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
If you’re staying North, head to the Zoo in Regent’s park, or blow away the cobwebs and stretch your legs with a gentle climb up Primrose Hill. You’ll be rewarded with an unbeatable panoramic view of London's skyline.