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Introducing Central London

To comprehend the scope of London, a good place to start is at the city’s navel, anchoring it to its place in history and geography – the middle of Waterloo Bridge. Here, the full meaning of what makes this city so special spreads along the vista, outlining the two power bases; the financial City in the east, and the secular and religious might of Westminster in the west.

The City is and always was the financial heart of London, though it’s a strange paradox that the ancient birthplace of the capital lies deserted after 8pm on Fridays, with a few stalwart inhabitants keeping certain pubs and restaurants alive. Wandering around the quiet alleys and back passages on a weekend can be a magical experience, as layers of history are stripped back and wisps of bygone eras waft by.

What many visitors mean when they say they are going to London is the West End. From the neon lights in Soho, to the extravagant gentlemen’s clubs in Mayfair, this is the megapolis that has something for everyone – afternoon tea is taken at its place of inception, The Langham, illicit cocktails are sampled at the ECC in Chinatown and post-dancing espressos knocked back at the 24/7 Bar Italia on Frith Street.

Shopping reaches retail nirvana on Sloane Street, New Bond Street and the King’s Road, while intrepid swimmers head for the Serpentine and spoilt-for-choice art lovers dip in and out of the National Gallery and Royal Academy.

As to old Sam Johnson’s statement that being tired of London means you’re tired of life? The thought had never even occurred to us.

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  • Bayswater

    Bordering the north of Hyde Park and the west of Oxford Street, Bayswater is a vibrant and cosmopolitan locale that uniquely mixes luxury and elegance ...

  • Belgravia

    From the west windows of Buckingham Palace the blue-blooded can look out beyond the gardens to the terraced street-tops of Belgravia. The rows of patrician, ...

  • Bloomsbury

    In springtime Bloomsbury lives up to its name, as the area’s renowned formal garden squares bud and flower. But it’s the laurels of learning that ...

  • Chelsea

    An enclave for the elite from the times of Henry VIII and his many wives right up to the Russian oligarchs who rule the roost ...

  • City of London

    You have to look very carefully for the few remains of the walls that once girded London from the outlying fields and villages. Today, despite ...

  • Clerkenwell

    Twenty years ago Clerkenwell was a dead zone, a largely forgotten area between Islington and the City. Now it is one of London’s coolest areas: ...

  • Covent Garden

    Where is there such another maze of streets, courts, lanes, and alleys? So Charles Dickens wrote of Seven Dials, the northern portion of Covent Garden’s ...

  • Holborn

    The capital’s legal quarter since the 14th century, the cloistered establishments where bright young sparks would lodge and study for the bar still remain. As ...

  • Kensington

    Bearing the words Royal Borough as part of an area name means responsibilities, and Kensington upholds them all: tradition, magnificence and heritage. This enclave in ...

  • Knightsbridge

    For a relatively short stretch of road, Knightsbridge sure carries a lot of clout. The name has become eponymous with luxury shopping, ultra-expensive residences and ...

  • Marylebone

    Marylebone can feel like a smart little market town (there actually is a farmer’s market on Sunday mornings), plonked just north of Oxford Street and ...

  • Mayfair

    In many ways – world-class restaurants, international class galleries, luxury goods temples sorts of ways – Mayfair is London’s jewel in the crown. Indeed, for ...

  • Notting Hill

    Notting Hill’s pretty pastel townhouses and vibrant market streets are definitely more than just a setting for a famous movie. As well as one of ...

  • Pimlico

    Located southwest of Victoria and a short walk from Sloane Square, this is a less-traversed area which locals like to preserve for themselves. The slightly ...

  • Regents Park

    Akin to an emerald adorning the fringe of central London, banded by the silvery canal which tracks round its northern edge, the plush royal space ...

  • Soho

    Soho – an untidy warren of West End streets and alleys bounded by Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Regents Street and the Charing Cross Road - ...

  • South Kensington

    Mention South Kensington and most Londoners get a vivid, albeit contrasting, picture of a centre of learning and top-end shopping in their minds. But it ...

  • Waterloo

    Long the haunt of heads-down commuters heading for the station, the area around Waterloo was long for passing through, rather than lingering in. But with ...

  • Westbourne Grove

    Grove by name, groovy by nature. This Notting Hill composite of creamily stuccoed mansions and low-rise retail spaces has spawned west London’s hang-out high street ...

  • Westminster

    The residents of Westminster share their neighbourhood with the most iconic clock in the world. Big Ben (officially the name of the Great Bell in ...

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