The Definitive London Travel Guide
Best of London
The leafy and tranquil Highgate Cemetery is the ultimate
Victorian Valhalla, famous as the resting-place of Karl Marx.
Without doubt the world's most perfect botanical gardens, the
expansive Kew Gardens is part royal pleasure garden, part
research institute. The curvaceous, dripping hot Palm House is
the focal point.
London's finest Gothic monument, Westminster Abbey, has
been a coronation venue for nearly a millennium and is the
burial-place of poets, politicians and royalty.
Docklands Light Railway
Take the driverless Docklands Light Railway for a bird's-eye
view of the Docklands development, finishing up with a great
view across the Thames to Greenwich.
Lunchtime in Chinatown
London is renowned for its multicultural cuisine. Chinatown, right
at the heart of the city, has the full spectrum of restaurants and
cafés. Go for dim sum at lunchtime - picking at will from trollies
piled high with mouthwatering nibbles.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Free admission is a thing of the past, but this is an applied arts
collection with something for everyone: from Raphael's Cartoons
to a sofa based on Mae West's lips.
Old London Double Deckers
The #11 bus will take you from the House of Parliament and
Westminster Abbey, up Whitehall, round Trafalgar Square, up
the Strand and down Fleet Street and deposit you outside St
London's most famous department store is also the city's third
biggest tourist attraction. Though you can buy most things more
cheaply elsewhere if you can do without the famous green
carrier bag, the food halls are a work of art, and the building
itself is a landmark.