Diverse, international, confident and ever-changing, London is most enjoyable when you seek out its lesser-known spots
The UK may be leaving the European Union but its capital, London, shows no signs of relinquishing its status as one of Europe’s most seductive cities. It truly has something for everyone – a packed cultural calendar, history on practically every street corner, a thriving culinary scene and various green spaces that provide welcome respite from the busy centre. While major tourist sites like Big Ben steal the spotlight, visitors who venture off the well-worn track will be duly rewarded.
When to go:
London’s weather is notoriously unpredictable, but there’s enough to do indoors for that not to matter too much. Temperatures start to become pleasant from April onwards, peaking in August. The cultural calendar is most lively from September to December.
How to get around:
The London Underground and the city’s extensive bus network will get you almost everywhere, but within Zone 1 of the transport network it’s sometimes quicker to walk. Dock-free bicycles have recently joined the official London shared cycle scheme, but beware: the city’s narrow, winding roads and traffic congestion mean that travelling on two wheels is not for the faint-hearted.
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