Lovers of art and culture are also conveniently placed – The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre are all a short cab ride away. See our guide to London museums for opening hours, admission and websites.
Shopaholics are also very much in their element. A short distance to the west you’ll find the glittering rows of fashionable boutiques along Brompton Road, Sloane Street and the Kings Road, with the legendary Harrods and Harvey Nichols for good measure. Directly across Green Park and you are in Mayfair, exploring the wealth of upmarket stores on Bond Street, Regent Street, South Moulton Street, Piccadilly, Savile Row and the Burlington Arcade. Oxford Street offers high street shops in abundance and the famous department store Selfridges located near to Oxford Circus Tube Station.
From antiques to bric-a-brac stands, colourful shops, delicious food stands, London offers a whole host of vibrant markets to explore. Some of our favourites include Portobello Market,one of London's oldest markets where you can find anything from exquisite antiques and jewellry amongst trendy clothes stalls. Camden Market, provides intriguing gothic stalls, mixed in with up market gift and jewellry sellers. Attracting an eclectic mix of people you'll notice plenty of leather, studs and kilts perusing the stalls. Borough Market is the place for foodies. Borough market has hosted food traders for hundreds of years and here you will be able to sample a delicious array of international treats.
Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue and Leicester Square, only a few minutes' cab ride away, offer a wealth of other theatrical productions and new film screenings. Before and after the show you can enjoy yourself in the narrow streets of Soho – there is a wealth of pubs, bars and restaurants serving everything from a pie and a pint to a full Chinese banquet. Enjoy the stunning views of our London metropolis on the EDF London Eye. For information about Day and Night Experiences, London Eye River Cruise, and for full details of opening times and exceptions, and prices please see the London Eye website. The Tower of London is a popular attraction especially for families and is open Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am - 5:30pm and Sunday to Monday from 10.00am - 5:30pm. Last admission: 5.00pm. isit the website for current rates available to view and book.
Popular tours from London further afield include the fascinating World Heritage site of Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monuments in Europe.Stonehenge has been the subject of speculation and fascination since the early medieval period and attracts thousands of visitors each year, as a spiritual place and a source of inspiration. Windsor is also a popular day trip from London, home to Windsor Castle, the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen, with a history spanning 1000 years. For those looking for a taste of the beautiful English countryside, a trip to Bath (also a World Heritage site), home to the famous Roman Baths, quaint cobbled streets and luxury boutiques.