Noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy. The capital and largest city of the United Kingdom, it is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union.
The area around Leicester Square, often called the West End, is the entertainment heart of London. The area also includes Chinatown, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
Soho is a district of central London, part of the West End, famous for jazz, its gay village, sex shops and alternative lifestyles.
England is the largest and most populous of the four "home nations" that make up the United Kingdom. A 'green and pleasant land', England is home to much more than this famous description implies.
This article is about three neighbourhoods of central London: Bloomsbury, St Pancras and Fitzrovia.
Lambeth is a borough of inner south-west London. Within the London Borough of Lambeth are the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, St.
The South Bank is on a sharp 90° bend of the Thames in central London and one the city's cultural centres. It is a small area but it contains many artistic and creative sites, as well as an eclectic range of other attractions, boutique shopping and trendy food and drink places.
The City of London, also known as the City, or the Square Mile (after its approximate size), is the area of London that originally lay within the ancient city walls. This independent part of Central London is known for its history and heritage, so is a must for anyone wishing to explore and understand London.
Walk the London Wall is a walking tour of the ancient boundary of London (and before it, Londinium).
Camden is an inner northern district of London. Its heart lies in Camden Town, a neighbourhood known for its market and the colourful nightlife.
Islington is a district of north London covering much of the London Borough of Islington.
Southwark and Lewisham are two boroughs of inner south east London.
South Kensington-Chelsea is a district of central London. It is one most densely populated places in London and most affluent areas in the world.
Paddington-Maida Vale is a district of northwest central London, located around the vast Paddington Station of Paddington Bear fame.
Hampstead is a district of north inner London. The key sights are a wealth of under-stated historical attractions, and the magnificent open spaces of Hampstead Heath.
The East End is a district of central London, stretching out from the edge of The City to the River Lea. Highlights include the large cluster of Sunday markets and the nightclub area of Shoreditch.
Greenwich is the famous maritime district of south east London and features several popular attractions.
South London is generally defined as any part of Greater London that is south of the river Thames. However, this guide will only cover the outer South London boroughs, and 'exclude' the inner South London boroughs namely; Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham & Greenwich.
Hammersmith and Fullham is a borough in west London, and boasts 3 Premiership football teams within its boundaries.
East London is the outer eastern part of London, north of the River Thames.
Epsom is a residential town in Surrey, 15 miles south west of London, just outside the metropolitan boundary of Greater London.
West London refers to the outer western suburbs of Greater London, a diverse area that ranges from the densely-populated but tree-lined streets of Chiswick, Acton and Ealing, through to the semi-rural western districts that lie between Heathrow Airport and Uxbridge. As you might expect from the outer reaches of a metropolis, much of West London is suburban 'commuter belt' territory.
Hatfield is a town in the English county of Hertfordshire, located 20 miles north of London. It is perhaps best known as the location of Hatfield House, an historic stately home with strong royal connections that include Queen Elizabeth I.
Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire in England and has a population of around 25,000. It lies 20 miles directly north of London.
Epping is a town in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England.
Welwyn Garden City is a town (not as the name implies, a city) in Hertfordshire, England. Welwyn Garden City is also known as WGC or, somewhat incorrectly, Welwyn, although this can cause confusion with the village called Welwyn which lies a few miles to the northwest of WGC.
St Albans is an English cathedral city, located to the north of London, in the county of Hertfordshire. Its rich Roman and Medieval history mean it is much more worth a visit than the typical commuter suburb.
Heathrow Airport () is the main airport for London, the largest airport in the United Kingdom, and the busiest in the world in terms of international passenger traffic. It is located in the west of London, 17 miles (27 km) from central London.
Hornchurch is an outer district of East London, England. It is located about fifteen miles from the centre of the city, in the London Borough of Havering.
Ayot St Lawrence is a small village in Hertfordshire. It lies between Harpenden and Welwyn.
Weybridge is a town in Surrey. It is quite close to London and has good rail and road links to both London and the coast.
Surrey is the county in the South East of England immediately southwest of London. Surrey is the smallest Home County, is cited as being the wealthiest county per square kilometre in all of Great Britain and is the most wooded county in England.
Harpenden is a town in Hertfordshire near the border of Bedfordshire. It is near the city of St Albans and Luton.
Gatwick Airport () is London's second airport (in terms of passenger numbers), behind Heathrow and serves the south-east of the United Kingdom.
Crawley is a town in West Sussex, on the border with Surrey, in the South East of England.
Stevenage is a town of approximately 80,000 in the county of Hertfordshire, in the south east of England, only around 32 miles north of central London. The town is well known for being the first ever 'new town'; new towns were a series of towns built near London after World War II.
East Grinstead is a town in West Sussex, in the South East of England.
Hemel Hempstead is a town in Hertfordshire with a population of around 80,000. Developed after World War II as a new town, it has existed as a settlement since the 8th century and has a picturesque old town and a fine Norman church.
Hitchin is a town with 33,350 inhabitants 35 miles north of London in the county of Hertfordshire. Hitchin is an old market town first mentioned 1,000 years ago.
Hartfield is a village in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. It is famous as the setting for the Winnie the Pooh stories by A.
Slough is a community just west of London's Heathrow Airport, outside the M25, in Berkshire.
Woking is the other large town in Surrey apart from Guildford. Built around its large train station, it grew up in the Victorian era, but experienced a boom in the post war period when modern buildings, car parks and large retail outlets were constructed in the town centre.
Windsor and Eton are twin towns, in Berkshire, in the South East of England, separated by the River Thames and joined by Windsor Bridge.
Letchworth Garden City (more commonly Letchworth) is a town in Hertfordshire.
Horsham is a town in West Sussex, near Surrey, in the South East of England.
Gravesend is in the county of Kent in the South East region of England. Gravesend is a historic town located on the river Thames, opposite Tilbury in Essex.
Berkhamsted is a town in Hertfordshire in England, UK. It is located about 30 miles north of London.
Haywards Heath is a beautiful town in West Sussex. A good place to visit for a family fun day.
Chesham is a town in Buckinghamshire, England and is 25 miles to the north-west of London.
Amersham is in Buckinghamshire, England. Home to 17,000 inhabitants it is the metropolitan heartland of the Chilterns area, a place where some of the best walks in the British countryside are located.
Luton is a large town and local government district in the south-east of England, located 51 km (32 miles) north of London. It used to part of the county of Bedfordshire, but since 1997 it has been an administratively independent unitary authority.
Crowborough is a town in East Sussex near the border with Kent, in the South East of England.
London Stansted Airport () is London's third airport, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) north-east of the city in the county of Essex and nearer to Cambridge than London.
Royal Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent on the border with East Sussex, in the South East of England.
Burgess Hill is a town midway between Brighton and Crawley in West Sussex, England.
Ascot is a village in the English county of Berkshire, most famous as the location of Ascot Racecourse, home of the prestigious Royal Ascot race meeting.
Billericay is a town in Essex with a population of about 40,000. Many of its residents commute daily to London by train.
Bray on Thames is a village in Berkshire, England. It is notable for being the home of two of Britain's best restaurants.
Cookham is a small village in the county of Berkshire in the South East of England.
Godalming is an ancient English market town sitting on the River Wey, in Surrey, England.
Maidenhead is a dormitory town in the county of Berkshire in the South East of England.
Basildon is a town in Essex, England. While not usually high on any list of places-to-go, Basildon does have a few things to keep you occupied if you end up there.
Flitwick is a town in Bedfordshire. It is located about ten miles south of Bedford and 10 miles north of Luton.