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Things to do in London

London is a unique place – it is at once multicultural, trendsetting and bustling. Yet you can find areas of blissful relaxation, steeped in history, unchanging for decades. Plus, world famous attractions, incredible shopping, a raucous nightlife and some of the most diverse dining in Europe.

Tour London’s symbolic architecture – Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Or lounge at one of the many green spaces in the city, from the sprawling Hyde Park to the quaint Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. London’s museums are free to enter, and are amongst the best in the world. There are huge galleries, both classic and contemporary – a trip to the Tate Modern is must. Night owls will find something refreshing on every corner, and London has an incredible array of cuisine from almost every nation.

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Explore London’s bohemia

Looking for something a bit different for that special someone in your life? Hit the streets of East London for eclectic boutiques, vintage clothes and other unique gifts for you and your loved ones this Christmas.

Top tip: for the best buys get off the tube to Shoreditch High Street and walk towards Columbia Road in Hackney, stopping off at the infamous Brick Lane market on your way.

Foyles bookshop.

Pick up your favourite British classics at Foyles bookshop

Foyles has enjoyed its title of Britain’s biggest independent bookshop for more than 100 years and homes a collection of over 200,000 titles. In addition to its 6.5km of shelving, the store boasts a wide range of magazines, printed music, films, and even has its own Jazz Café and Auditorium.

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Get your skates on at Somerset House

Built in the 18th century, Somerset House is famed for its concerts, art displays and creative events. Each winter its beautiful entrance evolves into an open air ice rink, with family friendly skating during the day and exclusive club events during the evening.

Don’t miss out: Check out this year’s calendar to secure tickets for the popular evening events.

London West end.

Shop your way through London’s West End

No winter trip to London is complete without a venture to London’s most iconic shopping area. Regent Street and Bond Street are renowned for their historical department stores, including Hamleys, Liberty and the hugely popular, Selfridges.

Top tip: Some stores are open until around 10pm throughout December, visit them later in the day to beat the queues.

Tate Modern.

Get in the spirit at the Tate Modern

From 19 November, cute wooden chalets fill the space between the Tate Modern and the Thames for this traditional Christmas Market. Perfect for unique gifts, handmade Christmas decorations and warming winter snacks and beverages, this market will get you feeling festive in no time.

Top tip: The Tate has loads of great free exhibitions running through the winter months, head to their website for their full calendar.

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