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London has so much going on in such a condensed space. You’ll never be able to see it all, but you’ll have an amazing time trying

Jess Parr

British Airways cabin crew and travel blogger

Don’t let the rain put you off getting outside and visiting London’s parks. There are so many to choose from – Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park are both wonderful. I love the smell of rain on the earth

Azzi Glasser

British perfume designer

Head down to the South Bank, see Big Ben and the London Eye on the river, walk along towards the Shard and London Bridge and then visit the London Dungeons. It blends history with fun.

Emi and Michaela Chiappa

Food and family experts

London insiders: seasonal tips

Spring

“When spring arrives everyone makes for the nearest parks at the weekends during their down time. Be sure to head to popular spots such as Hampstead Heath during the week, while the crowds are at work. It’s a calm and leafy side to the city.”

– Andy Taylor, London based street-food chef

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“When spring arrives everyone makes for the nearest parks at the weekends during their down time. Be sure to head to popular spots such as Hampstead Heath during the week, while the crowds are at work. It’s a calm and leafy side to the city. You can check out the stately home Kenwood House and its gardens, or just sit on a bench and stare over the lake towards Highgate.” – Andy Taylor

Summer

“Watch a movie at one of London’s outdoor cinemas during summer. There are so many pop-up cinemas in every areas of the city. I’m especially a fan of the Luna Cinema, because they are constantly moving around and programming in beautiful spots like Kew Gardens or the lawn at Westminster Abbey.”

– Jess Parr, British Airways cabin crew and travel blogger

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Autumn

“Hyde Park is great, but Kensington Gardens is a lesser-known spot to explore. Leaves twirl down from the trees, and there’s a satisfying crunch as you walk through piles of them. There are lots of horse chestnut trees here. Collect the conkers from underneath them, and string them onto shoelaces and have a go at playing the traditional British game.”

– Tom Dykhoff, Local writer and architecture critic

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Winter

“Ice-skating at Somerset House is just magical. Not only do you have the fun of skating, but the building itself is beautiful. There’s always a huge Christmas tree hung with intricate ornaments and twinkly lights.”

– Emi Chiappa, family and food expert

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You can’t leave London without going for a proper pub lunch. It’s what Londoners do and you won’t get that atmosphere anywhere else in the world. Order something traditional like fish and chips or local game meat

Peony Lim

Local fashion and lifestyle blogger

Are you ready to explore London?

Home to a checklist of world-famous art galleries and museums, striking architecture and next-level restaurants, London truly is Britain’s beating heart. A hotbed of history, where fashion, design and foodie trends are born, it’s a sure-fire holiday hit.

A trip to London has something for everyone. A sprawl of multicultural neighbourhoods spiral out from the River Thames and form the cultural cornerstones of the city. Some of the capital’s most-loved landmarks – the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard – line the riverbanks, creating its iconic skyline – an arresting mashup of old and modern architecture.

Jam-packed with attractions, there is a wealth of things to do in London, with plenty to keep you busy from the moment you arrive. First-timers can fill an itinerary with central London sightseeing, from Mayfair’s smart shops and glitzy theatre in the West End to Soho’s innovative restaurants and peaceful Hyde Park. To get a real feel for London, it’s worth venturing further afield. Go west to Chelsea for luxury shopping and South Kensington’s museum district, or explore the East End neighbourhood Shoreditch for edgy cocktail bars and independent boutiques.

Come the weekends, nothing beats a park stroll followed by a pub lunch. Soak up maritime history in Greenwich, or brave a dip in Hampstead Heath’s outdoor ponds. Alternatively, hire a car and drive to arty seaside resort Brighton, or revel in pretty countryside in the Cotswolds. What are you waiting for?

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