The East End & Docklands
Anyone with an interest in multicultural London needs to visit the East End. There’s standout Asian cuisine, great galleries, excellent pubs, canal-side eating and drinking, and clubbing in Dalston, but potentially it’s the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that will entice.
Hampstead & North London
With its famous eponymous market, unrivalled music scene and excellent pubs, Camden keeps North London in check when it comes to good times. But there's plenty for quiet enjoyment too - from gorgeous green spaces (Hampstead Heath, Regent's Park), to overgrown Victorian cemeteries (Highgate, Abbeywood) and canal walks.
Greenwich & South London
Regal riverside Greenwich complements its village feel with some grand architecture, grassy parkland and riverside pubs. Brixton has the creative edge in its glorious food-and-shop Village, Clapham and Battersea are full of hidden gems, while Dulwich Village is all leafy charm.
The South Bank
The Tate Modern has done much to re-energise the South Bank, a must-visit area for art lovers, theatre-goers and culture hounds. There are also iconic Thames views, great food markets, first-rate pubs, dollops of history, striking examples of modern architecture and a sprinkling of fine bars and restaurants.
London's historic core is a tale of two cities: all go during the week and eerily quiet at weekends. But there are ancient streets and spectacular architecture, with history awaiting at every turn. St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London are hallmark sights, as are the daring and amusingly-named skyscrapers – the Gherkin, the Walkie-Talkie and the Cheese Grater.