The mere mention of the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Shard to Tate Modern, one cannot but associate these instantly recognizable landmarks to one of the world’s most visited cities, London. A city that is deeply multicultural, London remains one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, and diversity infuses daily life, food, music and fashion.
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Sloane Square is a small hard-landscaped square on the boundaries of the central London districts of Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea, located 2.1 miles (3.4 km) southwest of Charing Cross, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The square was formerly known as 'Hans Town', laid out in 1771 to a plan by Henry Holland Snr. and Henry Holland Jnr. Both the square and Hans Town were named after Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753).
Experience the real London shopping at Portobello & Golborne Market. Friday is the best day to visit Portobello market – it's far quieter than Saturday. You’ll find a treasure trove of bargains with sellers from every corner of the world.
A short distance north of St Paul’s Cathedral lies a park known as Postman’s Park. Opened in 1880, the park became the location for George Frederic Watt’s Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in 1900, a memorial to ordinary people who died while saving the lives of others and who might otherwise be forgotten.
For art enthusiasts, the Wallace Collection is a place that cannot be missed. Just a few stones’ throw away from Bond Street behind Selfridges, this hidden gem is a stunning 18th century architecture building with an impressive central staircase, housing an equally impressive collection of painting (including plenty of Canaletto's paintings and Frans Hals’ ‘The Laughing Cavalier’ and Fragonard’s hilariously saucy ‘The Swing’ ), French furniture and armoury from the 1700s and 1800s across its 25 galleries.
Drop by the world's most famous address - 221b Baker Street and go back in time to the world of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John H. Watson. According to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes lives here between 1881-1904.
If you’re after a unique view across the city but wanting to stay away from the mass crowd in line for the London Eye or The Shard, then take advantage of UK’s first urban cable car, The Emirates Air Line that links across the River Thames. Built by Doppelmayr with sponsorship from the airline Emirates, the service opened on 28 June 2012 and is operated by Transport for London. The ride offers a good sky-high view of London from the east, linking North Greenwich (near The O2) to Royal Victoria on the north bank.
Fancy a neck-breaking sightseeing experience? Let’s get on to the river and get on a speedy romp in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat). RIB are normally the vessel of choice for Police and Special Forces around the World; and are designed and built to be used in the most extreme conditions and remain safe and stable in all weathers! The tour starts off as a regular river tour from the London Eye Millennium Pier and picks up speed once the boat passes Tower Bridge, scooting all the way down to Docklands.
Are you aware that there are still traces of Roman-era Londinium to be found in London? No? Well, when you are in London next, make it a point to visit some of these places. In fact, if you would like to know what the capital was like in the days when it was ruled by Roman governors, head to the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery. Here, you'll find one of the many surprises that London holds: an amphitheatre.
The former BB Bakery in Covent Garden has had a makeover and now goes by the name Brigit's Bakery. Initially set up by Brigitte Bloch and her son Cedric, the pretty patisserie is now accompanied by a London afternoon tea bus tour, which visitors can take around London sights on a vintage 1960 Routemaster, as well as an afternoon tea tour on the Thames aboard an Edwardian boat.