London?s a huge city, so planning your itinerary is essential if you want to make the most of a stay there. The capital is divided into 32 boroughs, so exploring the city borough by borough is a great way to organize your trip. Read on to find out more about five of London?s main boroughs.
Its main draws, however, are its vibrant pubs and clubs and its markets. Camden Market features hundreds of stalls, selling everything from clothes to food, whilst Camden Lock is the place to go for antiques and curiosities. You can also visit London Zoo or unwind in Primrose Hill?s parkland.
Situated in South London, Lambeth is one of London?s older boroughs, dating back to the eleventh century. Today, it is known for its lively arts scene and is home the well-respected South Bank and a number of the capital?s key attractions.
Visit Lambeth and take a trip on the London Eye for stunning views across the city, spend some time exploring the London Aquarium, take a stroll along the South Bank Riverside Walkway, see a play at the Old Vic or enjoy a musical performance at the Royal Festival Hall.
3. City of Westminster
The City of Westminster?s origins date back to before the Norman Conquest, so it?s the perfect place for history buffs to go to indulge their passion. The borough, which is situated in Central London, lies between the City of London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and its centrepiece is the magnificent Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament. Other landmarks within the borough include Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Considered one of the most tourist friendly districts of London, visitors can find a wealth of attractions. Spend the day in Westminster and you can visit Trafalgar Square, discover the Sherlock Holmes Museum, the National Gallery and Tate Britain, take a stroll through Hyde Park, or watch a performance in one of the West End’s historic theatres.
4. Kensington and Chelsea
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is home to some of London?s most prestigious areas and many celebrities have made their homes within its leafy suburbs. It’s home to exclusive stores and boutiques, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols, but it?s not just fashionistas who will love exploring this part of London.
Exclusive Kensington and Chelsea has a wealth of attractions and amenities for it’s guests – from exclusive museums, restaurants and bars to some of the best 5 star hotels in London. You can visit the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, enjoy a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, explore Kensington Palace or relax in Kensington Gardens, where you?ll find the Albert Memorial and the Peter Pan statue.
Southwark has been a settlement since Roman times but it?s also home to London?s newest landmark, The Shard, making it an ideal mix of the historic and the contemporary.
Whilst in Southwark, you can visit the Imperial War Museum, see the stunning Tower Bridge, explore the Tate Modern, or take a tour of the recreated Shakespeare?s Globe Theatre and watch a performance of one of the Bard?s plays there.
Whether you are in London for a weekend break or for longer, exploring it borough by borough is a fantastic way to get a real taste of what the city has to offer.About the guest author:? Tom is a travel writer with a wealth of experience of the London tourist scene.