London is widely regarded as the most vibrant city in Europe. While holding on to its traditions, it manages to blaze progressive paths in the arts, design and architecture. With the Royal Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, the city is racing to complete ambitious building projects, expanding its transportation links and polishing the tarnish from its monumental buildings. And because London is the world’s largest melting pot, the city enjoys a range of excellent global cuisine, from Pakistani to Ethiopian eateries to an infinite number of delicious curry houses.
London's famous museums, such as the National Portrait Gallery and The British Museum hold some of the world’s most precious artefacts, like the Parthenon freize. And, of course, the top-notch theatres in the West End entertain droves every evening.
You can’t see London in a day: the city is immense and difficult to navigate with relative ease. But don’t be disheartened. Take your time discovering the city from all directions. See a film on the city’s redeveloped South Bank; reserve tickets to show at Camden’s Roundhouse; get a taste for the cultural divide between bohemian East London in neighbourhoods like Dalston and Shoreditch before sipping tea at Partridges and shopping in luxury boutiques in West London’s prim Kensington.