“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” The City, West End, South Bank, Shoreditch. These are all ‘central London’, for London has no downtown . With charms and quirks unique to each area, no two parts of the city are the same – from the calm oasis of Barnes to the cultural hub of Islington via thriving Covent Garden. By using our area guides you can explore London through the eyes of a local and by living in a Londoner’s home.
Our Area Guides
Angel & Islington
Rolling terraced houses interspersed with intense banks of greenery meet the best culture, restaurants, quirky venues and independent shops – all without the overwhelming crowds.
Stroll through an oasis of wildlife in the famous Wetlands Centre and shop in the farmers’ market on Saturdays in this residential neighbourhood, home to some of London’s oldest houses.
With its magnificent power station, Battersea is the centre of history in the making as it is transformed into a contemporary heartland of museums, homes and culture for the next century.
Brixton’s African, West Indian and Asian influences have produced a multicultural plethora of independent bars and restaurants.
You will never feel lonely with its street musicians, magicians and buzzing atmosphere while you browse handcraft stalls and tiny shops.
Hammersmith & Fulham
Visit the riverside pubs on a warm summer’s evening, or watch a dramatic football match after a relaxing day in the park right next door.
World-class entertainment and a strong maritime history sit side-by-side bringing no shortage of adventures in this hidden gem near central London.
You can’t miss the high quality of life reverberating around the affluent haven for shopaholics, home also to the city’s best museums.
Found in the heart of the West End, Knightsbridge is one of the most unchanged and attractive areas of central London. It is also one of the most exclusive, renowned for its luxury shops such as Harrods.
A beautiful neighbourhood providing an oasis of calm from the hustle of the West End, it is best known for its canals that rightfully provide the nickname ‘Little Venice’.
Baker Street is permeated by the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, but much more goes on in this corner of north-west London, from relaxing spa trips to excitement at the cricket.
Pure charm is the theme, with little shops, cafés and pubs in between beautiful, colourful buildings. With its vibrant events and markets, you never quite know what you’ll find.
A beautiful escape from the city below, a highlight is the stunning view of London’s skyline, illuminated at night by the bright lights of the City – and only a short walk from quaint cafés.
The perfect spot to experience a local life with its delightful river views and vibrant community. And with parks in abundance, you’re never too far from a relaxing break.
A leafy suburb rich in history and culture and home to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the riverside borough boasts countless stately homes and acres of royal parkland.
Distinctive, eclectic, urban. It’s influenced by its long, multicultural heritage, whether it’s an independent art gallery, the latest from any of London’s music scenes or the city’s finest curries.
A must-see for those who land in London for the first time, the bridge itself is stunning whenever you visit, right next to the daunting Tower and its historical baggage.
The centre of Britain’s annual sporting hysteria, yet also a spacious, leafy and welcoming suburb of south London and home to its very own village.