The best sights to see, places to eat, and things to do in London.
Claridge's Bar in London is an elegant Mayfair meeting place remains unpretentious even when it brims with beautiful people.
Claridge's Bar London Review
Tower of London
Nowhere else does London's history come to life so vividly as it does in this minicity of 20 towers filled with heraldry and treasure, the intimate details of lords and dukes and princes and sovereigns etched in the walls (literally, in some places), and quite a few pints of royal blood spilled on the stones. Don't forget a visit to the Tower of London.
Tower of London London Review
A monument to the nation's rich—and often bloody—history, Westminster is one of London's most iconic sites.
When the Queen heads off to Scotland on her annual summer holiday, Buckingham Palace's 19 State Rooms open up to visitors.
St Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral in London is simply breathtaking, especially now that the scaffolding has been removed, after 15 years of major restoration work.
St. Paul's Cathedral London Review
The globe theater
This spectacular theater is a replica of Shakespeare's open-roof, wood-and-thatch Globe Playhouse in London (built in 1599 and burned down in 1613), where most of the Bard's greatest works premiered.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre London Review
The Stafford London Hotel
The Stafford London by Kempinski is a rare find: a posh hotel that's equal parts elegance and friendliness, and it's in one of the few peaceful spots in the area, down a small lane behind Piccadilly.
The Stafford London by Kempinski London Hotel Review
A step from Blackfriars Tube station in London, this spectacular pub has an Arts and Crafts interior that is entertainingly, satirically ecclesiastical, with inlaid mother-of-pearl, wood carvings, stained glass, and marble pillars all over the place.
The Blackfriar London Review
Hampton Court Palace
The beloved seat of Henry VIII's court, sprawled elegantly beside the languid waters of the Thames, Hampton Court Palace really gives you two for the price of one: the magnificent Tudor red-brick mansion, begun in 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey to curry favor with the young Henry, and the larger 17th-century baroque building, which was partly designed by Christopher Wren (of St. Paul's fame).
Hampton Court Palace London Review
Standing proudly on the north side of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery in London is truly one of the world's supreme art collections, with more than 2,300 masterpieces on show.
National Gallery London Review
With a facade like a great temple, the British Museum in London is filled with plunder of incalculable value and beauty from around the globe, occupying an immense, imposing, neo-classical building in the heart of Bloomsbury.
British Museum London Review
Since McQueen's untimely death in 2010, his right-hand woman Sarah Burton has been at the helm, receiving raves for continuing his tradition of theatrical, darkly romantic, and beautifully cut clothes. Can't afford a gala gown? Go home with a skull-printed scarf.
It's a triumph of taste over technology at wunderkind Ollie Dabbous's extraordinary game-changer off Charlotte Street in London.
Dabbous London Restaurant Review
While in London, bliss out over Tom Aikens' marinated hand-dived scallops with apple vinegar, his new-found vegetable numbers and his mains.
The Vintage House
If whiskey is more to your taste than wine, you may want to visit the Vintage House, which has England's largest selection of single malts
The Vintage House London Shopping Review
Magnificent hats by Treacy are annual showstoppers on Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot races and regularly grace the glossy magazines' society pages. Be sure to stop here when you're in London.
Philip Treacy London Shopping Review
Fortnum & Mason
Although F&M in London is popularly known as the Queen's grocer and the impeccably mannered staff wear traditional tailcoats, its celebrated food hall stocks gifts for all budgets.
Fortnum & Mason London Shopping Review
The ME London hotel is a shiny, new luxury spot that has brought a touch of modern cool to the Strand. #Fodors100