London holiday vacation idea: There are few more dramatic ice-skating backdrops than the grand Somerset House, and it’s a great activity for the whole family, with lessons for youngsters and DJs spinning a glide-friendly soundtrack after dark.
The elusive and now-famous graffiti artist Banksy has inspired much spontaneous street art, like these murals near Commercial Street.
Victoria Park is another East London alfresco rendezvous for sun worshippers—as well as a reminder of the gentle traditions of English landscaping.
On a brilliant summer’s day, London Fields, one of many Victorian-era public parks, can turn into a bucolic version of the Riviera.
At the southern end of East London, the skyline takes a sudden leap, propelled by the riches of the financial district.
The Commercial Tavern, a spruced-up pub and a magnet for young (and thirsty) style-makers, is in Spitalfields, which has a gruesome association: Jack the Ripper once stalked the alleys.