London has grown a lot over its long history, absorbing smaller towns as it went along. Today, it’s a sprawling city, rich with culture and a variety of neighborhoods to explore.
The City, or the Square Mile, was the birthplace of London. These days, it’s the financial capital, with skyscrapers next to historic buildings like the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral.
London’s West End contains areas as different as Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, and Mayfair. It’s where you’ll find some of London’s most famous attractions, like Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. South Bank offers beautiful views of the Thames and the city. It’s also the home of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and London’s theatre district.
On the other hand, if you're interested in seeing the city like a local, you can take a break from the usual sightseeing and check out the trendy cafes, bars, boutiques, and galleries in the East End. This is where London’s artists thrive, and there’s a variety of interesting museums.
Get away from the bustle of central London with a visit to Greenwich, which is like its own small village. It’s home to the Greenwich Meridian, which marks longitude 0 degrees; if you straddle it, you’ll be in two time zones at once.