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Destination Guide: London

World-class museums, chic boutiques and Shakespeare
Stroll by the Thames for modern art, concerts and drama, or drink in the view from the London Eye. Search for quirky accessories in charming street markets.

Food and Drink

Savour the best of British or world cuisines. Taste fiery pho noodle soup and crunchy sweet-and-sour salads from Hoxton's informal Vietnamese restaurants. Or choose mouth-watering dim sum in Chinatown, where tiny cafés rub shoulders with the Michelin-starred Yauatcha. No trip is complete without fish 'n' chips from a traditional chippy, or modern British cuisine with a foaming pint from Clerkenwell's gastropubs.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Big wheels and skyscrapers. Take a lazy walk from the gothic Houses of Parliament, across the Thames to the cinemas, galleries and theatres of the Southbank Centre. The futuristic London Eye big wheel gives a bird's eye view of St Paul's Cathedral and The City's gleaming skyscrapers. Work your way through the vast British Museum's ancient Greek sculptures.

Shopping

English delicacies and world-famous fashions. The aromas of pungent British cheese and sizzling organic burgers fill the air at foodie's paradise Borough Market. West End department stores like Selfridges are temples to big-name fashion designers but don't miss Topshop- where the likes of Kate Moss buy chic fashion at high-street prices. Locals snap up armfuls of flowers from Sunday's vibrant Columbia Road Market.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Live jazz and historic theatre. Trendy Shoreditch comes alive at night; dressed-up hipsters bar-hop from tiny back-street clubs to sleek cocktail bars. Enjoy the best of contemporary dance at Sadler's Wells or live jazz in the vaulted crypt of St Martin in the Fields. Spot the next big indie band starting out at Chalk Farm's laid-back bars or catch Shakespeare in all his original glory at the Globe Theatre.