Two very different sides of London



London might no longer be in the league of global mega cities as it once was, but with a population of eight million people, it is almost twice as big in numbers than the entire country of Norway that is 245 times its size. This amazing city takes more exploring than is possible in a two- or three-day city break. In fact, there are Londoners that have lived in the capital their entire lives and still haven't managed to see every part of it. So on your very own London holiday, don't even attempt to see it all; it's simply impossible. Instead it's better to do one or two areas well than skim over half a dozen. Here are two London areas that will appeal to two different kinds of people.


Landmark lovers

The W and SW postcodes are some of the most prestigious in the entire country. This area of west London is home to none other than the Queen, Harrods, Sloane Square and its accompanying designer boutiques and Chelsea Football Club. In terms of landmarks, photo opportunities and things to tick off the guidebook's must do list, you can't go wrong with this luxurious area of the capital. Accommodation wise, you have your pick of some of the best hotels in London, particularly from the Millennium Hotels hotel chain.

Two very different sides of London


Kensington is where you'll find the country's best museums from the Natural History Museum to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Hyde Park and Marble Arch are a short walk away and Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace and The Mall are all within strolling distance.


Trend setters and spotters

Just as a new day begins in the east, so do the best trends and fashions and creations. East London and more precisely Shoreditch and Hackney are home to a plethora of new media and creative agencies, budding and up-and-coming fashion designers and artists and some of the best clubs and bars in London.

Base yourself around Liverpool Street or Clerkenwell. Then head to Broadway market for organic, fair-trade coffee, followed by a barge cruise along Regents Canal to Victoria Park for a pint of London Pride at the Royal Inn on the Park. Continue east on the new rail line to Stratford and check out the Olympic Park then back to Shoreditch to dance the night away in Cargo.