There are so many must-do’s in this city it’s hard to know where to start.


Here’s a warp-speed guide: Tower of London —beautiful-looking but a bit dull inside, Buckingham Palace — fascinating and hey, the Queen lives here, British Museum — one of the world’s best, but don’t expect to find anything British inside, Big Ben — a no-brainer London vacation photo, Greenwich — you’ll feel an irrepressible urge to stand astride the Greenwich Meridian, Natural History, Science Museums — possibly the greatest free attractions on the planet. and a Thames riverboat trip — great value, informative and usually a load of laughs.


Oh, and they have pubs. Lots of pubs.


What could be more British than Tea at The Ritz? This piano-accompanied ritual, in the quintessential elegance of the most famous hotel in town, is nothing less than an institution.

It’s so popular that you must book at least one month in advance. Afterwards, wander down to another British institution, Fortnum & Mason’s in Piccadilly to slaver over one of the most extensive and delicious ranges of food on earth. In both cases you’ll probably end up hitting the credit card hard — quality doesn’t come cheap in London.

Legendary. Too many clubs to list, but don’t miss Fabric in Clerkenwell for hardcore house, Koko in Camden for gigs and big DJ’s, Punk in Soho for, er, everything and Floridita, in Wardour Street, for a night of very ‘in’ Latin dancing.