It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent.”

Simply only magnificent, and nothing less indeed.

London is our favourite city in the world, and it is a favourite for many too. It is not difficult to understand why, for the British city has so much to offer and is so very live-able. Wake up to amazement every day, live it up like the Brits, and go to bed each night thanking all your lucky stars that you are in London.

London Trafalgar

Here are 35 reasons to love London, and it is but the tip of the ice berg. You have to set foot in that part of the world to understand why it is home for so many.

Red Telephone Booths

#1 THE INSTAGRAM-WORTHY RED TELEPHONE BOOTHS

Because they are so iconic and everyone loves taking photos of and with them.

Burger & Lobster

#2 AN UNFORGETTABLE MEAL AT BURGER & LOBSTER

What is London without a meal at one of the most popular restaurants? Whole grilled lobsters at £20, anyone?

Tottenham Court

#3 THE BRITISH ACCENT AND FAMILIARITY OF THE ENGLISH CITY

Every bit of London rings a bell and the familiarity of the places, street names, language and food feels like we are at our second home. And, let’s face it – Brit accent is the sexiest.

Westminister

#4 THE ONE-AND-ONLY BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Who knows if you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge?

London Eye

Londoneye

#5 THE ICONS OF LONDON – BIG BEN AND LONDON EYE

Take a stroll along Westminster Abbey and breathe in the essence of London. The magnificence of Big Ben is one sight to behold, and you can go on a round on the London Eye to see the majestic city from high above.

Soho Wardour Street

Soho Dean Street

Soho neighbourhood

#6 HANG OUT AT SOHO

The sexiest and most happening hood is none other than Soho, where you can find an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes, and little local boutiques and theatres. Peppered with character, and always worth a stroll.

Hyde Park

#7 HAVE A PICNIC AT HYDE PARK

Pick a day, enjoy it to the fullest, and have a picnic at Hyde Park. Spot the big friendly swans who are ever ready to pose for your cameras too!

Selfridge

#8 SELFRIDGES & Co – EVERY SHOPAHOLIC’S DREAM

Shop till you drop at this one-stop luxury mall with all the highly coveted luxury labels and high street brands. Just remember to increase your credit limit before your trip! Tax refunds can be done within the mall, too.

Pedi Bus

London Borough Market

#9 A DELIGHTING FOOD TRAIL AT BOROUGH MARKET

This is the ultimate and most visually-arresting farmers’ market and there is nothing to not love here! From fresh produce to a delectable mix of local food and snacks, Borough Market is sure to delight anyone and everyone.

Read our guide on the top reasons to visit Borough Market when you are in London.

Portobello Market

#10 ALL THINGS VINTAGE AT PORTOBELLO MARKET

If you love vintage finds and quirky picks, then this world’s largest vintage market is for you! Do take note that it is only open on Saturdays for the antiques and second-hand goods.

Nottinghill London

Nottinghill

#11 A QUAINT NEIGHBOURHOOD – NOTTINGHILL

One of the many quaint neighbourhoods in London is Nottinghill – lined with pretty pastel houses and blooming flowers, it is one morning stroll we’d gladly take all over again.

Camden Canel

Camden Lock

Camden Market

#12 LITTLE VENICE & CAMDEN MARKET

Punk lovers gather here on weekends, but beyond those acquired merchandise, we fell in love with the Venice-like environment and the art of dining by the canals. There is a marvellous spread of street food here too!

Airbnb Soho

London Soho Airbnb

B&B

#13 STAY AT AIRBNB APARTMENTS AND LIVE THE BRIT WAY

What better way to experience a local culture than to put up at a local apartment and adapt to their lifestyle? Airbnb apartments are aplenty, and the wide range caters to travellers with all sorts of budget. If you want a backpacker style, you’d find apartments at less than £100 per night. But splurge a bit more and you get lovely units that are strategically located, thematically designed and fully furnished.

Our favourite neighbourhood to stay at is Soho for its sheer convenience and vast availability of food and shopping options around the vicinity. In the day, we woke up to cool mornings and had breakfasts at the many cafes within the hood; at night, we packed groceries and cooked at our kitchen while the crowd came alive and started partying.

Harrods

#14 FOR THE LOVE OF LONDON, HARRODS

No one leaves London without making a trip to the world famous departmental store and exchanging friendly banters with the giant Harrods bear! All the iconic souvenirs are found here, alongside a more-than-splendid food hall and many exhilarating levels of shopping for refined goods like shoes and bags, perfumes and cosmetics, home products and books.

Fortnum and Mason

#15 THE FINEST OF LONDON AT FORTNUM & MASON

An emporium off Piccadilly Circus that houses the best picks of London – think the many kinds of English tea, jams in a hundred variations, cookies in the most elegant tins, chocolates and truffles… you get the idea. This is one pit stop you have to make when in London.

West End

London Musical

#16 INDULGE IN THE ART OF WATCHING MUSICALS

Watching musicals is a very Brit thing to do, and theatrical art is one so highly appreciated and well-received among both locals and visitors to London. There are so many to choose from; even if you watch one every night, it’ll take you some months to tick all of them off your list.

#17 THE STUNNING DISPLAY OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

If there is only one musical to catch when in London, it is undisputedly Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of The Opera. This award-winning musical is an all-time gold, and runs daily on a full house at the prestigious Her Majesty Theatre. The stunning display will have you understand what The Music of The Night truly means.

Regent Street

Oxford Circus

#18 SHOPPING REDEFINED AT OXFORD STREET

Or Bond Street. Or Regent Street. You’ve got all your favourite brands congregated in this area – UK labels Miss Selfridge & Topshop, Chanel & Hermes, J-crew, H&M… yes, you are welcome.

Primark

#19 VALUE-SEEKING AT PRIMARK

Primark is a shopping paradise for many because this mega Irish retail store redefines affordable shopping with its diverse range of merchandise. Think basic tops and tshirts at £3 and shoes at £10. And you’d be delighted to know that the quality is nowhere near inferior!

#20 HAVE A QUINTESSENTIAL AFTERNOON TEA AND SCONES

Why, how Brit! Put on your best dress and spend an afternoon at one of the many elegant tea places at London; sip tea and eat scones, because nobody says no to such elegance.

Piccadilly circus

#21 LIVE IT UP AT PICCADILLY CIRCUS

The Times Square of London, Piccadilly circus is one absolutely happening and popular area – to dine, to shop, and for musicals.

Assocation Coffee

Kaffeine

#22 LOTS OF GOOD CAFES AND COFFEE PLACES

Connoisseurs are in heaven, for London has one of the best brews in the world. And the cafe scene is world class. We had so much fun cafe-hopping and drinking cappuccino every day!

Read our guide on London’s top 25 independent cafes and coffee shops.

Smokey Robinson Burger

#23 ENDLESS BURGER OPTIONS

Not the most glamorous dining option, but burgers are our favourite messy affair. There are many impressive burger joints, and we are sure after having one good one in London, you’ll never look at burgers the same way again.

Read our guide to London’s Best Burger Restaurants.

Tower Bridge London

#24 THAT GORGEOUS TOWER BRIDGE

No, this is not London bridge. This icon of London is called Tower Bridge, and is a mandatory photo spot. By the way, London Bridge is the grey and rundown-looking one right across it. Now, stop mixing up their identities. Thank you very much.

UK Stonehenge

#25 TAKE A DAY TRIP TO STONEHENGE

Remember the stone formation we used to see on our Windows XP wallpaper? This is it. Take a day trip out to Stonehenge and marvel at the mystery that is left untold for so many centuries. We’d love to think of this as a must-see in everyone’s bucket list.

Hamleys

#26 IT IS A TOYS HEAVEN AT HAMSLEY

Toys heaven for both kids and adults alike! This massive toy store houses all the cutest merchandise; even the grown-ups have fun just from taking a tour around the shelves!

The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square Statue

Trafalgar Square

#27 PEOPLE-WATCH AT TRAFALGAR SQUARE

A popular spot to gather and people-watch is a Trafalgar Square. Enjoy the random street performances by talented buskers, or watch the world go by and master the fine art of doing nothing while sipping latte.

National History Museum

#28 FOSSILS AND MORE AT THE NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM

It is a fascinating world in here at the National History Museum. History buffs and the curious minds will be intrigued by all the fossils and skeletons, and all that ancient civilization has to tell us.

Liberty

#29 LIBERTY – A SHOPPING EMPORIUM

The monochromatic building on Regent Street is an avant-garde shopping destination for classy finds and luxury buys. Quite unlike your usual modern malls, Liberty is an emporium that boasts a – for the lack of a better word – Brit interior with a sophisticated shopping environment.

Covent Garden

London Covent Garden

#30 COVENT GARDEN

What used to be a fruit and vegetable market is another happening area to hang out for both locals and tourists. Today, Covent Garden is well-loved for its curated shopping, bars and little restaurants. Sitting on the fringe of West End, Covent Garden is a pit stop for entertainment and art lovers. The renown Royal Opera House sits proudly on this ground too.

Mayfair

#31 TAKE A WALK AT MAYFAIR

A prestigious area in Central London, Mayfair houses the most five-star hotels and luxury properties in London. Fancy taking a walk and breathing in the elegance of the area? Or do a little shopping at the exclusive boutiques? For classical music lovers, the Handel House Museum is also situated at Mayfair, to commemorate the late German-born baroque composer George Frederic Handel who eventually made London his home.

Breakfast Club London

#32 A DISTINGUISHED BREAKFAST AT THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Dubbed as the best breakfast place in London, this small joint at Soho sees a long queue every day. With a casual 80′s interior, hippy music and a menu of comfort breakfast classics, you are in for a hearty and very filling (portions are relatively huge!) meal over at The Breakfast Club.

#33 A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE AT ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

Embodying the spiritual life and heritage of the British nation, St Paul’s Cathedral is the most highly recognised Cathedral for worship. Religious souls seek inspiration and enlightenment here, and visitors from all over the world are welcome to join the hourly prayers where they can pray in their own languages.

#34 MADAME TUSSAUD’S FLAGSHIP MUSUEM

Since she first opened doors to her wax museum on Marylebone Road, Madame Tussauds’ wax models have been a nationwide hit. Its flagship outlet at London is packed with visitors every day. And since it is impossible to ever meet Picasso and Charlie Chaplin, and even sheer luck may not have us bumping into Kate Winslet and Lady Gaga, why not exchange friendly banters with their life-size wax models at the museum?

Shard London

#35 THE SHARD

Because it is not every day that you can find a triangular building as grand as The Shard of London.

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