London Neighborhood Descriptions
King's Cross Tours
King's Cross is being redeveloped and huge improvements can be seen already. There are free guided tours of the area. I've tried a tour and can tell you what to expect.
Areas of London
London is huge so this article will help you understand the different areas. London is one of the largest cities in the world and the most populated city in the European Union. London is a diverse city with great wealth and prosperity, while also harboring poverty and social exclusion problems.
Bayswater - London Neighborhood
Famous for its Paddington train station, this area is a good bet for affordable accommodation that's close to the tranquility of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Belgravia - London neighborhood
Belgravia is to the south-west of Buckingham Palace. It is known for its expensive hotels and is considered by the rich to be a desirable place to live. There are many embassies are in the area. Belgravia is generally quiet and is a great area to walk around and admire the Georgian houses. There are also a number of exclusive shops, restaurants and attractive pubs.
Bloomsbury - London Neighborhood
Bloomsbury is London's literary district.
Camden - London Neighborhood
Shoppers and people-watchers flock from far away to crowd the streets and chill out at Camden Market. Good cafes and clubs make Camden much more than a great market area.
Chelsea - London Neighborhood
Once a center of innovation in the 19th century when the area was a veritable Victorian artists' colony, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones lived in the neighborhood that has since lost in youth culture and settled into a small town atmosphere in the midst of the huge city. Chelsea is famous for the King's Road for the bohemian sixties and punks in the 1970s. It's a wealthy area like Kensington and Knightsbridge.
City of London (The Square Mile) - London Neighborhoods
The first settlement of Roman conquerors, The City is now the soul of the world's financial markets. Modern structures like the Lloyd's Building may outnumber ancient buildings such as the Bank of England and the Old Bailey but The City also holds the sacred St. Paul's Cathedral, Old Spitalfields Market, and Leadenhall Market and the modern Museum of London and Barbican Centre.
Covent Garden - London Neighborhood
Covent Garden's Piazza has daily open-air entertainment. The 18th century iron and glass fruit and vegetable market has gracefully evolved into fashion boutiques and other up-market stores. Stroll down Long Acre, Floral Street and the cobbled Neal Street or visit the Royal Opera House. Neal's Yard is the center for healthy food and alternative therapies.
Greenwich - London Neighborhood
Known by most as the center of Greenwich Mean Time at zero degrees longitude, come visit the National Maritime Museum, the imposing Old Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark, and Greenwich Park.
Hampstead - London Neighborhood
Thick with literary history, you'll find homes of poets, playwrights and actors of past and present marked by endless blue plaques (to show where someone famous once lived). Spend an afternoon in Kenwood House or wake a stroll on Hampstead Heath to feel like you're worlds away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Islington - London Neighborhood
This corner of North London has 'Upper Street' - a long road of boutique stores and numerous restaurants and bars. There's also Camden Passage antique shops near Angel tube.
Kensington - London Neighborhood
Kensington is a fashionable residential area on the south side of Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. There are still enough attractions to support a good selection of hotels, pubs, B&Bs, cafes, and restaurants. South Kensington has the 'Big Three' museums: V&A, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
Knightsbridge - London Neighborhood
One of the priciest and most exclusive areas in London known for upscale shops and restaurants. The stores are luxurious and the homes extravagant so walking through this area is a pleasure. Spend a couple hours exploring Harrods and then stop into one of the many restaurants or cafes to relax your sore feet.
Mayfair - London Neighborhood
The most upscale neighborhood in central London, Mayfair is home to elegant hotels for affluent foreigners and many impressive 18th century residences for people of fabulous wealth, plus the US Embassy in London. Discover first-class shopping at exclusive shops along Bond Street.
Notting Hill - London Neighborhood
Come explore the retro shops, cafe life, designer boutiques, and antique stalls of Portobello Road Market. The year-round spot where the young, artsy folks live and hang out, and if you're here in August, this hip district is taken over by the world famous Notting Hill Carnival which brings a Caribbean flavor to the streets.
Soho - London Neighborhood
Soho fuses the trendy and grungy to create a hip neighborhood that lives a vibrant double life. Still a Red Light district, it also provides a respectable drinking and dining area. Come here to explore cuisine from Brit to vegetarian, French to Thai with a splash of Asian in Chinatown.
South Bank - London Neighborhood
Just across from Westminster, don't miss the London Eye (a gigantic wheel offering unrivaled views of the city) and the newly-refurbished Royal Festival Hall which is part of the South Bank Centre. See the skateboarders under the Royal Festival Hall and visit the South Bank Book Market under Waterloo Bridge. Loads of free entertainment every summer: music, theater and performances.
Southwark - London Neighborhood
Shakespeare still appears at the famous Globe Theatre while Tate Modern boasts a shining cultural program. Stroll the riverside to Lambeth Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury or pay homage to cricket at the Oval. Foodies should enter Butler's Wharf and Borough Market.
Westminster - London Neighborhood
The British Empire, and once the world, was ruled from Whitehall. Royalty, government, and monumental London come together in the shadows of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Walk near the Kings and Queens buried in Westminster Abbey and take your own quiet stroll through St. James's Park and Green Park.