• Gabrielle Sander

Top 10 London Attractions - Forbes Travel Guide

Updated: Feb 2, 2020

Iconic landmarks, engrossing museums, charming markets, world-class theatre and luxury shopping galore are just some of the reasons that London is one of the most-visited cities in the world.

Image copyright: Jennifer Edwards, South Bank London

In this Forbes Travel Guide feature, I (somehow) managed to choose just 10 reasons why you should travel to the UK’s capital city.

The Shard

Renzo Piano’s vertiginous glass structure is as impressive to stand beneath and look up at. But of course, you have to go inside for breathtaking skyline panoramas.

Aside from some of the best 360-degree, bird’s-eye views over London you’ll spy in the city, the tallest building in Western Europe is also home to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, four restaurants and a 52nd-floor cocktail bar, Gong, the highest in the city.

Maltby Street Market

What this hidden gem weekend market lacks in size, it makes up for in quality and atmosphere. Around 30 stalls run down the middle selling a gourmet selection of everything from grilled meats, artisanal cheese toasties (similar to grilled cheese sandwiches, but toasted instead of fried) and brownies, to cold-pressed coffee, fresh juices and gin cocktails.

While under the cover of the railway arches, you’ll find the celebrated St. John among the bars and restaurants.

South Bank

In the heart of central London, the South Bank area is a cultural hub, home to the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI and The Old Vic.

Its Thames-side position is also a great spot for a leisurely stroll or jog. Start at Waterloo Bridge and head along the river for views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and other iconic sights.

Stop at one of the restaurants and bars along the way, browse the independent boutiques, galleries and daily secondhand book market, or get something to go from one of the coffee shops and watch the boats go by.

Marylebone Village

This charming neighbourhood is a short walk from major shopping corridor Oxford Street, but a world away, metaphorically speaking.

The laidback village vibe combined with some of the best shopping in London — from independent stores to boutique outposts from international brands, including the likes of Daunt Books, The Conran Shop, Emma Bridgewater, Aesop and Diptyque — make it a destination for gift hunting.

Food choices range from the Saturday Cabbages & Frocks market to the one of the city’s finest restaurants, Roux at the Landau at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Langham, London.

For the full feature, published on Forbes Travel Guide, visit: https://stories.forbestravelguide.com/10-top-london-attractions#cmpid=gsander

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