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There's a fascinating history behind this thriving modern city. Art lovers and culture buffs will appreciate the galleries, performance spaces and concert venues, besides the free museums. First time visitors should head to the Tate Modern, home to an impressive permanent collection, including works by Picasso, Dali and Rothko, and offering iconic views across the Thames from its sixth floor restaurant.
The beautiful riverside walks can get crowded, but there are enough green spaces to escape the bustling London streets. Take a dip in the outdoor lido at trendy London Fields in Hackney, or perch on the side of Hyde Park's Diana Memorial Fountain, overlooking the Serpentine.
Street food and high-end creative cuisine make London a haven for foodies. From the famous duck confit sandwich at Borough Market to Heston Blumenthal's molecular gastronomy, there's something to satisfy every palate. When the sun goes down, spend the night bar-hopping around Soho, keeping an eye out for tiny basement venues like Freud that specialise in craft cocktails.