London: Free Neighbourhood Guides - Area by Area
London: Free Neighbourhood Guides - Area by AreaLondon is split up into 32 boroughs, plus The City of London area in the centre. We think that the listing of boroughs, however, is a bit of an arcane way to look at London when visiting it.
Instead, we have split the main areas in the centre of London into neighbourhoods. These are:
- Westminster, Victoria and St. James’s
- The Southbank
- West End and Trafalgar Square
- Kensington and The Museums
- The City (Financial District)
- London Bridge and Borough
- Hyde Park, Notting Hill and Bayswater
- Marylebone, Bloomsbury and Camden
- Off the Beaten Path – Outside central London
Each of these areas is unique in character, from areas filled with art galleries and theatres, to residential areas. All of them are worth exploring.
We highly recommend you begin your trip planning by reading through all of this section and bookmarking the attractions you would like to see and the restaurants you would like to eat in. We also list accommodation options for each area allowing you to choose somewhere that fits your taste and budget best.
Concession prices listed in this section usually apply to over 60s or over 65s (proof may be requested), and students on production of a valid student ID.
Attraction opening times are pretty standard year-round but you should be especially wary of opening times from 24th to 26th December, and on 31st December and 1st January. Some locations do not open at all on these dates, and others operate restricted opening hours. Some locations may also not open on bank holidays or fixed days each week.
We also list the closest underground station to each listing. Where there are multiple listings for the nearest station, the first listed is the closest and/or most convenient to the attraction.
Note that reviews in this section are opinions, and not facts. Your mileage may vary with attractions, accommodation and dining locations.