London Travel Guide

1. Travel back in time to Dennis Severs’ House, Spitalfields
Secreted in the City, Dennis Severs’s 18th-century townhouse is an unexpected nexus to the past. Visitors wander through the decades as they negotiate the period property’s 10 authentically attired Georgian and Victorian rooms, seemingly moments after its residents, a family of Huguenot silk weaves, have left the building. A uniquely immersive way to engage with London’s past.
2. Join a free art tour at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
Not only are we lucky enough to get free access to many of the world’s best museums and galleries, some of them even throw in complimentary extras. The National Gallery’s gratis hour-long tours are a case in point. Led by a gallery expert, they give visitors a detailed introduction to a small selection of the 2,000-plus paintings on display.
3. Ascend Westminster Cathedral bell tower, Victoria
Not to be confused with Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral is an often overlooked attraction and it is all the more attractive for it. The distinctive Byzantine-style building’s 83-meter bell tower can be climbed – come here for impressive views of the city and, hopefully, a few moments’ solitudes.
4. Take afternoon tea
Between shopping stops, city tours, and museum visits, afternoon tea in London offers not just another obligatory tourist experience but a welcome respite from the hectic pace of the capital. Pretty much every London hotel offers its own take on this quintessential experience, but our guide to ten of London’s best afternoon teas should provide something to cover all tastes.