The Afar Guide to

Historic and contemporary, sophisticated and scruffy—London's the city that does it all. Its sprawling boroughs reach out from the Thames to the infamous M25, the circular motorway that divides the city from the suburbs. Whether it's Shakespeare at the Globe or DJ sets in the East End, Londoners see themselves as tastemakers to the world, so throw yourself into its cultural life, its bar scene, and its restaurants before you get the last tube home.

Essential London Facts to

know before you go


Emma JohnLondon Local Expert

Emma John is one of AFAR's Contributing Writers, and deputy editor of the Observer Magazine. She lives in London and writes regularly on travel for the Guardian.