These London Neighborhood Guides have all the info you need to plan your trip to London.
Being married to a Brit means that I spend a few weeks in London each year. Over the years I have written a series of London neighborhood guides and travel guides and today I am sharing an index so that you can easily find what you are looking for.
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London Neighborhood Guides
The City of London – This is the old historic center of the city and where you will find sites like the Tower of London, London Bridge, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. You will also find some of the city’s oldest pubs hidden on tiny side streets in the City of London.
Covent Garden – A lively part of London filled with shopping and restaurants. Discover colorful courtyards hidden from the main street, a museum devoted to James Bond, and antique gas lamps that are still used today. Some of my favorite pubs are here too.
Chelsea and Kensington – While most people think of Notting Hill when they think of London’s colorful streets, some of London’s most vibrantly painted homes are in Chelsea. Be sure to visit Kensington Palace, a part is open to the public, and to visit The Design Museum and the Saatchi Gallery.
Notting Hill – One of the most well-known neighborhoods in London, Notting Hill is the place to find the famed Portabello Road Market, antique shops, pastel-colored homes, and art galleries. Sadly, the travel book shop from the film Notting Hill doesn’t exist, but there is a sign marking its location.
Soho – Soho is a vibrant arts district and a can’t miss London neighborhood. Soho is home to London’s theater district and exceptional shopping. If you want to do something a bit unusual, search for the seven noses of Soho.
Mayfair and Marylebone – Home to some of the trendiest shops and best high-end hotels, this pair of neighborhoods is home to three of London’s most spectacular streets for shopping: Bond Street, Oxford Street, and Regent Street. Baker Street and the Sherlock Holmes Museum are here too.
Camden – Camden isn’t a neighborhood, it is a borough that contains Camden Town and stretches from Hampstead Heath almost all way the to the Thames. Camden Market is a can’t miss market filled with food vendors, antique stalls, and all sorts of shopping. Sites like the British Museum, Little Venice, and Primrose Hill are all within this borough.
St. John’s Wood – This residential neighborhood is where you will find the famous Abbey Road crosswalk and Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Hampstead – The sprawling Hampstead Heath is what this neighborhood is known for. Beyond the park, visit a put that dates back to 1585, see the beautiful Hampstead Village, the downtown of the neighborhood and one of the most expensive parts of London to reside, and tour Kenwood House, a free estate turned museum.
London Travel Guides
150+ Things to do in London – An extensive and detailed guide of things to do in London including lists of museums, landmarks, historical sites, tours, parks, pubs, restaurants, and more.
Can’t-Miss London Restaurants – A guide to the best restaurants in London.
24 British Foods to Try in London – A list of the essential foods to try in London ranging from afternoon tea to Sunday roast.
5 Day London Itinerary – If you are visiting London for the first time, this itinerary includes all of London’s major sites.
London Packing List – All the things that you need to pack for your trip to London.
What to do in London at Christmastime – London is magical at Christmastime. This guide shares all of the best ways to soak up the Christmas spirit in the city.
What to know about visiting London – The tips and tricks you need to navigate London like a pro.
Harry Potter Filming Locations in London – While much of the Harry Potter universe was built on soundstages, there are a handful of filming locations that you can visit in London.
A London Boy Guide to London – A travel guide inspired by the locations and things to do mentioned in the Taylor Swift song London Boy.
Four Weddings and a Funeral Miniseries Filming Locations – I loved this miniseries that filmed on location in London. I did some deep digging to find out as many filming locations as possible!
London Side Trips
Castle Combe and Lacock – Castle Combe is one of the most scenic towns in the Cotswolds. Castle Combe is so small that it would be hard to spend an entire day there, so it makes sense to also visit Lacock, a nearby village with an abbey that was a filming location for movies like Harry Potter.
Harry Potter Studio Tour – Just outside London you will find the studio where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. It’s a fascinating and fun day trip for Potterheads, just make sure you book tickets in advance.
The Holiday Filming Locations (Shere and Godalming) – A guide to some of the most charming small towns in Surrey.
Bath – This city is an easy train ride from London. It’s a smaller easy to navigate city known for its Roman Baths and exceptional architecture.