London Neighbourhoods – what’s where?

London is an epic city with nearly 8 million people, making it the largest megalopolis in the European Union (well, for now…). Here are the main areas, listed alphabetically.


1. BLOOMSBURY is a vibrant historic district made famous by a group of turn-of-the-century writers and for being the location of the British Museum, the University of London and numerous historic homes, parks, and buildings. Part of the Borough of Camden.
See: Academics & Lawyer Land

2. CAMDEN is a diverse area of north London that includes eclectic Camden Town, a large open-air market which, once famous for its alternative and punk scene, is now more of a tourist destination.

3. THE CITY, also known as the Square Mile, is where London originally developed within the Roman city walls and is technically separate from the rest of London. It is now the most important financial centre in Europe (maybe the world). It’s where modern skyscrapers stand next to medieval churches on ancient street layouts.
See: the capital-C City

4. COVENT GARDEN is a main shopping and entertainment district, bordering on the Theatreland of the West End. Home of the Royal Opera House.

5. THE EAST END is the traditional working class heartland of inner London to the east of The City. It was once considered only a place immigrants or the impoverished, but is now home to trendy bars, art galleries and parks. The areas of Shoreditch, Hoxton, Hackney, and Old Street area are all considered The East End.
See: the East End Trend

6. GREENWICH is at the heart of GB’s historic naval heritage, on the pretty southern banks of the Thames. Check out the Greenwich Meridian, the Royal Observatory, and the National Maritime Museum. It looks far away, but is only 12 minutes from London Bridge (see #12) by train.

7. HOLBORN is in between London’s West End and the City of London financial district, home to the Royal Courts of Justice and the London School of Economics.
See: Academics & Lawyer Land

8. LEICESTER SQUARE is in the West End, comprising Leicester Square, Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus and the centre of London’s cinema and theatre land.
See: West End Window Shopping

9. MAYFAIR & MARYLEBONE is arguably the most posh district of London and home to the city’s premier shopping streets. This is where my British Wedding will be held in June 2017.
See: West End Window Shopping

10. NOTTING HILL has a lively market, an interesting history, the world famous carnival, and a very ethnically diverse population.

11. SOHO was once only known for its seedy reputation, but today the area boasts a dense concentration of highly fashionable restaurants, cafés, clubs and jazz bars. You can still find adult shops and tattoo parlours here.
See: Vibrant Central

12. THE SOUTH BANK is specifically the area around the National Theatre near Waterloo Station and the London Eye. However, it can also mean the entire stretch of riverside south of the Thames. This includes Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Borough Market.
See: the South Bank

13. SOUTH KENSINGTON & CHELSEA, much like Mayfair, is an outrageously posh neighbourhood with famous department stores, Hyde Park, many museums, and the King’s Road.

14. WESTMINSTER is the seat of government and an almost endless list of historical and cultural sights, such as Buckingham Palace, The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) and Westminster Abbey.


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