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
    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
    A diverse area of north London that includes eclectic Camden Town.
  3. City of London
    The City is where London originally developed within the Roman city walls and is a city in its own right, separate from the rest of London. It is now the most important financial centre in the world, but an area where modern skyscrapers stand next to medieval churches on ancient street layouts. See: the capital-C City
  4. Covent Garden
    One of the main shopping and entertainment districts. Incorporates some of London’s theatreland.
  5. East End
    A traditional working class heartland of inner London to the east of The City, made famous by countless movies and TV shows, and home to trendy bars, art galleries and parks, especially in the Shoreditch, Hoxton, Hackney, and Old Street area.
  6. Greenwich
    On the pretty southern banks of the Thames; location of the Greenwich Meridian, Observatory, and the National Maritime Museum.
  7. Holborn
    Buffer zone 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
    West End district 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
    Some extremely well-heeled districts of west central London and most of the city’s premier shopping street. See: West End Window Shopping
  10. Notting Hill
    Lively market, interesting history, the world famous carnival and a very ethnically diverse population.
  11. Soho
    Dense concentration of highly fashionable restaurants, cafés, clubs and jazz bars, as well as London’s gay village all mixed in with a cluster of sex shops and seedier adult entertainment venues.
  12. South Bank
    The name South Bank is usually used to refer specifically to the complex around the National Theatre near Waterloo and the London Eye. The wider area South of the Thames, including Bankside (Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre) and up to Borough, was historically the location of the activities frowned on by the Puritans who exiled theatre, cock-fighting and bear fights from the original walled City of London to the south of the river.
  13. South Kensington-Chelsea
    An extremely well-heeled inner London district with famous department stores, Hyde Park, many museums and the King’s Road.
  14. Westminster
    A city in its own right, 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.