Londoners love recommending favorite places you might not find in your guidebook.
This new 115-meter-high sculpture is London’s largest-ever piece of public art, a tribute to the 2012 London Olympics.
Dukes Bar in St. James
Savor a true James Bond moment over a dry martini in Dukes Bar, where Bond author Sir Ian Fleming wrote the line “shaken, not stirred.”
With over 1,000 shops and stalls open every day but Dec. 25, you can find the perfect unexpected souvenir and (why not?) a pair of Wellingtons.
Houses of Parliament
Take in Big Ben and the neo-Gothic glory of the Houses of Parliament from the south side of Westminster Bridge (across the Thames).
Nightly Art Crawl
A bit of a secret: Various London museums and galleries stay open late one night of the week. Wander The National Gallery or the Tate, attend a film or workshop or sip wine.
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Photography courtesy of ArcelorMittal
This article was first published in January 2013 in Traveler. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.