Things to Do
Hyde ParkLondon W2 2UH
32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the all-glass 95-story skyscraper is the tallest building in the U.K., the tallest in the European Union and the fifth-tallest in all of Europe. From The Shard's observation deck you will be able to see London's most famous landmarks, including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Tower Bridge. It even boasts London's highest bar, which serves Moët & Chandon and artisan cocktails.
21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
Rebuilt on the south bank of the River Thames, the circular playhouse sits just a few hundred yards from where it originally stood in 1599. Though no one knows for certain what the original Globe looked like, the theater was painstakingly reconstructed using printed panoramas, written accounts, building contracts, and stage directions in the plays themselves.
Richmond TW9 3AB
As London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site, this 300-acre botanical garden offers the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world, Victorian glasshouses, and a treetop walkway. Make sure to check out The Hive, a 17-meter "bee hive" that offers a multi-sensory experience that is triggered by a real bee hive at Kew, with its lights and sounds mirroring the activity within the real hive.
Arts and Culture
Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG
Offering more than 900,000 square feet and around eight million pieces of history and art, the British Museum is one of the largest museums in the world. Established in 1753, some of its most notable displays include its collection of Egyptian artifacts, which is the largest collection outside of Cairo's Egyptian Museum, and the Elgin Marbles, which are a collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures that were part of the Parthenon and the Acropolis of Athens.
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Only housing art made before 1900, the National Gallery holds more than 2,300 works of art and stands as one of the most visited art museums in the world. This is where you will find pieces from Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Monet, Cezanne, Seurat, and Van Gogh.
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
The Natural History Museum includes more than 80 million artifacts spanning billions of years, including the 25.2-meter-long blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling of the main entry hall. Debuted last year and named Hope, the skeleton is the only blue whale skeleton in the world to be hung in the diving feeding position.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
With a permanent collection of more than 2.3 million items, this museum is next door to the Natural History Museum and has everything from architecture and fashion to sculpture and book art. Of its permanent pieces, make sure to check out its selection of Islamic and Asian art, which is where you can find Tipu's Tiger. Made for Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in South India from 1782 to 1799, the tiger is an almost life-sized semi-automaton that is mauling a European soldier.
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
As part of the Tate group, which includes three other museums and galleries, Tate Modern houses contemporary and modern art made after 1900, including works by Picasso, Miro, Roy Lichtenstein, and Rothko. The museum is inside the old Bankside Power Station on the Thames, holds more than 800 pieces from over 50 countries within its walls, and is known for displaying both male and female artists equally.
Where to Eat
Soho, London Distance from Rosewood: 1.0 miles
Getting its start as a stylish place for the aristocracy to gather, Soho is one of the city's most famous dining and partying areas. This is where you go if you don't know what you want to eat, as it is packed full of hip restaurants and bars, ranging from high-end French eateries to street food stalls. Check out BAO, Barrafina, and Little Social. Be advised though, most restaurants in Soho do not take reservations.
Shoreditch, London N1 6BY Distance from Rosewood: 1.9 miles
Shoreditch is known as the center of London's trendy East End, and as such, it is full of cool restaurants spanning a range of price points. Here is where you will find Michelin-starred establishments next to tiny 24-hour bakeries. Try out spots like Hawksmoor Spitalfields and som saa.
Brixton, London Distance from Rosewood: 4.3 miles
Right in the middle of south London, the down-to-earth Brixton is full of unique little spots that offer everything from Thai and Japanese to pizza and burgers. Don't miss out on Kricket's Indian delicacies and Salon's seasonal British cuisine.
Notting Hill, London W11 2PA Distance from Rosewood: 4.0 miles
This cosmopolitan neighborhood is full of Victorian townhouses, high-end shopping and, of course, food. Though you won't find as many options here as you will in the other areas, what you will find are some very special winners that every food-obsessed Londoner frequents, including the Michelin-starred Ledbury.
Where to Shop
London WC2E 8RD
As one of London's most well-known shopping destinations, Covent Garden offers a wide array of stores, including Tom Ford, Mulberry, and Tiffany & Co. Don't miss out on The Shop at Bluebird, as you are bound to discover a new favorite brand within this unique concept store that looks like a coach house, with its glass atrium, art installations and original wood beams.
Oxford St, London
Oxford Street in the West End is Europe's busiest shopping street, with hundreds of high-end stores spanning a variety of specialties. Many famous British chains even have their flagship stores here, including House of Fraser and Selfridges. Though the crowds can be intense, if you are looking for anything in particular, this is where you will find it.
Portobello Rd, London
Notting Hill's Portobello Market is not to be missed. Organized every Saturday, this outdoor market takes the title of the world's largest antiques market. It boasts more than 1,000 dealers offering vibrant antiques, unique second-hand clothing, and vintage collectibles that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
Getting its start as a small arts and crafts fair that was only open on Sundays, Camden Market is a staple for any Londoner that is now open seven days a week. The indoor/outdoor market boasts more than 1,000 places to eat, drink, shop and dance, but is especially known for being a one-stop-shop for all things handmade, vintage, antique and quirky. If you are looking for something unique and one-of-a-kind, Camden Market is where you will find it.