Vibrant, buzzing and charming
'A man who is tired of London is tired of life' noted Samuel Johnson, author, critic, and Grub Street hack. Four centuries after Dr Johnson's birth, London can still boast of being the most cosmopolitan and exciting capital in the western world. With its theatres, concert halls, night clubs, architecture, and shopping, it is literally buzzing with life 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. With the City of London dominating the world's financial centres, there is great wealth but also pockets of deep poverty. It is fortunately still possible to find hotels of character, owned and managed by families, amidst the swathe of branded corporate hotels that dot the capital. They are rightly cherished by the Guide.
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