As far as cosmopolitan creature comforts are concerned, it’s hard to top London, a luxurious city home to royal traditions and cutting-edge trends. For savvy travelers, this means your itinerary should be composed of both dependable classics and unexpected surprises, a combination that offers up the perfect snapshot of London’s best-kept traditions—and best-kept secrets.
By Sherri Balefsky & Chandler Navarro
ENRICH: No visit to London is complete without hitting its “touristy” historic sites like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London, but the city also has some of the world’s premier arts institutions, including the British Museum, which boasts a massive collection of Assyrian sculptures. Theater is also huge here, as London’s celebrated West End productions rival those on Broadway. Specifically, 2019 welcomes hits Dear Evan Hansen and Waitress (starring Katharine McPhee). Editor’s tip: Embrace being at tourist and “hop on” one of the double-decker bus sightseeing tours. You’ll be able to hit all of the major spots and get a comprehensive overview of the city. Be sure to book tickets ahead of time for anywhere you will want to “hop off” to see.