London is an old ever evolving river city. (Image: Mariusz Kluzniak, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Poet, essayist and moralist Samuel Johnson once proclaimed that “a man who tires of London is tired of life” therefore there is in London all that life can afford.

The commercial and entertainment heart of London, the West End. (Image: Pedro Szekely,CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

London is a city of ideas. A city of the imagination. A city of lush parkland and legendary clubs. A city of football and some of the greatest museums and art galleries in the world, free to one and all. It is a city of history and constant change.

The drama of London weather. (Image: David Merrigan, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

London’s iconic red phone booth or Dr Who’s Tardis? (Image: Pedro Szekely,CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

It is English. And 300 other languages. It is bowler hats and exotic music. It is the flavours of empire and the centuries old Borough Market. It is London where the familiar and the new clash.

The Millennium Bridge with the Cathedral of St. Paul in the background. (Image: Pablo Cabezos, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Great Scotland Yard Street with an iconic London double decker. (Image: Nikos Koutoulas, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

“There is no London neighbourhood more resembling the restless downstream tide of the Thames than the ragged square mile of Soho.” – Keith Waterhouse. (Image: Janssem Cardoso, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

“With its old-fashioned lamp, stands at night like a forgotten cottage in a children’s story.” – Gillian Tindall. (Image: Luc Mercelis, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

London is home to more professional football teams (13) than any other city on the planet. A holiday in London should include a visit to one of the many legendary stadiums, including Wembley, White Hart Lane or the Cherry Red Records Stadium, home of AFC Wimbledon.

White Hart Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur, before the historic stadium was renovated. (Image: Dan Baxter, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Round Pond in London’s Hyde Park. Verdant. Tranquil and home to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain (Image: Dom Crossley, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Camden is the artsy heartbeat of London. The bustling neighbourhood is home to market stalls, Regent’s Canal runs through it and live music venues abound. (Image: Laurent Ribot, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)