Victorian London was renowned for its prisons and places of correction – Dickens vividly portrayed the harsh conditions and inhuman treatment of prisoners. Read more on the history of prisons in London. While there are no more Victorian buildings, it is possible to visit the sites where they once stood, which will also take you to London's fascinating areas.
It is unlikely that vast crowds will be travelling to see lights turned on across London this year, which makes them even more appealing than ever.
"There's nowhere like London." Indeed, London is many things: it is history and culture, it is dynamic and diverse, and it can be damp and dusty. But mostly London is larger than life, and so are the myths about the capital.
When you first move to London, Ignorance is bliss.
Living in London is a blast. You've made some new friends at work, you now know the area where you live, and you spend most weekends out with your camera, exploring all the hidden London treasures that you didn't even know existed. London nightlife is great (at least before the pandemic). What shocks you is the numbers on the receipts that come out of your pockets in the next morning.
When it comes to urban green spaces, Londoners are spoilt for options. Of course, there are the royal parks that do need to be enjoyed, from Kensington Gardens to Primrose Hill. Then there is Hampstead Heath, whose idyllic Ladies' Swimming Pond has inspired full-blown essays collections; Kew Gardens, beloved by Virginia Woolf's; Hampton Court Palace, designed by Henry VIII... The list goes on. However, many places are stunning in autumn, when summer blooms give way to autumn fruits, and the trees start to change. As the temperature falls, let's round-up some great lesser-known places to go get a nature recharge in London.
Loving them or loathe them, foxes are part of the urban landscape, but as much as you want to get rid of them, have you ever wondered how different London would be without them?