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England’s capital is not only the largest city in Western Europe, but is also its most vibrant. The home of the Queen, Big Ben and the famous Hackney Carriage is also home to one of the most cosmopolitan populations in the world, which has left its mark on this ancient yet very cutting edge metropolis.
London is a world city of truly global proportions. Visitors come here to experience the world’s best restaurants, top hotels and its varied nightlife. But they also come for another thing, the culture. If there is a world capital of culture then London must surely be it. Plays and musical productions pack the city’s famous West End, while museums and art galleries, such as the iconic British Museum and the Tate Modern wow visitors with their huge exhibits.
As seasoned treasure hunters, you have to believe us when we say that the interactive murder mysteries run by A Door in a Wall are by far the most adventurous, hilarious and puntastic in the city. Recruit a team of up to six people and be ready for an evening legging it around London's murder sites, gathering clues, solving riddles, and undertaking tasks for characters you meet en route. Dress comfortably. adoorinawall.com
Ride the high seas with the English National Ballet this winter as they perform swashbuckling love story Le Corsaire (The Pirate) at the London Coliseum (9-19 January). Hollywood film designer Bob Ringwood (Batman, Troy, Alien 3) is at the helm of the stunning set and costume design, and a whole gang of dashing pirate ballet dancers (St Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4ES, +20 7836 0111, ballet.org.uk/whats-on/lecorsaire).
Take the best beer factory tour or vineyard trip you've ever been on, and replace the booze with Bombay Sapphire gin (yes, we thought that might turn a few heads). The company has just opened its Hampshire distillery to the public (a 90-minute drive from London), to allow fans to explore and learn about the origins of their botanicals before, of course, trying some of the finished product. distillery.bombaysapphire.com