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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.  

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Shopping


CHRISTMESS Have you been naughty or nice this year? Either way, Santa's going to give you an absinthe cocktail, a slap-up American soul food feast, and a 'bizarre bazaar' Christmas market of eccentric knick-knacks, all at this larger-than-life festive pop-up. Until 17 December. thevaults.london


Go shopping at Zoe and Morgan (48 Chalcot Road, NW1 ) There are only two outposts of this family-run jewellery shop, one in Auckland, one in Primrose Hill, so if you're after one-of-a-kind, gem stone-studded pieces, head over here now.


Dinner at the Twits. You're invited to the most revolting dinner party on earth to taste Mrs Twit's gruesome bird pie and boozy punch (watch out for glass eyes in your drink). Squeamish? Stay away. Tickets from £76.50, running until 30 October. For bookings visit twitsdinner.com.


Missed out on a Wimbledon ticket? Head to the Refinery Bankside on the Southbank to watch the world's top tennis players battle it out on a super-sized screen over a ‘Queen of the Court' pudding: a white chocolate tennis ball covered with hot chocolate sauce and filled with honeycomb, strawberry and mint. 10 Southwark St, London SE1


Anyone who watched British TV in the ‘90s is guilty of shouting at the contestants of the Crystal Maze (the decade's beloved gameshow) and dreaming of tackling it for themselves. Now they can, as an exact replica has been constructed in central London, complete with four zones of puzzles and obstacle courses that stand between you and the precious crystals. Apart from the Richard O'Brien-shaped hole, it's exactly as you remember it. (10-14 White Lion St, 0844 871 8805)


We're lost for words for describing Amaluna, the current spectacle of awe-inspiring acrobatics from Cirque du Soleil. The Royal Albert Hall makes a regal backdrop to trapeze artists, contortionists and extreme jugglers that just leave you reeling from their unbelievable talent. For tickets visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna.

Sightseeing


Trainspotting. There are many, many scenes in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting that you'd never want to experience in person (remember the worst toilet in Scotland?). But experience them you shall at The Vaults' immersive theatre adaptation of the film, which is running as a kind of appetiser for the film sequel's release at the end of the month. Although the sheer volumes of bodily fluid you'll witness (and have thrown in your direction) won't leave with much of an appetite. Not for the squeamish, but Irvine Welsh fans. http://www.thevaults.london/trainspotting


This month it's your last chance to be half-blinded by the most dazzling display of Indian jewellery ever to be shown at the V&A. Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection is a small, but by no means modest, private collection of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires of the richest hues you'll likely ever feast your eyes on. Until 28 March, vam.ac.uk.

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The Well. This 'multi-sensory destination' in Clerkenwell London has everything: food, wine, fashion, and now a spa. If you've yet to experience an LED light facial, the latest Hollywood beauty craze, now's your chance. The collagen-boosting blue light is surprisingly calming. clerkenwell-london.com


Go to Junkyard Golf Club. Brick Lane's latest too-cool-for-school pop-up comes in the form of a crazy golf course built from scrapheap spoils: tyres, broken barbie dolls and slides. Get on the Who's Your Caddy cocktails and struggle increasingly to get a hole in one.

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