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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.
Us Brits may not be famed for being particularly exotic when it comes to food, but that doesn't mean that what we do produce can't be darn tasty. Don't believe us? Then book a slot on the Eating London East End Food Tour. In three and a half hours, you'll get to eat the best fish and chips, bacon sandwich, bread and butter pudding, curry and more that the city has to offer across the city's East End, while getting an incredible history lesson on the immigration patterns that have influenced it. Let's just say, it will really give meaning to the term "food for thought". eatinglondontours.co.uk
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).
Royal Ascot will be competing with Wimbledon for quintessential British event of the summer. The Berkshire racecourse welcomes the big hats and high rollers back on 17 June for its annual four-day extravaganza. This year sees the opening of the On Five restaurant overlooking the finish post so you can watch your runners triumph while you eat. ascot.co.uk
Move over Hailo and Addison Lee: there's a new cab app in town. Wheely cabs, all eco-friendly hybrid saloons, are ordered through a smartphone mapping system. Easy and free to use, the cabs are 20% cheaper than black cabs. They're, ahem, wheely rather good. wheely.com