Party Earth Review Although Oxford Street and Regent Street connect at the always-hopping Oxford Circus, the two streets draw markedly different crowds. With hundreds of stores and eateries and thousands of bleary-eyed shoppers, the gritty and tourist-driven Oxford is a budget-friendly complement to Regent Street, the bustling avenue ... more
Westminster, London W1
Party Earth Review The oldest of the Royal Parks of London, fifty-eight acre St. James’s Park attracts more than five million visitors annually thanks to its proximity to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Horse Guards Parade grounds, and several other signature London destinations. The name comes from a bygone ... more
St. James’s Park
Party Earth Review Icebar London is the UK’s first permanent bar made entirely of ice. Constructed from crystal ice imported from Sweden’s Torne River, the bar is kept at a temperature of minus five degrees Celsius all year round, the better to keep the bar stools, glasses, sculptures, igloos, and walls from melting. The small space is best ... more
31-33 Heddon Street
Mayfair, London, W1B 4BN
Party Earth Review A cathedral to a dying art, Phonica Records places its faith soundly into vinyl and is a necessary stop for any record lover. Hidden from the chaos of nearby Oxford Street, the clean and simple shop features a wealth of hard-to-find imports and new techno, house, and dance cuts from around the world. Though large ... more
51 Poland Street
London W1F 7LZ
Party Earth Review Though actually closer to two miles, the Millennium Mile is a scenic walkway along the south bank of the River Thames that highlights many of London’s greatest attractions and sights. Running from Westminster Bridge to London Bridge, the walk provides magnificent views of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the London ... more
Thames River, South Bank (Waterloo, London Bridge)
Party Earth Review An iconic shopping destination that has been part of the haughty London scene for over a century, Liberty London, despite its name, is a refuge for slaves of fashion. Founded in 1875 by Arthur Liberty, the multi-story mecca to furnishings and fabrics is housed in an imitation Tudor building, largely constructed from a ... more
London W1B 5AH
Party Earth Review London is famous for its urban green spaces, but Holland Park is a less-traveled gem, with fifty-four acres of lush gardens and trees surrounded by some of the city’s most expensive real estate. Originally the grounds for the 17th-century Cope Castle mansion, which suffered extensive damage during WWII, the area still features ... more
London W8 6LU
Party Earth Review One of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park provides visitors with a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city’s streets. The Grand Entrance – more than a hundred feet in length – features massive columns and iron gates opening onto three hundred and fifty acres of tree-lined paths ... more
Between Park Lane and Kensington Church Street and Bayswater Road
and Hyde Park Gate
Party Earth Review London’s reputation as a shopping mecca is upheld by Selfridges, one of the largest department stores in the city and a sanctum for the most avid brand lovers. Opened in 1909, the store contains ten acres and six levels of credit card shredding glory; all housed within a massive building complete with Greek ... more
400 Oxford Street
London W1A 1AB
Party Earth Review Rimmed by St. Martin's Lane on the east and Drury Lane on the west, Covent Garden is a vibrant shopping and entertainment district that has been drawing shoppers, theatergoers, and lots of tourists for hundreds of years. Every day, its large namesake piazza fills with knife jugglers, sword swallowers, human statues, dance ... more
London WC2E 9DA
Party Earth Review Although out-of-towners may know it best as the place where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts found love in the movie Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market is a London institution that is home to the world’s largest antiques marketplace and a cornucopia of art galleries, cafés, and homemade crafts. Drawing everyone from artifact ... more
Portobello Road at Westbourne Grove
London W10 5TD
Party Earth Review The one-time abode of the Prince of Wales – and a former transient hangout until a major cleanup in the early 90s – Leicester Square is now considered the heart of London’s entertainment district and a buzzing hub for theatergoers, tourists, and raucous street performers. Home to some of the largest cineplexes in the city ... more
London WC2H 7
As much fun as the nightlife can be, it’s important to note that there is no shortage of things to do in London any time of day. The daytime scene is thriving, from great shopping and bustling outdoor plazas to historical landmarks and spectacular royal parks.
Londoners don’t see the sun as much as they’d like, so they pounce on every opportunity to take advantage of the peaceful, well-manicured parks and their acres of lush greenery – the perfect refuge to enjoy a picnic, get some exercise, recover from the previous night’s partying, or enjoy various events.
Shoppers, meanwhile, will also have more than enough things to do, what with all the world-famous department stores, high-end boutiques, and mainstream retail stores that line the streets, not to mention the city’s celebrated outdoor markets that sell everything from household goods and fresh produce to clothing, jewelry, and antiques.
If that’s not enough, there are plenty of outdoor squares in London brimming with street entertainers, shops, and restaurants, as well as wonderful walks along the Thames and tons of historical sites to see.