6 Major Neighborhoods In London: Where You Should Stay

Discover which neighborhood in London is the perfect fit for your trip.

London is a vast, diverse metropolis with history embedded at every corner. Each neighborhood caters to different preferences, but all offers spectacular views and sightseeing opportunities. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or someone looking for lively nightlife; every district on this list is guaranteed to give visitors a memorable experience. Although London is made up of 33 boroughs, we’ve filtered down to the major six areas uniquely for travelers.

How many days? You can stay in London anywhere from5 days up to a full week for a well-rounded vacation.

 

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Covent Garden is the city’s most central neighborhood, recognized for its luxury and independent clothing brands, cobblestone streets, and bustling markets. This area is perfect for travelers that want to be a short distance from iconic landmarks and famous eateries. It’s also home to some of London’s most popular theaters, showcasing everything from plays to musicals. Opened since the early 19th century, the Royal Opera House has been a historic performing arts venue.

Covent Garden London neighborhood
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One of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods is SoHo for its well-known theaters, acclaimed restaurants, and spirited bars. A visit to any of its lively pubs, and nightclubs is guaranteed to be an unforgettable night out. Within SoHo is Chinatown, a vibrant area offering authentic Asian cuisine and colorful festivals, especially during the Chinese New Year. From vintage shops to high-end boutiques, prepare to find remarkable fashion possibilities in this district.

SoHo London neighborhood
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Mayfair is one of the city’s most lavish neighborhoods, home to the world’s most prestigious designer brands, gourmet restaurants, and exclusive clubs. Numerous Michelin-starred establishments can be found here such as Gymkhana and Helene Darroze. Here, famed art galleries including Van Gogh, Gagosian, and Marlborough can be found. This district is perfect for those seeking the finer things in life. SEE MORE: Where To Go For The Best Afternoon Tea In London.

Mayfair London neighborhood
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Shoreditch has come a long way from its industrial roots to being one of the most trendy neighborhoods in London. Known for eclectic street art, hip cafés, and vibrant nightlife; it’s a hotspot for young travelers and artists alike. Guests can expect to find plenty of cocktail bars, markets, art galleries, chic boutiques, and classic pubs. A visit to Shoreditch would be incomplete without going to Brick Lane, a lively block filled with street performers, vintage flea markets, and delectable quick bites.

Shoreditch London neighborhood
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Notting Hill is a charming, picturesque neighborhood famous for its colorful houses, Portobello market, and its annual carnival. Portobello Road Market is one of the world’s largest antiques markets; open on weekends, it offers a mix of vintage clothing, collectibles, and fresh produce. Dating back to the 1960s, the Notting Hill carnival celebrates multiculturalism with food stands, music, and dancing.

Notting Hill London neighborhood
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Kensington is a classy neighborhood most recognized for its Georgian-style architecture and lush green spaces. It’s ideal for families and travelers looking for a refined and peaceful stay with easy access to landmarks. Kensington is home to some of London’s most famous museums, including the Natural History museum, Leighton House museum, and Saatchi gallery. Don’t miss Kensington Gardens, a breathtaking escape adjoined to Hyde Park as well as the stunning Kensington Palace.

Kensington London neighborhood
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Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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