“When a man is tired of London, he’s tired of life.” Eighteenth-century Samuel Johnson had a good point. It’s old, new, arty, leafy, green, grey, high-rise, low-rise, busy, edgy, diverse, creative and so much more. A Southbank stroll is a great place to start, taking in the Thames, the British Film Institute, the National Theatre, street performers and the Southbank Centre.

South Kensington is a must for museum-lovers, while the Royal Parks are welcome green havens that host gigs, sports and magical outdoor theatre. For off-the-beaten track experiences, go market-hopping, seek out Churchill’s cigar supplier or find the Waterloo birthplace of modern circus.