London is best for...

West End shows: Head to Leicester Square and Covent Garden to soak up the atmosphere and watch a good show

Sightseeing: Visit Big Ben and the Tower of London at night for some awesome music and light shows

Live music: Discover great acts at venues such as KoKo, Roundhouse and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in London is English

Currency: The currency used in London is the Pound

Local time: London's local time is the same as throughout the UK

Fly to: London's main airport is London City Airport

London is a network of mini-cities within a big city. When it comes to the after dark entertainment, each of the boroughs has its own personality and great places to go.

Head to Shoreditch in the east if you’re a creative type, or nearby Dalston if you’re a bit of a hipster. In the west there’s upmarket King’s Road and Notting Hill, while to the north Camden will forever be popular with rockers and indie lovers. In the south, Brixton is rising up the ranks of cool again. Go to Clapham for a lively night out, or take things easy in Wimbledon and Richmond.

Right in the middle of it all you’ll find Soho, centre of the UK’s gay nightlife scene and full of must-see West End shows.