In recent years London's postcard industry has had the unenviable task of keeping up with the city's ever changing skyline, while guidebooks seem to be out-of-date as soon as they hit the shelves. Doubtless much of London's lure as a city break belongs to the traditional sights such as Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the British Museum and the Tower of London, but it's the newcomers that are making the capital more vibrant than ever.
Stroll along the South Bank and you're spoiled for choice; theatre buffs can choose between the National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe, artistic appetites are catered for in what's become the world's most popular contemporary gallery: Tate Modern, and for a bird's eye view of the capital it's impossible to beat the British Airway's London Eye.
Shopping in London has been elevated into an art form and entire weekends can be swallowed up bargain hunting in Portobello Road market, trying to navigate your way around Harrods, or gazing through the impeccably polished boutique windows along the King's Road. For a break from the bustle London's eight Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, Regent's Park and St James' stretch over 5000 acres, and provide the perfect antidote.
Come nightfall and the capital really begins to shine. A constellation of Michelin starred restaurants has put London firmly on the gastronomic map, and with the most ethnically diverse population on the planet you can choose a menu from any corner of the globe. London indisputably wears the UK's clubbing crown, and if you're looking for something slightly more sedate there are enough shows in the West End to turn Broadway green with envy.