If you’ve never visited London before, you’re really missing out, as these 26 photos will prove.
With its amazing skylines, hidden backstreet gems and something surprising around every corner, the big city is so much more than just traffic jams and busy shops. From the prestige of Buckingham Palace to the quirk of Carnaby Street, there’s no end to the capital’s charm.
We’ve shown you London’s top beauty spots for an amazing first date and the best rooftop bars for an incredible city view, but these stunning shots capture the capital from a completely different angle.
And even if you’re a born-and-bred Londoner, we bet these snaps will strengthen your love for the smoke just a little bit more.
A view of Buckingham Palace, from the hustle and bustle of The Mall (Darren Pettit via Flickr)
An iconic London phone box, still standing tall on Haymarket (E01 via Flickr)
Fashion icon: Twiggy pictured on West London’s King’s Road in 1966 (ossie_from_London via Flickr)
Glorious views from the beautiful Hampstead Heath (denty1 via Flickr)
Broadway Market, which runs from London Fields to Regent’s Canal, Haggerston (via TimeOut)
A mouth-watering burger and chips from Hawksmoor (farm7 via Flickr)
Chelsea Pensioners wearing their uniforms with pride (via johnnyfenn.co.uk)
A view of Harrods, the world famous department store located in Knightsbridge
A breathtaking view of the city from the London Eye (Stig via Flickr)
Nelson’s Column standing tall in Trafalgar Square (Leshaines123 via Flickr)
The famous diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus, likened to Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing design (via londontown.com)
Deer pictured in Richmond Park, South West London (Tab1855 via Flickr)
A view of The Shard – currently the tallest building in Europe – from the River Thames (via shangri-la.com)