26 photos that will make you want to visit London‏

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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.

Buckingham palace flickrA view of Buckingham Palace, from the hustle and bustle of The Mall (Darren Pettit via Flickr)

2334039881_725e6bf364_bAn iconic London phone box, still standing tall on Haymarket (E01 via Flickr)

London_Shoreditch_Street_ArtCity street art, spotted off of East London’s Brick Lane (Rob Schofield via Flickr)

Twiggy_Kings_RoadFashion icon: Twiggy pictured on West London’s King’s Road in 1966 (ossie_from_London via Flickr)

Hampstead HeathGlorious views from the beautiful Hampstead Heath (denty1 via Flickr)

big-ben-london-black-whiteBig Ben on a cloudy London day

borough-marketFoodie paradise: Borough Market, South London (via Eventseed.com)

brick-lane-londonEast London’s famous Brick Lane, captured in the sunshine (via LouisBerk.com)

broadway-marketBroadway Market, which runs from London Fields to Regent’s Canal, Haggerston (via TimeOut)

F. Cooke (Broadway Market)One of London’s famous pie and mash shops – a dish synonymous with East London (via shopfrontelegy)

burgers-at-hawksmoorA mouth-watering burger and chips from Hawksmoor (farm7 via Flickr)

chanel-lamppostsChanel-style lamp posts can be seen all over Westminster (samaja via Flickr)

chelsea-pensionersChelsea Pensioners wearing their uniforms with pride (via johnnyfenn.co.uk)

columbia road flower marketColumbia Road flower market in full swing (via driftwoodjournals.com)

hackney-marshesHackney Marshes, known as the “spiritual home” of Sunday league football (via The Times)

harrods-department-storeA view of Harrods, the world famous department store located in Knightsbridge

little-venice-londonThe capital’s top waterside location, Little Venice, just north of Paddington

london-black-cabLondon’s world famous black cabs, passing the Houses of Parliament

london-cat-cafeA resident of Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London’s first cat café (via DavidTett.com)

london-eye-podA breathtaking view of the city from the London Eye (Stig via Flickr)

nelsons-column-londonNelson’s Column standing tall in Trafalgar Square (Leshaines123 via Flickr)

oxford-circus-crossingThe famous diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus, likened to Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing design (via londontown.com)

richmond-park-stag-deersDeer pictured in Richmond Park, South West London (Tab1855 via Flickr)

selfridges-london-oxford-streetOxford Street store Selfridges, named the world’s best department store in 2014 for the third year running (Markle1 via Flickr)

the-shardA view of The Shard – currently the tallest building in Europe – from the River Thames (via shangri-la.com)

Wembley Stadium, home of the beautiful game

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