As the capital of Great Britain and trademark of England, the boisterous city of London is one of the world’s most romanticized, consistently placed at the heart of film, media, and our stories and imaginations.
While its dreary weather, bright-red phone booths, double-decker buses, and iconic clock tower are all part of its leisurely charm, London means business and has been a leading city in the international trade industry for hundreds of years. In addition to its sustenance in international corporate relations, London remains well-spoken in the fields of technology, global politics, and fashion, too, hosting one of the ‘Big Four’ Fashion Weeks biannually.
The National Portrait Gallery in London was the first of its kind when opened in 1856, and still houses the world’s most extensive collection of nearly 215,000 works created between the 16th-century and present day. The gallery aims to recognize and educate visitors on influential persons in British history and culture while encouraging the appreciation of the less-used medium.
A visit to England isn't complete without afternoon tea, and The Roseberry at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is just the place. The contemporary, open salon-style restaurant is perfectly reflective of the brand’s rich heritage and luxe standards, from the Tea Masters’ selection of enticing blends from exotics like Sri Lanka and China to the pastry chef's creation of your tea’s perfect match.
At the Houses of Parliament in the borough of Westminster, the 13-ton bell known as Big Ben resides inside the Elizabeth Tower, and most well-known for its accuracy and unusual size. Whether visiting during the day, illuminated after sundown, or both, Big Ben is an absolute must-see when in London.