Cockney shouts ring through the streets, street food chefs work magic on their stoves, and aromas of a thousand cuisines mingle in the air. Reggae music is overlaid with rock’n’roll. Take a deep breath and dive into one of London’s markets. Hunt for old records in Brick Lane, haggle over antiques in Portobello Road and feast on jellied eels in Spitalfields. Once you’ve bagged a bargain, head down to the South Bank. Here, you can tick off the landmarks – Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Shard – and enjoy the unique entertainment, whether it’s dancing sheep or a bicycle-powered art installation.
The Thames may be London’s most famous river, but secret rivers run beneath the streets: one flows right underneath Buckingham Palace.
After dark, head to The City, presided over by St. Paul’s Cathedral. Here, they work and play hard, so ascend to a high rise bar – Sushisamba in the Heron Tower is a suitably glamorous option – where your cocktails will be accompanied by spectacular views. The streets may not be gold in this part of town, but they certainly shine.
Restaurant meals in London cost 84% more than in New Delhi
A typical train ticket is 210 INR