Having grown up in London, I suppose I do have a tendency to be a little biased about what a great city this really is. Our cultural capital is world-class in so many ways - arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, media and of course food... I could go on! Here are my picks of what to see and do when you're here.
Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is a wonderfully regal experience
Marvel at the acoustics of 'The Whispering Gallery' at St Paul's Cathedral
Indulge in Afternoon Tea at The Ritz - a quintessential British experience with an elegant ambience, pretty chinaware and an extensive choice of loose leaf tea and finger sandwiches.
Buy something in Harrods, if only a pencil case
For the ultimate view, take a trip on the London Eye
The British Museum, home to some of the world's oldest and rarest treasures
A visit to London isn't complete without a trip to the famous Trafalgar Square
Cafe D'Anglais for spot on seasonal British produce with French flair
The Rock & Sole Plaice for fish and chips - open since 1871, this is London's oldest surviving fish and chip shop, 47 Endell Street
Visit London's Chinatown in Soho to experience some of the best dim sum outside of Hong Kong
One of London's eight royal parks, Hyde Park is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the continue reading...
Not as high profile as some of London's other markets, the Columbia Road Flower Market takes place very Sunday along this narrow cobbled street. With over 50 stalls and 30 shops selling flowers and gardening supplies, it's a truly colorful and fragrant experience.
You'll likely see some well-known faces in The King's Road area. Vivienne Westwood still runs her first ever store here and from the pedestrianised area of Duke of York Square, you can head down Sloane Street for Lulu Guinness handbags and Jo Malone goodies.
Serious shoppers will also like New Bond Street, which is brimful of designer shops, including Donna Karan, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and true Brit style can be found at the Mulberry and Burberry stores... not forgetting Cartier, Tiffany and Asprey if your thing is diamonds.