LONDON

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

Most of the land in London is owned by The Crown Estate and a few affluent families - the largest of the estates, most of which is in Mayfair and Belgravia, belongs to the Grosvenor family, with the Duke of Westminster at its helm.

This part of the city looks so immaculate due to the Grosvenor estate commanding strict control over the appearance of the buildings, ensuring they are all painted magnolia and don't have satellite dishes - there'd be no re-runs of Chinese Food Made Easy then!

Covent Garden

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Camden Markets

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Stratford

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Portobello Road

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Hyde Park

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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.

The Langham Hotel - The Langham has enchanted royalty, dignitaries and celebrities since its debut in 1865. Located at the top of Regent Street, one of the finest shopping streets in the world, The Langham provides the perfect home from which to explore the retail delights of Bond Street and the charming boutiques and cafés of Marylebone and Fitzrovia.

The Ritz - is the world's greatest hotel, as conceived by the world's greatest hotelier. For over a century The Ritz has been the benchmark by which other hotels are measured. A London landmark at 150 Piccadilly, The Ritz has been home to the great and the good, the intelligentsia, the glitterati and thousands of discerning guests since 1906.

The Hoxton Hotel - The award winning Hoxton hotel is very much at home in its trendy Shoreditch manor with sleek bedrooms, killer cocktails and a bustling restaurant it really is at the heart of the East London scene.

The Covent Garden Hotel - wonderfully located for every kind of West End experience: galleries, shopping, theatre, clubbing. This hotel has impeccable taste with its signature dressmaker's models in all the rooms. It even has its own leather-seated screening room and film club. An exquisite hotel in a vibrant part of the city.

Mandarin Oriental - Overlooking Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, Mandarin Oriental is one of London's most celebrated hotels offering elegance, style and luxury. This is a fashionable, yet timeless base from which to discover the amazing British capital.

Covent Garden

Perfect for lunching, Covent Garden is an Italian-style square bursting with shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, theatres and fashionable boutiques. Surrounded by 'Theatreland', in the heart of London's West End, the area is well known as London's premier entertainment and leisure destination.

Camden Markets

Half a million people every week can't be wrong, this is a shopper's haven, bursting with with hundreds of designer workshops, stalls, shops, restaurants and bars selling individual designer, alternative and vintage goods.

Stratford

Home to The Olympic Park and famed for hosting the London 2012 Games, Stratford has become one of London's newest hotspots. There's plenty to do here from cinemas and galleries to shopping and restaurants, ideal for families there's also a children's museum.

Portobello Road

Famed for being home to the world's largest antiques market and part of the Notting Hill Carnival Route, Portobello Road is a 'must visit' part of London. Try the Electric Cinema for a cosy viewing of the latest films.

Hyde Park

One of London's eight royal parks, Hyde Park is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer months. The park is particularly popular with walkers and joggers and is also known for its unique Speakers Corner, where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed.