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With a host of places to eat, wander, shop, visit and explore, London really is calling

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Portobello Road in Notting Hill, during heady days of summer

Portobello Road in Notting Hill, during heady days of summer

Ice-skating at Somerset House in a winder wonderland in London

Ice-skating at Somerset House in a winder wonderland in London

The Banksy exhibition in Covent Garden continues until May 2022 (artofbanksy.co.uk)

The Banksy exhibition in Covent Garden continues until May 2022 (artofbanksy.co.uk)

The trout at Fischer's restaurant. Nigella's a fan

The trout at Fischer's restaurant. Nigella's a fan

The Barbican regularly hosts wonderful exhibitions, and architecture aficionados will appreciate the Barbican Estate itself (barbican.org.uk)

The Barbican regularly hosts wonderful exhibitions, and architecture aficionados will appreciate the Barbican Estate itself (barbican.org.uk)

Spitalfields Market is where you’ll find the wonderful Dumpling Shack (dumplingshack.co.uk)

Spitalfields Market is where you’ll find the wonderful Dumpling Shack (dumplingshack.co.uk)

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Portobello Road in Notting Hill, during heady days of summer

After almost two years away, it’s great to be back in London for a blast of its guaranteed energy, even if the lack of Covid restrictions comes as a shock.

Whether you’re after nightclubs or exhibitions, theatre or live music, or a little gentle retail therapy, they are all there and fully open – and with fewer tourists around than usual, it’s easier to book restaurants and events at short notice. There may also be accommodation bargains to be snagged.


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