Within the tarmac boundary of the M25, Greater London is a vast sprawl, in the best possible sense.
If you don’t want to limit yourself to the tourist trail, then when you go beyond the offices and churches of the City of London and the crowd-pleasing sights in the City of Westminster, you’ll enter the London that Londoners know.
In all parts of the London region there’s a dizzying rate of constant change, brought about by a construction boom that renders whole neighbourhoods unrecognisable in the space of a few months.
Areas come into fashion in just a couple of years, but within reason almost every village, suburb, inner-city neighbourhood has something to recommend it.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Greater London:
South of the river and a quick ride on the train, tube or DLR from the centre, Greenwich is awash with royal, maritime and scientific history.
It was the birthplace of several Tudor monarchs, including Henry VIII and the biggest reminder of its royal residents is the Queen’s House, built for James I’s wife, Anne in the 17th century and backing onto Greenwich Park.
Looking down on the palace is the Royal Observatory, also from the 17th century, and the location of the Prime Meridian (GMT). From this hill you can see most of London, and one of the closest monuments is the Old Royal Naval College, whose domed towers you may know from the long list of movies filmed here.
And don’t forget the O2, a giant entertainment venue inside the old Millennium Dome.