Getting Around in the London Cities

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Who hasn’t heard of Big Ben? Or the Houses of Parliament? Or Westminster Abbey with its Poet’s Corner and Coronation Chair? One of the world’s most famous cities, London is home to more than 8 million people and is considered the financial center of Europe.

Many landmarks are in these London cities, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations with more than 16 million visitors each year.

Here are the London cities and what you can expect from them.

The City of London

The City of London is the smallest country in England, even though it is one of the most well-known parts. It’s well-known as The Square Mile, due to King Edward I planning for it to be an area where one mile on each side could be enclosed by city walls or another protective structure.

The City of London is famous for its role in the finance sector, even though it’s no longer the trading hub that it once was. It comprises one square mile within central London. The Port of London Authority has responsibility for the river here.


A cup of coffee on a table

Camden is a borough located in northwest London and home to the London Zoo. It’s also an important urban center, due to various colleges and universities.

Camden is well-known for its market – which was once one of the largest outdoor markets in Europe. There’s also Camden Lock Market, which is a famous tourist attraction here. The area has boomed in popularity since it became a creative arts center.


Hackney is a borough of east London and has the River Lea running through it. It’s home to Victorian terraces and grand estate homes, as well as historic buildings like the Hackney Empire and Clapton Square – which is one of the earliest planned squares in London.

Hammersmith & Fulham

A street filled with water and a city in the rain

Hammersmith and Fulham are found in west London and share a long border with Kensington. It’s right next to Baron’s Court tube station, easy for residents to commute.

Hammersmith and Fulham have developed into a cultural hub, due to the presence of various theaters and arts venues. It’s also known for the nightlife in the area – such as pubs, cafes, and bars.


Islington is found north of the River Thames and is part of Inner London, though many people think it’s a part of Central London due to its proximity to the city center.

Islington has large Georgian and Victorian homes, as well as a huge variety of restaurants. It’s also home to Arsenal football club and has a large student population due to the presence of a university and college here.

Kensington & Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea are located within west London, though many people think it’s part of Central London because it’s so close to the city center.

Kensington and Chelsea’s famous landmarks include Kensington Palace, Holland Park, and Harrods department store – which is one of the most famous shops in the world due to its luxury goods. You’ll also find high-end retail stores here because of its prime location in London cities.


Lambeth is in the south of the river Thames, and it’s part of Inner London. It has various theatres, including The Young Vic – which was in 1970 under the directorship of Laurence Olivier. There’s also the National Theatre, which stages theatrical productions.


Lewisham is in southeast London, and it’s one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the UK. It has various parks like Ladywell Fields (which is home to an 80-acre park), Brockley, and Hilly Fields.

Lewisham has a great shopping area called Blackheath, which is well known for its Friday market. It’s also famous for the Lewisham and Greenwich hospital due to it being one of London’s largest hospitals that provide various services and treatments for local and international patients.

London cities are all different from each other, even though they’re all still part of the Greater London area. So if you ever find yourself in London for a visit, make sure you explore more East London or Southwest London – as it’s always worth a visit. You never know what you might find!

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