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London's nightlife is the most vibrant in Europe. Although pubs close at 11, clubs and discotheques jive till early morning hours and the choice of music and ambience they offer is mind-boggling. With elegant cocktail bars and traditional pubs, lap dance venues and gay and lesbian clubs, International DJs, jazz to hip hop to club to rock to techno to hangar and everything in between, London spoils you for choice.

London's nightlife is something like Delhi's - what is the place to hang out today may well be a had-been tomorrow. You can pick up a copy of Time Out from newsstands to find out about the latest on the party circuit.

So goes a popular song by a British band and it effectively sums up the British approach to pubs - two pints and a packet of crisps is all they need. Too many 'traditional' English pubs have been sprouting up in our metros. When in London, visit an original and you will always look down upon these copycats. Wood paneled walls, thick carpets, dim lighting The feeling of nostalgia Is it called something on the lines of The Seven stars.

Walk across the Bridges

While you are at the Globe, step out to the waterfront - the Thames flows by, modern skyscrapers adorn the horizon on the opposite bank and the Tate Modern stands tall on the banks, a little away from cafes and restaurants. It's the world's most successful modern art gallery, its Dalis and Picassos complemented by the building's spectacular architecture and oh, stunning location. Highly recommended.

(Sun-Thu 10:00am-6:00pm, Fri-Sat 10:00am-10:00pm).

If modern art is not your scene, simply stroll down the bank with three prominent bridges - Tower, London and the contemporary Millennium Bridge, as also all of London's historic landmarks, in view, all lit up in splendor. The Tower Bridge is probably the most famous - and the most misrepresented - London landmark splayed in brochures and books, with its thick towers and vaulted arches.

If you feel about cricket what most our countrymen (and women) do (read: fanatic passion) chances are that you'd jump with joy at the thought of visiting Lord's, the 'home of cricket'. If visiting London in summer, you can catch a match.

Do not be disappointed if you cannot because the very opportunity of being in the space where Kapil Dev lifted the world cup in 1983 is reason enough to cheer. The authorities conduct tours of the property before 3 pm daily; you get to visit the dressing rooms and see the grounds/sit in the stalls where some of the greatest cricket in the world has been played. Must visit for cricket fans. (Tube: St. John's Wood. Call 020 - 7582-6660 for more info on tours.)


To say that football is a national obsession in England is an understatement. The day there is a league football match in a neighborhood, all roads get jammed, fistfights break out in alleys, the stadiums get mobbed. It's advisable to book well in advance as tickets are expensive, anywhere between 20 - 150.


One word - Wimbledon. Witness some of the world's best tennis in the months of June and July. Tickets range from 18 - 85. If you are a tennis aficionado, simply visit the venue to soak up the feel. (tube: Wimbledon)

Or are you besieged by a literary feeling? Visit Westminster's Abbey where some of the greatest poets and writers of the English language are buried or visit Sherlock Holm's Museum at 222, Baker Street. Or spend a lazy afternoon in Hyde Park, reclining with a book and a thermos of tea, watching people sprint by.


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