15 reasons to fall in love with old London

Ignite your wanderlust with these surreal spots in the capital.

From the oldest pub in London to historic traditions and beautiful gardens, there's no denying that these treasures will make you fall in love with new corners of old London.  

1. Shakespeare's Globe

 

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You can experience Elizabethan life as a groundling while watching a play at the world-famous Shakespeare's Globe

3. The world's oldest music hall

London is home to the world's oldest surviving music hall: listen to live music and watch theatre performances in grand surroundings at Wilton's Music Hall

4. Borough Market

Browse more than 100 stalls at one of London's oldest food markets. You'll find fresh fruits, international street food, pretty patisseries and more foodie treats at Borough Market.

7. The City of London

 

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The City of London takes the title of the oldest part of London. The area stands upon what was once the Roman town of Londinium, and boasts top historic attractions such as The Monument, Bank of England Museum and London's Roman Amphitheatre

8. Traditional afternoon tea in London

Enjoy a taste of British tradition with a spot of afternoon tea in London. Filled with warm scones, finger sandwiches, dainty cakes and English tea, this lavish custom dates back to the 19th century, when members of high society would join their friends for a fashionably light snack between lunch and dinner. 

9. Tower of London

The Tower of London is definitely one of the most spectacular candidates for the oldest building London. You can be dazzled by the Crown Jewels and listen to fascinating tales of the historic fortress.

10. Old churches in London

 

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Although St Dunstan in the East may not be the oldest church in London, it's perfect for your Instagram feed! After the Church of St Dunstan was destroyed in the Blitz, the ruins were transformed into a peaceful London garden.

11. Historic traditions

From royal traditions Trooping the Colour and Changing the Guard, to the 800-year-old Lord Mayor's Show, there is an extravaganza of historic events to experience in London. 

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