The New York Times 36 Hours : London & Beyond
Simultaneously a fast-paced contemporary metropolis and a venerable center of history and culture, London seduces the traveler with infinite possibilities for an action-packed weekend. Through treasure-house museums and cutting-edge galleries, classic pubs and top-notch theater, discover the best of this buzzing world capital with a selection of lively itineraries, including thematic and neighborhood specials such as Literary London, London with Children, East London, and Hampstead. If it’s time to venture further afield, you’ll also find a selection of glorious weekend trips outside of the city, from the Highlands of Scotland to sleepy Welsh villages, the dreaming spires of Oxford to beachside bliss in Brighton. Featured destinations: London, Literary London, East London, London with Children, Hampstead, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Liverpool, South Wales, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Highlands & Isle of Skye.