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Visitor's Guide to South West London

Visitor's Guide to South West London South West London is a fascinating area of London perfect for those keen to be entertained but still maintains close links with a regal and very British past.

In SW1 you’ll find two of the most impressive buildings in the UK: Buckingham Palace [map] and The Palace of Westminster [map] where the Houses of Parliament [map] and House of Lords [map] are located.

The chic districts of Chelsea [map] and Belgravia are perfect for those in search of some retail therapy or to enjoy lunch and dinner in one of London’s premier five star restaurants.

Regent Street [map] and the world-famous toy store Hamley’s are the perfect place to take the young and young at heart, and the nearby Covent Garden [map] is where you’ll find a range of unusual goods and gift ideas.

Excellent hotels can also be found in this area and this is the place to be for stunning views across St James’ Park [map] or the swinging King’s Road [map].

Sporty types will enjoy a location close to Chelsea FC football ground and Wimbledon’s [map] centre court. Stay in Wimbledon and visit one of its popular museums including Cannizaro House [map] and The Wimbledon Windmill [map].

Get a flavour for ragga beats and exotic food by paying a visit to Brixton [map], home to London’s largest Afro-Caribbean community. Check out the market for ethnic and unique goods or pay a visit to the famous Fridge night club or The Brixton Academy [map] for live music from some of the UK’s most influential bands.

Battersea [map] is dotted with coffee shops, fine restaurants and museums and art galleries. Visit the famous Battersea Dog’s Home [map] to see how this charity has developed over the years or pop over to Clapham [map] for some funky bars and night clubs.

Victoria [map] and Pimlico [map] offer great rail links and Pimlico is a real up-and-coming area offering a wealth of evening entertainment and reflecting the vibrant culture that prevails through much of South West London.

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