10 reasons to love London

From the BAFTAs to the Brits, London Fashion Week (LFW), NME Awards and Prince popping up to play a secret gig at Camden’s Electric Ballroom, the capital was fabulous fun in February.But London is a city that looks the part all year round. Here’s 10 reasons why we love London – feel free to share your suggestions in the comment section below

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Park life
Thirty  per cent of the capital is given over to green space so wherever you find yourself in the city, a park is never far away.

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The cosmopolitan mix
London is one of the most diverse destinations in the world: 37 per cent of the population were born outside the UK and over 300 languages are spoken.

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Theatreland
London’s theatreland is the best in the world. Whether you want to see a straight play such as War Horse or a musical like Book of Mormon or Jersey Boys, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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The food scene
London caters to every pocket and palette. Blow the budget at a Michelin starred restaurant or spend a fiver at a food truck - it's your choice.

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Retail heaven
From Harrods and Harvey Nichols  to the shopping mecca that is Selfridges and markets like  Spitalfields and Portobello, London’s shops rock. Get ready to whip out the plastic.

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Musuems and galleries
The capital boast some of the world’s greatest museums and art galleries. Treasures such as the Tate Modern and Natural History Museum are both free (if your conscience permits).

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London knows to how throw a helluva good party
Take your pick from – in recent years –  the Royal Wedding, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or London 2012 Olympics – celebrations that were enjoyed by people all over the planet.

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And a world class carnival
The Notting Hill carnival – aka Europe’s largest street party – takes place annually over the August bank holiday. It's a colouful riot of reggae and rum - and everyone is invited!

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Escaping is easy
Should you need to leave London, it’s easy to do so. The capital is home to five international airports and the main Eurostar terminal. Paris in two hours? Yes please.

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Or in the words of Samuel Johnson: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”