The Chic, Minimalist Guide To London: 12 Must-Know Spots

In most great capitals, the statues tell stories of regime-change, revolution, and upheaval. The marble and bronze denizens of London, however, have never been beheaded, unseated, or evicted to an out-of-town retirement zone. The story of this city is one of relentless continuity. While it can no longer be counted among the world's largest metropolises, it remains redolent of Empire and the soot-laden might of the Industrial Revolution. Unrivaled in finance and at the forefront of fashion, tourists throng its streets. A truly global city, its residents not only speak over 300 languages, they also walk with an undeniable swagger.