The Cultural Cities: Top 10

By Alix O’Neill

This article first appeared in our September/October 2016 issue.

A thriving creative scene, unrivaled gastronomy and joie de vivre – here’s our pick of the world’s most vibrant cultural hot spots.

London, United Kingdom


Tired of London, tired of life, the saying goes, but with four Unesco World Heritage sites and three of the top 10 museums and galleries in the world to its name, it is unlikely you’ll tire of the British capital anytime soon.

Best for Performing arts – London reportedly has the biggest theater audience of any city in the world.

Don’t miss The nine-day, multi-venue London Design Festival will feature talks, events and large-scale installations. September 17-25. (

Where to stay Inspired by the glamour of 1920s cruise liners, the Mondrian London at Sea Containers on the South Bank is the first hotel designed by renowned British creative Tom Dixon. Each room has a Jackson Pollock-esque drip painting by the designer. The Mondrian London is a short walk from Tate Modern ( and is working with the art gallery on a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition, running until October 30.

Room to book The 1,200 sq ft River View Apartment boasts enviable views of London’s leading landmarks.

Contact Camilo Parra-Braun, head concierge,, +44 20 3747 1085,

Price From $1,510 per night