Exact definitions vary, but its generally said that 'Central London' covers Zone 1 of the London Underground Map. This stretches from the Elephant and Castle just south of the Thames, to Kings Cross in the North and from Notting Hill Gate in the West to Shoreditch High Street in the East. As well as the tube, Londoners are served by overground trains, black taxis and London's iconic red 'Routemaster' buses.
Central London is home to the Government offices of Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Courts of Justice. Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and Trafalgar Square are other landmarks.
Cultural highlights include the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, the British Museum and a host of West End theatres.
Property prices are sky high, so there is very little residential space in the city's centre. Instead, you'll find the headquarters of many companies and institutions, alongside upmarket shops, restaurants, embassies, art galleries, museums and universities.