For a long time one of my favourite places in London was Ridley Road; that slightly crazed, buzzing, assault-to-the-senses site of a street market.
After moving away from the area I returned several years later to see how Dalston and its market had changed.
The best way to approach London, according to Jonathan Raban at least, is from the north. You should drive down via Archway to take in the fabled Dick Whittington hillside view of the city and descend deeper within, until you reach the river Thames, where London’s full glory will hit you.
My own arrival was rather prosaic by comparison: a dull coach journey up the M4 from Bristol, which ended up amid the traffic at Hyde Park Corner