Actually, London ties for second with New York and San Francisco. Here follow some reasons. First, Golden Square in the West End:
Jermyn Street, where I would buy all my clothes if I made, oh, £10,000 a month:
London also has history embedded in strange places. Take this block of apartment buildings on Courtfield Gardens, South Kensington, about two blocks from my hotel:
An old friend lived in the near building for a couple of years. She explained that the building at the end of the row—her building—replaced one that the Germans bombed in 1940 or 1941.
By the way, here's a really good reason not to live in London, or at least not to own a car here:
To spare you the math, at today's exchange that works out to $7 per gallon.