Note: there are a lot of neighborhoods in London, here are only a few selected ones
One of London’s central districts, Bloomsbury is famous for being home to the British Museum, the most exhaustive museum in London, as well as the British Library, the University of London, The School of Oriental and African Studies. There are many squares, old Victorian houses as well as the busy Tottenham Court Road. As can be seen on the MET Police Website, Bloomsbury is quite a safe area, although some occasional cases of violence have been reported.
City Of London
The former historical center of London (where it was originally built around Roman walls), is separated from the rest of London. While not a very popular touristic destination, it is the financial center of London and Europe, and there are nontheless many sights in the area such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. It is very safe, although the emptiness of the neighborhood at night can feel menacing.
Soho – Mayfair – Hyde Park
Soho and Mayfair are some of London’s most popular and crowded areas, with Soho being full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs – it was a former red light district.
Mayfair, on the border of Hyde park, is one of London’s most expensive neighborhoods, and is known to be the location of many exclusive high-end shops, art galleries and restaurants.
North of Mayfair lies Marylebone and the famous shopping-area Oxford Circus and Oxford street. It gets extremely crowded at rush hour and during weekend, so keep your valuables close to you.
There is a high police presence in Soho, particularly during the weekends when crowd go to the pubs and bars of the area. Never take unlicensed cabs, as there have been reports of thefts and rapes. Hyde Park is very safe throughout the day and even at night.
East London is a good way to get off the crowded city center streets. Made up of several neighborhoods such as Brick Lane, Bethnal Green and Shoreditch, the area is known for being young, laid-back and animated during the weekends around the street markets, bars and nightclubs. The area used to be dangerous, but is now very gentrified. Still, some parts of Brick Lane and Shoreditch are better avoided at night since some reports of muggings have been made.