As one of the most prominent cities in the world, London has a plethora of history, architecture, culture, shops, restaurants, museums, theatres, parks, galleries and fascinating heritage to more than fulfil the whim of every one of its fifteen million tourists who visit the City each year.
Officially founded by the Romans the most populated city in Great Britain and its capital, London sits on the River Thames in the South East of England situated in the north Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe. A major player globally in the field of commerce, media, healthcare, finance, fashion, education, the arts, entertainment and of course tourism London is a ‘must see’ for any budding traveller.
London – Before You Travel
Originally a combination of two ancient cities, The City of London and The City of Westminster known collectively as Greater London the United Kingdom Capital City has stuck to its world-renowned heritage with the official language spoken in London and the UK being English and the official currency being the English pound. Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are widely accepted throughout the city and you can change currency at any post office, building society, bank or exchange bureau for a fee. Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road and electricity is supplied through power sockets designed for three pin plugs so for some London tourists an adapter may be necessary. Generally, a visa is not needed for short term visitors into the United Kingdom and only a passport is necessary to enter the country.
The weather in England is world famous for being changeable even during its most popular months for tourism in London which are July and August. It is considered best to visit London between the months of April and September to avoid the colder winter weather and rainfall.
What London can sometimes lack in weather it more than makes up for in its world class heritage and the abundance of things there are to do and see, demonstrating the City’s keen commitment to London Tourism and consistently attracting visitors from all over the world.
London oozes history and culture with iconic architectural evidence of its ancient cities of the past in monuments and buildings spanning the whole of London and beyond. Some of the most popular sights to consider for your London visit should include Buckingham Palace, the official residence of The Queen of England and its famous ‘Changing of the Guard’s’ ceremony which takes place every day around 11.30am. London’s iconic Anglican Cathedral, St. Pauls which is an opportunity to see the most magnificent of interiors and its huge, world famous dome. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Westminster Abbey epitomises London’s rich heritage attracting over a million visitors a year to discover its 700 years of history. Enjoy panoramic views of the City from Tower bridge built in 1866 or discover over two million years of history at the British museum. Let’s not forget the history of the Tower of London, built by William the Conqueror in 1078 or the magnificence of Big Ben and the Houses Of Parliament a true testament to the opulence and extravagance of the architects of London at that time.
London – Highlights and Attractions
With so many London highlights and attractions to choose from, London tourists really are spoilt for choice, so here is our pick of London highlights that we think deserve a ‘royal’ mention:
The London Eye, Churchill’s War Rooms, Hampton Court Palace, The Victoria and Albert museum, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, the market halls of Covent Garden, The London Tate Galleries, Greenwich and the Docklands, Kew Gardens, the National Gallery, London Sight Seeing Tours, London shopping, the West End theatres and the extensive selection of London restaurants, many offering a selection of international cuisine cooked and prepared to ‘world class’ standard.
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