London needs no presentation to the general public. The elegant capital of the United Kingdom boasts with tremendous architectural attractions and gives home to one of the oldest monarchies in the World!
You can't leave London out when visiting the great capitals of the "Old Continent"...
It's a mix of old and modern. In fact, London's modern parts are just as attractive as its more traditional, classical neighbourhoods. It's a city to explore for weeks, not days!
Rich art collections in its museums, old streets with romantic atmosphere, imposing monuments and grey cloudy skies are characteristic to London.
Population: 7,825 million (in 2010) in City; 13 million (in 2010) in metropolitan area
Local language(s): English
Other widely spoken or understood languages: -
Country, State: London
Voltage info: 230 V, 50 Hz - Plug type: G
Time zine: CET (UTC+1)
Getting There & Away
London has several airports: Stansted and Luton are mainly low cost airline-served and quite far away from central London, then there's Heathrow and Gatwick, the two main international airports, while London City Airport is a smaller, single-runway airport served by various types of airlines (although it's not a major airport, it is served by airlines operating intercontinental routes).
You can arrive in with the Eurostar from Paris, France. Quite a cheap, fast journey!
There are some ferries from Western Europe, but overall arriving by ship is not a good idea. London is quite far away from the Ocean. Go for the Eurostar instead!
See & Do
Saint Paul's Cathedral
Saint Paul's Cathedral is a massive church, whose cupola offers a fantastic view over London! A panorama, in fact... Perhaps one of the best viewpoints in the city!
Certainly, the church's interior is extremely beautiful!
It's rather a whole district in London than just a market. There is indeed an old building (which used is actually the Covernt Garden Market). The entire area is full of small shops, bars, places to eat... it's a great part of London for taking photos.
One of the richest museums in the World in human history and culture. Rich collections of ancient Egyptian, British and other artifacts!
Rich gallery of painings. A "must visit" museum. At some times, free entry is possible, so you can avoid paying the expensive ticket!
The Tower of London
The "Tower" is actually a fortification. An interesting sight from the outside. Back several hundreds of years ago, it was a place of torture and executions.
It's among London's 3 top attractions, you've seen in dozens of times in ads, movies,... Tower Bridge is one of those rare old retractable bridges... You should cross it on foot an thoroughly explore it!
It's a large park giving home to various species of birds, including ducks. The animals can usually be found around the lake (which stretches across the park almost diagonally).
The neo-Byzantine style roman catholic church has a rather unusual design, when compared to other buildings in London.
The Parliament - Westminster's Palace
The renowned British Parliament is an iconic building to London. Needs no presentation... Please ntoe that the real thing is far mroe beautiful than seen on the photos! The detail work is astonishing!
Ancient gothic cathedral in the proximity of the Parliament. It is often confused with Westminster Cathedral.
This is where the Queen and most of the Royal family lives.
The changing of the guards and other ceremonies are interesting to watch. Crowds gather around to catch a glimpse of the royal family's members... few are lucky enough to see them!
Eat & Drink
It's no issue to discuss gastronomy when it comes to London: you can eat just about anything in this city... just don't miss fish and chips!
The best way is to use the subway system - keep in mind that locals call it "underground" or "tube"... Its 270 stations connect most of the city.
You might also consider trying out the famous double-decker buses... just because you're there!
If you are a budget traveler, then for accommodation, we recommend you check out the London hostels. It's a big metropolis, expensive city, at least cut your accommodation costs!
When to Visit London at Last Minute?
The lowest prices on hotels is during the spring period, until May, then another great period is during September - November. Basically, the colder the weather is, the less travellers arrive to London and the more discounts will be made on hotel rates!
Bag snatching, pickpocketing occurs on crowded tube cars and buses, on streets. The theft issue is more of a problem in the areas around Central London.
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