London is the capital of England and Great Britain (comprising of Scotland , Wales , Northern Ireland and England ). It was claimed that London was established along the banks of River Thames as long ago as the 1st Century. Situated in England ’s South East, it is the largest and most populated city with over 7.5 million people. This population is a fusion of the world’s cultures with almost a third of its people being born overseas.
London is a vibrant and sophisticated world class city that offers virtually all things to all people. It is renowned for excellence in arts and culture, food and drink, entertainment, architecture, shopping, sports and for such a large city has an amazing amount of open spaces in which to stroll or just while away the day.
In spring and summer, London’s abundant parks and gardens bloom into life with daffodils, picnickers, sunbathers, children playing, strolling lovers, inviting cafes, outdoor concerts and cinemas. Take a rowboat out on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, visit London Zoo in Regents Park or see the Royal Palace in Kensington Gardens and wander over to the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace .
A tour on an iconic red double-decker bus is a must to see the sights and architecture of London such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, as well as Oxford and Regent Streets, Marble Arch and Piccadilly Circus.The London Eye, the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, affords a bird’s eye view of sights that might need closer inspection like Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, St Paul ’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or a Thames River Cruise.
Take your pick of the multitude of amazing museums and art galleries, many of which are free: The British Museum, National Gallery, The Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, Science Museum or The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Sports fans should take in a football match, cricket at Lords, catch a regatta on The Thames, rugby at Twickenham or delight in strawberries and cream at Wimbledon in the summer.
Enjoy a meal in Chinatown before heading to a world premier at one of the famous theatres or cinemas in The West End and Covent Garden, then have a drink in the uniquely British social culture of one of London’s estimated 7000 pubs. If you have any energy left you can continue partying at any number of the famed nightclubs.
Do your best to find a bargain in London ’s finest department stores of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. However you will probably have better luck at one of the “High Street” shopping precincts or the great markets like Portobello Road, Camden or Borough.
London’s multiculturalism enables you to find restaurants serving almost every nation’s cuisine, with Indian being the most famous. Eating out also varies widely from fish and chips at the local chipper to Michelin hatted fine dining and everything in between.
Getting around is easy on the extensive London Underground but you can see more on a bus. Either way make sure you get an Oyster Card to save yourself on fares.
If you have time London is also ideally located for day trips to nearby locations such as Oxford, Cambridge, Bath and Brighton.
London’s winters are long and cold so try to time your visit for spring or autumn. In summer you can also take advantage of the extra long daylight hours.
So whatever your passion London is sure to have myriad things to quench that particular thirst.