London at a Glance
Think of London and your imagination sparks with images of bright red double-decker buses, the iconic Big Ben, the uber-modern London Eye and of course everyone's new favourite couple, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. But did you also know that London is equally famous for its unique blend of world cultures that mesh together bringing the city to life 24 hours a day? As the largest city in England, the United Kingdom, Western Europe and the European Union, London is widely considered a global capital of fashion, finance, politics and trade and one of the best bases for European exploration.
Not to be Missed With World Heritage sites, 200+ museums, lush green spaces, first-class theatre and renowned shopping and nightlife, there is never a dull moment in this bustling city. Whether you have a day to sample the city or a week to dive into its culture and history, these are some of the top rated sights.
- The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey.
- The Crown Jewels and the Tower of London.
- Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market, the world’s largest antiques market.
- Shopping (or window shopping) on Oxford Street.
- Trafalgar Square.
- Tate Modern, overlooking the Thames.
- The London Eye, the world’s third largest observation wheel.
- Big Ben.
- Hyde Park and its famous Speakers’ Corner where on any given Sunday morning anyone with an opinion and anyone who wants to listen gather.
- The restaurants and pubs surrounding the Piccadilly Circus area.
Uniquely London For something truly different visit the Greenwich Meridian Line. Also known as the Prime Meridian, this line is the Zero Line of Longitude passing through the Royal Botanical in Greenwich. An imaginary line that runs the distance from the North Pole to the South Pole it was established by Sir George Airy in 1851.
Good to know about London You know about Marseille’s unique cultural influences, now let’s talk about the practical details:
- Climate: London enjoys a temperate marine climate and rarely sees drastic temperature highs and lows. Summers are enjoyable with an average temperature of 23°C while winters are chilly, averaging 10°C most days.
- City Transportation: London is home to one of the most comprehensive public transit systems in the world. The city is easily navigated through an affordable system of underground lines, buses, railways and boats. While they’ll cost you a little more, London’s famous black cabs can be hailed on any street corner.
- Accommodation: No matter what your budget and travel style, London offers an accommodation type that will suit you. See London Hotels for more information.
- Eating Out: Of course the first thing that comes to mind is traditional English fare served at the local Pub, but London also offers a terrific variety of ethnic restaurants including many superb Indian and Pakistani eateries.
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