London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is the most populous city in the UK and a leading global city for tourism, business and media.
Visitors will be able to enjoy either short or lengthy stays in London, with the huge quantity of attractions such as the London Eye, Covent Garden and Tower Bridge just three of a long list.
Sightseeing is a prominent feature of visiting London, but to take the weight off your heat a diverse range of restaurants, coffee shops and cafes will offer dynamic London cuisine.
Depending on your budget, you will not struggle to find the right hotel for you, with the universal, advancing culture of London catering to the needs of visitors worldwide.
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One of the most diverse cities in the world, London is filled with stunning architecture, historic buildings, museums and other sights
Amongst the London icons include Tower Bridge, a spectacular sight built in the late Victorian era, whilst Westminster Abbey has crowned every King and Queen since 1066 and the Houses of Parliament is home to Big Ben, the third largest free-standing clock tower in the world.
The London Eye is a beautiful experience at day or night, with the giant ferris wheel offering views over London from 443 feet in the air.
Visitors seeking some of the finest museums in the UK will be satisfied at the British Museum and Natural History Museum, whilst the charms of the Covent Garden district and Madame Tussauds also provide distinctly memorable London days out.
English cuisine is a distinctive style, with bread and cheese amongst the foods with ancient origins. London classics include fish and chips, bangers and mash and toad in the hole, although London’s position as a top tourist destination means a host of influences have been embraced.
French food is prominent in London, with Le Gavroche the first London restaurant, and across the UK, to be awarded one, two and three Michelin stars.
The restaurant of celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, notably named Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has aimed to reinvent British dining in London with culinary surprises from Meat Fruit to Tipsy Cake.
Indian food is immensely popular in London and Benares Restaurant is often cited as one of London’s most important Indian establishments.
English is the main language spoken in London, but more than 100 languages are spoken in virtually every borough of London.
22% of London residents, taken from the 2011 Census, have another first language, whilst nearly 320,000 people living in London cannot speak English at a high level.
Polish is the second most common language in London, spoken by nearly 2% of London residents, whilst Bengali and Gujarati are also very common.
The pound sterling is the currency used in London. Whilst the UK is a member of the European Union, it has not adopted the Euro currency.
Money can be exchanged at a variety of establishments in London including post offices, train stations and bureaux de change offices, although it can be worth shopping around, time permitting, to ensure the best rates.
Being one of the premier tourist destinations of the world, there is no shortage of hotels in London.
For luxury, look no further than Hotel 41, a London boutique hotel that won the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2014 and features an exquisite décor and wonderful food.
Egerton House Hotel and The Milestone Hotel are other five-star accommodations, whilst those seeking a more budget stay are also equipped with several options.
Three-star Stylotel is a contemporary hotel at an affordable rate while Jesmond Hotel is ideally situated in a lovely area.
When to visit London?
Whatever the weather may be, the vibrancy, history and attractions of London can be enjoyed at all times of the year.
The summer is predominantly popular for London tourism, although spring time sees a warm climate with marginally less visitors – and subsequently queues – with precipitation also minimal compared to the other London seasons.
What to pack for London?
Summer can be quite hot and humid in London, although the risk of showers mean light clothing with a packed jacket will serve London visitors well.
Visiting London in winter will require bulky, warm clothing and a waterproof jacket, whilst excursions to upmarket restaurants will require smart suits and eloquent dresses. Given the amount of sights to see in London, water-resistant, comfortable shoes are also a must.