London City – Welcome to World’s Historical City
The capital and most populous city in United Kingdom, London City is set on River Thames and is among the most historical cities in the world. Ranked as a global city, London is the center of UK’s arts, education, commerce, fashion, media, healthcare, finance and tourism. World’s cultural capital, the city is also the most visited city in the world in terms of international arrival. It was the first city in the world to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games three times. The city houses four world heritage attractions along with many other noted sightseeing places. London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. At an elevation of 35 meters above sea level, London is home to 8,630,000 people who live and prosper here. English is the official language spoken by maximum number of people.
All flights coming to London land at the Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton or London City Airports, all of which serve the London City. Having a temperate oceanic type of climate, the climate of London is very similar to that of Southern Britain. Though the city is often tagged as a rainy city, it receives very less precipitation. Summer months from June till September are generally warm with temperatures not exceeding 24 °C. Winter months from November till March are cool and damp with occasional snowfall. Spring and autumn season last for a very short span of time and are pleasant; making them the best months to visit the city. However, the prices of hotels are very high during these months. The Lord Mayor's Show in November, Oxford Cambridge Boat Race in March/April, Virgin London Marathon in April, Museums at Night in May, Guy Fawkes' Night in November, London Parade on 1st January, Great Spitalfields Pancake Race in February, Wimbledon Championships in June-July, London Fashion Week in February and City of London Festival in June or July are the major festivals celebrated here.
Start your London tour from the Buckingham Palace, which is the landmark attraction of London. The change of Royal Guard at the gates of the Palace is worth witnessing. A city which is full of culture and history; there are end number of museums that one can explore here like the Madam Tussaud, the wax museum and the fantastic Natural History Museum. Tate Gallery, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, West End, Covent Garden the Tower of London, Big Ben are prime sightseeing spots in the city. Tower of London; Kew Gardens, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St Margaret's Church and historic settlement of Greenwich are the UNESCO approved world heritage attractions in London.
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The British Museum (housing world's finest collections of antiquities), Big Ben (97-meter tower housing the giant clock having the iconic Tower Bridge), Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey (historical church and preferred location for Royal Weddings), Hyde Park (London's largest open space), Churchill's War Rooms, London Eye, Hampton Court Palace, Victoria and Albert Museum, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, Tate Britain, London zoo, and Tate Modern are the most impressive attractions one should not miss on London holiday.
Eating and Shopping
A multi-cultural city, London does not have any typical cuisine and offers wide range of food options. While majority of the local prefer typical English cuisine, due to the diverse ethnic population that lives here, cuisine from all over the world can be enjoyed here. The Bangladeshi restaurants of Brick Lane and the Chinese food restaurants of Chinatown are very popular in London. Some of the most popular local food one should not miss in London is fish and chips, pub food, Kedgeree and Mulligatawny soup. Indian food is also very popular and there are numerous restaurants serving only Indian food. Drinking tea in afternoon is a popular culture in London and there are dedicated tea rooms where beverages and light meals are served. Three of the major hot drinks popular in England are tea, coffee, and chocolate. Beer is major part of meal and its popularity has continued to grow. Stout is a globally known style of beer indigenous to England. Wine often accompanies formal meals and different types of alcoholic drink are consumed widely. London is also very popular for its nightlife and there are many pubs and discos available.
London is among the fashion capital of the world and there are many high end boutiques, branded outlets and ritzy malls like Harrod’s where one can find everything from all over the world. For those on budget Dover Street Market, Carnaby Street and Bond Street are the most popular destinations. Some of the popular shopping items one should buy in London are antiques, vintage stuff, children’ clothing, children’s accessories, fashionable clothes, electronics, gourmet food items, chocolates and shoes.
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