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Country rank: 1 out of 8 Places To Visit In England
Sub-Region: South Eastern part of the island of Great Britain
Ideal duration: 3-5 days
Best time: April- September
Nearest Airport: London
Standing on the Thames River, London is the capital of England as well as the most populous city in Great Britain. The city is a confluence of the old and the new and is one of the most important tourist destinations in the entire world. It is a city with numerous attractions of all sorts including great architecture and heritage.
Founded by the Romans, the city of London has been a major settlement for the last two millennia. London is a leading global city and one of the most important ones in the field of art, commerce, entertainment, education, finance, fashion, healthcare, media, tourism and transport. London is made of two ancient cities which are now merged together to form the capital. The two cities are: The city of London and the City of Westminster. Together, they are known as Greater London. London attracts over 15.3 million international tourists in an year. The numerous attractions in the city like the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster's Abbey and Nelson's Column attract a large number of visitors. The Shard in London is the tallest building in the city. There are various museums and art galleries in London which preserve the heritage and culture of the immensely rich historic city. There are also several parks in the city for the tourists to stroll and relax.
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First of all, I must recommend travelling on the Tube and/or the double decker bus. I would recommend taking the Thames cruise for a view across the two banks. Get off at The Tower of London for a Beef Eater's tour around the castle. My favourite attraction at London was, however, the British Museum! Evenings at Trafalgar Square are magical!
Summer time in London, is probably the best time to visit. The weather is really nice with a bit of chilly winds in the evening on odd days. The mood of the people can be determined by the way they carry themselves and dress for the summer. Here, you can walk through history itself by visiting the various monuments, buildings and listening to stories from your guides about London's history. If history is not your cup of tea, then you can visit modern attractions like Madame Tussauds and the London Eye. The various parks around London are also popular sites to visit with Hyde Park being the biggest and most visited. In these parks you can come for picnics, strolls or to just to take a breather from the rush and it is worth every second you spend there. Be sure to at least book a stay for a week, to completely know London from the inside and out as this vast city has a to offer.
London is a vast city with a different attraction on every corner. The city is littered with grand museums of all kinds and is culturally rich. At least a week of stay in London is required to cover the main attractions. Oxford Street is the place to be for shopping in London. To reach and cover all these attractions taking tickets for the hop on hop off bus seems the most sensible. The bus has three different routes and is an extremely convenient form of transport. Aside from this the buses also come with an open top and commentary so you can enjoy the travel and learn more about each iconic place you pass.
I visited Hyde Park in the month of July which is just the perfect time to visit as the weather is just pleasant and hundreds of beautiful flowers adorn the gardens. I went there with a friend but realized that the place would be perfect if one wants to spend some quality time with their lover or go on a picnic with the family. The beauty of this park cannot be described in words. I clicked some of my best photographs here. Kensington Gardens, which were once a part of Hyde Park is a place I felt I could spend a lifetime sitting in. The large number of swans and ducks swimming in the lake and walking around in the peaceful atmosphere, in front of the Kensington Palace is something you wouldn't want to miss out on!