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"London: The heritage of England"

London Tourism

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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Currency in London

The pound is the basic unit of currency in England. Pennies are also used here and it stands for the plural term of pence. 100 pence makes one pound. Currency in England is more of coins and less of notes as there are coins of even 5 pounds. The pound is generally referred to as a "quid".

Shopping in London

London is one of those places where you can get almost anything that you want to. It is a paradise for the shoppers. The classiest and most exclusive stores of the world are present here like the Harrods in Knightsbridge and Covent Garden. There are popular areas like Kensington where you can get some antique goods. A whole range of fashion design boutiques can be found in Knightsbridge. Oxford Street also attracts a lot of shoppers from around the world. Street markets are pretty common in London and one must surely visit the Camden Markets.

Nightlife in London

London is home to lot of bars, pubs and nightclubs. It is an expensive place to drink and it would cost much more than other places in UK. You can get idea of the recent happenings of the nightclubs in London through an online city guide View London as well as a weekly magazine Time Out. Notable bars include Artesian Bar, Ye Olde Chesire Cheese, Drink Shop Do and The Camberwell Arms. The area around Mayfair and Leicester Square have a lot of nightclubs.

History of London

The Romans conquered England in 43 BC and named it as Londomium. The landscape of London was quite similar to one of those quintessential Roman colonies. The two main streets of the city intersected at the basilica and that is exactly the place where the Bank of England stands now. The Romans abandoned the empire and the Saxons entered around 5th century AD. London's population was blooming and various unique neighbourhoods were laid out. England was blended with France for the Norman conquest of 1066. London then emerged as the national capital of commerce especially for trading wool with other countries like Denmark. London also became a major religious centre during the 13th century . The city has survived numerous natural disasters and crisis situations. There was a great plague of 1665, followed by a great fire. London grew during the Edwardian and Victorian days during 1840 and 1914. London has experienced social, cultural as well as youth revolutions and evolved as one of the biggest cities in the world as it is now.

Language of London

The common language spoken here is English.

London Customs

London is a cosmopolitan city and there is no special dress code. You can wear anything in which you are comfortable. Local residents are quite impressed with good manners. Make sure to greet the shopkeeper or hold the doors while you enter or leave the premises. Say thank you, if any one helps you in a task. Leaving tips in the restaurants and pubs is not common as most of the restaurants have their tips included in the bill.

Religion of London

Most people in London follow Christianity whereas a lot of people among them follow no religion.

Daily Budget for London

London can be considered as one of the most expensive cities in the world, but if one can manage a budget accommodation, it is the cost of the attractions and the food that one needs to worry about. The average daily budget can be estimated to be GBP 85 where GBP 25 is spent for food, GBP 15 for attractions (one paid attraction and other free museums) and GBP 45 for travelling.

Exchanging Money in London

The rate of exchange of money will be varying as one travels and in major tourism areas, one can find traders who specialise in converting currency including American Dollars and Euro into British Pounds. The best option is exchanging cash at a bank or using an ATM for this. ATMs are pretty common in London and one can use their debit or credit card to withdraw cash in pounds from any ATM.

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What is the local food in London?

In such a huge city like London, finding the prefect place to eat is a difficult thing. There are just so many options for a person to choose from. Thousands of options are available for food lovers ranging from posh restaurants to fast food joints. London has so many options that it caters to people of all tastes and budgets. In London, the chefs combine the traditional English approach of cooking with the modern multiculturalism to create a unique cuisine. For breakfasts, one can go to some English Pub for a classic English Breakfast which includes bacon, eggs, sausages, and some beverage. Other major food items that one should definitely try are fish and chips, Sunday roast and Yorkshire pudding, Eton Mess, Pie and Mash and many others. London is filled with pubs where people can go to drink or have a bar meal.
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How much does a package cost for London?

The packages for London start at INR 27993 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top hotels in London?

There are 9200 in London which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in London are Veeve - Four Bedroom House in Hackney, The Rubens at the Palace Apartments, London House, Putney., Blades Court, Avant Garde Penthouse, Apartment Cheshire.11. You can see all the hotels in London here

What are the things to do in London?

The top things to do in London are Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Eye, Westminster Abbey , Tower Bridge , British Museum. You can see all the places to visit in London here

What are the places near London?

The top places near to London are Bath which is 155 km from London, Liverpool which is located 286 km from London, Manchester which is located 262 km from London, York which is located 280 km from London, Blackpool which is located 323 km from London

What is the best time to visit London?

The best time to visit London are the summers and late spring as the winters are freezing here. The holiday season during the winters in December is another favourite time of the year where London is most crowded. Snow is not very common here, though it occasionally happens during the New Year time. Early spring and autumn can be put as the shoulder season, yet unlike other tourist destinations, this season also welcomes a swell of tourists. July and August attract the maximum number of visitors because of their comfortable climate. There is a lot to do in these months; April holds the London Coffee Festival while one can visit the Museums at Night Festival in Mid May. Finally, the months of January and February where the temperatures dip considerably can be accounted as the least attractive time to visit the city. The airfares to London are a bit cheaper during the winter months apart from the New year time. The temperatures do fluctuate according to seasons, however, what remains constant are the rains. London is prone to storms almost any time of the year and hence while visiting London always carry an umbrella.
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Ushni Dasgupta

4 years ago
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 Be (Read More)ef Eater's tour around the castle. My favourite attraction at London was, however, the British Museum! Evenings at Trafalgar Square are magical!

Kovid Kapoor

on Natural History Museum 4 years ago
This is an amazing museum with some brilliant exhibits. The curation of the museum is simply outstanding, specially in the dinosaur and mammals section, where you get to see many recollected bones of (Read More) huge creatures. Great place to spend time on a rainy day, or after a walk in the Hyde Park.

Kovid Kapoor

on Natural History Museum 4 years ago
This is an amazing museum with some brilliant exhibits. The curation of the museum is simply outstanding, specially in the dinosaur and mammals section, where you get to see many recollected bones of (Read More) huge creatures. Great place to spend time on a rainy day, or after a walk in the Hyde Park.
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