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4.8 / 5 43 votes

Country rank: 1 out of 8 Places To Visit In England

Sub-Region: South Eastern part of the island of Great Britain


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Ideal duration: 3-5 days

Best time: April- September (Read More)

Nearest Airport: London (Check Flights)

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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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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.

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".

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.

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.

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

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.

The common language spoken here is English.

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.

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.

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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3 months ago by Ushni Dasgupta

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!

4 months ago by Joysurjya Hagjer

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.

5 months ago by Taniya Batra

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.

5 months ago by Pranjali Kureel

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!

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