London is a great city to visit with a wide range of things to do, world-famous attractions, a stunning urban landscape and famous old traditions.
There are many reasons to visit London. Of course, it’s a city that’s packed full of sights that are known the world over – think Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London for example. London also has many free attractions in which you can spend many hours expanding your knowledge, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Tate Modern.
There are also many little-known gems to uncover – have you heard of the Anaesthesia Museum or the Estorick Collection for instance?
If you want to get away from the crowds, London has many parks and open spaces that make great places for a stroll or to find a quiet spot in which to relax.
If you’re a shopaholic, or just want to pick up one or two items, London has shopping options to suit all tastes and pockets. If you want luxury, head to places like Bond Street. Oxford Street is home to many major stores selling all kinds of items including clothes, shoes and homeware. London also has several world-famous department stores like Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty. If you like to browse markets, try Portobello Road, Camden, Greenwich or Brick Lane for example. Of course, there are also the ubiquitous souvenir shops and stalls if you want models of red buses, street signs and black taxis to take home as gifts.
London is a world city, so you’re sure to find whatever cuisine you want – whether it’s Chinese, Italian, Nepalese, Argentinean, Japanese, and Turkish – or good old-fashioned English pub grub. Why not take tea at the Ritz, a dinner cruise along the Thames, or a picnic in the park? Also, whatever kind of night out you’re planning, London is the ideal place, with theatres, bars, nightclubs, cinemas, casinos, pubs, music venues and much more on offer throughout the city.
There is a wide range of hotels in London. Whether you’re looking for a budget hostel or B&B, boutique hotel or a 5 star boutique hotel, there are plenty to choose from throughout the city.
Of course, you’ll need to get from A to B. Despite London’s huge size, getting around the city by public transport is easy. There’s an extensive subway system (the Tube), an overground rail network, frequent buses serving the whole city and plenty of licensed taxis, while riverboat services link destinations along the Thames. You can also hire bicycles from automated stands throughout central London. Getting to and from London’s airports is also easy, with rail services linking them to the centre of the city.