London Travel Guide
London is the largest city of Europe and has a population of just less than eight million. Being the capital of UK, you would be surprised to know that around two hundred languages are spoken within its confines and more than 25% of people living there are first, second, and third-generation immigrants.
Being the most visited city in and around Europe, there is always a bustle of activity around the city and sometimes it seems crowded and more trafficked than expected.
The tourists enjoy the time greatly from the city’s quiet Georgian squares, the narrow alleyways, the riverside walks, and the quirks of what is still identifiably a collection of villages.
Shopping in London is expensive but at the same time is very much exciting, for, it offer world class products and the most advanced technology based services that are seen hardly anywhere else.
There is perhaps nothing that London can’t offer to you and make itself one of the prime tourist spots all over the world. And no wonder that tourists, from around the globe, choose this city as their destination!
The main attractions of London are confined mostly to Central London: theatres and restaurants, and most places within this area are in walking distance of each other.
The famous River Thames divides the city into northern and southern halves, with Central London described as being within the loop of the Underground’s Circle Line to the north bank of the river. The city is also divided into boroughs, which are individually run by councils.
There are 32 London boroughs plus the City of London.
Every area of London has something different to offer for the tourists: whether it’s tourist attractions, open space, cuisine, nightlife, or simply the atmosphere and weather.
Western part of London is renowned for its expensive areas such as Kensington and Belgravia.
In the Northern part of the city, inner-city suburbs like Islington and Camden Town are located and it has a lively social scene.
East London is an area of great diversity, for, it has mixed culture like Bengali Brick Lane, modern Shoreditch, and the advanced Docklands area encompassing Canary Wharf.
And if you are a person interested in culture and history, South London will catch your eyes and mind. It has a vibrant multi-cultural atmosphere. You will find many attractions and events that are organized in this part of the city for your enjoyment.
London has a temperate climate. The weather is not of extreme nature and therefore, you can enjoy your visit here during the whole year. The summers are warm but seldom hot; winters are cool but rarely severe; regular but generally light precipitation throughout the year is what they depict about the weather of the city.
The temperature during summer rarely rises much above 33?C, though higher temperatures have become more common recently due to global warmings.
Snow has generally only settled once or twice in recent years, and it is not more than an inch or so.
It is clear that you can plan your visit here during any time of the whole year, but of course, your health conditions should suit such temperate conditions, which generally are not much of problems to many!
Arriving in London is easy and quick, for, you can opt to come here by air and by rail from some adjacent past of England. Being one the most visited cities in the world, London is served by four major airports and there are regular international and domestic flights that you can book.
However, when you arrive in London, it is somewhat confusing and moving around London is not that easy. The transportation in London is becoming terribly difficult and you will know in one day only that you can not afford running your personal vehicle here!
There are three main modes of public transport in London:
* Taxi cab
Underground transportation is one of the busiest ways to travel around London, and during morning and evening, there is a great rush for the trains that serve between key points of the city. Understanding the trains and the routes of the trains is easy, as there are diagrammatic sketches of rail lines depicted with different colors and that let you know almost everything about this method of conveyance. Due to the latest bombings on London’s underground trains, I would suggest to tourists with a good budget to make use of taxis and ignore all kinds of other public transportations.
London is famous for its double Decker buses and, of course, these are a good way to see the capital. There are many companies who offer sightseeing with these double Decker buses and this is a good idea if you want to enjoy the ride and enjoying your time in open air of the buses.
The black cab, which is another famous feature of London, now comes in a multitude of colours. The main advantage of a using a cab is that the drivers will endeavor to bypass traffic jams, and, if you are in a hurry and tell them so, they will do there best to get you to your destination on time. But of course they are quite expensive and if you do not want to spend a good budget on your travelling, this is not the method for your transportation!
Places of Attraction
There are many places in London that you can visit and enjoy the time. From historical monument and royal buildings, the city offers rich green parks and other amusement activities for the whole family and friends.
House of Parliament
This one of the most famous buildings and attractions of the city: the Palace of Westminster, with Victoria tower at the left, and the clock tower, Big Ben in the right, is the home to the House of Parliament. Must see for the visitors and perhaps the most visited area of the city!
The London Aquarium features hundreds of varieties of fish and sea-life from around the world. It is one of the largest of its kind within Europe and majestically combines relaxation, entertainment and education for family and friends and especially for children.
This palace, again, is one of the most sought after place. Visitors may tour the State Rooms including the Throne Room, Picture Gallery and State Dining Room. The place is a marvel in its kind and is the symbol of British majesty and grandeur!
London Zoo is one of the world’s most famous zoos and is home to over 12,000 animals. Take a walk on the wild side at London Zoo and get close to some of the world’s most fascinating animals, from African Lions and Sloth Bears to giant Seychelles Millipedes.
Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum
Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum is the world famous collection of wax figures of famous people. You can get close here with life size figures of world-renowned people.
London’s major attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, St. James Park and Westminster Abbey are located within 1.5 miles of the hotel. With its magnificent Baroque staircase, beautiful bedrooms and a choice of restaurants renowned for their international cuisine, the St. Ermin’s is a special hotel.