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London, the capital city of England
London, the capital city of England
London, the capital city of England, stands as one the world’s most important cities and tourist destinations in the world. The city is crossed by the Thames River. With more than 7 million inhabitants, an extensive underground system, residents from the four corners of the globe speaking a total of over 300 languages and representing all the world’s religions, London is a truly diverse city and a global metropolis. This fascinating cultural melting pot is something which Londoners take pride in. London buzzes night and day with an unforgettable energy, and each area of the city has its own distinct atmosphere. With several iconic landmarks dispersed in all parts of the city, the best way is to start from the centre. Travellers can easily reach continental Europe thanks to the Eurostar. London to Paris takes just 2h15.
London’s heart known as the City of London or simply the City is its commercial and financial heart. Top financial institutions have their headquarters there. The centre of London is an area which also has a dense concentration of landmarks, theatres, museums, nightspots and famous shopping areas like Covent Garden, Carnaby Street and Oxford Street. Starting out from there, you will discover the famous Big Ben Tower, the Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Tower Bridge and other wonders which are short distance from each other.
When in the City, visit the Tower of London. Its foundation was laid in 1078 when William the Conqueror ordered the White Tower to be built. This was done to protect London from invaders and the Normans from the people of the City of London. The other main attraction within the City is the St Paul’s Cathedral, built between 1675 and 1710.
In North London, you will discover a multicultural and vibrant region, which is steeped in history and renowned for its culture. Areas of interest include Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill with their huge green spaces, fabulous views and village feel, characterful Camden with its eclectic market and live music scene, and Green Lanes, where you can enjoy Turkish, Greek and Kurdish food. Football fans can head to Arsenal to take a tour of the famous Emirates stadium.
The South is appreciated for its array of open spaces such as Clapham Common, the World Heritage Site at Greenwich and riverside Richmond. It’s popular for sporting attractions such as the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and cricket at The Kia Oval. It offers wonderful opportunities to escape from the hustle and bustle, from the village atmosphere of Barnes to historic stately homes and palaces such as Ham House and Hampton Court.
The East now claims its place with the London 2012 and one of the biggest and most modern shopping centres in the world. West London is remarkable for its leafy squares, fascinating museums and vibrant street markets. Here you will find upmarket Kensington and Chelsea, the peaceful streets and canals of Maida Vale, Hammersmith, which is home to some great riverside pubs, and the vibrant, multicultural communities of Shepherd’s Bush and Southall.
London is the mecca of global gastronomy. From European, Californian to Indian, Vietnamese, Pakistanis, Thai or Chinese food, everything is there! If you are an fan of Asian cuisine head to South London to Southall, Wembley (Ealing Road) or Tooting.
London has something for every taste. For fashion shops and boutiques head to Sloane Street. Marks and Spencer is located in Oxford Street. Marble Arch is home to Virgin, HMV, H&M, Top Shop, Borders, Next, Gap and Muji. Burberry, Aquascutum,Church’s,80 Jaeger, Country Casuals, Dickins and Jones and Hamleys are all located in Regent Street. Covent Garden is the place to go to find oriental handcrafts and food.
1 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5HE
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The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.
Getting to and from London
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Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in London can be found.
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