There's lots of small things you should know before coming to England and we try to tell you most of them. Tips on hotel accommodation, travel, areas of London, safety, traditions and much more....
London is the capital of Great Britain and the largest city in Europe - but at times it can be both rather un-British and even un-European. It's one of the world's most international cities - borrowing a bit from here, a piece from there, and changing almost daily. The influences blend to create something new and unique, so, wherever you arrive from, the city is in places warmly familiar, in others wonderfully different.
Nevertheless, London's landscape is steeped in British history and tradition. The classic sights of Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben could not be more English, and are a permanent symbol of England's former greatness. If any single thing epitomises London's character for both local and tourist alike, it's the tube, trains and red double-decker buses of its public transport system; the frenetic lifeblood that circulates three million people around the capital daily.
London is one of the world’s most remarkable and exciting cities. It has something to offer every type of traveller. This vibrant metropolis embraces the diverse cultures of its population, reflected through cuisine, shops, music and colourful festivals. London is the place where the historic past and the vibrant present come alive. A blend of history, groundbreaking architecture and culture has created an amazing and constantly evolving city. Not surprisingly the capital has become a Mecca for visitors and a great place to live.
London is a very accessible city; it has five international airports, an efficient road network and extensive Underground, train, bus, and taxi services. The city is famous for a wealth of history and culture. Home to Britain’s national art collections, the Royal family and a host of major attractions, London’s rich history, striking architecture and over 200 museums offer a unique cultural experience.
London has countless museums, galleries and entertainment options throughout the city. There has never been a better time to come and find out just how much London has to offer.
Despite a population of over seven million, more than 30% of London is made up of parks and green space, greater than any other city of its size in the world. This space provides the perfect opportunity for walks, relaxation or sporting activities. London also offers some of the best shopping opportunities in the world. From major department stores to designer boutiques and street markets - the choice is endless. As if that wasn’t enough, London is hard to beat when it comes to nightlife. There are huge numbers of restaurants, pubs, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs plus live music and comedy venues. So, at any time of day, whatever the weather, you’ll always find something extra special in London.
Tourist Map of Central London - Download and print:
Free Tourist Map - Click here
Free Stuff - London Events, PDF's, MP3 Walking Tours, Maps etc
Free Tourist Guide Downloads - click here
Tips on London
Top 5 Tourist Tips - Do's and Don'ts- click here
Before You Leave
Click here for a handy Pre-departure Check List
Planning your stay in London
Planning by lenght of stay - click here
Budgeting your stay in London
Costs, money, tipping, atm's etc
When to visit London
The tourist calandar - click here
Safety In London
A Police Guide to make your Vacation a Safe One - click here
Shopping in London
Free Guide to Shopping in London - click here
London for Kids
Child friendly attractions and fun things to do with your children - click here
Eating in London
Guide to Londons Eating Establishments - click here
Metric or Imperial ? How to cross the road and more useful advice
Helpful hints and tips for Visitors to London - click here
The History of the British Pub and Pub etiquette
See why we Londoners Love our Pubs - click here
Cockney Rhyming Slang - Have a Butchers!
Click here to Discover Londons 'other' langauage
The Difference Between UK and American English - Very Funny!
How the same words have different meanings
The History of London
From the Romans to the present day
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