The capital of the United Kingdom and England is the UK's most populous city with nearly 15 million inhabitants and over 300 languages spoken. Gracing the banks of the River Thames, London has a history reaching back over two thousand years to the time of the ancient Romans, who called it Landinium. Now thought to be the most visited city in the world, the city is home to the busiest airport system (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports) and Europe's largest concentration of degree-rewarding educational facilities, including the highly prestigious Oxford University and the University of Cambridge.
When to visit
It’s always time to visit London. If you are trying to avoid bad weather then we would recommend you to go in the summer. You can enjoy the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in June and the Notting Hill Carnival in August. Officiated by West Indian community members, this festival is one of the largest and most lavish street festivals in Europe and possibly in the world.
If you are not afraid of a bit of rain then come in the fall, that’s when the Trafalgar Day Parade takes place. Every January 1st, London throws its New Year's Day Parade, complete with a magnificent fireworks display set off on the south bank of the River Thames at the London Eye (also called the Millennial), the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.
London has a temperate "Oceanic" climate that gives the city pleasantly warm summers and cool winters. Summer temperatures average a balmy 74.2 F (23 C). Winter temperatures in London average about 41 F (5 C). Rarely do Londoners experience heavy frost or snow but it does happen on occasion.
No matter your reason for visiting, London has something for everyone. Shopaholics will either find their happiness on Oxford High Street at Harrods or for a more bazaar-like atmosphere at one of the open-air markets such as Portobello Road Market and Camden Market. Families will enjoy the London Zoo and the many city parks including Regent's Park and Kensington Gardens. Additionally, Shakespeare fans can take in a show at the Globe Theatre, one of London's main attractions and the most well-known theater.
While the British Museum holds Egyptian mummies, Parthenon sculptures and the famous Rosetta Stone, you can catch a glimpse of master's works--from Botticelli and Da Vinci to Renoir and Van Gogh at London's National Gallery. Every day at 11:30 AM, the Queen's Guard changes at Buckingham Palace, a ceremonial ritual lasting about 45 minutes. However, be aware that when it is pouring rain, they don't make a guard stand outside the palace. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is a must-see when visiting London. Where else could you see a lifelike wax statue of Shakespeare and Lady Gaga under the same roof?
Tips & Recommendations
• Leave a tip amounting to 10 and 15 percent of the bill when dining out. Tipping is not required in London pubs.
• Save a lot of pounds on taxi fare by taking the Tube around the city.
• The slang term for pounds is "quid".
• If you order "fish and chips", you'll get fried cod and American-style French fries. Order "bangers and mash" and you'll get a plateful of mashed potatoes and sausage.
The 3-star Queensway Hotel offers a delightful balance of value and service. A short distance from Madame Tussaud, and easily accessible by foot from Paddington. Hyde Park isn't far from here and it's a must-see!
Oxford Hotel has 3 stars. This is a great location for quick and easy access to Hyde Park. You'll be a short distance from Paddington, Bayswater and Marylebone. Natural History Museum is located within walking distance of this property. Conferences and other events at Kensington Town Hall draw many visitors to this location.
Looking for something that's a cut above? You'll find it at 4-star Fox Apartments Hotel. The number of rooms is low, the quality of personal service is high. London City Airport is the nearest airport. The O2 Arena is a popular place to visit when staying in London. Here for business? The ExCeL Exhibition Centre is nearby.
The modest-sized Earls Court Studios offers intimate spaces and comfy rooms. 2-star rooms are a good value here. This location provides easy access to popular attractions such as Earls Court and Natural History Museum. Situated near Earls Court Exhibition Centre, this property is ideal for business and vacation travelers.
The Montcalm London City at The Brewery gives you lots of choices, thanks to the extensive selection of rooms. Rated 5-stars so be prepared for a sublime experience. Here, you'll find Clerkenwell and Hatton Garden as well as Petticoat Lane, all just a short distance away. Saint Paul's Cathedral is well worth a visit during your stay in London. One of the London monuments close to this establishment is Monument of London, which is 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from here. The major local venue, The Brewery is close by.
Chelsea Cloisters is a large property in London. Book a comfy 3-star room here. Nearby, Victoria Station is a good public transportation option. Landmarks near this property are Chelsea, South Kensington and Knightsbridge. Hyde Park is within easy walking distance, as are Buckingham Palace and St James Park. Natural History Museum is a must-see London museum.
MB Hotels is a small, intimate property where you'll enjoy personalized attention. Offering 2-star rooms, this is a great option for good quality at a low price. Golders Green is one of the London landmarks you may wish to visit.
Outstanding The Harrison enjoys a 3-star rating. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. A practical option, as King's Cross Station can be easily reached from the property. British Library is an interesting attraction just a stroll from here. This is a great location for walking to landmarks such as St Pancras, Kings Cross and Bloomsbury. Nearby Congress Centre West End is a popular place for conferences and banquets.
If you prefer a small, intimate accommodations, St Christopher's Oasis, London Bridge - Hostel is a good choice. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). Transportation is available at nearby Liverpool Street Station. This is a good location from which to visit Monument of London, just 0.7 km (0.4 miles) away. Cultural options in the vicinity include Tate Modern and Design Museum. This location offers easy access to The Brewery, a popular conference and events arena.
For a small, friendly experience, Mar dos Anjos Central Hostel offers no more than 20 rooms. Here, great value for the money means you'll have more to spend on sightseeing, dining and other travel priorities.
The affordable 2-star The Pride of Paddington - Hostel offers value for your budget. This is a great location for quick and easy access to Hyde Park. Staying here puts you within easy access of Paddington, Bayswater and Marylebone. An interesting museum 2.0 km (1.2 miles) away is Madame Tussaud. Offering direct access to Kensington Town Hall, this accommodation is an excellent choice for conference attendees.
The friendly PubLove @ The Steam Engine - Hostel offers cozy and welcoming accommodations. Here, great value for the money means you'll have more to spend on sightseeing, dining and other travel priorities. Waterloo station is close by. The popular London Eye, Parliament And Big Ben and Trafalgar Square are easy to reach from this location. Landmarks near this property are Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark. Inspiring Westminster Abbey is located nearby.
The modest-sized Apple House Guest House Heathrow Airport offers attentive service. If you're looking for an affordable rate, 2-star rooms are available here. Heathrow Airport is a great option in this case.