London Travel Guide

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London

Introduction and Overview

The London Travel Guide outlines local attractions, places of interest and includes useful tourist information for visitors. The area guide includes travel information on local London events, nightlife, entertainment, accommodation and more giving an insight in to one of the most famous cities in the world.

London is also one of the most cosmopolitan places on earth, with many different nationalities and languages spoken in the capital.

The city is the largest in England and the UK, home to over 8 million people; it is regarded as an 'global city' and is at the forefront of global culture, fashion, trade, banking, finance and music.

The various areas and districts that make up London offer something for everyone. There are many different aspects to London from the exclusive Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Notting Hill to bohemian quirky Camden, there is fashionable Islington in the north and dynamic Clapham to the south.

Visitors have a huge range of attractions to choose from; our guide highlights a number of top visitor attractions and provides useful tourist information and tips.

Central London is teeming with some of the world’s best known districts; Piccadilly, Covent Garden, Soho, Mayfair and Westminster are all relatively close together. The preferred way many tourists see these areas are by foot using the underground network that connects all of these areas.

London Shopping offers shoppers a huge choice like few other cities, there is Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Bond Street and many others.

Among London's many famous districts are Westminster is home to the seat of government and a number of notable historical sites including the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Other attractions include Big Ben, the Horse Guards Parade and Downing Street - the home of the prime minister. Buckingham Palace is also in the area, one of the official residences of the queen, there are tours available for visitors to see inside the palace.

Covent Garden is one of the major shopping and entertainment areas in London; visitors will find shops, stalls, markets and theatres in the area.

Soho is well known for its variety and range of cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs and has established itself as London's Gay Village.

The Leicester Square area includes Leicester Square, famous Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Piccadilly Circus and is established as the home of London cinema and includes a number of theatres.

The South Bank area is located on the southern side of the River Thames from Blackfriars Bridge in the east to Westminster Bridge in the west; the area is home to a number of theatres and arts venues.

The area is home to the National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery and the London Eyeone of the best loved and most popular attractions in London.

There is the fashionable Carnaby Street that came to symbolise the swinging sixties. There are a range of markets in London ranging from well known ones such as Portobello Road and Covent Garden Market to smaller markets offering visitors with plenty of choice and the chance to pick up a bargain.

The City of London square mile area is the centre of the financial institutions based in London. There is an extraordinary concentration of banks from around the world, insurance firms and financial institutions of all descriptions.

Many people from all over the UK and the world flock to the square mile each year in search of work opportunities and to make their fortune.

The West End is seen by many as the heartbeat of London, there is plenty to see and do. If you like shopping there are a choice of shops, department stores and boutiques in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street. There are also many bars, restaurants and theatres to visit.

Theatreland in London is found around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and the West End, well known theatre streets include Shaftsbury Avenue and Drury Lane. Visitors can see a wide range of theatre productions including some of the best known musicals, dramas, comedies, dances, operas, concerts and more.

The theatre scene in London has long been established attracting visitors from across the world; productions suit most tastes, good value tickets can sometimes be obtained on the day if you can be flexible on timings.

London has a number of parks that vary in size from compact to large; many of the larger parks started out in royal estates and hunting grounds.

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are both located in central London and both offer scenic green spaces in the heart of the city, the parks are popular with walkers, joggers, families and provide a great place to enjoy a stroll and a picnic.

Regent's Park is one of the best known and loved parks in the capital located to the north of central London; visitors can enjoy the open green space providing a great place for a walk and picnic. The park is also home to London Zoo; that includes one of the largest collection of animals in the UK.

Other parks and green spaces include Hampstead Heath in north central London known for its inspiring views from the Parliament Hill area. Richmond Park located to the west of central London provides a large and scenic green space and is well known for its deer population and is a firm favourite among cyclists.

London has its fair share of outstanding museums and art galleries; some museums have free entry others charge a fee. Among the best known museums are the British Museum, Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.

Art Galleries include the renowned Tate Britain, Tate Modern and National Portrait Gallery; a visit to the various museums and art galleries offers visitors a cost effective, enjoyable and informative day out for the whole family.

With its rich culture, history and standing as a great world city, London has plenty to offer visitors with a diverse range of attractions and places of interest that will appeal to all tastes.

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