CITY GUIDE TO LONDON
London is a colossal city in both size and stature. Whilst home to a wealth of history and mindful of age-old tradition, London also remains a world-leader in commerce, politics and culture and is home to globally recognized landmarks, old and new, around every corner. Sharing a language with the USA and a continent with Europe, London takes influences from both and the result is a global-city with a buzz like no other.
London remains an international showcase for England's love-affair with tradition and pageantry. At the centre of the British Monarchy throughout the ages, London is home to a number of exquisite historic Royal Palaces including Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court palace. Pomp and ceremony are celebrated frequently whether it be at the daily "Changing of the Guard" to the wandering Beefeater's at the Tower of London or most recently (Apr 2011) at Westminster Abbey for the glorious wedding event of William Prince of Wales and Kate Middleton now Duchess of Cambridge.
PLACES TO EXPLORE
- Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court palace
- Westminster Abbey
- Tower of London
- Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
- Cabinet War Rooms
- The West End
- National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern
- Oxford Street, Knightsbridge and Portobello Road
- London Eye and The Shard
Surrounding Westminster Abbey is London's political quarter, instantly recognizable from the intricate clock-tower of one of London's most prominent symbols in Big Ben. From here you'll see the orderly streets of Westminster, Whitehall and Downing Street whilst tucked away you'll uncover the intriguing Cabinet War Rooms museum where Churchill's plight in World War II comes to life.
London is always at the very forefront of British (and international) culture. With a truly multicultural make-up there is a bar, cafe or restaurant for every taste. The West End is home to a vibrant nightlife and London's renowned theatre district where you can catch international stars in big-name shows. There are literally dozens of world-class museums and galleries with something for every flavour, from the Victoria and Albert Museum, to the British Museum, to the Tate Modern Gallery and Shakespeare's Globe exhibition. There is an array of cultural events to be enjoyed whether it's a music gig at the renowned o2 arena, the stunning Chelsea Flower Show or the exotic celebrations of the Notting Hill Carnival.
London is a sporting city like no other, home to a number of England's beloved football (or soccer) clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and the national Stadium at Wembley. However it doesn't end at football, with international Cricket at Lords or the Oval, the annual London Marathon and the world's most prestigious tennis event at Wimbledon. Not to mention London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Trafalgar Square, London, England
Commercially, London has more to offer than any other city in the UK. In the plush districts of Kensington and Knightsbridge you'll find big brands, such as Harrods Department Store, rub shoulders with independent boutiques whilst Oxford Street is home to myriad of high-street names and international labels. For a more informal shopping experience Covent Garden offers gifts and knick-knacks alongside creative street entertainment whilst a visit to one of London's famous street markets, such as Camden Market and Portabello Road is a "must" for a true taste of London.
In London every location is a destination in itself. A boat cruise on the river Thames or a gentle stroll around the Princess Diana Memorial in Hyde Park, admiring the flowers of Kew Gardens or enjoying a peaceful viewing of St Pauls Cathedral are all equally as rewarding as experiencing the buzz of Soho, the bustle surrounding Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, the electric atmosphere around the statue of Eros on Picadilly or seeing the glorious London skyline from the top of the London Eye.
Whether it's iconic sites and historic landmarks, the pomp and pageantry of English tradition, the modern world of politics, culture and sport or simply to soak up the sights and sounds of a city with a life of its own, to experience London is to experience every aspect of English life and will make a highlight for any trip to England.
Comprising the nations of England, Scotland and Wales, Great Britain is a land of rich history, diverse cultures and glorious vistas just waiting to be discovered. Together these three countries and their peoples combine to create an unforgettable visitor destination which should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
Enchanting Scotland, a vast natural wilderness and a unique heritage waiting to be discovered. Whether you visit Scotland for the historic city-life, to enjoy her glorious Highland panoramas or simply to soak-up an utterly unique culture and heritage, your experience will be truly unforgettable.
Undiscovered Wales, an ancient Celtic culture and stunning panoramas in abundance. To hear the sing-song of the Welsh language, to uncover an ancient celtic culture, to travel from the peaks of Snowdonia to the Cliffs of Pembroke to the galleries of Cardiff, touring Wales is the ultimate journey of discovery.
Eccentric England, humming with history, heritage, pageantry, pomp and tradition. England is a place to sit back and enjoy quirky hospitality and past-times, to see first-hand a host of world-famous sites, to uncover hidden gems, to soak up glorious history and a place in which to simply indulge in the great outdoors.
South East England
Home to cathedral cities, coastal towns and some of England's most famous Castles, the unique history of the south east should be experienced on any tour of England. The south east of England shows off this great nation at its most traditional; mellow, pastoral landscapes are dotted with royal palaces, ancient castles and quintessential English townships.
With its historic and modern connections with British culture and Monarchy, a visit to London is incomplete without a visit to Westminster Abbey.
Home to cobbled streets, medieval architecture and the "dreaming spires" of one of the world's most renowned universities, Oxford is a gem waiting to be discovered.
The Cotswolds not only offer a quintessential view of England for those passing through but also some real treasures to revel in for those delving beneath the surface and spending longer to enjoy this unique region.
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