short guide to LONDON
London - where to stay, what to see, what to do, how to get round.
At one time it was the largest city in
the world. Today, although exceeded by several megacities on different
continents, London remains a city that fascinates and attracts millions
of visitors each year. And for good reason. It is one of those great "
world cities " cosmopolitan centers that offer the visitor not just an
unparalleled choice of museums and monuments, but also an unforgettable
experience and a change of scenery . London is London , and no other
city in the world is like it.
Its attractions and places of interest
are countless and cater for all tastes and all ages; its shops - small
and large - are often unforgettable; its culture - theatres and museums
combined - in a class of its own..
►Tourism in London
Tourists visiting London are spoiled for choice. Depending on your
preference, you can choose between dozens of attractions, places,
shows, shows or strolls. Here is just a selection of some of the most
- Changing of the Guard at
Buckingham Palace. Every day at 11:30 from May to July,
otherwise every two days. However the ceremony does not take place if
it is raining heavily.
! Go to the top of the Shard
- Europe's tallest scyscraper
- The London Eye. On the South
Bank of the Thames, opposite Big Ben Big Ben. Get fabulous aerial views
of the river Thames, the Houses of Parliament, and the London skyline.
Ben and the Houses of Parliament -
These can be seen from the outside, right next to Westminster Abbey,
one of the finest and largest of Europe's great
medieval cathedrals, built in Norman times
- The Tower of London: a
medieval fortress, in very good condition, which has marked the history
of England. Historical collections and official jewels of the English
monarchy, "the Crown Jewels". Open daily.
Katherine's dock (historic boats) and Tower Bridge; just a
few hundred metres from the Tower. Free to visit.
London Dungeon: plunge into the world of medieval torturers!
On the south bank of the Thames, opposite the Tower.
Belfast: on the Thames, opposite the Tower. Visit a Royal
Navy warship that saw service during the Second World War.
Tussaud's: World-famous waxworks, where you will meet all
kinds of celebrities from today and yesterday; including stars,
historic characters, world leaders and even some notorious criminals.
British Music Experience
- the great interactive museum of
British popular music - pop, rock and the rest - located at
the O2 arena, Greenwich. The O2 arena can be reached by the London
cablecar, known as the Emirates Air Line, from near Canary Wharf.
Nearest station: Royal Victoria, on the Docklands Light Railway.
Park: the great area of parkland in the West End. Picnic on
the grass, or stroll under the trees to forget for a few minutes the
streets and traffic.
- St. Paul's Cathedral:
London's great neo-classical cathedral of the city, designed by the
great architect Sir Christopher Wren in the seventeenth century.
- London Zoo - in Regent's
park - one of Britain's top
zoos now a major player in world wildlife conservation.
- Clubs: London has many, big
and small. Clubbers will surely
already know where they want to go! But for others, try for instance
the Ministry of Sound at the Elephant & Castle.
- See also culture
below, for the main London museums, and more London pages:
London for Free,
transport in London, and Country walks near London.
of the paid-entry sites in the list above are included in the London Pass
, a single card giving
access to more than 50 major London attractions, including the Tower of
London, Thames cruises, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, the British Music
Experience, the London Bridge Experience., and more.
► Shopping in London For
more details visit Shopping in London
- Department stores Head to
the West End, and the streets of Regent
Street and Oxford
particular. You will find the most famous British department stores,
including Marks & Spencers, Debenhams, Liberty, Hamleys - the
oldest toy shop in the world - and other big British and international
- In the little streets nearby, discover small
specialist shops: Savile
Row, with its famous tailors and
Street with its hip trendy boutiques. Bond
Street, for its up-market drapers and tailors.... and much
in Knightsbridge. This is
the largest store in Europe, with over 90,000m ² of retail
space, on 7 levels. The store has over 300 departments, and popular
legend has it that you can buy anything in this shop.
- For more information visit Shopping
Visit this page > Hotels in
London, to find a hotel in London: view a list
of London hotels by category, from low cost hotels to large luxury
National museums are free and open every day
More detailed information: click for London's art galleries
National Gallery: One of the largest art galleries in the
world, located in Trafalgar Square. Free admission.
- The Science Museum - South
Kensington . You can easily lose yourself for a day or more in
this great science museum. This museum, which is free, is very close to
- The Natural
History Museum -
Cromwell Road. Free entry. From insects to dinosaurs, discover the
fascinating world of nature in one of the largest museums of its kind
in the world.
of London - the world's biggest museum devoted to
a single city. In the City, at London Wall, a few minutes from St.
British Museum: Great
Russell St (near Oxford St.) one of the largest museums in the world,
with remarkable collections of art and artefacts from around the world.
: the Victoria et Albert Museum. The major national museum
of decorative arts, including sculpture, porcelaine, paintings,
decoration, particularly noteworth for its collections of 19th century
- Tate Modern :
South Bank; near Southwark Bridge. Britain's most famous modern and
contemporary art gallery.
- Theatres: London's West End
is particularly famous for its Musicals.
No need to understand English:
just come in and enjoy the music and the show. You can buy your tickets
online, often at discounted rates for all major shows in London.
music London is a world capital of rock and pop music,
major venues including the O2 arena.
- Classical music: Plenty of
choice here: for major events choose between the Royal Albert Hall, The
Barbican Centre, or the capital's other large concert halls.
- Opera: London's most famous
opera house is located at Covent Garden, in the West End
Getting round London
public transport in London
out of London
London is surrounded by some lovely
English countryside; and it's full of places to visit, or just places
where you can get out for the day and enjoy some fresh air.
- For a
day in the country from London, see Country walks near
London - real country rambles all directly accessible by train in
less than an hour from a London terminus.
- For more ideas of places
to visit that
can easily be reached from London by train, see
regional guides: Southeast
England (including Eastbourne, Rochester, the
North Downs), the East
of England (including Cambridge), Central southern England
(to the west of London, including Windsor and Oxford)
Plan in advance: London
attractions + travel
You can add a travel card to the London Pass
, if you order in advance. With
1, 2 or 3-day London
Pass + travel
, you get free use of public transport
included in your Pass, as well as free access to lots of attractions.
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