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London


London is the capital city, and by a quite considerable margin, the largest city of both England and the UK as a whole. The term "City of London" (as well as "The Square Mile" or just "The City") is used mainly to refer to a very small (1 square mile - 2.6 km2) area that formed the ancient core of the conurbation, and which is today the most important center of the financial industry. The conurbation as a whole is referred to "Greater London" or simply "London", and even this is largely surrounded by further built-up and urban areas. Approximately 8.5 million people live in Greater London, with perhaps 14 million in the metropolitan area.

London

As the former capital of a globe-spanning empire, London is home to people of many races, cultures and languages. Many of these people have their roots in former British colonies, but there European, South American, Turkish, Greek, Kurdish, Iranian, Arab and other communities too. While it would be incorrect to say that there have never been tensions, the communities get along remarkably well, and it is not at all unusual to go to school, live and work with people from diverse backgrounds. This cultural diversity has contributed not only greatly to the character of the city, but to arts, festivals, music and cuisine.

There are many tourist attractions in London, too many too mention in a brief article, but some must-see sights include Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament (including Big Ben), the Tower of London, the London Eye, Royal Observatory Greenwich, and Madame Tussauds wax museum. Visitors to the city will also want to catch a theater production in the West End, see the London's many excellent museums and art galleries, check out the city's nightlife, and sample the variety of British, Anglo-Indian and international restaurants available.

Getting around London is easy for visitors. While it is possible to drive (but be aware that a daily congestion charge applies if you enter certain areas of central London during a weekday), most visitors find other options preferable:
  • Buses (including the famous red doubledecker buses) are frequent in Central London.

  • You can also catch a black taxi cab, by waving one down (or if you are a hotel asking the concierge or reception to call one for you).

  • Licensed "mini-cabs" (which look like ordinary cars) are also available. You must book one by calling their office, and can not hire one in the street.

  • There are overground commuter railways, and, of course, the famous London Underground system (not all of which is actually underground). Londoners refer to the London Underground as "The Tube".

London


Key Facts About London


Trafalgar Square:
Here are some key facts about London:
  1. London is the capital and largest city of the United Kingdom.

  2. London is an important economic center. It is especially noted for its financial services and media industries.

  3. London is also an important center of the arts, including numerous art galleries and a thriving theatre district.

  4. There are also many tourist attractions and places of interest in London. These include both historic and modern locations, as well as iconic buildings such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

  5. Some other instantly recognizable and iconic aspects of London include:

    • The London Underground system - the oldest underground railway system in the world (although obviously much improved since it was first built in the 19th century).

    • Red doubledecker buses

    • Black taxi cabs

  6. Major airports serving London include:

    • London Heathrow - to the West of Central London

    • London Gatwick - to the South of Central London

    • London Stanstead - to the North of Central London

    • London City Airport - in Central/East London (mainly European flights)

    • Luton - to the North of London (mainly European flights)


Attractions and Places of Interest in London


Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament:
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Buckingham Palace:



Tower Bridge:



Tower of London:
Tower of London
There are numerous attractions and places of interest in London and the surrounding area. Some of these include:

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Rick Steves Pocket London

By Rick Steves

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Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Included in Rick Steves Pocket London:

Sights: the National Portrait Gallery, Courtauld Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Bankside Walk

Walks and Tours: the Westminster Walk, Westminster Abbey Tour, National Gallery Tour, West End Walk, British Museum Tour, British Library Tour, The City Walk, St. Paul's Cathedral Tour, and Tower of London Tour

Rick Steves London 2017

By Rick Steves

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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in London.

With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll explore historic Big Ben, bustling Trafalgar Square, and the Tower of London—home of the crown jewels. Learn how to save time and money on the Tube, and how to avoid the mobs at the Changing of the Guard. Investigate London's world-class museums, where you can trace Western civilization from the Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Van Gogh and Picasso. Venture into Soho's theater district for a glitzy musical or a delicious Indian dinner. End a great day at a neighborhood pub, sharing a pint and a chat with a friendly local.

Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful London neighborhoods. You'll learn how to get around by bus and on the Tube, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide London

By DK Travel

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Released: 2017-11-21
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From taking in the magnificent sight of Big Ben and Parliament Square from the great heights of the London Eye to walking across Tower Bridge after visiting the historic Tower of London to treating yourself to a night at the theatre on the city's West End, London truly offers a little bit of everything.

Included with the book is a download of the free DK Audio Walks container app, available from the Apple Store and Google Play. Use it to scan the book's barcode and then download your five free audio walking tours for London.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London.

   • Hotel and restaurant listings and recommendations.
   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights, a selected site and street index, public transit map, practical information on getting around, and a distance chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day-trips and itineraries to explore beyond the city.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London truly shows you what others only tell you.

Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to London, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 London, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time and experience the best of everything.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

StreetSmart London Map by VanDam - City Street Map of London, England - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and Tube map with all museums, attractions, hotels and sights; 2018 Edition

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VanDam's newly revised 2018 STREETSMART® LONDON ­Edition maps all top attractions including museums, monuments, architecture, hotels, shops and theaters plus the Tube at an immensely legible scale of 1:20,000 complete with 3-D building illustrations. Clear information design allows you to read the map from three feet away and has earned VanDam maps a place in the MoMA Collection. The map is film-laminated, accordion folded and pocket size.

Coverage: London City Street Map 1:20,000; The West End & Theatreland Detail Map: 1:14,000; Hampstead Heath Detail map: 1:29,000; Inner London Overview Map: 1:95,000; London Tube Map Dimensions: 4 x 9 folded, 9 x 32 unfolded, fits into shirt pocket or purse.

STREETSMART® LONDON is so legible you will instantly understand how The City connects with Covent Garden, Hampstead Heath with Hoxton, Kensington with Knightsbridge and Tate Modern with the Tower of London. From God's perspective to the most minute alleys our map will be a treasured companion during your stay. Despite a 2,000 year history the City never had an urban masterplan. Londontown is an agglomeration of medieval villages which form the heart of the metropolis we all love. Turn a corner and new worlds unfold.

London is unique in many ways. It is the only city to boast an entire street designated for men's fashion needs: Jermyn Street in St James's. Discerning gents buy their fragrances at Geo F Trumper, dine at Wilton's, get their bespoke shirts at Turnbull & Asser, shoes at John Lobb and accessories at Dunhill. After window shopping, cut through Piccadilly Arcade for High Tea and cuke sandwiches at Fortnum & Mason's 4th floor Diamond Jubilee Salon. One of the great pleasures of being here is hearing the English language flexed. In theatres and on the street where locals take the time to chat about any subject. British cheer remains the lingua franca despite Brexit.

Among our favorite walks: from The Mile Square City, now the Financial Centre, to St Paul's crossing Millennium Bridge to Tate Modern with grand views back over the Thames. Knightsbrige and Belgraiva are among the toniest neighborhoods. Start at Harrods, the mother of all department stores, to see the latest fashions and taste from the mind-boggling selections of hams on the ground floor, then walk off the calories in Hyde Park with a visit to Serpentine Gallery for cutting edge art and design. Or start the day sipping cappuccino at the London Review of Books store on Bury Pl, then take the 55 bus from Bloomsbury to the Sunday Flower Market on Columbia Rd in East London with lunch at Rochelle Canteen on Arnold Circus. Stroll down Brick Lane to check out the latest East End fashions. Whatever excursions you plan our laminated pocket sized map will make you travel with confidence and help create lasting memories.

STREETSMART® LONDON includes a Central London Map plus a stunning dimensional detail of The West End so you can do historic walks with the maze of Theatreland clearly mapped. The map scale of 1:14,000 makes you feel you are there with 3D buildings illustrations as your compass. All Tube stops are marked by their respective line in context right on the main map and on a separate Tube overview so you know both the local details and understand the larger system.

STREETSMART® LONDON maps are updated twice a year and most current. Its film lamination is extra durable and will last for your next trip. Simplicity reigns to make complex cities clear and understandable. Our typography creates character and reveals the true bones of the city. Each map opens to 32" x 9" and then folds down to 4"x 9". Gain instant London STREETSMARTS and sexy

Lonely Planet London (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Steve Fallon & Damian Harper

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Lonely Planet London is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Check out cutting-edge art at the Tate Modern, wander the historic Royal Parks and explore riverside pubs and the bars of Shoreditch; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of London and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet London Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, literary London, music, theatre, architecture, art, fashion and film
  • Free, convenient pull-out London map (included in print version), plus over 50 colour maps
  • Covers the West End, the City, the South Bank, Kensington & Hyde Park, the East End and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet London, our most comprehensive guide to London, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of London? Check out Lonely Planet Discover London, a photo-rich guide to the city's most popular attractions, or Lonely Planet Pocket London, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out our Lonely Planet England guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

London: London Travel Guide: 101 Coolest Things to Do in London (London Vacations, London Holidays, London Restaurants, Budget Travel London, UK Travel Guide, England Travel Guide)

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London: A Travel Guide Through Time

By Dr Matthew Green

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Let time traveler Dr. Matthew Green be your guide to six extraordinary periods in London's history—the ages of Shakespeare, medieval city life, plague, coffee houses, the reign of Victoria and the Blitz. We'll turn back the clock to the time of Shakespeare and visit a savage bull and bear baiting arena on the Bankside. In medieval London, we'll circle the walls as the city lies barricaded under curfew, while spinning further forward in time we'll inhale the 'holy herb' in an early tobacco house, before peering into an open plague pit. In the 18th century, we'll navigate the streets in style with a ride on a sedan chair, and when we land in Victorian London, we'll take a tour of freak-show booths and meet the Elephant Man. You'll meet pornographers and traitors, actors and apothecaries, the mad, bad and dangerous to know, all desperate to show you the thrilling and vibrant history of the world's liveliest city.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London

By DK Travel

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From taking in the magnificent sight of Big Ben and Parliament Square from the great heights of the London Eye to walking across Tower Bridge after visiting the historic Tower of London to treating yourself to a night at the theatre on the city's West End, London truly offers a little bit of everything.

Download the free DK Audio Walks container app and use it to scan the book's barcode. Then download your five free audio walking tours for London. Available in the Apple Store and Google Play.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights, a selected sight and street index, public transit map, practical information on getting around, and a distance chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day-trips and itineraries to explore beyond the city.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London truly shows you what others only tell you.

Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to London, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 London, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time and experience the best of everything.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Top 10 London (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

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Released: 2016-10-18
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This newly updated pocket travel guide for London will lead you straight to the best attractions the city has to offer, whether you want to see Big Ben from the top of the London Eye, visit the National Gallery, take a stroll through one of the many beautiful parks, or have an authentic pub experience.

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   • Comprehensive laminated pull-out map includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.

DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of the city's history and culture, provide inspiration as you explore. A free pull-out city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 London.

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London: Monocle Travel Guide (Monocle Travel Guide Series)

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