Are you thinking about a trip to London, there is a wide variety of things to see and do no matter how large your group. This article is not to blow your mind with everything that is going on in London but maybe offer up some advice on what is available to do there. Comparable with other cities, there are great and not so great places to visit and if it is the first time you are visiting London or if you are a seasoned visitor, there is always something new to see or do. It is often an idea to have a rough plan of places you wish to visit, and London has plenty of interesting experiences that will create many memories.
During your visit in London a number of great attractions exist which are worth some of your time. The highly regarded South East area of The United Kingdom has attractions that you may know and others which aren't that familiar to non local locals of London we have amassed a Top Ten list to help you on your way:
1. National Gallery
2. British Museum
3. Tower of London
4. Imperial War Museum
5. Houses of Parliament
6. Victoria and Albert Museum
7. St. James's Park
8. Big Ben
9. Royal Albert Hall
10. National Portrait Gallery
These really are just a starting point if you have a good travel guide and map you can seek out a bit more and depending how much time you have in London. You will surely discover an array of interesting locations and attractions in and around the London area of The United Kingdom.
London is not a hard place to travel around, once you have an eye for the place and understand the layout with the help of some local landmarks you should be able to navigate around with ease. You can discoverer a lot of the area on foot but make sure you stick to places you know after dark. If you wish to cover larger distances across London there are a few more options. London has a fantastic Metro system called 'London Underground' it covers all the central part and the city and stretches out into the suburbs and Heathrow Airport. There are safe and reliable buses where passes can be attained to include multiple journeys. There is also the alternative to use London Taxis, where the driver can offer up local knowledge. What ever method you use to explore London make sure you see as much of the city as your can.
If you wish to reside in London for longer period of time you will be looking for a place to sleep. London has a wide range of places to bed down these include hotels varying from the higher end of the star range to more modest hotels, B&Bs and hostels. If you are a business traveller ensure the hotel you decide to select has suitable facilities and is in the right area for your meetings as the traffic in London can cause problems at certain times of the day. If you are seeking out more luxury accommodation there is a selection of top independent and chain hotels. London also offers an excellent array of lower star hotel options that provide simple but functional facilities for visitors to the city. If you are visiting on a small budget there is a number of guest houses and hotels in the area which are a good place to rest your head. Whichever type of accommodation you select in London try and make time to see if any bargains exists on a wide array of travel web sites, often when there is a big event on in town.
1. Egerton House Hotel
2. The Milestone Hotel
3. Hotel 41
4. The Chesterfield Mayfair
5. The Montague on The Gardens
A number of places exist to dine in London, the place you dine at will reflect your tastes and budget. There are quite a lot of good cheap places that offer British menus that will not cost the Earth. If you are on the look out for a fine dining restaurant these exist in numbers, but be sure to have placed a prior booking also check the dress code. If you want fast food there is regular names such as Burger King, McDonalds etc, but if you are seeking something real why not ask a local and see where they recommend. A fundamental part of enjoying a city is to try it's local food There is a wide variety of places to dine in London. whether it is a café, restaurant or the food that can be bought and eaten on the street. Check out local guides and press for offers and try something that you have never had before.
3. The Ledbury
4. Cookhouse Joe
5. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
London is a great place for shopping, there are some great areas of the city where you can buy fantastic items and gifts. London has a wide array of high end shops and boutiques, for those interested in buying clothes. It also offers high street chain outlets, here you can buy fashions at lower prices. If you are on the look out for bargains, London has a number of popular markets where you will be able to find big savings on clothes, household items and gifts. Like a lot of cities, London has a number of Shopping Centres with countless shops. There is also a number of specialist shops that offer items with a twist unique to London
Oxford Street - Popular Shopping Street / Famous Chain Stores
Regent Street and Jermyn Street - Elegant Shopping Street With Unique And Popular Outlets
Bond Street and Mayfair - High End Retail Area
Westfield London - Shopping Mall / Shops / Restaurants
Carnaby Street - Popular Shopping Area With Gift And Novelty Shops
If you are getting to grips with a new city like London it is always good to be armed with some basic facts. Here are a number of facts that could be of help to you.
Region: Greater London
International Dialing Code: 44
London Coordinates: 51.5171° N, 0.1062° W
Altitude: 14m / 49ft
Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)
London Time Zone: Central European Time (CET)
City Population: 8.1m
Metro Population: 11.9m
Temperature High In 23°C / 73°F
Temperature Low In 2°C / 36°F
Like other cities London has it's good points and bad points, it is essential to have your wits about you and you and your travel party will be fine and have a brilliant holiday to this superb British place. Try and make you’re read your guide book brief to understand the city geography, try not to make it obvious you are a visitor to the city by carrying an expensive camera around your neck and don't carry huge amounts of cash on your person. Stick to well populated areas after dark and if you do get lost, ask an official or hail a taxi. Just because you are on vacation, don't switch off completely. Bear this is mind and you will have a great time in London. On the whole The United Kingdom is a very safe country with warm and friendly residents. A bit of research is very valuable and if you know a city better, you will have a much better time there.