London City Guide, Attractions, Maps & Travel Information

Travel Guide

An Introduction To London


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.

London Ten Top Attractions

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.

Getting Mobile In London

London is a pretty simple place to get around, when you have grasped the layout of the place and understand the layout with the help of some local landmarks you will be able to get round with ease. You can cover a lot of the city as a pedestrian but ensure not to venture into unknown territory at night. If you wish to traverse greater 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 is a good network of buses that passes can be bought to include multiple trips. Collect a Rental Car in London, 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 ensure you see as much of it as you can.

London Tube / Underground Map Zones 1 & 2

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Complete London Tube Map - All Zones

London Buses

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Central London Bus Route Map

Hotels In London

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.

Recommended Hotels In London

1. Egerton House Hotel
2. The Milestone Hotel
3. Hotel 41
4. The Chesterfield Mayfair
5. The Montague on The Gardens

Dining In London

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.

Recommended Places To Eat In London

1. Petrus
2. Zaibatsu
3. The Ledbury
4. Cookhouse Joe
5. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Retail / Shops In London

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

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Shopping Locations In 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

London Information

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.

Continent: Europe
Country: UK
Region: Greater London
International Dialing Code: 44
London Coordinates: 51.5171° N, 0.1062° W
Altitude: 14m / 49ft
Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)
Language: English
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

Keeping Safe In London

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.

08 May 2016