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Discovering London England

Introducing London, England: The Complete Travel Guide

London, the capital of UK and England, is one of the world’s favorite travel destinations. A global city, it has something to offer to every traveler, with a diverse culture that is as rich and as exciting as the many visual delights this city has to offer.

Some call it the world’s Cultural Capital, and others love London because the city has an energetic vibe to it. It’s a great place for exploring history, dining in style, feasting one’s eyes on astounding architectural marvels, shopping and relaxing; its many attractions including National Gallery, The Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Hyde Park.

Traveling to London can seem intimidating; after all, this city is vast in size as well as scope of sight-seeing enough to be daunting. However, the city has a lot to offer to those who know what to look for, with great scope in fashion, arts, history and architecture.

London has earned a reputation as being a rainy city, and for that reason, the best time to visit is in May-June or September.

While the city is cold and dark in winters, it still offers its off-season travelers a good time, not to mention a more authentic London experience sans the tourists. April to September is peak tourist time as the weather is sunny and inviting, though it brings no relief from occasional rains.

 
 


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Plan Your Trip: Getting There and Around

Getting in

One can reach London using airways, buses, railways, euro stars and ferry.

By Plane – London has 5 airports, with the main Heathrow Airport being well connected to all other countries by regular and frequent flights. London City Airport caters to business travelers coming in from USA and Europe, situated just 6 miles of Central London and serviced by Delta Airlines, Cook Airlines, Emirates, Air Atlanta, Air France and other international airlines.

For international travelers getting to London, British Airways is a great option, servicing 83 countries and connecting over 175 cities with London.

By Rail – A green choice, the railways is one of the best ways to travel to London. London Euston Railway Station in Camden is busy with throngs of tourists coming in from Scotland and North Western England, while the Eurostars are a convenient and cost effective mode of travel for passengers coming in from Continental Europe and central London, guaranteeing a hassle free travel.

By coachesFor those looking for frugal means to travel between Europe and London, coaches are the ideal choice. Traveling by these also offers a chance to enjoy the stunning country side views, most reaching the largest station Victoria Coach in the city.

While National Express Coaches easily connect the whole length and breadth of England, covering more than 1200 destinations in its run, Private Coach Companies link to other small towns and cities within Great Britain.

By Ferry – If you love the sea routes, you can reach London by Ferry from East, South as well as South East coasts of England.

 

Getting Around

Distances in London are large and daunting, and travelers can use a combination of efficient and clean London Tubes, London Buses, Taxis and Local trains to travel across the city without hiring a car. Be cautioned; even if you plan to hire a car, driving in London traffic is not for the weak hearted.

By Tube: Served by 12 tube lines, the Greater London area is well connected by local trains that are fast, efficient and cost effective as a mode of traveling within the city.

Operational from 5am to midnight from Monday to Saturday, these are the best way to see the city and a look at London’s transport map will give you all the information you need. For beating the long queues and availing best fares, it’s worth getting a Travel Card or Oyster Card.

By Bus: The famous Red Bus system of London is a cheap, convenient and fast way to travel within the city, offering plenty of opportunities to sight-see on the way. With improved accessibility, these buses are a great way to experience the culture of London firsthand, and Central London Bus Guide will offer travelers all the information they seek.

What’s better is that the night buses in London cover the hours when the London Tube is not operational, giving tourist the perfect way to enjoy the nightlife this city has to offer.

By Taxi: An easy way to travel within the city, a ride in London’s iconic black cab is worth experiencing. Though the fares are metered, this is a costlier way to travel as compared to buses and tubes, but if definitely more convenient and luxurious.

By Local Trains: Where the Tube doesn’t take you, London local trains will. These crisscross the whole city and you can use Travel cards and Oyster Cards to pay for your journey.

By Bike: For those who would love to see London and its many delights up close, hiring a bicycle could be the perfect choice. A brilliant way to travel around the city in good weather, London’s public bicycle scheme offers first 30 minutes free, giving tourists the ideal way to enjoy shorter journeys.

 

Things to See & Do

It can be easily said that there are far too many things to see and do in London for a single visit. Yet, a good place to start would be to visit the Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace; pieces of history that let you soak up some culture. Don’t miss out on the world famous British Museum and Tate Modern, sitting on the banks of Thames.

A walk by the river is also delightful, while art lovers would love the temporary exhibitions held by top artists inside. Also, if you love art, the National Gallery is a must visit.

A trip to London is incomplete without a visit to and coming face to face with celebrities at Madame Tussauds, while a tour of tour of Tower of London is a must for history lovers. There are musicals to enjoy, plays to revel in and many parks and garden to explore as well.

 
 


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Shopping & Dining

London is a shopper’s paradise, with a plethora of worthy options. The best places to shop are TopShop & Topman, Camden Market, Harrods, Primark, Lesley Craze Gallery, Absolute Vintage and Coco Ribbon for one of a kind shopping experience.

For those who love to indulge in their sweet tooth, Louis Patisserie is a must visit. This old cake and coffee shop offers some of the best sweets and pastries; a taste that you will take back home with fond memories.

There are many quaint bistros and cafes to enjoy local cuisines and delicacies, but for those who love to indulge the Tsunami and Gordon Ramsay are restaurants worth trying. If you are a vegetarian looking for a delicious meal, the Mildreds will not disappoint, offering lots of gluten free and vegan meals along with some exquisite organic wines.

 
 


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Nightlife & Entertainment

Like all the big cities around the world, London has plenty to offer for those seeking entertainment and an active nightlife. It offers many stand-up comedy shows and fans can pay a visit to Amused Moose Soho or Pear Shaped to have a night of laughs. Other great pubs worth visiting are Captain Kidd and Ten Bells.

If you are looking to enjoy some intellectually stimulating plays, the Royal Court Theater is one of the most progressive theaters in the world.

 
 

 
 
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