guide to London

Incredible, inspiring and iconic! The ultimate guide to London

London proudly puts its grandeur and glory on a dazzling display, making a statement about its rich heritage. The biography is as noisy as it is seductive. It promises good times even if it rains all year round, and what’s so spectacular is that it delivers on that promise and how!

A blend of so many cultures from around the world lends this illustrious city an unimaginably unique touch. London is a fascinating capital with countless sights to see. Modern architectural feats soar to the heavens and yet, never let them obscure the city’s ancient remains or its old-world charms. Vintage, charming pubs in the city’s many neighborhoods, countless bridges crossing the mighty Thames and beautiful gardens decorate the city to make it more vibrant and beautiful.
 
London is a culture trip, a shopping break, a romantic escape; but more than anything, it is a history lesson, it is a force to be reckoned with, it was, and still is, a powerful yet poignant presence in the world.
London is a culture trip, a shopping break, a romantic escape; but more than anything, it is a history lesson, it is a force to be reckoned with, it was, and still is, a powerful yet poignant presence in the world.

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Itinerary Incredible: London’s top sights

From royal palaces to the people’s parliament, from Roman ruins to castles and cathedrals, there is much to discover in the city of London.

Buckingham Palace

A historic residence, Buckingham Palace, has been converted from a mansion to a palace and now serves as the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Westminster Abbey

An iconic London landmark, Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s largest churches and also serves as a coronation and cemetery.

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The London Eye

The London Eye, with fantastic panoramic views of the city, is Europe’s largest Ferris wheel.

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Big Ben and Parliament

The 97-meter-high tower with a chiming bell, popularly known as Big Ben, stands tall and proud of the Houses of Parliament, the seat of the British government.

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St Paul’s Cathedral

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. Paul’s, with a fascinating history is one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the world.

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Trafalgar Square

Located in the heart of the city, Trafalgar Square was built to commemorate Lord Horatio Nelson’s victory over the French and Spanish at Trafalgar in 1805.

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The tower of London

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tower of London is home to the Crown Jewels Exhibition and Royal Mint Exhibit among many others.

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Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is an irregular intersection of several busy streets – Piccadilly, Regent, Haymarket and Shaftesbury Avenue – with London’s most famous sculpture – ”the Winged Eros”.

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Indelible Indulgences: The Best of London

Everything in London comes in a pack; there are more gardens, bridges and street markets than one can count on.

London’s sensational street markets

London’s street markets are ideal shopping destinations, selling everything from food to flowers, modern art to antiques, clothing to curios. Large, expansive markets such as Spitalfields, Camden Market or Portobello Road Market are perfect for wandering around for a day, hopefully finding a few bargains along the way. Greenwich Market is great for buying fancy clothes by local designers, and you can’t beat it Loan market for a quick bite. Explore the Brick Lane Market for second-hand furniture, vintage clothing, shoes, exotic spices and much more. An architectural masterpiece, Covent Garden also houses the famous Apple Market which sells beautiful home pieces, antiques and jewelry.

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Beautiful bridges of London

Believe it or not, twenty-four bridges span London’s River Thames. London bridge and Tower Bridge are the oldest. Built for the new millennium in 2000, it is Millennium Bridge, the latest addition to the long list. Other beautiful bridges of the city are the Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridgeand the Hungerford Pedestrian Bridge.

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Beautiful parks and gardens of London

England is a country that loves its gardens and afternoon teas. Scattered across the city, London’s parks and gardens are simply perfect to escape the chaotic hustle and bustle to take a breather or to reflect on life every now and then. Some of the best parks in the city are Hyde Park, Regent’s Parkand St James Park. Clapham Common and Hampstead Heath are just perfect for enjoying the sun. Let nature breathe new life into you Victoria Park, Holland Park, Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace Gardens and Kew Gardens.

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Cultural carousel: art, music and theater

Britain is a pioneer in the arenas of art and literature and is synonymous with some of the greatest minds of the century, including William Shakespeare, John Keats and Jane Austen.

Today’s London is known for its theatrical innovation, contemporary art, groundbreaking music, writing, poetry, architecture and design.

The Wonderful West End Theatre

The many theaters around London’s West End are collectively known as ‘Theatreland’. Presenting some of the world’s greatest plays and musicals, these theaters are among the city’s top fascinations. Well-known West End theaters are Aldwych Theatre, Adelphi Theatre, London Palladium, Lyceum Theatre and Novello Theatre.

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Another theatrical encounter is the Cirque Du Soleilan extraordinary experience that ignites the imagination and delights the senses with its artistic extravagance.

Oh, Opera!

The dramatic theatricals, orchestral overtures and powerful performances make the Opera opulent. It is both intriguing and inspiring, and the Royal Opera House London’s Covent Garden has solidified its reputation through award-winning new productions. Other notable opera houses include the London Coliseum and the Metropolitan Opera.

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Glamorous galleries and beautiful museums

One of the cultural capitals of the world, London has a large number of museums and galleries. The famous ones like it the British Museum, the National Gallery and Tate Modern attract millions of visitors every year. Other favorites are t the Natural History Museum and Science Museumand the Victoria and Albert Museumwith its unsurpassed collection of decorative arts.

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A walk-through attraction, Madame Tussauds is a wax museum where you can arm yourself with lifelike wax figures of famous celebrities (both Bollywood and Hollywood), favorite movie characters and historical legends.

A city for all seasons: best time to visit London

Since the city does not experience extreme weather conditions, any time is a good time to visit London. That may come as a surprise, especially as London remains grey, dull and rainy all year round. It all depends on the type of vacation a traveler leans towards; the English summer is a short but pleasant season. Autumn in London is cool, windy and pleasant. Winter is cold, but factor in the Christmas celebrations, the Winter Wonderland, the many fairs, festivities and the cold can simply thaw. In April, spring comes dancing, the flowers are in full bloom and the city is at its best cheerful. Choose!

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