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London

London is situated in the South East of England in the Thames Valley. Home to over 8 million people, the capital of the UK has been an important financial, educational and cultural center for hundreds of years. Of the many gifts England has given to the world, none of them greater than her language and literature. And if ever there is a city that reads like an epic saga, its London. The story of London began in the Bronze Age but it didn't really get going until the Romans withdrew in the 5th Century. Growing into one of the great medieval trading cities, she truly came of age in the 11th century, when William, the Conqueror built the Tower of London, which was to become one of England’s grimmest prisons. 

This world city is filled with iconic symbols, and one of the most easily recognizable is Tower Bridge, an impressive reminder of London’s rapid expansion during the industrial revolution. Just upriver, at the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben’s reassuring chimes peal across the city every hour, on the hour. Buckingham Palace, perhaps the most famous palace in the world, is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth. It is a popular London attraction, offering tours of staterooms and gardens. Nearby, Kensington Palace is open to the public year-round. The palace and gardens will be remembered as the home of Princess Di and Prince Charles, and have recently undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment. Another legacy of England’s monarchy is the Royal Parks of London. They were once reserved as private hunting grounds for the royal family, but nowadays they are open for everyone to enjoy. 

Many of London’s greatest stories have begun in her houses of worship, and none is so impressive and important as Westminster Abbey. This is where kings and queens have been crowned, married and even buried.

One of the most iconic cities in Europe, London, has a rich history of memorable monarchs, incredible architecture and unique culture. Now that property prices are so high throughout the city, many homes are being bought by the foreign super-rich. London can offer a slice of high life which many other cities just can't match!

FAQ

Q: How can I travel to London on a budget?

You can definitely do so. Most of the world famous museums and art galleries there have free entry. Oyster cards are a great option for tubes and buses.

Q: What should I pack when leaving for London?

You should most certainly pack your sunglasses, sun cream, waterproof coat, umbrella, comfortable shoes, scarf, gloves.

Q: What is the best way to get around?

Best way to travel in London is either on foot or using public transport. You can use Oyster Cards for tubes and buses.

Q: Does it really rain all the time in London?

No, it doesn't. But the weather is prone to quick changes so always carry an umbrella.