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London At a Glance

London, situated on the River Thames in South-East England is the capital of both England and the United Kingdom, and is the largest city in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. The city has a population of 8 million but the metropolitan area is estimated to have about 14 million inhabitants. London is really a huge city but its visitors mostly remain limited to the central London which is home to most tourist attractions and sites of interest.

Visitors of London most certainly will not return home disappointed because the city offers plenty to see, to do and to experience, and there is really something for everyone regardless of interest and age. It is home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites - the Palace of Westminster, the Tower of London, Kew Gardens and the Greenwich historic settlement which should not be missed at any cost. Other places worth visiting include the Buckingham Palace, the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Wimbledon, Wembley Stadium and much, much more. It is also worth to keep in mind that London is home to a number of world-class museums and galleries such as the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Victoria and Albert Museum, to mention only a few.

London has a long and rich history dating back two thousands of years. It is believed that it was settled before the arrival of the Romans but it was officially founded by the Romans in the first century C.E. They named it Londinium but the meaning of the name remains unknown. Several theories have been proposed, while the most recent one that has been suggested by Richard Coates goes that the name derives from a pre-Celtic word related to the River Thames. Until the late 19th century, the name London applied to the City of London which remained almost unchanged in its boundaries since the Middle Ages. Today, it is a tiny part of Greater London but an important part of the central London.

It is best to find an accommodation in central London if you intend to visit London and is premium attractions. Central London is more pricey than other districts, however, it would be a shame to lose your precious time on travelling great distances, especially if you are planing to visit the city only for a few days. Getting around such a huge city may seem overwhelming but London has one of the best public transport systems in the world and using the public transport is a great way to get to any place in London if you are a visitor. Look out for special offer flyers and a good map is a must if you do not want to get lost.

England is not best known for culinary excellence but it would be unfair to assume that it is difficult to get a good meal at a reasonable price in London. You should stay away from touristic areas though because the pubs there gave England a bad reputation for food. Try to find out where the locals eat.