“WHY, SIR, YOU FIND NO MAN, AT ALL INTELLECTUAL, WHO IS WILLING TO LEAVE LONDON. NO, SIR, WHEN A MAN IS TIRED OF LONDON, HE IS TIRED OF LIFE; FOR THERE IS IN LONDON ALL THAT LIFE CAN AFFORD.”
Samuel Johnson said the above 239 years ago in the year 1777 in a conversation with with his best friend Boswell, who was from Scotland and visited London only casually, about whether or not Boswell’s love for London would wear thin should he choose to live there, as opposed to the joy he felt on his infrequent visits.
Capital city of the World
As the greatest, most dynamic and influential global city, London has long been regarded as the capital of the World. It is an amazing place which lives up to its reputation with its diverse range of cultures, stunning architecture, World famous museums, great shops, bars and restaurants.
London is home to a diverse and rich mix of cultures and communities. More than 230 languages are spoken by Londoners so you’ll not feel homesick, ever.
This top tourist destinations in the world also boasts of the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the British government.
Being a global banking and financial services powerhouse, London attracts millions of business travelers every year. With 43 universities — the highest concentration of higher education institutions in the World — it is popular with international scholars, researchers and student alike.
With five international airports and the high-speed Eurostar rail link. More than 300 international destinations have direct links to London with 50 countries being within just a three-hour flight away.
London’s world-class transport system is a network of Underground tub, Overground Trains, river ferries, buses and black cabs, enabling you to get around city conveniently. To save time, buy an Oyster travel Card and download a free Tube map on London Directory.
London’s history goes back over thousands of years, it has four World Heritage Sites: Maritime Greenwich, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London, .
London’s child-friendly tourist attractions are a global magnet making millions of tourists come flocking to them every year. What’s more, most of these attractions are free to visit, for instance Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The river Thames is the heart of London, it runs from Richmond in the west, through the central London borough of Westminster, to Greenwich in the east.
Home to over 25 species of fish, it boasts three areas of outstanding natural beauty and is the only river in Europe with a national trail following its entire length. London river cruises and river buses offer a great experience of seeing the city.
About one third of London is dedicated to public parks and open spaces offering plenty of room to relax outdoors. Ensure to visit The Royal Parks which comprise of Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, and St. James’s Park. Hampstead Heath in North London also offers amazing views over the city.
London boasts of more than 6,000 restaurants with 65 Michelin-starred restaurants. Many celebrity chefs are based here, and there are plenty of good, cheaper options too.
Regarded as the Europe’s greatest shopping destination, London’s shopping experience is second to none. With West End, Westfield Stratford City and outlandish London market, London is truly a buyer’s paradise.
No matter where you are in London you’ll be a stone’s throw away from a top notch and 5-star hotels, a cosy bed & breakfast or a cheap backpackers’ hostel. You can conveniently explore and book accommodation in London on London Directory.
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