London

London - United Kingdom

London is one of the world’s truly great capital cities. Sprawling and buzzing all at once, over ten million people call London home and many more come to visit each year. With so much to see and do, it’s little wonder that Europe’s largest city is also one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
London is one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet. Taking a walk in the East End or Camden in North London you will hear dozens of languages spoken on the streets; a recent study showed that over 300 languages are spoken in the city. Tourists from all corners of the world arrive at London’s various airports day in, day out throughout the year.

 

Museums and Art Galleries

London is a major centre for art and museums. Great destinations include the Science Museum and Natural History Museum in South Kensington, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, which is home to the Elgin Marbles (otherwise known as the Parthenon Marbles).
If your taste is for modern art, the Tate Gallery and Tate Modern hold some of the most influential pieces of the last hundred years.

The National Gallery (founded in 1824) sits on Trafalgar Square and has one of the most comprehensive and important collections of paintings in Europe. Paintings from Holbein and Titian sit alongside Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh in the extensive gallery. Along with all of Britain’s publically owned galleries, entry is free, although a donation is recommended.
The British Library in St Pancras has a copy of every book published in Great Britain and is a striking building. It currently has more than 150 million titles.



Shopping

Visitors to London are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping. The West End – Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street in particular – is arguably Europe’s greatest shopping destination and is home to famous stores including Selfridges and Liberty. In the run up to Christmas, Regent Street is spectacularly illuminated.

There are plenty of upmarket stores in the West London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with the Kings Road being a particularly popular destination. For visitors seeking a more eclectic selection of shops and stalls, Camden, with its famous market, is a couple of stops north of the west end on the Northern Line. The area is also famed for its musical associations and exciting cultural life.

 

Nightlife

London’s nightlife is varied and exciting. There are thousands of pubs and restaurants to cater for every taste.

There are a number of Michelin starred restaurants in Central London and a great many more restaurants of dubious quality targeted mainly at attracting tourists. Picking up a copy of Time Out is a good place to start when planning an evening.

A typical night for a Londoner may involve a couple of pints of lager after work in a pub, followed by a curry and a few more beers, followed by a trip to a bar and ending up in a night club. London’s major nightclubs include Fabric in Farringdon and the Ministry of Sound in Elephant & Castle.

 

 
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Climate

London’s reputation for lots of rain is only partly deserved! Like most of England and the UK, London rarely sees very hot or very cold weather. This said, when London does see very hot or very cold weather things often stop working.

Summers in the city are warm with average high temperatures of up to 23 °C. Winters can get fairly cold, but rarely below freezing. Wind and humidity can make it feel colder than it is. Snow in the city centre is relatively uncommon as heat from the urban area can raise the temperature in town by up to 5 °C.


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