London is the capital of the UK and England and is located on the banks of the River Thames. It is a global city, the nerve centre in the fields of art, culture, economy, tourism and education in Europe. It is also, alongside New York, the world’s leading financial centre. People from all over the world and from different cultures live in London and more than three hundred languages are spoken here.
Steeped in history, London has always been a must-go destination for visitors worldwide. The UK capital offers endless experiences for visitors of all ages, so much in fact that you’ll want to come back for more again and again!
So what is there to do in and around London?
As well as the usual attractions, London can also offer the more discerning visitor a multitude of extraordinary landmarks and hidden treasures.
London has several World Heritage sites: The Tower of London, the Kew Palace, Westminster Palace and Abbey, the church of Saint Margaret and Greenwich.
Visit The Tower of London. Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London The historic castle which personifies the history of the city.
http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/?gclid=CL-M-vj4wsECFQLJtAodqGcAFQ London EC3N 4AB
Tel: 0844 482 7777
Opening Hours 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Experience the beauty of Kew Palace. Kew Palace is a British royal palace in Kew Gardens on the banks of the Thames up river from London. There have been at least three palaces at Kew, and two have been known as Kew Palace; the first building may not have been known as Kew as no records survive other than the words of another courtier. One palace survives and is open to visitors
http://www.hrp.org.uk/KewPalace Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Tel: 020 8332 5655
Opening Hours 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Westminster Palace and Abbey is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its tenants, the Palace lies on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London. A grand Gothic building and traditional site for celebrations of the British royal family.
http://www.westminster-abbey.org 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA
Tel: 020 7222 5152
Opening Hours 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
The church of St Margaret, Westminster Abbey, is situated in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Parliament Square, and is the Anglican parish church of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in London. It is dedicated to Margaret of Antioch.
http://www.stmargarets-church.co.uk St Margaret St, London SW1P 3JX
Tel: 020 7654 4840
Opening Hours 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Home to a World Heritage Site, is the Europe’s most successful entertainment arena, Britain’s first urban cable car, London’s oldest Royal Park and the place where hemispheres meet.
Internationally recognised as the home of time, Greenwich is also where to find the Prime Meridian of the World. Every place on Earth is measured from here.
http://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk Romney Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Tel: 020 8858 4422
Take a cruise on the River Thames - see London from a different and more leisurely viewpoint.
London Eye. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It is currently Europe's tallest Ferris wheel, and offered the highest public viewing point in London
http://www.londoneye.com London SE1 7PB
Opening Hours 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality.
http://www.londoneye.com London SW1A 1AA
Tel: 020 7766 7300
St. Paul’s Cathedral. St Paul's Cathedral, built in the 17th century, is a Church of England cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London.
http://www.stpauls.co.uk LSt. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Opening Hours 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Trafalgar Square. Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. It is situated in the City of Westminster. Here you can find the famous Nelson’s Column guarded by statues of four lions at its base.
http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/arts-culture/trafalgar-square Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN
Tel: 020 7983 4750
London Zoo. London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847.
http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
Opening Hours 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London, and one of the Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers' Corner. The park was the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, for which the Crystal Palace was designed by Joseph Paxton. It’s a perfect picnic spot for travellers.
Oxford Street is a major road in the City of Westminster in the West End of London. It is Europe's busiest shopping street, and as of 2011 had approximately 300 shops