Welcome to London, the historic capital city of the United Kingdom. One of the world's top capitals, London is a thriving metropolis that's absolutely stuffed with things to see and do. The historic sights, cathedrals, architecture and royal palaces are all quite stunning.
It was chosen to host the Olympic Games in the summer of 2012. There are four UNESCO World Heritage sites in London: the Tower of London; the Maritime Museum and settlement at Greenwich; the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and Westminster which includes the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church.
London has many galleries and museums with world famous collections of art, antiques and artifacts. What many people do not know is that entrance to many of these fantastic exhibits is free, so a trip to London does not have to be expensive. London is famous for its shopping along Oxford Street, and its many colorful markets. The theatre district is around Leicester Square while the museums are around Trafalgar Square and in South Kensington. You will enjoy holidays in London in all of these areas.
The green parks create an oasis of calm away from the traffic and the crowds. They are a great place to picnic, exercise and relax. The River Thames passes many of the major sights of London from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London and Greenwich. River taxis are often the quickest and most stress-free way to travel. The Underground Metro is also an efficient way to get around this widespread city.
First impressions of London may be how crowded it is (it has over 14 million residents in the metropolitan area) and how small everything is! However it is always a vibrantly exciting, cosmopolitan city where there is always something happening. London is a fabulous place to live and work, and a wonderful place to travel to. Stay in luxury on your trip to London. Instead of booking a hotel, why not try out serviced apartments? Apartments offer the same quality as a 5 star hotel and often cost the same, if not a little cheaper. Serviced apartments are stylish, spacious and provide the perfect home away from home feeling.
London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom (UK) is Britain's largest and most populous metropolitan area. London is a leading global city, being the world's largest financial centre alongside New York City, and has the largest city GDP in Europe. London's influence in global finance, apart from education, fashion, entertainment and the arts and culture in general contributes to its global position. A major tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors, London is preparing to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Wimbledon Tennis Grand Slam tournament attracts tourists in the June-July summer holiday season. London Heathrow Airport is the world's busiest airport by number of international passengers.
London generates almost 20% of the UK's GDP and the economy of the London metropolitan area-the largest in Europe-generates approximately 30% of the UK's GDP. London's largest industry is finance, the use of which makes up most of the UK's balance of payments. London has close to 500 overseas banks, more than any other city in the world. Ironically, due to its prominent global role, London's economy has been affected adversely by the global financial crisis of 2008–2009.
Tourism is one of London's prime sources of income and almost 350,000 full-time workers in London earn their bread and butter in this industry. Annual spending by tourists is estimated at £15 billion. Nearly 15 million international tourists visit London yearly, making it the world's second most visited city after Paris. Since 2007, high-speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International with Lille, Paris, and Brussels. Journey times to Paris and Brussels of 2hrs 15 and 1hr 51 respectively using the Channel Tunnel have shrunk transit times radically.
The London Eguide will help you get the very most from your visit, with tips on where to eat, what to see and where to go. It will be like visiting London with a local!
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