LONDON: More than just a metropolis

Despite its conservative tradition and massive history, London is not only touring the Buckingham palace and the radiant lights of Piccadilly circle. There is more to London than meets the eye. The city is alive with more people than any other city in the European Union. From a different perspective, the city of London can seem like a conglomerate of village coming together to form a unified city with each part contributing its cultural heritage to form a big picture. London has something for everyone, from art to architecture, to history to culture.

London is the economic, political and cultural capital of Britain. You can visit the Buckingham palace- the queens official residence and tour the house of parliament, the historic monumental home of the UK government.

With five international airports and the high-speed Euro star rail link, you shouldn’t have a problem moving around this great city. More than 300 international destination have direct links to London put you can reach more than 50 countries within a three-hour fight time.

The tourist attractions in London are widely known across the globe. Most of the famous ones are free to visit, like; the Victoria and Albert museum, the Tate modern and the National Gallery. If you want to see the city through the water channels, you can use the London river cruises and river buses the famous River Thames which runs through the heart of London from Richmond in the West, through the central London borough of the Westminster to Greenwich in the east.

With about 6,000 restaurants in London you don’t have to worry about getting a wide choice of delicious cuisine. The city also houses many celebrity chefs.

You can stay in London no matter the budget. Whether you want to stay in a well known 5 star, a cozy bed and breakfast or a cheap backpacker’s hostel, the city offers a wide range of quality accommodations. London is also full of child-friendly attractions, and many like the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are free to visit.

London is popularly known for its great collection of museums and galleries, from blockbusters to tucked-away treasures. The result of private and royal collections, and years of imperial acquisitions and expedition, these museums are one of the main attractions of the British capital for locals and tourists alike.
London is a fantastic city to visit all year round but it is exceptionally great during the Summer time. There are attractions and things to discover across the city that are perfect during a hot Summer’s day.
During summer, the Columbia Road Flower Market is one of the most delightful in London with street musicians and enterprising vendors selling coffee, cakes and samosas from the doorways. If you are feel like doing some business shopping, there are plenty of quirky and one-off shops to explore with vintage furniture and clothes, customized maps, funky children’s wear, jewellery and old-school sweets.

London Zoo is perfect for an action packed family outing in the summer. There are loads of fascinating exhibitions conducted by the experienced keepers throughout the day including penguin and gorilla feedings and bird displays.

Attractions

Buckingham Palace

LONDON: More than just a metropolis

Buckingham Palace serves as both the London residence and office of Her Majesty the Queen. It is one of the few royal palaces remaining in the world today.

During summer, visitors can tour the nineteen State Rooms, which form the heart of the Palace. These spectacular rooms are designed with some of the greatest monuments from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Canaletto, Rembrandt and Rubens.

 

Tower Bridge Exhibition

LONDON: More than just a metropolis

Inside the Tower Bridge Exhibition, you will get the chance to learn all about how the world’s most famous bridge works and the history behind its creation. You can enjoy the magnificent views from the walkways situated 45 metres above the Thames and visit the original Victorian engines.

EDF Energy London Eye

LONDON: More than just a metropolis

The London eye gives you one of the best views of London. This customized cinematic addition to the EDF energy will enhance the value and the experience of a trip to the UK’s top paid for visitor attraction. you will see the first ever 3D aerial footage of London. You will feel like you are really there; with wind in your hair, snow falling at your feet, the floor shaking and even a sense of smell, your experience with the London Eye will be truly fascinating

The Tower of London

LONDON: More than just a metropolis

Despite the exhausting crowds and long climbs up stairways, this is one of Britain’s finest historical attractions. Who would not be fascinated by a close-up look at the crown of Queen Victoria or the Armour (and prodigious codpiece) of King Henry VIII?

If you like the Tower and want more on London’s history, check out the Museum of London. Perched above a section of original Roman wall near St Paul’s Cathedral, the museum has enough prehistoric axe heads, medieval church paintings, plague-related objects and reconstructed Victorian streets to keep the most enthusiastic historian happy.

The buildings of the Tower span 900 years of history and the bastions and battlements house a series of interactive displays on the lives of British monarchs, and the often excruciatingly painful deaths of traitors. There’s easily enough to do here to fill a whole day, and it’s worth joining one of the highly recommended and entertaining free tours led by the Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters).

British Museum

LONDON: More than just a metropolis

The mother (or should that be ‘mummy’?) of all museums, the British Museum (or BM, as it’s known by staff and regulars) is the world’s oldest national public museum and London’s top free attraction. Since opening in 1759 to ‘all curious and studious persons’, people have come to view the unrivaled collections of antiquities from Egypt, Greece, Rome and Britain among others.

With over six million objects it’s impossible to see everything on one visit so either pick one or two civilizations and spend an hour or two exploring their cultures in depth, or head straight for the highlights – the Rosetta Stone (the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics), the Parthenon Sculptures (controversially brought to Britain from Athens in the early 19th century), the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon burial hoard and, of course, the mummies

National Gallery

For a who’s who of Western art, from Michelangelo to Van Gogh, head to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Sq. If it’s a chronological run-through you’re after then start in the Sainsbury Wing with the likes of Botticelli and his racy (for its day) Venus and Mars, then amble past Rubens, Velazquez and Turner until you reach one of the most popular galleries, the Impressionists, with masterpieces by Monet and his pals. Or plot and print out a personalized itinerary using the ArtStart multimedia system – ask at one of the information desks for details. The main exhibition this year, Barocci: Brilliance and Grace, is showing from February to May and will bring this relatively unknown 16th-century Italian painter’s work to the attention of the wider public.

Getting to London from anywhere in the World via flight is quite easy. With Virgin Atlantic connecting to over thirty(30) destinations from London, you are covered!! Your splendid London holiday experience starts right aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight.

Other airlines are also available, just as you can choose to cruise or make the trip via train depending on where you are coming from.

Always, always make sure to have London on your list of places to visit.. you’d be delighted and never want to stop visiting.

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