London's two-millennia history as a capital city set along the banks of the River Thames goes back to its founding as Londinium by the Romans. The heart of the conurbation is the City of London's iconic Square Mile, following the boundaries of the medieval walls and now home to the world's most important financial centre. The present-day city is a fantastic combination of history, heritage, landmark buildings, world-class museums, a vibrant theater district, shopping areas galore and amazing nightlife. Hosting literally millions of visitors annually, London's tourist industry is backed by important historical sights such as Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and the four major museums.
Accommodations in London
A popular tourist city, accommodations London has a wide range of places to stay ranging from affordable hostels to luxury hotels. Most of the hotels can be found in the central areas. Recommended accommodations in London are Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments , The Kensington Close Hotel, and Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington.
Sightseeing in London
After the historic must-sees; Big Ben, the Tower of London, and St Paul's Cathedral, get a bird's eye view of the present day capital on the London Eye. Busy, boisterous, and beguilingly British, the charm of London lies in its capacity for infinite variety. If you've just arrived and are looking for things to do in London, you are only a black cab or red bus ride from smelling the roses in Regent's Park, spending your British Pounds in Harrods, or going to a cheap and cheerful curry house on Brick Lane. If grand London Hotels are not within your budget, tea for two at the Grosvenor House will give you a taste of the high life as well as the traditional English drink. Finding outdoor activities to do in London could mean heading to one of the royal parks, and for night-time pizzazz, choosing from the many West End shows. If you have time to spare, visit Greenwich by boat for craft fairs, maritime history, and the Prime Meridian. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, make use of car rental services in London.
Transportation in London
The air arrival hubs for most of London's tourists are Heathrow and Gatwick international airports, with Heathrow's Piccadilly Line Tube station and Airport Express to Paddington Station giving fast access to the city centre. Gatwick has a fast rail link to Victoria Station. Once in the city, the best way to travel is by the Tube as its inner city stations are close to the majority of London's attractions. London's famous black cabs are convenient but expensive, and bus travel, although comprehensive, is slow due to overcrowded roads. Self-drive isn't recommended due to the congestion charge, the expense of parking and the city's day-long heavy traffic.