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London Travel Guide - London Tourist Attractions
London, United Kingdom
A City for All Seasons
Founded and named ‘Londonium’ by the Romans, London, on the banks of the Thames, is home to the British royalty and visitors often queue up for the Changing of the Guards ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Considered to be the world’s most frequented city and ‘cultural capital’, in 2012, London’s hosting the Olympics for the third time.
Avail of our London Tour Package to closely experience life in this global, historical and fashionable city. It’s dotted with innumerable historic and aesthetically built landmarks. London’s Kew Gardens; the Tower of London; Greenwich; and, Westminster Abbey together with Westminster Palace and St. Margaret’s Church, are all World Heritage Sites. The famed 10 Downing Street – the British PM’s residence, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Wimbledon – the tennis mecca, London Eye giving a spectacular view of the city, St. Paul’s Cathedral, besides several museums – including Madame Tussauds’ – and galleries are all an integral part of the city. London has its share of several beautiful parks – Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill and Kensington Gardens are some of them.
The Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and Trinity College of Music are renowned for dance and music, and tourists can attend a performance of their choice. London hosts several pop and rock concerts. Covent Garden is known for its street performances by singers and mime artists. When you avail of our London Tour Package, it will lead you to a memorable cruise down the Thames, a vintage tour on London’s famous double-decker buses, hop-on hop-off buses, tours through London, and a special tour of the famous Warner Bros studios. The famed Notting Hill Carnival in August in the city’s streets, a fireworks display at the London Eye, Trooping the Colours to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in June and an annual parade on New Year’s Day are events to look out for.
Vivienne Westwood, Jimmy Choo, Galliano, Manolo Blahnik and Stella McCartney, internationally-reputed designers, are based in London. Its’ Oxford Street is the longest and busiest shopping area in Europe with department stores such as Selfridges. Harrods is in the city’s south-west. Liberty and Harvey Nichols are some of the other well-known department stores. For luxury shopping there’s Tiffany & Co., and Westfield has two stores – in West London and Stratford. Dover Street has several retail shops. There are art galleries where you can pick up paintings; special shops for children’s apparel and toys; boutiques, malls and places where you can buy just about anything, including gourmet and eco-friendly shopping.
Soho has plenty of eateries and pubs, Chinatown is famous for Chinese food, and Brick Lane has Bangladeshi cuisine. There are innumerable restaurants serving traditional Indian cuisine all over London including Bloomsbury, Chelsea, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Marylebone, Kensington, Notting Hill, Islington, Covent Garden, East, North and North-west London. Christopher’s Place, off Oxford Street has numerous restaurants, coffee shops and bars serving French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese cuisine. The Kensington Roof Garden in Kensington High Street offers a unique experience – al fresco dining – where tourists can dine on a terrace, and meander through a Tudor garden and a Spanish garden, and walk past a stream or a pond with flamingos and ducks. In Hyde Park, the Serpentine Bar Kitchen offers seasonal dishes, home-made ice-cream, sandwiches and afternoon tea. Heddon Street in the West End has several eateries with pavement dining where tourists can relax amidst olive and palm trees. Le Coq d’Argent serves classic French food. The beautiful St James Park has Inn The Park, which serves traditional as well as modern food. In Shad Thames, with pretty river-side and Tower Bridge views, Le Pont da la Tour serves French food; Butler’s Wharf Chop House serves roast beef, fish and chips; All Bar One has pub fare; and the Design’s Museum serves sandwiches. There are many pubs, especially in Greenwich, Clapham South, Shepherd’s Bush, Hampstead Heath, Richmond, and close to Regent’s Park. Besides, there are pub theatres, beer gardens, karaoke bars and champagne bars.
London has a temperate oceanic climate – summers are warm with temperatures averaging at 24oC; spring and autumn are pleasant; and it snows during winter – December-February, but rarely during March-April. It rains a lot. London’s extreme temperatures are between -10oC in winter and 37.9oC in summer, but it’s a city worth visiting during any season of the year.