Introducing the city

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Main Course £15.00

About London

The most visited city in the world, London offers an incomparable city break with spectacular landmarks, theatres and attractions at your fingertips.

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life" said famed English writer Samuel Johnson in 1777. In 2015, oversees visitors reportedly spent nearly £15 billion in the UK's capital; apparently a man isn't tired of spending money in this multi-cultural metropolis either.

With signature landmarks including the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, city icons such as red double decker buses and black cabs plus the buzzing nightlife scene in the emphatic West End, there's plenty to keep you busy. Boasting a population of around 8.5 million, London has become one of the most recognisable destinations in Europe and was declared the most visited city in the world with nearly 20 million overseas visitors in 2015. In 2017, it was placed at number three on Euromonitor's top 100 city destinations list. Vibrant, eclectic and unique, you can be sure of a good night's sleep when London has finished with you.

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When Should You Visit?

We could make a case to visit London in every season but we recommend June as the weather is just beginning to tip into summer, and fewer tourists and locals will be roaming the streets.

It's probably one of the only places where the weather (good or bad) makes front page news. A few inches of snow is suddenly a national disaster and heatwaves are the subject of office small talk. Yet the unpredictable skies never get the better of the capital. London experiences some fantastic periods during summer with highs reaching around 25 degrees Celsius and during spring, parks are at their most beautiful with blossoming trees and plants lining winding pathways. Winters are chilly but there's something rather appealing about the atmosphere that surrounds London's historic streets during this time of the year, particularly around the local Christmas markets.

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Travioor top tips

Museums
Covent Garden
Hyde Park

Insider Info

  • Many of London's top museums and galleries are free so check beforehand if you want to save your money for the bar.

  • The magic of Covent Garden and its buzzing atmosphere has been delighting tourists and locals for years with various entertainers lining the cobbled streets. Here you'll find everything from talented buskers and dancers, to amazing jugglers and magicians all out to impress the crowds.

  • There's no need to float on the Thames for romance when you can hire a boat at Hyde Park.

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Food and drink

Main Course £15.00

3-Course Meal £55.00

Cappuccino £2.63

Beer £4.50

The Scene

London's international status opens it up to an increasingly diverse range of cuisines. You'll find every type of eatery in London from Mexican to Ethiopian as well as world famous chains from around the globe. Experience fine dining at Michelin-starred restaurants or stay outdoors and head for London's Borough Market for a selection of tasty street food.

The significance of the pub to the Brit can not be underestimated and a trip to a local 'London boozer' is a must when visiting the capital. Enjoy a pint or two with friends and if you're here on a Sunday, you'll probably find the English delicacy of a roast dinner on the menu (complete with a signature Yorkshire pudding). But if you've no time for the pub (which should never be the case), there's sure to be a local chippy around the corner where you can try the English favourite of fish and chips.

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History

London’s Story

The rise of the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries is well documented, with the steamship and telegraph proving pivotal in turning Britain into a world power. Before this it was under many different rules including Roman and Saxon which each put a stamp on the British culture of today. London has always been at the centre of business, politics and royalty as well as serving as England's capital for hundreds of years.

The Victorian era was hugely significant in making the city the thriving tourism hub it is today, with world famous landmarks such as Big Ben and the iconic London underground first built in the 19th century. The 20th century saw London overcome two world wars which firmly cemented its position as one of the most powerful capital cities in the world. More recent developments - such as the London Eye and the Shard - continue to place this city amongst the globe's elite.

Language

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English

English is one of the world's most widely spoken languages, with most non-native speakers having at least a basic understanding of the language; you'll need this if you want to navigate the city. One thing Britain is also known for are its various accents and sayings which vary considerably from city to city. Londoners are no different and particular expressions can often confusion with tourists. If you already have a firm grip on the language and want to raise a smile from locals, why not learn some cockney slang used by home-grown Londoners. We've listed three popular ones below:

  • Phone: Dog and bone
  • Stairs: Apples and pears
  • Dead: Brown bread

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Need to know

+44 Dialling Code
999 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • There are five major airports in and around London (Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, London City, Luton). The tube serves Heathrow Terminals 1 - 5 on the Piccadilly Line.
  • Purchase an Oyster Card for use on the underground and buses, or use a contactless bank card.
  • Look out for discounted theatre tickets at booths in Leicester Square.
  • Head towards east London rather than west for cheaper nightlife.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the UK here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Sky Garden

London's famous 'walkie talkie' building is located at 20 Fenchurch Street, and is home to a garden and restaurant on its top floors. Book in advance to make sure you get in.

2. Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre offers a monthly programme of events from talks to productions on London's South Bank.

3. London Wall

Initially built by the Romans around Londinium, remnants of the London Wall can be found near Tower Hill tube station.

4. Regent's Canal

Visitors flock to this 8.6 mile stretch for boating, cycling and canal-side walking. Take a canal boat from Camden Lock to Regent's Park for picturesque views.

5. Markets

The are loads of markets to visit in London from the well-known Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Portobello Road to more hidden gems like Cabbages and Frocks and Leather Lane.


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