London is rich in culture, heritage, architecture, music, sports and vibrant shades that reflect in the people. London is the capital of England and United Kingdom. One of the most populous city of United Kingdom has more than 13 million inhabitants. The city is famous for various diverse culture and people, around 300 languages are spoken in London.
London has been divided as Old London and Greater London. Old London has its ancient buildings and monuments. However Greater London has more new buildings enough to be called as Metropolis.
The City of London has 32 boroughs, where the city of London is the smallest borough and Bromley borough is the largest among them. London main business district developed on the bank of Thames called Canary Wharf. The land was earlier called as Docklands houses now many businesses like banks like Citibank, HSBC and Credit Suisse and list never ends.
London boasts of world’s major financial center, has more than 450 banks and financial houses, generate 20 percent revenue of UK’s economy. The city’s financial nerve centre Bank of England (Central Bank) and London Stock Exchange. Half of the FTSE companies are situated in and around London Stock Exchange.
London has pleasant climate especially during summer season climate varying from 15 degrees centigrade to 21 degrees centigrade. London has divided into 5 major business districts the City of London, Westminster, Canary Wharf, Camden & Islington and Lambeth & Southwark.
London has one of the most planned multi modal transport system. You can use the famous London Tube, Bus Services, water transport by boats too. London Tube is one of worlds famous metro train services runs across length and breadth of the city. The famous London Double Decker buses support metro services. Travelling on Thames River will be a memorable journey.
One has to buy day pass or monthly pass called as Oyster to travel in the London Tube and the pass acts as ticket in London buses too. Travelling in own transport like cars and bikes will attract congestion charges. London Tube consists more than 350 stations can be divided into Underground and Docklands Rails and Suburban.
However London train stations like St Pancras Railway station connects London to mainland Europe via Eurostar. Passengers can access Paris and Brussels from London within 150 minutes of travel. Apart from international travel London is connected with other major centres of Britain. High speed trains are connected from Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, and Sheffield too.
The city has cab services called Hackney carriage which are radio taxi services uses ambassador cars that are sturdy and comfortable during travel.
London can be accessed by air too. The City has 5 airports namely Heathrow Airport, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City. These airports are connected by London Tube helps passengers to reach city seamlessly. London’s Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest airport of the world. The airport is main transit point of many airlines.
London has rich culture, heritage and architecture. Many buildings which are old as well as new reflect the flavours. The main attractions of London City are British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, The London eye, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Towers of London, Royal Museums of Greenwich, Madame Tussauds and Buckingham Palace.
The International Time Line, the GMT (Greenwich Meridian Time) passes through London is noteworthy place to visit. Greenwich can be approached via Docklands Railway Line has one of beautiful park surrounded.
London houses many palaces among the Buckingham Palace located in the city of Westminster houses British monarch. Opened in 1837, the palace hosts several functions around the year from investiture ceremonies to state banquets. Buckingham Palace houses many art and finest treasures of the queen, lavishly furnished with rare artefacts. Change of Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the main tourist attraction should not be missed by anyone.
Kensington Palace, Britain’s favourite public figure Princess Diana lived till her death. Before construction of the Buckingham Palace, the monarch stayed in the palace. The palace is adorned with rare and exquisite paintings.
Windsor Palace housed near Heathrow Airport can be accessed thru London Tube. It is working palace which monarch for the days when in office. The palace is 900 years old has imposing towers creates spectacular view. Even here change of guard ceremony will be held, however it is not as grandeur as Buckingham.
London is a major shopping center, the famous Oxford Street near Oxford Circus. Major international designer labels like Selfridges, Knightsbridge, Jimmy Choo and few others are featured here. On the south west the famous Harrods Departmental store is located in Knightsbridge. Oxford Street is the longest shopping street in the UK.
The City is famous for its food and people. Various ethnic groups from Asia and Africa have made London as their home. Various lanes of Brick lane caters to food palette of Indians and people from South Asia. Another prominent place East Ham houses Hindu temple which has Indian and Sri Lankan population.
London is a sports loving city has hosted Olympics for three times in 1908, 1948 and 2012 became the first city to host Olympics 3 times. London hosts various football clubs that include six premier league clubs. Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United. Football fans flocks the Wembley stadium to watch football matches witnesses matches between other countries. The stadium conducted FIFA world cup final in 1966 has been renovated since then to increase the seating capacity.
Another major event for sports lover in London is that of Wimbledon. Wimbledon hosts championships, a sporting fest for Lawn Tennis lover. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club also known as the Wimbledon Championships consists of five main events Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The tournament has junior events for young people.
The Mecca of Cricket Lords cricket ground houses world’s oldest cricket museum. The cricket ground celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2014. It also hosted some events of 2012 London Olympics. The ground hosted 3 finals of World Cup Cricket has seating capacity of more than 26,000 spectators.
Several Test and One day matches are also played in Kennington Oval earlier known as the Oval. The first ever test match between England and Australia was played in the Oval in 1880. The Oval is the birthplace of the Ashes Series played between England and Australia.
London is famous for its music lovers which houses Royal Albert hall. The hall hosts various concerts and musical events. The city is owned by several recording companies like EMI and Warner Music Group. There are several avenues like Earls Court and O2 arena hosts many rock concerts.