With close to 9 million residents, London provides visitors with a truly international experience, with distinct flavours and cultures in each are of the city. The city is connected by the world’s first, most-recognisable and loved underground rail systems, affectionately known as the Tube. The Tube criss-crosses beneath London’s trademark cobbled streets reaching everywhere from Hyde Park to London Bridge, the funky East End or Greenwich Park.
Spend a day strolling along the banks of the Thames to see some of London’s major attractions like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
Historic walking tours and after-dark ghost tours are a sensational way to learn about old London. Hear tales of the Great Fire of London and Jack the Ripper as you’re led through some of London’s oldest streets and laneways.
On the South Bank, London’s premier arts and cultural precinct, you will find some of the most prominent cultural institutions in the nation. Visit the Hayward Gallery, National Theatre, Tate Modern and the historic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where you can enjoy plays by world’s most famous playwright.
London is a great city if you love markets. Head to the Borough Markets for breakfast or lunch; the Notting Hill markets for food and trinkets and the Spitalfields markets for funky clothes, antiques and treats.
You can explore London’s many green spaces on foot, by bike or horseback. Despite being among the largest and most densely populated cities in Europe, London is famous for its parks, meadows and gardens. Visit the Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, make the journey to the breathtaking Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, catch the view from Primrose Hill, ride a horse through the forest of Hampstead Heath and Hyde Park, or picnic in front of Buckingham Palace in St James’ Park.
As night falls, make your way to a traditional British pub to see how the locals spend their evenings. Sit back with a pint of ale and order a typical British meal. Hearty dishes are commonplace, including gravy-filled pies, generous portions of fish and chips and the customary Sunday roast. Indian food is almost as traditional as a roast so head to Brick Lane in the east for some of the best curries in Europe.
After dinner you can catch a theatre show in the West End or check Leicester Square for any potential Hollywood movie premieres. Later in the evening the streets come alive with revellers attending live concerts, theatre events or parties at London’s many nightclubs.
Getting into London is easy as the capital is connected to most global destinations via Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. A further five international airports provide connections to European cities while bus, rail and boat services will have you travelling across the United Kingdom in no time.