London: majestic, diverse and with unique style
- Name: London;
- Founded: Early 1st century (47 CE);
- Population: 8.8 million;
- Area: 1,572 km2 (607 sq mi);
- Known as: Capital of England and the United Kingdom
London, the capital of the United Kingdom (and of England), is a modern city, but with history stretching back to 1st century. Reminders of rich history are the Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, while across the Thames River, modern, London Eye observation wheel sits as a contrast and a reminder that city embraced new era and technology in everyday life.
One of main European (and world’s) financial, fashion and shopping capital, London offers many possibilities not only for tourism, but for nice life and a career.
The British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain are magnificent places to visit for local and international history and art.
Covent Garden, Soho and Spitalfields Market are ever popular dining and shopping districts. Major public spaces include Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park and Hampstead.
Main attractions: Big Ben, London Eye, British Museum, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Palace of Westminster and many many more.
Top things to do: Visit museums, hop on/hop off bus tours, day trips outside of Berlin, visit open markets.
Festivals and events: Notting Hill Carnival (August), Underbelly Festival in South Bank (September), London Restaurant Festival (October) and several events during Christmas and New Year’s.
Best time to fly to London. The peak season for flights to London is January, July and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is February, April and May.
London is served by these airports: London Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, London Heathrow Airport, London Luton Airport, Stansted Airport and London Southend Airport. Direct flights to London are offered by 105 airlines.
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The famous Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the clock tower and not the tower itself. Actual tower name is “The Elizabeth Tower.”
There are over 23,500 royal jewels in Martin Tower, currently net worth of over 20 Billion Pounds.
Based on an old superstition that the kingdom will fall if all the ravens leave the Tower, at least six ravens are kept in the Tower of London at all times.