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Overview

London, a beautiful city located alongside River Thames, is the capital of England.London is the most popular tourist destination in the whole world, attracting around 30 million visitors from other countries each and every year. People travel here from every corner of the globe to admire London's many impressive monuments, explore the richly vibrant culture of the city and perhaps take in a theatrical performance in the West End. In addition, a total of roughly 26 million overnight visits are made to London each year, and these overnight visits are mostly made by people living in other parts of the United Kingdom.London also boasts one of the planet's greatest concentrations of cultural attractions. From royal palaces to the people's parliament, from Roman ruins to castles and cathedrals, you could spend endless days exploring London's sites without ever running out of unique things to see and do.

Attractions:

Take one of the boat trips in the Thames River; you can go around hearing the history of famous buildings such as the Tower hill, Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, and many more.Don't forget to drop into Madame Tussauds which houses waxwork of all the famous people from history and present date with almost accurate representations.There is also a unique ghost tour which takes you around the haunted parts of the city. If you are history buff, then do not miss out on Natural History Museum which has the largest collection of dinosaur skeletons and other significant artifacts. The ideal months to visit London are July, January, December, and September. Additionally, The Kew Gardens and Tower of London are home to historical sites such as Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster, St. Margaret's Church and historic settlement of Greenwich. Beautiful galleries, libraries, and museums are the highlights of the region. In addition to these, theatres, National Gallery, British Museum, British Library, and Wimbledon are some of the other prominent attractions of the place. If you’re on a quick trip make sure to ride the London Eye, climb to the top of St Paul's Cathedral dome, marvel at Westminster Abbey, and grab discounted theatre tickets in Covent Garden for same-night shows.If greener pastures and family fun are what you seek, London offers it up in spades. There are more than 300 museums and galleries scattered throughout the city. From the tourism hub of Piccadilly Square to the edgy nightlife of Dalston, London is a playground for all ages.

Things to Do:

You’re only in London for a set amount of time so you want to make sure you see and do the best things in London. Some of them are: 

1. Tower of London remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. Visitors can take enjoy entertaining tours by Yeomen Warders (aka beefeaters) and learn about the tales and tragedies of this historic royal place. Don’t forget you can see the stunning Crown Jewels and the oldest exhibition in the world, the Line of Kings. Meet the Beefeaters at The Tower of London: one of the best London experience

2. See London from a different perspective and take a trip on a fun Thames River Cruise. Get a unique view of the city from the river and spot all the iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye and the O2. From Westminster to Greenwich, you can meander right through the heart of London and see all the best sights along the way!

3. Westminster Abbey is a stunning gothic church and UNESCO World Heritage site that sits behind the Houses of Parliament. Many famous names are part of the rich history of Westminster Abbey, from royals to scientists, poets and aristocrats. More recently, it was the church where Kate and Wills were married in 2011. Westminster Abbey has to be one of the best things to do in London and is definitely one of London’s most important landmarks.

4. It’s worth taking a trip out of London to Windsor Castle to visit the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. As the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II – and her preferred weekend palace – it has over 900 years of rich royal history. Visitors can see the amazing State Apartments and the world’s smallest doll house, too.Visit Kate and William Wedding Venue: The Westminster Abbey

5. Hampton Court Palace is one of London’s most loved palaces and was once the home of King Henry VIII. A sprawling and impressive building, Hampton Court Palace boasts stunning gardens, a world famous hedge maze and the only surviving royal chocolate kitchen dating back to the 17th century.

6. Our iconic Victorian bascule bridge, Tower Bridge, dates back to 1894 and was once a symbol of industrial development and London’s urban expansion. Now it houses a permanent exhibition which explores the history of the bridge, as well as a new Glass Walkway, recently opened in 2014 to give visitors a unique view over the river and pedestrians below.

7. Visit the home of the late Princess Diana and the childhood residence of Queen Victoria. Kensington Palace is a stunning building in the heart of London and promises engaging exhibitions that delve into the lives of the great women of the monarchy. From Fashion Rules to Victoria Revealed, there’s so much to learn at Kensington Palace.The best play writer in England has its own theatre: Visit the Shakespeare's Globe

8. ZSL London Zoo is a great attraction if you’re in London looking for things to do with the family. London Zoo is home to a wide range of exotic animals and has conservation at the heart of what it does. Get involved with animal feedings and go inside the Butterfly Enclosure to really get close up to nature.

9. Prepare to be spooked at The London Bridge Experience. Located under the arches of London Bridge, delve into the underworld of this historic city and learn about the most terrible crimes and killings. A visit to the Tombs will also test your courage, so only go if you dare!

10. Enjoy a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, an identical reconstruction of the original 16th century open-air playhouse in which Shakespeare directed his world-famous plays. Set on the banks of the River Thames, it’s one of London’s most iconic buildings and a must-see if you’re a fan of the Bard!

Places To Stay:

London accommodation options are as vast as the city itself. You could easily spend between GBP20 and GBP200, depending on where you'd like to be. The heart of the West End has many 4- and 5-star hotels and their tariffs reflect their (tourist-primed) location. At the other end of the spectrum, hostels are plentiful – Earls Court is a popular Aussie haunt – and mid-range options can sometimes be secured by either booking well in advance or via last-minute deals. Bed and breakfasts are often tucked into historic buildings and serviced apartments may be a more suitable self-catering option if you're travelling with family.

Bloomsbury teams quiet, tree-lined streets and Georgian terraces with access to Oxford Street shopping and Theatre land, while near-neighbour Covent Garden is noisier, smarter, and right at the heart of the action. Marylebone is more "villagey" than either, with a mix of high-end hotels and smaller, family-run establishments. Paddington and Bayswater throng with terraced family-run hotels that don't offer much in the way of glamour, but with Hyde Park on your doorstep and the West End minutes away you won't be home much anyway. Notting Hill is more self-contained, with a mix of upscale boutiques, celeb-rich restaurants, and the clamour of Portobello Road market. Hotels here are more expensive, but also more elegant. If you're going to splurge on a hotel, Knightsbridge has the smartest -- classic town houses with haute cuisine in the restaurants, Hyde Park for a garden, and Harrods as the local store. Kensington and Chelsea, like Knightsbridge, are heavy on grand Edwardian accommodation, but with less flash, and less expense, than their neighbour.

Best Time to visit:

The best time to visit London is in the spring, when the temperatures are mild and the city's parks are green and blooming. However, spring—along with summer—is also prime tourist season, and hotel and flight prices reflect the surge. You're more likely to find airfare and accommodation deals in the fall and winter, though you'll also encounter chilly temperatures. And no matter when you travel, you should pack an umbrella: "Foggy Londontown" experiences misty days and showers throughout the year. SO if you are planning a trip to London you can plan it between March and December.