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London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. The River Thames travels through the city. London is the biggest city in western Europe, and the world's largest financial centre. ... It was called Londinium by the Romans.

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London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. The River Thames travels through the city. London is the biggest city in western Europe, and the world's largest financial centre. ... It was called Londinium by the Romans.

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    For first-time visitors the city offers a wide range of tourist attractions with history that dates back to the Roman times – from the iconic Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye to the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. If architecture and history isn’t of interest to you, there are plenty of public parks that has its charm in every season – don’t miss the magical Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park during winter to and make sure you stroll through Hampstead Heath and the slightly smaller St. James Park on a sunnier day. The city also hosts some of the world’s best art collections in the Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery and the V&A museum. Well-known artists like Kandinsky, Caravaggio, Modigliani and Rembrandt van Rijn can be seen in these museums, and best of all, most of these museums offer free entry. If you’re travelling with kids make sure to add Madame Tussauds, the London Zoo and the Sea Life London Aquarium to your daytime activities. A trip on the London Eye is also recommended for young and old – beautiful views over the River Thames, especially at sunset and into the evening.
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    The Southbank is at the heart of London’s cultural scene and a beautiful spot to see view of the iconic landmarks like the Big Ben, London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Take a walk next to the River Thames, stroll through the Foyles bookshop in the Royal Festive Hall and if you’re in luck you might be able to attend one of the free concerts in the Southbank Centre. Take a quick walk across the Thames and you’ll be in Covent Garden – here you’ll find some of the best coffee shops, award-winning restaurants, theatres and Covent Garden Market for the shopping enthusiasts. London doesn’t need to be overwhelming, plan ahead and you can easily walk your way through the city.
Accommodations
    The best hotels in London are not limited to central areas, each neighbourhood offers a choice of options ranging from cheap and budget hotels to luxury accommodation. Budget options might have a less convenient location from the main tourist attractions in the city, but with efficient public transport it will probably only affect your travelling time to and from these tourist attractions.   
Attractions
    For first-time visitors the city offers a wide range of tourist attractions with history that dates back to the Roman times – from the iconic Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye to the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. If architecture and history isn’t of interest to you, there are plenty of public parks that has its charm in every season – don’t miss the magical Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park during winter to and make sure you stroll through Hampstead Heath and the slightly smaller St. James Park on a sunnier day. The city also hosts some of the world’s best art collections in the Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery and the V&A museum. Well-known artists like Kandinsky, Caravaggio, Modigliani and Rembrandt van Rijn can be seen in these museums, and best of all, most of these museums offer free entry. If you’re travelling with kids make sure to add Madame Tussauds, the London Zoo and the Sea Life London Aquarium to your daytime activities. A trip on the London Eye is also recommended for young and old – beautiful views over the River Thames, especially at sunset and into the evening.
Shopping
    London is a popular shopping destination – from buzzling Oxford street to the vintage shops in Brick Lane, Hackney or Portobello Road. Some of the must-visit shopping destinations include Harrods, which has been named the world’s most famous department store, the high street favourites like Top Shop, House of Fraser and River Island and the 6-story department store Selfridges in Oxford Street. If you’re looking to move away from the high-street brands and want to explore some of the more diverse neighbourhoods of the city, take the Northern Tube Line to Camden. Here you will find clothing, jewellery, accessories, shoes, books, handmade crafts and some of the best street food. This distinct area is also known for its vintage shops, pubs, live music and best of all; people watching. Foodies can add Borough Market to their list, it still ranks as one of London’s oldest and biggest food markets; with everything from artisanal baked goods, meat and a variety of fresh and exotic fruits and vegetables. It’s a visual and culinary highlight.
Transportation
    Getting around Central London is easy and straightforward. The tube, buses and the overground railway system navigate to and from all mayor airports and bring you into the heart of the city. All major tourist attractions can be reached by public transport or if you’ve got a bit more time and the weather’s not looking too gloomy, jump into your comfiest pair of walking shoes and explore the city by foot. To save on extra travelling costs, enquire about Day Travelcards within the city or consider getting an Oyster card if London will be your home for more than a few days. To prepare in advance, download a free underground map for your pocket – before you know it you’ll be travelling the underground like a local.