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Holiday Guide to visiting London

Holiday Guide to Accommodation and Attractions in London

London is the capital and largest urban area of England and the United Kingdom. London has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world which has increased over the years due to the city's economic growth.

London boasts three World Heritage Sites; these include Palace of Westminster, the Tower of London, and the historic settlement of Greenwich. It is one of the world's leading business, financial, and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts all contribute to its status as a major global city.

The West End is London's main entertainment and shopping district, with locations such as Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus acting as tourist magnets. The West London area is known for fashionable and expensive residential areas such as Notting Hill, Knightsbridge and Chelsea—where properties can sell for tens of millions of pounds.

The centrepiece of the public transport network is the London Underground — commonly referred to as The Tube — which has twelve interconnecting lines. It is the oldest, longest, and most expensive metro system in the world, dating from 1863 . London's bus network is one of the biggest in the world, running 24 hours, with 8,000 buses, 700 bus routes, and over 6 million passenger journeys made every weekday.

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Some of the main attractions of London include

Tate Modern - Britain's national museum of modern art

British Museum - Exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times with collections drawn from all around the world.

National Gallery - Houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world.

Natural History Museum - boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world.

The BA London Eye - World's highest observation wheel and offers passengers spectacular views of of London's most famous landmarks

Science Museum - Major scientific advances of the last 300 years in over 40 galleries and 2000 hands-on exhibits

The Victoria & Albert Museum - Home to 3,000 years worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures.

The Tower of London - Guided tour looking at 900 years of history

St Paul's Cathedral - Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it houses famous works of art Amazing panoramic views of the city from the top of the spiral staircase

National Portrait Gallery - Exhibits portraits in all mediums depicting well known British people.

Other useful links in London

London Town
Visit London
London Pass - Save On Sightseeing
View London
London Theatre Guide

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