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London

Introduction

London needs no introduction. The capital of the United Kingdom and a true world city, London has a wealth of things to see and do..... you will need more than one visit!

London is situated on the River Thames and the metropolitan area is home to around 12 million people. In 2012 the Olympic Games return to London and will take place in a redeveloped area of the East End.

The centre of London is broken down into numerous districts, each with their own attractions. Oxford Street is the shopping Capital of Britain and has enough stores to delight even the most determined shopaholic. Leicester Square is home to numerous cinemas and pubs and is a centre of entertainment. Westminster is the heart of British Government and Buckingham Palace, the home of the Royal family. A stroll through some of the Royal Parks is a relaxing way to spend the day.



Getting there

Air: London Heathrow (LHR) is the world's busiest airport. It will come as no surprise that flight options to and from London are abundant. As well as Heathrow, London is also serviced by Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City airports. For the best flight options to and from all these airports click here for Expedia.co.uk flight deals.

Rail: London has numerous mainline rail stations which service various parts of the country. Trains to the north and Scotland leave from King's Cross and Euston stations. If you are looking to travel west out of London, Waterloo station is your main departure station.

Accommodation

London has a massive range of hotels to suit all budgets as you would expect from a global city. To search for Hotels in London click here for best London Hotel Deals.

What to See and Do

Londons's numerous attractions include the following:

Buckingham Palace: Buckingham Palace is home to the Queen and certain areas are open to the public at certain times of the year. If you time your visit you may have the opportunity to see the changing of the guard.

Westminster: The British Parliament and the familar sight of Big Ben await the visitor on the banks of the Thames at Westminster Bridge. Adjacent to the Palace of Westminster is Westminster Abbey where English and British Monarchs have been crowned for centuries.

Tower of London: Adjacent to the Thames in the City of London at Tower Bridge. See the famous Beefeaters and ravens as well as the English Crown Jewels.

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Getting Around

The best way to get around London is by using the Underground, also known as "the tube". Tourist buses leave from various central points and can take you a tour of the main sights. There is an extensive network of public buses should you wish to venture to the suburbs. Travel passes can be obtained to give you flexibility at the best price.

The traffic in London is notorious and driving into the centre will mean you are required to pay the "congestion charge". If arriving by car you will be cheaper, and maintain your sanity, if you use a "Park and Ride" station and enter the city via the train or tube network.