Introduction to London for Visitors
Fancy visiting London? London the capital city of England is the financial power house of the UK economy and one on the largest financial centres in the world. London is home to some of Europe’s and the World’s leading companies.
London is the largest metropolitan area in the UK with 7.5 million people and has its own Mayor (Mayor of London) and its own Assembly (London Assembly). London is a cosmopolitan city and you can hear language from all over the World being spoken and it attracts people from all over the world to live in the city.
London’s history dates back to the Roman times and its river the River Themes played an important part in its development.
People visiting London can see a wealth of attractions which attract people from all over the world. London’s Heathrow Airport handles the majority of its visitors and is the busiest airport in the world.
When you visit London one thing is very apparent, lots of attractions have the term ‘Royal’ in their name. The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family are a big tourist attraction with buildings such as Buckingham Place, Windsor Place and the Tower of London and events such as Trooping the Colour.
London has a wealth of museums and some of the most notable are The National Museum, National History Museum, Imperial War Museum, Madame Tussauds and theTate Modern.
London is a nice place to live and has a number of parks in the city and you can find many famous celebrities running around the likes of Hyde and Regent’s Park. The is a spectacular view of London from the London Eye.
Underground (or more fondly know as the Tube) is the oldest metro system in the world and is the principle way that people travel around London with 2.9 million using it daily.
A large amount of tourists will be visiting London to see The London Olympics in 2012, and no doubt it will be one of the greatest and successful Olympics ever hosted.
Visit the things to do in London section for ideas to make the most of your time in the capital city.
People who come from London are known as cockneys and are famous for talking in rhyming slang. London has now a diverse culture is famous evens such as the Notting Hill Carnival led by the west Indian community.
London has a proud history of live performing arts with the like of William Shakespeare performing in the city. It now has around 40 theatres and the most notable located in the ‘West End’ of London. If you are in London it is well worth a visit to one of the shows.
London Student Life
London being a large capital city it has something for everyone bars, pubs restaurants, nightclubs and theaters so if you are visiting London you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do. For more information read our London Student Nightlife Guide.
Like most universities, London’s students’ social life revolves around the university’s Students’ Union. If your visiting your friend who is in university in London or participate in a inter-university sporting league then you’d enjoy you time in London, in one of its clubs or drinking in the union.
If you are visiting London then your likely to bump into the many students revising in one of London’s parks.
More information on eating out and drinking out can be found can be found in the Student Zone. Don’t forget to make the most of London’s tourist attractions if your here for the weekend combine sight seeing and a pub crawl.
Places to stay in London
When your friends or parents come down to visit you in London there is a large selection of high quality hotels in the city ranging from large popular chains to smaller independent bed and breakfasts: There’s something here to suit all tastes and budgets.
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Don’t forget to visit the best things to do in London page if you need ideas to how to make the most of your time when you visit London.