London is one of the world’s greatest cities, packed with a huge array of attractions for every age – from the best museums, galleries, Royal palaces and churches (many of these are free to enter) to theatre, shopping, restaurants and accommodation for all budgets.

London is the political, economic and cultural capital of Britain. You can visit the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the UK government.

This is a city at the centre of the world – and a world in one city: around 230 languages are spoken here and you’ll find a wealth of different cultures and communities throughout the capital. London’s history stretches back over thousands of years, and the city boasts four World Heritage Sites: the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The world-class tourist attractions are renowned across the globe. Many of the most famous attractions are free to visit, for example Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The river Thames runs through the heart of London, from Richmond in the west, through the central London borough of Westminster, to Greenwich in the east. London river cruises and river buses are a great way to see the city.

About one third of the city is devoted to parks and open spaces, so there are plenty of places to relax on fine days. There are more than 6,000 restaurants in town you’ll never be short of new places to eat.

Want to bring your kids ? They’ll have a great time. London is full of child-friendly attractions, and many – including the Science Museum and Natural History Museum – are free to visit.

Whether you want to stay in a well-known 5-star hotel, a cozy bed and breakfast or a cheap backpackers’ hostel, London offers a wide range of quality accommodation, and a fantastic transport system, with its Tube, red buses and black taxis, will enable you to get around the city quickly and easily.

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