Destination guide: London, England
London is a city where you’ll find a whole world of history and culture in each of its colorful streets. As in other cities in Europe, London has an incredible ethnic mix, which gives a certain edge to this area of the United Kingdom.
On travelling through this fascinating city, you’ll find a large number of tourist attractions, among which are Westminster Abbey (a church where the remains of the Royal Family are buried and where important marriages are usually held), the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, the Greenwich National Maritime Museum and the British Museum, as well as the numerous parks scattered throughout London.
From its Roman core to its Olympic edges, its ancient abbeys to its iconic skyscrapers, London is an extraordinary time capsule of human history and a cross-section of all human life. London now confidently assumes the mantle of Europe’s cultural capital and that of one of the world’s great cities, crowning itself Napoleon-style by hosting its third Olympic Games in 2012.
London has been called a ‘world in one city’ and that’s not just empty rhetoric. The brilliant feat carried off here is that while immigrants, the city’s lifeblood, continue to flow in and contribute their energy and cultures to the capital’s already-spicy melting pot, London nevertheless feels quintessentially British, whether it’s those boxy black cabs, the red double-deckers or those grand symbols of Britain – the mother of all parliaments at Westminster, the silhouette of Tower Bridge above the muddy Thames or the now world-famous London Eye, barely a decade old.
Don’t miss these essential sights of course, but equally ensure you partake in what really makes London great: a pint and a plate of fish ’n’ chips by the river, a day in the park or a night out in Soho or Shoreditch. Take a deep breath and prepare to fall in love with the British capital.
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