London is consistently one of the top-ranked amongst the world’s most visited cities. Divided by the Thames River, London is a tale of two cities with an elegant and inspirational blend of the historic and the contemporary.
Discover the thrilling, cosmopolitan capital London with a vibrant cultural atmosphere, offering a unique experience rich in cultural, ethnic, linguistic and culinary diversity. There is seemingly no end to the number and types of experiences London offers all year round – the hard part is choosing which ones to fit in. If you enjoy live theater, catch some of the world’s longest running shows, such as The Lion King or Mamma Mia. London is home to more than 200 theaters, predominantly located in “Theatreland” in the West End or on the South Bank, such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre.
London’s architectural heritage is equally diverse, featuring structures from Georgian, Edwardian, Neo-Classic, Gothic Revival, Art Deco and Art Nouveau intermingled with the strikingly modern silhouettes of the contemporary styles of architecture.
London’s history dates back to the Roman Empire and today the city has more than 240 galleries and museums on offer, housing some of the most renowned collections in the world. See exhibits of everything from decorative art, design, fashion and textiles at the Victoria & Albert Museum, to maritime history at the National Maritime Museum, to plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens at the Natural History Museum.
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How far is it from London City Airport to central London?
As the only airport in London, LCY is in the ideal location for those traveling to and from London and the Greater London area. It is located approximately 10 km (6 miles) from central London – a journey that takes approximately 30 minutes.
How can you get from London City Airport to central London?
London City Airport has excellent public transportation links to and from central London, with a travel time of approximately 30 minutes. A Visitor Oyster Card will give you access to transportation via trains and buses. The driverless overground Docklands Light Railway (DLR) system is fast and convenient, with trains departing every 8 to 15 minutes, arriving at Canning Town or Woolwich Arsenal in approximately 7 minutes. London City Airport also has excellent road links to central London with buses and minicabs. The iconic licensed London Black cabs are also available outside the terminal building.
What about public transportation around the city?
London uses a system called the “Oyster Card” for public transportation, which also has a Visitor Oyster Card option, allowing you to ride the Tube, Thames river bus services, local overground trains, London trams or London double-decker buses. The London bicycle hire system has more than 750 docking stations and 11,500 bikes available throughout the city, with the first half hour free of charge. You also won’t have to look very far to find a licensed London black cab.
Recommended attractions in London
London is one of the most visited cities in the world – and for good reason. It’s impossible to see and do everything in a weekend, a week or even a month, which means you’ll probably be coming back as there is no shortage of things to experience and keep you entertained in London. See what attractions London has to offer:
- Parliament Hill
- Hyde Park and Richmond Park
- Windsor Castle
- The London Eye
Discover Lonon's parks
Flee the madding crowds – hire a London bicycle and head northwest to Hampstead Heath for city views from Parliament Hill or southwest to national nature reserve Richmond Park, complete with freely roaming deer. If you prefer to stay central, the 350 acre Hyde Park offers tranquil respite in the heart of London – choose from boating on the Serpentine, tennis and horse riding or just taking a relaxing break at a waterside cafe.
Royal watchers should not miss the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle – residence of Her Majesty the Queen of England and the oldest and largest working castle in the world. Changing of the guard is at 11:00 a.m. each morning.
Take the 30-minute ride on the 32-capsule Coca-Cola London Eye Ferris wheel for an unforgettable, breathtaking perspective of more than 55 of the most famous London landmarks.
Tip for London’s visitors
Consider a 3-day London Pass – it provides free and fast-track entry to more than 80 top London attractions, including the Tower of London, the Sea Life London Aquarium, Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey and ZSL London Zoo.
The list of London attractions is never-ending – find more information on the must-see places in our guide about London’s attractions.
Eating in London
You’re guaranteed to work up an appetite after a day of sightseeing in London. With everything from Michelin restaurants with multiple stars to dining with a view and dishes from almost every country in the world, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You will find every kind of taste from all over the world, an echo of the empire that once was ruled from here. Finest Indian and Chinese restaurants are delivering authentic food, you can have East African or Arabic delicacies, depending on how adventurous you feel.
English food for London travellers
Despite the international presence, have a go at the classic British food as well. The full English breakfast, consisting of toast, egg, baked beans, mushrooms, tomato, bacon and sausages, is quite a mouthful, but gives you energy for long day of sightseeing. The English pies are a great snack while on the way to the next attraction, they are filled with meat, potato, cheese, fish, vegetables and whatever can be baked into the crust. The typical fish and chips are as English as a cream tea in a fancy tearoom.
Pubs in London
The city is littered with traditional pubs renowned for their atmosphere. A visit to London would not be complete without stopping in for fish ‘n’ chips and mushy peas with a pint. London’s oldest pub Ye Olde Mitre is nestled between two lanes at 1 Ely Court in Holborn. After the Great Fire of London, the Old Bell Tavern on Fleet Street, which dates back to the 17th century, was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren. Reminisce on days gone by in the crooked building in Southwark that has housed the George Inn since 1677, while sipping a pint amidst memorabilia honouring former patrons including Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. If you feel like a pub snack, don’t be puzzled by names like spotted dick, toad in the hole, pigs In blankets, bangers and mash or bubble and squeak. All of them are actually very tasty food and can’t be blamed for the silly names.
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Shopping tips for London visitors
If you enjoy markets London has more than 20 awaiting exploration. Those seeking fresh produce can’t go past London’s oldest at Borough Market, comprising mostly small-scale artisan producers offering traditional British produce, alongside regional specialties from around the world. The 14th century covered Leadenhall Market on Gracechurch Street provides unique shopping and dining in the heart of the City of London. or experience a budget friendly option at Dalston Food Market. Explore the legendary Camden Market or head to Notting Hill on Saturdays for the best in second-hand clothing and antiques at Portobello Market.
For upmarket retail therapy look no further than Harrods (est. 1849) or Harvey Nichols (est. 1831) in Knightsbridge for designer clothing, luxury gifts and fashion accessories. Take a break at the Harrods Food Hall – an entire department store floor dedicated to high-end foodstuffs from all over the globe – or the Fifth Floor Café and Terrace at “Harvey Nicks”. Of course, a retail excursion in London would not be complete without a visit to the quintessential Marks & Spencer flagship store at Marble Arch.