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London Tourist Guide

London is for many the ultimate destination for both locals and overseas visitors alike - come and explore with our quick guide.

There is no doubt that London is a leading global city, featuring prominently in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, finance, fashion, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport – and in 2012 it will become the first city to host the modern summer Olympic Games for a third time.

Alongside New York, London is the largest financial centre in the world; it has the most international visitors of any city in the world; London Heathrow is the world’s busiest airport; and the 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education in Europe. London also has a diverse range of races, cultures and religions, with, incredibly, more than 300 languages spoken within its boundaries.

England’s capital contains no less than four World Heritage Sites – the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the area comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich, in which the Royal Observatory marks the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time. Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, ‘The Gherkin’ and the new Wembley Stadium, rebuilt with an arch having replaced the previously easily identifiable and evocative twin towers.

The city is also home to a collection of museums, galleries, libraries, and cultural institutions, which include the British Museum, the British Library, the National Gallery; Wimbledon – home of the most famous tennis tournament in the world – and 40 theatres, where you can enjoy the world’s top entertainers and shows. London’s Chinatown is the largest in Europe and if you embark on the London Underground experience you are utilising the oldest railway network in the world. Located on the river Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium. Since the 19th century the name London has referred to the metropolis d eveloped around the ancient core of the City of London, which still largely retains its medieval square-mile boundaries.

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