London, one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, is home to an array of famous tourist attractions and some of the best shopping streets in the world. With almost 15 million international visitors per year, London is the second most visited city in the world.
Many of London’s attractions are within walking distance of each other but there are many ways to get around. London has a great, user-friendly underground system and an extensive bus network that covers all of London, serving all tourist destinations. Bus tickets cost 2.20 for a single fair and a day travel card for central London is 5.60. The underground runs from 5am till midnight and many of the buses run 24 hours a day all week.
London weather is often rainy and cold during autumn and winter months. The best time to visit London is during the summer when the average temperature is around 23 degrees centigrade and is mostly sunny.
London is home to many tourist attracts known worldwide. Some of the most popular museums are situated in London and many of them offer free entry. One of the most popular of all the museums, the British Museum, holds exhibitions on ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc. The Victoria and Albert Museum in south Kensington is the largest museum of decorative arts and design in the world which houses over 4.5 million objects. It also has the finest exhibition of old costumes from different regions of the world as well as new designer exhibitions. The Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are situated across the road from the Victoria and Albert museum.
The West End is London’s theatre district, rivaling New York’s Broadway where the latest shows and musicals can be seen. Shows are usually very popular and you would be advised to book your tickets in advance. Chinatown is situated just off the West End and is definitely worth a visit.
London is a delight for shoppers from around the world. Oxford Street is the major shopping street in central London, home to the major department stores(Marks and Spencer’s, John Lewis and the luxury department store, Selfridges) as well as numerous flagship stores (Topshop, Nike urban outfitters, HMV, Disney store, etc) and hundreds of smaller shops. New bond Street is another major shopping street which runs through Mayfair between Oxford Street and Piccadilly, and is home to many flagship designer stores like D&G, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, etc. Regent Street just south of Oxford Circus is another major shopping street in London.
If that is not enough you can wander off to Westfield London, the new shopping centre in Shepherds Bush. Westfield is the size of around 30 football pitches, and features around 255 stores from high-end luxury brands to high street brands and niche stores. Westfield also has a 14-screen VUE cinema.
Other London attractions include Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Portobello Market, London Eye, and the London Zoo and Madame Tussauds.