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Our guide to London: About London

London has been a major settlement for 2,000 years going back to the Romans.  The heart, the City of London, still retains many of its mediaeval boundaries.

London is a leading global city where arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, tourism, finance and the media all contribute to its prominence.  In 2012 it will become the first city to host the Summer Olympics three times.

London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the Palace of Westminster and the historic settlement of Greenwich.  Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Gherkin, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square.  Home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries and theatres there will never be a shortage of things to see and do.

Its extensive underground network, the oldest underground railway network in the world and the most extensive after the Shanghai Metro, will ensure that these places are easy to get to and if you don’t fancy the tube you can go by bus, taxi or, if you’re feeling energetic why not go by Boris Bike?  Launched in July 2010, Boris bikes are London’s cycle hire scheme.

The West End is London’s main entertainment and shopping district, attracting millions of tourists every year.  the East end is the area closest to the original Port of London, known for its high immigrant population as well as for being one of the poorest areas in London.  Parts of it are presently being redeveloped for the 2012 Olympics.

London has over 3,000 green spaces and parks making it one of the greenest cities in the world: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, Green Park and St. James’s Park are all a short walk from the West End while the more expansive parklands of Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park are easy to get to by tube or bus.

With a population of nearly 8 million and covering an area of more than 620 square miles, London dominates the national horizon despite Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish devolution: this is where the country’s news and money are made and why the capital has a unique aura of excitement and success.

Check out some of the things you can do in London below…

 

Regent’s Park

Home to London Zoo and an open-air theatre, Regent’s Park is surrounded by John Nash’s classical terraces.

London Palladium

The London Palladium is an iconic theatre and is known around the world. It has hosted performances stars all over the globe, includeing musicals and pantomimes, it is also host to Royal Variety performances.

Maddox Gallery

Mayfair’s Contemporary Gallery‎

Contemporary art gallery in Mayfair, London exhibiting an eclectic mix of paintings, sculpture and prints by blue chip, established and emerging artists.

Harrords

Put an afternoon aside to visit this landmark most notable for its Art Nouveau tiled food hall.  It also has a huge toy department.  Don’t forget they operate a dress code so no tatty jeans or backpacks.

Royal National Theatre

The National Theatre in London is one of the United Kingdom’s three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House.

Arsenal Football Club

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Highbury, London, England, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

Capacity: 60,432

Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Football Club is a professional football club based in Fulham, London, UK that competes in the English Premier League, of which they are reigning champions. Founded in 1905, the club’s home ground since then has been Stamford Bridge.

Capacity: 41,663

Hackney Empire 

This hundred year old theatre has a strong presence on the London circuit and is Britain’s leading black theatre. It presents a diverse mixture of comedy, drama, dance and opera throughout the year.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

White Hart Lane is the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from 1899 to 2017. Its capacity varied over the years; when changed to all-seater it had a capacity of 36,284 before demolition. They currently play at Wembley Stadium for the 2017/18 season.