London, famed for its Big Ben Clock Tower or the red busses, is the capital city of Britain, the country where the sun never sets. Standing on river Thames, London hosts 13 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area with its root dating back to Romans.
To summarize the gems of London; the city contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich. Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard.
London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.
London attracts over 16 million international visitors per year, making it Europe’s most visited city. London attracts 27 million overnight-stay visitors every year. In 2013 the ten most-visited attractions in London were:
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The transportation in London is very easy, London’s bus network is one of the largest in the world, running 24 hours a day, with approximately 8,500 buses, more than 700 bus routes and around 19,500 bus stops. You can also use cable car, cycles, river boats or underground, walking is recommended in the city centre since the destinations are so close to each other.
Every city has a must see attractions, other than its most touristic ones. Here we have supplied you a list of more “native” attractions which locals visit anytime.
Walking down the antiquaries road, The Portobello Road, which has been subject to Nothing Hill’s movies, having a look at the temporary market places here and there and lastly ordering an hamburger along with a bloody mary on Tom’s Deli is an absolute must.
Starting the day early at Flower Market, inhaling tons of flowers’ scent, than having a glance at mini shops around, walking down to Bricklane Street, filling your hand with souvenirs in Sunday Up Market, looking around to find some affordable Max Mara or Prada in a PoP Up store is another joy in London.
Visiting Tate Modern’s magnificent exhibitions and walking down to Queens Walk to Thames, saluting the London Eye from blow along with your coffee is an important custom for London.
The Oxford Street…Taking off from the subway in the Oxford stop and spending an hour in each 4 floors of gigantic Top Shop, shopping in Urban Outfitters and then buying hundreds of discounted things from Primark, heading to Soho to visit Liberty shop and enjoying the Carnaby Street shops is a pleasure.
Saving an afternoon for Camden Town to listen the street musicians and giving some pounds, discovering the future Amy Winehouses and being surprised with different styles of youngsters, taking in the colorfol views of the streets, later on, before the sun sets, finding yourselves in the symbolic red busses -if you are lucky, taking #38 which is decorated vintage- to see the city all around.
Paying for Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Lion King and much more musicals is an important activity to experience when you are in London. As a footnote, London’s two main opera houses are the Royal Opera House and the Coliseum Theatre.
Taking a walk in Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, Victoria Park; St. James’s Park -where you can see the pelicans- ; The Richmond park which is full of gazelles is an important opportunity to see the green side of London. If you are lucky, you can make picnics or cycling under the sun or just take a walk and sip your Mojitos that are served sometimes.
The naked Chef, Jamie Olivers place; Jamies Italian is another must to visit since the taste of fresh pastas prepared in an open kitchen, using Napoli, Sicily or Rome style sauces invites you to have a delicious memory as you stay in London.
These are not a classic touristic destinations, these are all some points if you want to experience your London visit as locals do, so that you can build a more native London memory, which makes you feel like you know the city for so long that you well know where to eat, listen, see, hear and touch like a Londonist.
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