London is among the world’s most visited cities, with countless attractions and a history stretching back two millennia. Visitors will discover historic iconic structures like Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge, as well as recent marvels such as London Eye, a giant observation wheel that offers breathtaking views of the whole city.
This truly global city (over 300 languages are spoken here) offers World Heritage Sites, royal fascination with Buckingham Palace, and the British Museum, which contains nearly 8 million pieces. There’s theater in the West End, a world-class dining scene and inviting pubs dotting every quarter of the city.
A cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis, London enchants travelers young and old, and is one of the world’s most unforgettable destinations.
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From Heathrow airport, the quickest way to get into London is Heathrow Express, which runs every 15 minutes. The trip takes about 15 minutes.
London's extensive public transportation system includes the famous double-decker buses, the London Underground rail network, Docklands Light Railway (serving East and South East London), London trams, and even River bus services. Public bicycles are also available.
Legendary, neo-Gothic clock tower adjacent to the Palace of Westminster.
The top tourist attraction in the U.K., this 443-ft high observation wheel features enclosed, air-conditioned passenger capsules.
Suspended over the River Thames, this two-tower bridge can be accessed by both pedestrians and vehicles.
Home of the monarchy, and a gathering place for Brits in times of both celebration and tragedy.
Some of the best views of London can be had on a boat tour on the Thames. Visitors also stroll and cycle alongside of this legendary waterway.
CHANGING THE GUARD
Get to Buckingham Palace early for the daily Changing the Guard, which happens at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. on Sundays).
The finest tennis players in the world compete in this tournament, held during the last two weeks of June.
A wide array of fireworks go off each year on November 5, when Bonfire Night celebrates Guy Fawkes' attempt to blow up Westminster in the 17th century. Events are held across London.
STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT
This event (check for dates each year) provides a unique opportunity to see the royal family. When Parliament is reopened after summer, the Queen rides in a carriage from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. Pomp and ceremony ensues!