As the capital of both England and the United Kingdom London is the most popular tourist destination in Great Britain. London is located in the South East of England and is the largest metropolitan city in Europe, it is divided up into 33 distinct areas, The City of London and 32 boroughs collectively known as Greater London. Greater London is made up of boroughs such as the City of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Camden and Islington and many more, it has a population of around 8 million people. The landmark commonly recognised as the centre of London is Charing Cross, Westminster. If you need a hotel in London click the link for offers and deals.
When travelling to London from abroad you will most likely arrive at one of the four major airports located on the outskirts of London, Heathrow Airport (27 km) to the West, Gatwick Airport (45 km) to the South and Luton (55 km), Stansted (62 km) Airports to the North. All of these airports have good rail and bus links to London, although they are all a significant distance from the centre of London. The City of London Airport is the closest (14 km) airport to the centre of london, it is located in the East of London.
When travelling to London from other parts of the United Kingdom you will most likely be travelling by bus or by train. Most major bus routes will take you into London Victoria Coach Station. If you are travelling by train there are 14 mainline train stations located near to the centre of London, which one you are arrive at depends on where you are travelling from.
Whilst you are visting London the best way to get around is to use the underground, it quicker than walking and there are tube stations close to all the popular tourist attractions. If you are not constrained by time it is more comfortable and cheaper to avoid the underground during rush hours.
If you are visiting London for the first time there are some attractions that should not miss, Tower Bridge is one of them. Opened in 1894 Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge with pedestrian walkways 40 meters above the River Thames. Tours of the bridge and the suspended walkways need to be booked in advance.A more recent popular tourist attraction is the London Eye, a large ferris wheel that rotates slowly and lifts you 135m above the ground and provides spectacular views of London.
The Tower of London should be on every tourists list of places to visit in London, it is located on the North bank of the river Thames in the borough of Tower Hamlet, the nearest tube station is Tower Hill. The Tower of London is most famous for housing the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, but over the last 900 years it has served a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution and a fortress.
The TourInADay web site is here to help you get the most out of your visit to London, TourInADay provides you with information on getting to London, popular tourist attractions, restaurants, museums, pubs, and many other things. There is also an online Tour Planner that allows you to generate your own personalised itinerary. The Tour Planner will provide you with detailed information and maps of London showing all your selected attractions in an easy-to-read format. TourInADay also provides suggested itineraries and other information you might find useful during your trip to London.
The imposing British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times with collections drawn from all around the world. Famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon and the Portland Vase.
The impressive Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern art. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the River Thames, the gallery displays major works by Matisse and Picasso as well as contemporary work, exhibitions and installations.
The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. With paintings ranging from 1250 to 1900, the collection includes work by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Cezanne and Van Gogh.
As well as the permanent dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. Don't miss the life-sized Blue Whale model, the 40-million-year-old spider, the earthquake simulator and an elephant bird egg. And new this September is the impressive Darwin Centre.
The London Eye is a major feature of London's skyline. It is the world's highest observation wheel and offers passengers spectacular views of over 55 of London's most famous landmarks - all in just 30 minutes.
See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years at the largest museum of its kind in the world. The Science Museum has over 40 galleries and 2000 hands-on exhibits, step into the future in the Wellcome Wing, visit the IMAX cinema and virtual reality simulator.
The V&A celebrates all things art and design, and is home to 3,000 years worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures. See their amazing collection of ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings.
At Madame Tussauds, you'll come face-to-face with some of the world's most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Britney you'll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even Royalty. Sing along with Kylie; strike a penalty with Rooney or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen.
Take a guided tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. Discover its 900 year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house.
One of the greatest maritime museums of the world containing models, displays, paintings and trophies from every continent of the world. Children find plenty to engage them in the All Hands gallery and have a go on the professional ship simulator.
The Notting Hill Carnival
(Sat 26th Aug, 2017)
Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival.
(Thu 14th Sep, 2017)
The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place annually in mid-September. Activities take place over a weekend on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.
Lord Mayor's Show
(Fri 10th Nov, 2017)
The Lord Mayor's Show is an annual parade of various London based groups and societies. It is one of the longest established and best known annual events in London and dates back to 1535.