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London, founded by the Romans, has been a major settlement for two millennia and is England's capital city. With 300 languages spoken and over 8 million people, London is a leading financial centre, an entertainment hub and is the only city to have 4 universities ranking in the top 40 global league table. The most famous areas of London are packed with events, festivals and a constant buzz of activity; the city never stops and there are enough sites to see to keep you going for weeks!
Start your journey in the heart of the West End and check out Covent Garden. Here you will find boutique shops, craft shops, street performers, opera singers and a world food market on Thursdays. The Royal Opera House is located in the middle of Covent Garden and only a short walk away you'll be in the middle of bustling Piccadilly Circus.
Head a little west and you'll reach the luxury area of Mayfair. This area is home to countless embassies, hedge funds, real estate businesses, and high end exclusive shops. This is London's largest concentration of luxury hotels and the area boasts rents among the highest in the world.
Make your way to London's museum quarter in South Kensington and visit the cluster of free family friendly museums located within a short walk of each other. The V&A Museum displays the journey of art and design from the last 3,000 years. The Science Museum is perfect for children of all ages with interactive elements throughout the museum. Next door to the Science Museum is the Natural History Museum where you can come face to face with life size skeletons of dinosaurs.
There are hundreds of reasons why you should visit London; here are just a few to whet your appetite:
-4 World Heritage Sites:
1. The famous Tower of London built in 1078, home to the crown jewels and an iconic building in English history
2. Kew Gardens - contains the world's largest collection of living plants within 121 hectares
3. The Palace of Westminster where politicians gather at the Houses of Parliament. Built in the middles ages, demolished in the 1834 due to a fire and rebuilt between 1840-70
4. Maritime Greenwich - steeped in maritime history, this is the longitude equivalent of the equator
-The first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three 3 times - take a trip out to Stratford, East London and wander around where history was made and records were broken
-The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. Experience a less crowded version of the tube at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden
-If you're a shopper then make your way down Oxford Street where there are enough shops for you to spend a whole day. Check out the flagship store of Selfridges - a leading high end department store
-Food fans should check out the famous Borough Market in London Bridge. Here you will find endless food stalls ranging from traditional British fish and chips to Spanish tapas, as well as specialist charcuteries, wine connoisseurs and experts in cheeses and olive oil
-London has multiple areas of buzzing nightlife. Soho is full of trendy bars and pubs packed with film professionals. New upcoming rock bands are always being discovered up in Camden. The creative, hipster types dominate Shoreditch and the glamorous crowd of Chelsea visit their regulars on the King's Road
-In the heart of the West End lies 'Theatreland', home to over 40 theatres showing musicals and plays, day and night. See Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre; it opened in 1985 and is the longest running musical in West End history. If you fancy a play then check out The Mousetrap at St Martin's Theatre; this opened in 1952 and is the longest running show in the world!
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