For many Australians and New Zealanders, London is the starting point for the obligatory back-packing holiday or coach tour of the United Kingdom and Europe, but the city has plenty to offer those who stay a while and take in its myriad of sights. London needs little introduction. This vibrant, multi-cultural capital is a world-leading destination city and it is full of history, heritage and culture, yet also one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet.
With over 30,000 shops and stores to choose from, as well as a burgeoning reputation in the fashion world, shoppers will not be disappointed - from designer labels in Bond Street to bustling street markets in Camden, Notting Hill or Brick Lane. And who could resist a visit to the world famous Harrod's department store?
For night time excitement, London boasts 400 live music venues, catering for everything from opera to Brit pop, and a number of theatres where you can see all the latest productions - from ballet to musicals. Sports fans will not be disappointed either. London is home to everything from football and golf to tennis and cricket, and much more.
In recent times, London has reinvented itself on a monumental scale. Don’t miss the amazing views from the ultra-modern British Airways London Eye, the world’s most visited modern art gallery -Tate Modern, or the staggering scale of the British Museum Great Court. Recent newcomers include the Firepower artillery museum in Woolwich and the Museum in Docklands, which opened in September.
Traditional sightseeing favourites include Big Ben, the Tower of London, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and Piccadilly Circus.
Although famous for its black cabs, Londoners generally prefer the Tube - a vast underground rail network, whilst bright red double-decker buses are still a favourite amongst tourists. Take a London tour and you're bound to see a 'bobby' or two, a Beefeater and maybe even a Sherlock Holmes lookalike.
London offers something for everyone and is one destination you'll want to include in your holiday itinerary when next visiting the UK or Europe.
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Thanks to www.visitbritain.com.au and www.britainonview.com for information and images.