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London – Famous for the Tower Bridge and Big Ben

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, has a history that goes back two thousand years (since it was founded by the Romans), although recent discoveries (of timber structures) suggest that inhabitants may have existed in the area as far back as 4500 BC.

London is one of the leading financial centres in the world, but is involved in many areas, including tourism.

By the start of the 14th century, London had an estimated population of around 100,000, but around the middle of the century was hit by the ‘Black Death’, which reduced the population by a third. A second plague hit the City in 1665–1666, which resulted in the death of up to 100,000 people, and this was followed by the Great Fire of London in 1666, which destroyed many parts of the City.

It is believed that more than 30,000 Londoners were killed during ‘The Blitz’ and the bombing by the German Luftwaffe during World War II.

Reasons to visit London

There are so many places to see and difficult to mention them all, but some of the main attractions are The British Museum, The British Library, The Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and London Bridge.

Other popular attractions include Trafalgar Square (including Nelson’s Column), Covent Garden, London Eye, London Zoo, the Natural History Museum, the Globe Theatre, Charles Dickens Museum and Madame Tussauds.

Well known buildings and structures include the Old Bailey, Marble Arch, St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Dome, and the Houses of Parliament (which includes Big Ben).

Entertainment and Dining in London

There are shows to see (especially in the West End), theatres, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, bars and many other places to pass your time. There are more than 300 different languages used in London and restaurants with cuisines to match, such as The Savoy Grill (Savoy Hotel), L’Escargot (Greek Street, Soho) and the Maze (Grosvenor Square).

Accommodation in London

Whilst you can find Guest Houses and B&Bs, the majority of these will be located away from the City centre, and hotels will be quite expensive because of the location, such as the NH Harrington Hall Hotel in Kensington, Hesperia London Victoria and London Elizabeth Hotel in Hyde Park.