London, United Kingdom Travel Guide – ‘The Big Smoke’
- London is an enormous city. It is divided into thirty-two boroughs.
- As for temperatures, London is far milder than nearby continental European cities due to the presence of the Gulf Stream. Average daily maximum is 8°C (46°F) in December and January (a full 4 degrees warmer than the rest of the United Kingdom on long-term average) and February is usually the coldest month of the year.
oisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy. The capital and largest city of both England and of the United Kingdom, it is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union.
- Situated on the River Thames in South-East England, Greater London has an official population of a little over 8 million. However, London’s urban area stretched to 9,787,426 in 2011, while the figure of 14 million for the city’s wider metropolitan area more accurately reflects its size and importance. Considered one of the world’s leading “global cities”.
- London remains an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics, finance and trade.
- Despite varied weather patterns, the city has an unfair reputation for being drizzly, grey and rainy. This is mostly an unfounded belief. In fact, London enjoys a drier climate than the rest of United Kingdom (and a warmer one) due to it having its own urban microclimate.
London is incredibly well-connected, with five international airports and the high-speed Eurostar rail link. More than 50 countries are within a three-hour flight time and upwards of 300 international destinations have direct links to London.
- London is a city at the centre of the world – and a world in one city. Around 230 languages are spoken here and you’ll find a wealth of different cultures and communities throughout the capital.
There are more than 6,000 restaurants in London so you’ll never be short of new places to eat. London boasts 65 Michelin-starred restaurants and many celebrity chefs are based here, and there are plenty of good, cheaper options too.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON
- London Eye
- Tower of London
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Buckingham Palace
- Tower Bridge
- Westminister Abbey
- Big Ben
- Palace of Westminister
- London Dungeon
- Hyde Park
This is only a handful of things to see in London… there are plenty more things to do and see in London, if you venture out of the city you will be sure to find many more things to keep you busy and entertained during your stay in the city!