Discover London

Boasting a population of over eight million people, made up of hundreds of ethnicities, London enjoys an inspired food culture.

A leading global centre – at the forefront of arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, media and tourism  the millenniums-old metropolis is celebrated as the world’s cultural capital.

From the Thames to Tottenham, Buckingham Palace to Brick Lane and Chelsea to Camden Square, London is jam-packed with things to do and see.

Uncover the city’s long and prominent history at various world-famous museums, landmarks and galleries.

Experience one of earth’s greatest showcases of human history and culture at The British Museum. Witness the centuries-old tradition of the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Marvel at the impressive medieval fortress that is The Tower of London. Or view first-hand one of the world’s finest collections of European paintings at The National Gallery.

A global trendsetter of art and culture, London is a hive of entertainment and activity.

Catch a critically-acclaimed theatre show in the legendary West End. Take in a play by the Bard in the authentic surrounds of Shakespeare’s Globe. Or revel at a gig at illustrious venues like O2 Academy Brixton, Wembley Arena or Royal Albert Hall  London is feted as the best city for music on the planet. 

Boasting a population of over eight million people, made up of hundreds of ethnicities, London enjoys an inspired food culture.

Walk the East End’s Brick Lane for an authentic Indian or Bangladeshi curry. Visit Notting Hill’s Golborne Road for Moroccan and Portuguese food specialities. Join the crowds along Portobello Road for a world-famous Hummingbird cupcake.

Sample the country’s best organic produce and homemade fare at Southwark’s Borough Markets. Relax with a very English Pimms, overlooking the very English River Thames, from a very English pub. Or experience one of Richard Branson’s favourite lunch settings, with a meal at Kensington Roof Gardens.

Discover London

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Words by Alice Nash - Published 16 July 2012
Quick Facts 
Population Approx. 8 million
Area 1,572 km²
Time Zone GMT 0
Languages English (official)
Currency Pound (£GBP)
Electricity 230V with 50Hz frequency. 240V may also be found although 230V is the official voltage
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