There are many exciting things to do in London, from a trip on the London Eye to an amphibious Duck Tour. For many, no reason is needed to visit London, but for those who need a reason, there are plenty. Among the most popular things to do in London is to visit one (or more) of the city’s many museums and exhibitions. The Tate Modern provides a look at the sometimes controversial world of modern art, and no visit to London is complete without a visit to the Natural History Museum.
With over 30,000 shops and stores to choose from, as well as a burgeoning reputation in the fashion world, shoppers will be delighted – from designer labels on Bond Street to bustling street markets in Camden, Notting Hill or Brick Lane.
If music is the food of love, play on. London is home to 400 live music venues, catering to everything from opera to British pop. And for classical aficionados, the summer brings the world’s largest classical musical festival at the Royal Albert Hall – the Proms.
In the 21st century, London has reinvented itself on a monumental scale. Don’t miss the amazing views from the ultra modern British Airways London Eye (one of the world’s largest ferris wheels), the world’s most visited modern art gallery, Tate Modern, or the staggering scale of the British Museum’s Great Court. Other can’t miss visits would be to Firepower, the artillery museum in Woolwich or the Museum in Docklands.
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London is a large city and while getting there is easy, getting around can be confusing with the London cabs, the tube, the buses, and trains. Thankfully, there is an easy way to make it all work. Using an Oyster card is the easiest way to access London’s public transport network.
These clever London travel tickets enable you to enjoy the freedom of the city. A London Oyster card is the fastest, smartest and most cost-effective way to pay for single journeys on the bus, Tube, DLR, tram, London Overground, Thames Clippers and most National Rail services.
International visitors can buy a standard pay-as-you-go Oyster card on arrival or buy a Visitor Oyster card in advance through Visit Britain. And if you are planning on taking a train into London from either Heathrow or Gatwick, an advance purchase makes all the sense in the world so you can hit the ground running as soon as you land.
Undeniably, London is a huge city. It is noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural. London is the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union with a population of nearly 8 million people — although the figure of over 14 million for the city’s total metropolitan area more accurately reflects London’s size and importance. London is one of the great “world cities,” and remains a global capital of culture, fashion, finance, politics and trade. And if you travel soon, you can get a peek at the preparations for the Royal Wedding this spring and the 2012 Summer Games.
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