As one of the world’s most visited cities, there is no surprise that London has a little something for everyone: from fab food and lively nightlife to an abundance of history and culture. Take a stroll in the city and find yourself travelling through time, starting at instantly recognisable landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben and The London Eye, to some of London’s more recent creations like the Shard and the Sky Garden. If history isn’t your thing, why not try one of London’s 16,000 restaurants? The sheer diversity that is on offer is what makes this city stand out from the crowd. From Afghan to Zambian, London really does have an A to Z of world gastronomy.
Currency: GBP - £
Journey Time by Train:
London Southend to Stratford Station: 43 Minutes
London Southend to Liverpool Street Station: 52 minutes
Time Difference: UTC (EET)
Summer (DST): UTC+1 (EEST)
Top 3 Picks
Whilst you are in London, make the most of your stay and check out our top 3 things to do and see!
The London Eye
Located in the heart of the capital, The London Eye is a perfect place to begin your adventure. As the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world, you’ll get stunning views of the city. You'll be lifted high enough to see up to 40 kilometers away and experience breath-taking 360-degree views of London. Inside each capsule, you can explore the capital’s iconic landmarks with interactive guides and view the spectacular details of the city unfolding beneath you. The London Eye is a must for any avid tourist.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London should be a history enthusiast's first choice. Within its walls you will discover the history of the Royal Palace, an armory and the weird and wonderful animals that once inhabited the Tower. Or, if you’re keen on learning more about the Tower’s grim reputation, join an iconic Beefeater on a tour to hear their bloody tales about the place that was once filled with torture and death.
Dinner at the Shard
After a long day of exploring, there’s no better way to treat yourself than experiencing the height of fine dining at the Shard. Choose from 6 restaurants - from a swanky sports bar to a once-in-a-lifetime Chinese – and did we mention the views? With floor to ceiling windows and a 40-mile panoramic view of the city you can relax and unwind in style. Otherwise known as the “vertical city”, you can also spend a night in the Shard’s 5-star Shangri-La Hotel or visit the UK’s highest viewing gallery. Go on…treat yourself to a night of luxury.
It is estimated that there are over 300 languages spoken in London. Chances are that if you’re on a trip to London you can easily find someone to communicate with in your native language.
The city of London covers only 1.2 square miles and has a population of around 7,500 residents, making it the smallest city in England! Greater London, on the other hand, is an English region, which encompasses surrounding towns, having a population of over 8.7 million residents.
London boasts over 170 museums, from the massive British Museum to the tiny Fan Museum in Greenwich.
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