London


“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” This quote by Samuel Johnson pretty much sums up the city of London; exciting, diverse, and cultured, it is very difficult to get bored of this fabulous city.

A mix of cultures

London is well known for being a melting pot of cultures. Pretty much every nation in the world is represented here and this is evident in the diversity of population, cuisine, neighborhoods, and shops that can be found in every corner of the city. One-third of London’s population are foreign-born and over 200 languages are spoken in its various...

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” This quote by Samuel Johnson pretty much sums up the city of London; exciting, diverse, and cultured, it is very difficult to get bored of this fabulous city.

A mix of cultures

London is well known for being a melting pot of cultures. Pretty much every nation in the world is represented here and this is evident in the diversity of population, cuisine, neighborhoods, and shops that can be found in every corner of the city. One-third of London’s population are foreign-born and over 200 languages are spoken in its various neighborhoods. Although it is hard to miss the internationalism of London, there are some areas which are more multicultural than others. Be sure to check out Chinatown, inhabited by Chinese immigrants since the 18th century, Brixton, one of the largest British African-Caribbean communities in the city, and Camden, known as an alternative neighborhood that also has a significant Latin influence.

A long and fascinating history

London’s history as a major settlement can be traced back two millennia and a lot has happened in those two thousand years. London has a plethora of historical sites to visit where you can explore and discover the interesting events which have taken place over the years. The most popular include the Tower of London, the Palaces of Westminster, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. However, there are some more unusual sights if you want to discover something a bit different. Parts of the old Roman Wall which defended the original city can still be seen in some areas of the city, such as at Tower Hill. The London Dungeon delves into the dark and macabre side of the city’s history, including the Gunpowder Plot and Jack the Ripper. And in Highgate Cemetery you can see the graves of a number of important historical figures, such as Marx and Eliot.

Eat your way around the world

Known as one of the best places in the world for global cuisine, you definitely will not go hungry in the English capital. From street food to high-end dining, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and budget here. And it is not just restaurants where you can get some tasty grub. London is famous for its food markets; head to Borough Market, Boxpark Shoreditch, and Greenwich food market for some great produce.

West End magic

A quintessential London experience is taking in a show in the city’s West End. Some shows have been running for an extremely long time, such as The Mousetrap, which has been running at St Martin’s Theatre since 1952, and the musical The Phantom of the Opera, running at Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986, but it is the mix of shows, both old and new, which keeps drawing people back here. But do not just restrict your theatregoing to the West End; London has many theatres all around the city, showing high-quality productions at a fraction of the cost of a West End ticket.

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