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London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. An important settlement for around two thousand years, London is today one of the world's most important financial and business centres and its involvement in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts contribute to its status as one of the key cities in the world.

London is the most populous city and metropolitan area in the European Union. Its population is very cosmopolitan, drawing from a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions, speaking over 300 different languages.

London is an international transport hub, with five international airports and a large port. It serves as the largest aviation hub in the world and its principal airport, Heathrow, carries more international passengers than any other in the world

London is a major tourist destination - counting iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye amongst its many attractions, along with famous institutions such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.



Palace of Westminster

The transport system in London is one of the best in the world, with the London Underground system, the Docklands Light Railway and the London buses.

The River Thames flows through the capital. Many of the best London sights can be seen from the river, such as Cleopatra's Needle, the Royal Festival Hall, the Monument to the Great Fire of London, the Palace of Westminster (and Big Ben)

London tourist buses run frequently though London. All the sights can now be seen easily and much quicker since the London Congestion Charge was brought into effect in 2003. This a fee for some motorists entering the Central London area. London was not the first city to adopt road charging, but as of 2006 it is the largest city to do so.
The stated aim of the scheme is to encourage travellers to use public transport, cleaner vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles or their own two feet instead of motor cars, thus reducing congestion and allowing for faster, less polluting and more predictable journeys. The fee was introduced on 17 February 2003. Initially set at 5, but raised on 4 July 2022 to 8.

Index of London pages

Docklands Light Railway
Experience a ride!

London Underground
Experience a ride!

Palace of Westminster

The Tower of London

Tower Bridge, River Thames and
the London Eye

Royal Festival Hall, the Monument, Cleopatra's Needle, the Golden Hind

Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square,
The Bank of England, Statue of Boudica, Google headquarters
Experience a bus ride!

St. Paul's' Cathedral, Queen Mother's Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park

London Concert Halls

Views from the top of Canary Wharf
From the North, Westwards
From the West to South
From the South, Eastwards
From the East, Northwards

Hyde Park, Serpentine
Albert Memorial,
Diana, Princess of Wales fountain