As the capital of Great Britain, London is extremely well connected with five international airports and a high speed rail link into mainland Europe.
It is the political, cultural and economic heart of Britain with a heritage spanning thousands of years. As such, it is steeped in history and boasts four world heritage sites : the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Although English dominates, more than 200 languages are spoken in the city and its many cultures and communities drives a vibrant and energetic society.
Shopping, eating and visiting
There are a diverse range of world-class tourist attractions to visit, many of them free to enter. The river Thames is the main waterway and taking a river cruise gives a unique perspective of the capital. Over a third of the city is given to open spaces and parks, giving residents and visitors space to breathe.
Shopping and eating are well catered for. London regularly features as Europe’s top shopping destination and its 6,000 restaurants, including 65 holding Michelin stars – makes it a top eating city also.
London’s bus and underground (tube) system is exceptionally comprehensive and easy-to-use. To get the best deal, it is advisable to buy an Oyster Card, in advance, or use your contactless bank card. London taxis are usually plentiful and can be hailed on the street.
The English weather
The United Kingdom has an extremely variable temperate maritime climate and is subject to rainfall and frequent weather changes. Temperatures range from 0 degrees (Celsius) in Winter to a high of 32 degrees in Summer. In September, temperatures might reach 20 degrees but might also be as low as 15 degrees. Frequent rain showers should be expected.