London is a leading global city, being the largest financial centre alongside New York. UK’s capital is one of the most populous cities in the EU estimated between 12 – 14 million in the city alone. London’s global position influences politics, finance, education, entertainment, media, fashion, arts and culture. The city is a constant tourist attraction that has 2,000 years of changing history. This unique ability to re-invent itself while retaining its eternal character is what makes the UK capital such an intriguing place to go on an event.
Home to the English monarchy, London’s famous Kings and Queens have never failed to keep the world’s interest and eyes centred on the UK for which dozens of landmark sites throughout the city are known for. For instance, one can hardly leave London without seeing the masterfully built Westminster Abbey where so many of those famous personalities were crowned rulers and now share the same resting place. Trafalgar Square, another popular spot for tourists to enjoy the statue of Eros in the middle of Piccadilly Circus. Other notable sites, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Palace, Hampton Court, Tower of London, Lloyds building, Guildhall, St. Paul’s, The River Thames, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and so many more.
The past never leaves London – it informs and enlivens the present. Traditional architecture and awe-inspiring landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament face innovative building design and 21st-century attractions, such as The Merlin Entertainments London Eye.
The city is a vibrant and multicultural destination. There are more than 40,000 shops, including Europe’s largest retail complex Westfield London, 49 Michelin-starred restaurants, more than 6,000 restaurants, bars and cafés offering cuisines from around 70 major countries, 300 museums and galleries, 150 theatres, 147 parks, and more than 10,000 bars and clubs.
For more information about London please visit http://www.visitlondon.com/.
Facts & Figures: UK
In September, London has an average high temperature of 16˚C and an average low temperature of 11˚C. For weather forecast please click here.
The official language is English.
Pound sterling (GBP)
Το find out if you need a visa for your trip to UK please visit the website of the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/
Core opening hours for London shops are 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Many shops also open for a reduced number of hours on Sundays. Shops often stay open later in London's West End and at large shopping centres such as Westfield London. Some London shopping areas have designated late night shopping evenings, often held on Thursdays or Fridays.
International country code: +44
London area code: (0) 20
The voltage in UK is 230/240V AC, 50Hz. Voltage converters are needed for most devices brought from outside UK. Sockets accept only three-(square)-pin plugs, so an adapter is needed for continental European and US appliances. A transformer is also needed for appliances operating on 110-120 volts.
Getting to London
Find your perfect way to travel to London by visiting http://www.visitlondon.com/travel/getting_here/.
Getting from the Airports to central London
The fastest way to get to London City from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports is to take an Express train to one of the train stations connecting to the Underground System and Bus Network. The cost of the train ticket is 14-16 GBP. From London City airport the best way is to take the Dockland Light Railway (DLR) which easily connects to the Underground. Luton airport is served by several bus companies, the cheapest being easy bus. Taxi rides through the city centre may take long time due to traffic congestion.
There are different modes of transport in London including London Underground ("the Tube"), National Rail, DLR, Tramlink and Airport Express trains. Fortunately for visitors there is a single ticketing system, Oyster card, which enables travellers to switch between modes of transport on one ticket. An Oyster card can be bought for a £2 deposit. Credit is then added to the card and it is used on a pay as you go system. An alternative to Oyster cards would be to buy a Visitor Travel card – you can either buy 1 day or 7 day cards. The price for a 7-day card is £47.60.
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