The most visited city in the world, a hub of culture, finance and global influence, the city of London will steal your heart in an instant. Covered in ancient monuments and seeped in the pomp of royalty, it's a place to step back in time but also frolic a little into the future. Pokey galleries and mega museums rival entire suburbs covered in street art. Whilst underground bars sit a short stroll from rooftop cinemas. Despite having its own set of cultures and traditions London is immensely multicultural, with a chicken tikka masala as much a quintessential experience of the city as a Sunday roast. Must-do experiences include a visit to the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, the exotic treasure trove of Camden Markets, and of course, Buckingham Palace. The Natural History Museum and TATE Modern both deserve a day of attention, while the well-timed trip will fall over Notting Hill Carnival, Lovebox or Wireless festival. When the madness of the city takes hold and you’re falling short of energy, the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens and majestic white Temperate House will be your perfect recovery; best enjoyed with a traditional afternoon tea of scones, mini cakes, finger sandwiches and teas like elderflower Darjeeling at The Botanical Cafe. When all this is done and dusted you'll need some Banoffee pie and fish and chips, not forgetting the essential red phone box photo to make your stint in London complete. From Hillingdon to Havering, Barnet to Bromley, the best of London is waiting to be uncovered.
Currency: Pound Sterling
Visas: Click here to see if you need a visa to enter the UK.
Dialing Code: +44
Time Zone: GMT
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