"When one is bored of London ...he is bored of Life!"Samuel Johnson wasn't exaggerating. London, the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, is one of the world's leading business, financial and cultural centres. London is a multi-faceted modern metropolis, home to 7 million people from 270 nationalities and a wide diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds. With a powerful influence in the world's politics, entertainment, media, fashion, music and arts, London really does have something for everybody!
History & Heritage - Amazing world heritage sites and some of the most celebrated monuments in Europe, if not the world! Visit the home of democracy; the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben sitting on the banks of the River Thames, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey and the world's biggest (and most hi-tech) ferris wheel: the London Eye.
Sports Mecca - London is home to Premier League football giants Arsenal and Chelsea, both major players in the UEFA Champions League plus a number of renowned Premier League clubs, and hosts the oldest and most prestigious major tennis championship in the world: the Wimbledon tennis tournament at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in south London. Visit the brand new Wembley Stadium - now open, with its enormous distinctive arc soaring overhead, architecture courtesy of Sir Norman Foster of course.
Should I Stay or Should I Go? - See close up how one of the oldest (and most controversial) monarchies in Europe lives. Visit Queen Elizabeth II royal residence: the magnificent Buckingham Palace.
Film Buff's Paradise - London is ideal for film fanatics! In Leicester Square you'll find the greatest cinema world premieres. The likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and George Clooney regularly glide along the red carpet here. You'll find art house cinemas all over London showing interesting alternatives to the usual Hollywood style. And why not visit the chic London suburb that provided the backdrop to Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts' Oscar-winning romantic comedy 'Notting Hill'?
"Darling", you were Marvellous! - For superb award-winning musicals visit the 'West End' or 'Theatreland' around Shaftesbury Avenue, home to hundreds of world class theatres and long-running productions.
The musical "Les Misérables", based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is the longest-running West End musical in history; "The Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1986 and is still playing to full houses every night; "Cats: the musical" also by Andrew Lloyd Webber has been translated into more than 20 languages…
For world-famous art masterpieces and a wealth of historical artefacts visit the National Gallery and the prestigious British Museum. The Tate Modern, housed inside a disused power station is an unmissable venue for anyone interested in contemporary art...
Retail Therapy - If you're in need of some serious shopping, Oxford Street, Europe's longest and busiest shopping street welcomes you! If you're more the second hand, trendy clothes type head to Camden and Portobello markets, you may bump into an A list celebrity while you're there, in London anything is possible!
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