Situated on the banks of river Thames, London’s history dates back to the times of the Romans. They named it Londinium. Today it stands as a leading global city, being a centre for art, education, fashion, transport, entertainment, tourism and more. It has its unique charm that no other city in the world can offer.
Culturally Diverse London
With more than 300 languages spoken within the boundaries of London, this destination is culturally diverse. According to the 2011 census, 59.8% inhabitants were white, 20.9% Asian or Asian decent, 19.7% were full Asian decent, 15.6% were black and of mixed black decent and 13.3% of full black decent. Traditionally, London has been a Christian city but now harbours Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhist and also people following no religion at all. The accent has undergone a shift from traditional Cockney to what is labelled as Multicultural London English, or MLE. This destination offers so much and tourists flock here from across the globe. You can find a good budget hotel near London major tourist attractions like the City Continental Kensington London Hotel is in the vicinity of popular tourist spots.
Leisure and Entertainment in London
- Buckingham Palace
Being the principle residence and workplace of the monarchy, it is a must-visit for any visitor to the city. It is among the few remaining working royal palaces. The States rooms, The Garden, The Throne room, audio tour with Prince Charles are some special things you can do in Her Majesty’s residence.
- Piccadilly Circus
Built in 1819, it is a public space in the City of Westminster. It is home to various theatres, galleries, markets and buildings and can keep you busy all day.
It is one of the world’s most famous departmental stores. This magnificently decorated building is one of the major tourist attractions because of the enormous array of luxury goods that it assorts.
- Chelsea Stadium
This is the home ground for the Chelsea Football Club. A tour to Stamford Bridge should not be missed. A tour of the Press Room and the museum of one of the world’s greatest football clubs attract and excite fans from around the world.
- Wembley Stadium
The largest and the most prestigious sports stadium of London, it is built on the same site as the original that hosted the 1948 Olympic Games and the 1966 Football World Cup Final.
Exhibition Halls, Museum and Art Galleries
- O2 Arena
It has been a host to some major rock, pop and classical music shows, major sporting events and theatrical productions and shows.
- Earls Court
Did you know that Princess Diana was a resident of Earls Court? It is home to Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Known for decades of serving as London’s premier exhibition hall, it was originally inaugurated in 1887.
- Hammersmith Apollo
It is a major entertainment venue of London. The Compton pipe organ which was reinstated to working condition in 2007 is present here.
- Kensington Area
A small village area of the 1800s London, it is today renowned for its museums, parks and gardens. Kensington Gardens are known as the ‘green lung of London‘ and for good reason!
- Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is a working church. It is essentially a place of worship. Therefore, certain norms need to be abided by when you visit. Maintian your silence and respect, but definitely enjoy the stunning views and amazing architecture!
Whether you are travelling on business or for leisure, booking a budget hotel near London well in advance is a great idea.