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Hotel rates are high in London. Upscale hotels are concentrated in the areas of Mayfair, St. James, Westminster and Bloomsbury, the east side of Hyde Park and north of Piccadilly. Another favored area is somewhat to the west, in the elegant districts of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea. Budget hotels are found in the areas around Victoria and Paddington stations, Earl's Court and Gloucester Road.

Generally, hotels offer reduced rates on weekends and sometimes for business travelers and convention bookings. Always ask if the rate quoted includes the 20% VAT.

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Introduction

Geography

History

Sightseeing

Nightlife

Dining

 
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If you're visiting London, England, for the first time, you may arrive expecting a European city that overflows with pomp and pageantry. Few visitors to London will fail to be impressed by the grandeur and craftsmanship of such monumental sights as Westminster Abbey or St. Paul's Cathedral, but that's just the historical foundation of today's modern, vibrant city.   Click here to see the full London report »
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London sprawls along both banks of the River Thames. Orientation is by boroughs (Westminster and the City are the central boroughs) or by areas, such as Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden. Locals use postal codes (Mayfair, Oxford Street and Park Lane, for instance, are in W1—that is, West 1; Bloomsbury and part of the City are in WC2, or West Central 2; Central Kensington falls within W8; South Kensington and Knightsbridge are in SW7). Postcodes are also becoming the quickest way of finding places, as they can be put into smartphone maps and online journey planners.   Click here to see the full London report »
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Although there is some evidence of Celtic settlements along the Thames, London's first known permanent settlers were the Romans, who established a stronghold there in AD 43. The city walls (parts of which can be seen today) were built after Londinium was burned to the ground by the Iceni tribe in AD 60. Viking and Saxon invaders were next to put down roots. And it was the Danish leader Canute who first declared London the capital of England in 1016, a position it has held ever since.  Click here to see the full London report »
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The sights of London embrace 2,000 years of history—the tramp of Roman legions, strolling players in the age of Shakespeare, plagues, royal pomp and circumstance, the Great Fire, the architectural heritage of the Georgian era, the squalid alleyways of Dickens' time, Victoria's great age of railways and trade, and the Blitz of World War II. In a city of more than 600 art galleries, 250 museums and countless places of interest, considerable planning is needed for sightseeing. The city's tourist attractions are sights you've heard about all your life. You won't have time to see them all, but some are absolute musts.  Click here to see the full London report »
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The city has a proliferation of small, highly specialized clubs. The major entertainment guides are essential for keeping abreast of ephemeral hot spots. For the most complete listings, see Time Out, on sale every Wednesday (http://www.timeout.com/london), or The Guide in the Saturday edition of The Guardian newspaper.  Click here to see the full London report »
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London is now one of the premier culinary cities of Europe, a result, in part, of the restaurant boom that started in the 1990s. Londoners' interest in food continues unabated, and most of the "celebrity chefs" who have become stars of British television have restaurants there (Jamie Oliver, Antony Worrell Thompson, Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Ken Hom). Much of the best food borrows flavors and ingredients from around the world—though some so-called British eateries are stunning diners with their quality and innovation and use of local ingredients. Many popular restaurants are high on style, too—sleek and chic in renovated buildings or designer hotels. Old-fashioned pubs that have been given a fresh makeover are also in vogue. Even museums, themselves experiencing renewed popularity, now provide notable eating establishments.  Click here to see the full London report »
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