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Visit London, One of the Great Cities of the World

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Item # 2515
Location: United Kingdom, England
Town: London
Name: London, Capital of the United Kingdom
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Category: Holiday Resorts, Resorts and Destinations
Website: http://www.visitlondon.com
Posted by: Prime Holiday
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London has to be one of the truly great cities of the world. As the 18th century English poet Samuel Johnson said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”; and if anything, London is even more vibrant, frenetic, fascinating and exciting a city then it was back in Samuel Johnson’s day.

London, capital of the United Kingdom, is situated in the south-east of England on the longest river in the country, the River Thames. Close to the estuary, London became an important port after the Romans conquered Britain back in AD 43. Since then, London has rarely looked back. Throughout history London has been at the heart of Great Britain as the seat of the monarchy, government, church and commerce.

Despite being engulfed by fire when Queen Boadicea stormed London in AD 61 and again during the Great Fire of London in 1666; being devastated by the Great Plague from 1665 to 1666; and demolished by German bombers during the London Blitz of the Second World War; London has emerged as the largest city in the European Union and one of the most important cities in the world.

Today, the ships that once queued to dock at the Port of London have been replace by airplanes queuing to land at its five international airports. Instead of being the largest shipping hub, London is now the largest aviation hub in the world. The Port of London has been replaced by the City of London, the term used for London’s financial district, and commercial goods replace by financial services. London’s Norman population has been replaced by a multi-cultural mix of races, cultures, and religions, with over 300 different languages being spoken within the city. And finally invasions by conquering armies and marauding Vikings has been replace by hordes of tourists that flock to London each year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

London has adapted magnificently to these changes and now boasts four World Heritage Sites: the Palace of Westminster, the Tower of London, the historic settlement of Greenwich, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Visitors can explore London’s world famous museums and art galleries like the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, the British Museum in Bloomsbury, the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington and in the heart of the financial district, the City of London, the London Museum, to name just a few.

Lovers of the performing arts won’t be disappointed either. London’s West End is home to some of the most magical shows, musicals and plays and London is the world’s leading centre for theatre, opera and classical music, with well over 100 theatres, opera houses and orchestras scattered across the capital.

If that's not enough, London has excellent shopping, a vibrant nightlife with a huge selection of pubs, bars and clubs to choose from and to cap it off, London will host the Summer Olympics in 2012. So visit London… the 31 million plus tourists that visit London each year cannot be wrong!