Noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy. The capital and largest city of both the United Kingdom and of England, it is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union. Situated on the River Thames in South-East England, Greater London has an official population of a little over 8 million — although the figure of 14 million for the city’s metropolitan area more accurately reflects its size and importance. Considered one of two of the world’s leading “global cities”, London remains an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics, finance and trade. London is divided into 32 boroughs, each with their own characteristics and attractions.
You can never run out of things to do in London, and it seems to be open 24 hours a day. There are several very useful guides available that can help with some planning:
- London pass: A very economical option for those planning on spending time touring in London
- Lonely PLanet guide
- Visit London
- TripAdvisor (information compiled from actual travelers; includes reviews)
- Urban Spoon (for the foodies)
- London Town (great site for local events, festivals, and fun)