City Guide

London

London is located in the south of England and is the capital of England. Its cultural contributions including literature, drama, art and education, all of which play a pivotal role in the global economy. It is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

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Background
Attractions
Activities
Cuisines
Transport
Tips & Tricks

Background

In 43 AD, the Romans built bridges on the River Thames in London. They also found the water depth here, which is suitable for navigation. The geographical advantage gives it the characteristics of easy-to-attack, and the Romans Built in the city in 50 years. During the Roman period, the total population of London reached approximately 45,000, making it the town with the largest population in the UK. London is located at the port, making its trade prosperous. The main trades are cereals, metals and alcohol.

In AD 407, after the Roman army left the United Kingdom, the Anglo-Saxon started governed the place. At the time, London has already become the commercial hub of the UK. Later, William the Conqueror established the Tower of London, which accelerated the economic development of London.

Nowadays, London is a financial city and a tourist destination in Europe. More than 130 residents from all over the world make its culture rich and diverse. As of 2016, The Greater London has a total population of 8.1 million; the annual number of visitors is approximately 37 million, making it one of the most important tourist cities in Europe.

Attractions

London Eye

London Eye is located in the House of Parliament on the banks of the Thames, opposite to Big Ben. With a height of 135 meters which is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel. If the weather is good, you can overlook the scenery 40 kilometres away from there.

Nearby Tube Stations Waterloo Station   
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday, Sunday 10:00–21:30
(Friday, Saturday extended to 12 am)
fare Adult £26|Children £21 (about 30 minutes per week)

London London: London Eye
London, London: British Museum

British Museum

British Museum was founded in 1753, which exhibits more than 2 million years of human history, and fantastic collections from different countries can be seen here. The exhibits include the Rosetta Stone in ancient Egypt, the Elgin Marbles in ancient Greece and the Egyptian mummies. At the same time, it is also one of the largest museums in the world.

Nearby Tube Stations Tottenham Court Road Station, Holborn Station, Russell Square Station, Goodge Street Station 

Opening hours 10:00–17:30
Extended to 20:30 on Friday night 

fare Free visit (special exhibition and audio guide are subject to a fee)

Tower of London

After the conqueror William came to England, he built the Tower of London to defend his power. The Tower of London has a thousand-year history. The beautiful white tower records many cruelty stories with blood, hurt and tears. It used to be a prison, a royal mint, an armoury, and a zoo in the old days. Today, It is a landmark of London and a popular tourist attraction. It also displays weapons used by the ancient army, crowns of kings and queens.

Nearby Tube Stations Tower Hill Station
Opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday 09:00-17:30
Sunday to Monday 10:00-17:30
fare Adult £24.70|Offer fare £19.30

London, London: Tower of London
London London: Elizabeth Tower map

Big Ben

Big Ben is located in the Elizabeth Tower on the north side of the House of Parliament. There are two legends in its name. One of them is the name of Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversees the bell-bell project. It is also said that in the 19th century, people quoted the British weight boxing champion Banjer. Benjamin Caunt's nickname, Big Ben, describes the most important people in all fields. Later, the clock next to the Capitol was named Big Ben. Beginning in August 2017, Big Ben entered a four-year maintenance project, and now only one side of the clock is open, and maintenance is expected to be completed in 2021.

Nearby Tube Stations Westminster Station

London Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge was built in1894In the year, it is a high tower bridge. The structure of the bridge is divided into upper and lower layers. The upper floor is the sidewalk and the lower floor is the driveway. In order to prevent the tower bridge from affecting the water and land transportation, the tower bridge is designed to be openable. At that time, Tower Bridge was built to solve the traffic problems in London. Today it is also a well-known attraction. Visitors can visit the interior of the Tower Bridge, which includes the history of Tower Bridge and the Victorian era.Victorian Era) the engine room. Now, there are aerial glass walks on the upper level of the Tower Bridge. Visitors can take a look at the scenery under the bridge from the Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is still in operation, opening a total of about every year850Secondly, if you want to see the opening of the tower bridge, you can check the timetable in advance on the Tower Bridge official website.

Nearby Tube Stations Tower Hill Station
Opening hours 09:30-17:00
fare adult£9.8|child£4.2

London, London: Tower Bridge (London Tower Bridge)

Activities

Fireworks Festival

Blackheath fireworks, which is one of London's biggest fireworks displays, attracts around 80,000 people a year. Free admission.

location Blackheath, London
time Every November

The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival is packed with exciting events, combining the German Oktoberfest and circus performances. Photo source:Event website

location Alexandra Palace
timeEvery November
fare Adult £12|11-15 years old £9.5|Children £1

Summer limited, Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park hosts an 18-week Open Air Theatre each summer, one of the oldest outdoor theatres in the UK, beginning in the 1930s.

Nearby Tube Stations Regent's Park, Great Portland Street, Baker Street, Camden Town

Address Regents Park London, NW1 4NU
Fare information Each fare is different and must beOfficial websiteInquiry and booking
Photo source Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

London Christmas Events

Christmas event

The Winter Wonderland, held every year at Hyde Park, is always very popular among locals and tourists. In addition to the market, there are a lot of performances and amusement rides. You will definitely enjoy your time there!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
time Every November

Leicester Square Christmas Market
time Every November

Cuisines

Indian cuisine DISHOOM

Iranian-style restaurants were popular in the 19th century and were one of Mumbai's indicators. They reached their peak in the 1950s and 1960s, but as time went by, traditional restaurants were rare, so the founders paid tribute to the old times of Mumbai cuisine. For the concept, the first Dishoom was opened in 2010 at Covent Garden. Today, it is very popular and always queue outside of the restaurant.

address 5 branches in London
Shoreditch, King's Cross, Carnaby, Covent Garden, Kensington

Opening hours (Opening time may vary between branches)
Booking restrictions No limit for breakfast and lunch | Dinner (after 17:45) Only group bookings of more than 6 people are accepted, seats are reserved for only 15 minutes

French Bistro Côte Brasserie

Côte Brasserie set up its first store in Wimbledon, London in 2007, with the concept of a French bistro. The menu is seasonally adjusted and the desserts are very popular.

address Côte Brasserie has about 60 branches across the UK. It is recommended to check and pre-book on its official website before the visit.

Opening hours (Opening time may vary between branches)
Monday to Friday 8:00-23:00
Saturday 9:00-23:00
Sunday 9:00-22: 30

Popular Begoe Shop Beigel Bake

Beigel Bake is a popular store in Brick Lane and has been unbeaten for 40 years. I recommend smoked salmon (£1.40/piece), squid (£1.10/piece) and original flavour (£0.25)./)).

address 159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB
Opening hours Open 24 hours from Sunday to Monday (prices may change over time, please refer to the site)

London, London: Japanese cuisine Wasabi

Affordable Japanese cuisine

Walking around London, you will find more and more Asian restaurants of which the Japanese cuisine is very popular. Frome takeaway, ramen noodles to barbecues are all available in the city. For example, Wasabi, which sells rice balls, miso soup, rice bowls, sushi, etc., and it costs about 10 pounds, and there are a few seats in the store; Eat TOKYO is a restaurant from Japan, which was stationed in the UK in 2004 and now has many branches in London. The price of each meal is between 10 and 20 pounds, is a great place for dining out with friends.

Transport

Bus

Public transportation in London is very friendly to visitors. You can take a bus and tubes to anywhere you want to go. TfL (TRANSPORT FOR LONDON) has planned five leisure routes for visitors to explore the city, 9 Route (Royal Palace and Museum), 17 Route (historical heritage and traditional bar), 22 Route (antique and art), 35 Route (London Market) and 139 Route (Classic Landmark).

cost Infinity rides within 1 hour, the charge is £1.5 | The maximum charge is £4.5 per day.

Payment instructions London buses do not accept cash and must use an Oyster Card or a Contactless Payment Card. Each time you get on the bus, you will be sensing the card regardless of whether the hour or day spending reaches the upper limit. In addition to UK local credit cards, American Express (AMEX), MasterCard, Visa cards are also available.

Underground

The London Underground was built in 1863 as the world's first underground railway. Londoners called it "The Tube." The first route is the Metropolitan line, which is only 6 stops across the line. The starting (end) points are Paddington and Farringdon Station. Today, the London Underground has expanded to 11 routes and 270 stations. According to data released by TfL, the annual passenger load is 1.37 billion, of which Waterloo Station is the busiest as the station is close to the popular attractions London Eye and Big Ben.

The London Underground is the world's first subway. Photo by Serina Su

Tips & Tricks

Art in the underground

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the London Underground has started to cooperate with artists. The mosaic tile art in the picture was written by British artist Eduardo Paolozzi and completed in 1986.

Underground station (in the picture) Tottenham Court Road

London Shopping: Smart Turnout

Bring home a classic souvenir from London.

Founded in 1999, Smart Turnout started with jumpers and socks and now expands to watches and other fine products. The use of colours and stripes is its signature and has a special meaning behind each product. Customers can choose a watch strap to match a watch and their own style. It is one of the best souvenirs you should bring home with you.

Store address:169 Piccadilly

The art on the wall

The walls of London are cool with a variety of street art, graffiti art, which can be seen at Brick Lane, Camden Town and Leake Street Tunnel; in Soho, don't forget to look up the seven "nose" on the wall, created by artist Rick Buckley The installation art; it is said that there are still some unknown "ears" hidden in the vicinity of Covent Garden, and the idea is also from the same artist.