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London

London is the capital of England,The top five cities most visited by tourists worldwide.It is a magical city full of stories and a multi-cultural gathering place, where you will be able to stroll in the Royal Park, taste star cuisine, street food, enjoy theater and various types of museums and art galleries.

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Background
Attractions
Activities
Cuisines
Transport
Trip planning

Background

In 43 AD, the Romans built a bridge over the River Thames in London. At the same time, they found that the water depth here was suitable for sailing ships and was ideal to defend. Therefore, in 50 AD, the city is built. During the Roman period, the total population of London reached about 45,000, making it the most populous town in Britain at the time. the trade boomed in London, grains, metals and alcohol were the main trades.

After the Roman army left Britain in 407 AD, Anglo-Saxon came and govern Britain. At this time, London had become the trading centre of the United Kingdom, with many ships entering and leaving. Later, the Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in the Norman times, which further accelerated London's economic development. Today, London remains the capital of England.

Today, London is a major European financial center and a tourist attraction. It has residents from more than 130 countries and a rich and diverse culture. As of 2016, the total population of The Greater London reached 8.1 million; the annual number of tourists is about 37 million, making it one of the most popular tourist cities in the world.

Attractions

London Eye

The London Eye (formerly known as the Millennium Wheel) is located at the House of Parliament on the banks of the Thames, opposite the Big Ben. With a height of 135 meters, it is the tallest cantilevered landscape ferris wheel in Europe. If the weather is good, in London, you can see the beautiful scenery 40 kilometers away.

Nearby Tube Stations Waterloo Station   
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday|10:00-18:00 (closed at 20:30 in summer)
Ticket fare Adult £31

Check opening hours and fares

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|12/24-26, 1/1 and Good Friday on Friday night
fare Free visit (special exhibition and audio guide are subject to a fee)

Tower of London

After William the Conqueror came to England, he built the Tower of London to defend his forces. The Tower of London has a history of about 1,000 years. Under the heroic white tower, there are many stories of brutality and blood and tears. It used to be a torture ground, a prison, and also used as a royal mint, armoury, and zoo. It is now a landmark of London and a tourist pilgrimage site, which also displays weapons used by the ancient army, successive kings, and queen's invaluable crowns.

Nearby Tube Stations Tower Hill Station
Opening hours 
Tuesday to Saturday|9:00-17:30
Sunday to Monday|10:00-17:30
Ticket fare Adult £28.9|Child £14.4

Check opening hours 

London: Tower of London
London London: Elizabeth Tower map

Big Ben

Big Ben is located at the Elizabeth Tower on the north side of the House of Parliament. Its name comes from two legends, one of which is named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversees the Bell Bell project; and the other is that in the 19th century, British heavy boxing champion Benjamin was cited Big Ben, Benjamin Caunt's nickname, describes the most important people and things in various fields. Later, people also named the bell next to the Capitol as Big Ben. Since August 2017, Big Ben has entered a four-year maintenance project. Now only one side of the clock is open, and repairs are expected to be completed in 2021.

Nearby Tube Stations Westminster Station

Tower Bridge, London

Built in 1894, the Tower Bridge is a tall tower bridge. It is divided into upper and lower floors. The upper side is the sidewalk and the lower side is the driveway. In order to prevent the tower bridge from affecting the water and land traffic, the tower bridge is designed to be openable. At that time, Tower Bridge was built to solve London's traffic problems. Now it is also a well-known attraction. Visitors can visit the inside of Tower Bridge, showing the history of Tower Bridge and the engine room of the Victorian Era.

Now, there is aerial glass walkway on the upper level of Tower Bridge, and visitors can view the scenery under the bridge from the Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is still in operation, and it is opened about 850 times a year. If you want to see the opening of Tower Bridge, you can check the timetable on the official website of Tower Bridge in advance.

Nearby Tube Stations Tower Hill Station
Opening hours 
Week ㄧ to Sunday|9:30-18:00
Ticket fare Adult £10.6|Child £6.3

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London, London: Tower Bridge (London Tower Bridge)
St Paul's Cathedral, London

St Paul's Cathedral

It was first built in the 7th century, and later the main body was built of wood in the 12th century. At that time, the building was higher than the current church, but it was destroyed by the London fire in 1666. What I see today is what was later rebuilt by Charles II as the main church in the City of London. The scenery on the top floor is very beautiful, many people will climb the 528 steps overlooking London. There have also been royal weddings and important funerals. For example, Princess Dianne married here; and the funeral of former Prime Minister Churchill was held here.

Nearby Tube Stations St. Paul's Station / Mansion House Station
Opening hours 
Weekly to Saturday|8:30-16:30
Ticket fare Adult £20|Child £8.5|Student/Respect for the elderly £17.5

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Westminster Abbey

The construction of Westminster Abbey was started by Edward I in the 11th century. Later, it was remodeled. What we see now is the construction of the Gothic building by Henry III in the 13th century. Since ancient times, this is the place where the British royal family is crowned; it is also the place where weddings are held; at the same time, it is also the place where the royal family is buried. In addition to the royal staff, great men who have contributed to the UK, such as Newton and Hawking ... .

Nearby Tube Stations Westminster station / St. James's Park Station
Opening hours 
Weekly to Sunday|9:30-16:30
Ticket fare Adult £24|Child £10|Student/Respect for the elderly £21

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Notting Hill, Notting Hill, London

Notting Hill

The must-visit attractions in London are mainly known for the Portobello Market. There are many street vendors selling vintage items, second-hand good products, authentic snacks and fresh food ... etc. At the end of August every year, the largest Caribbean carnival in Europe (Notting Hill Carnival) is held here. Participants wear traditional costumes and enjoy traditional music performances. In 1999, Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts starred in the film of the same name starring Notting Hill (also translated as 100% Bride), attracting many fans Come to the pilgrimage.

Nearby Tube Stations  Notting Hill Gate station / Westbourne Park Station

The art on the wall

London's walls are wonderful, with a variety of street art, graffiti art 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 That is the installation art created by artist Rick Buckley; it is said that there are still unknown "ears" hidden in the vicinity of Covent Garden, which is also the idea of the same artist! 

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.

address 169 Piccadilly

Activities

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, please go toOfficial websiteInquiry and booking
Photo source Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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
time Every November
Purchase ticket 

London New Year's Firework Show

The London New Year's Eve Fireworks Show ranks among the top 10 in the world. Since its launch in 1999, it has a history of 20 years. Watching fireworks light up the world-renowned London Eye and the Thames, and sharing this unforgettable moment with your dearest family and friends will be the best New Year's memories.

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)

London, London: Japanese cuisine Wasabi

Affordable Japanese cuisine

Walking on the streets of London, you will find more and more Asian cuisines being settled, among which Japanese cuisine is very popular, ranging from light meals, set meals, ramen to barbecues. For example: Wasabi, which sells onigiri, miso soup, rice bowls, sushi, etc., costs around £ 10 and has a few seats in the store; Eat TOKYO is a restaurant from Japan. It entered the UK in 2004 and now has a presence in London Many branches have delicious food, including bento, risotto, sushi and other snacks. The price per person is between 10 and 20 pounds. It is a place to eat and drink with friends.

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 (time and prices may change, please refer to the site)

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
London St Pancras International

train

If you need to go to other cities, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool, etc., the main train stations are King's Cross Station, St Pancras International, Paddington Station (Paddington Station), Marylebone station... etc.Trains are floating fares, it is recommended to use the train APP to inquire and book tickets.

Trip planning

London: Tower of London

Historical capital, experience culture, enjoy food

London is exciting and diverse, and some tourists will come to London for a special trip, so stay longer. If time is limited, tourists who want to focus on London and match other attractions are recommended to travel to cities around London, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Bath Windsor, the above can be a day trip from London.

Chinese Guide | 1.5 hours insight into the city of London and South Bank culture

London has a rich history. If you want to get a deeper understanding of the city ’s background, cultural stories, and architectural secrets, it is recommended to participate in a walking tour in Chinese, which is the best choice to quickly understand the city.

London: Take the St Paul & #039; s Cathedral from the Millennium Bridge