Visiting London

London is the capital and the largest city in the United Kingdom. It is a large international transportation hub that has 5 airports, which is why getting to London from anywhere is very easy.

The role of London in the United Kingdom is similar to the role of New York City in the United States: it is a trend-setting place where things happen before they happen anywhere else. London has latest technology and trends and traditions on the same streets. Its population is over 8.5 million people, which makes it one of the largest cities in the world.

From its beginnings over 20 centuries ago, London has been growing steadily by swallowing the surrounding villages and farms. Today its area is over 600 square miles, which is bigger than the area of some of the country’s national parks. The area that attracts the most tourists is much smaller, only 25 square miles.

The city has streets that may seem to have confusing and odd names. It also consists of a number of neighborhoods that confound the visitors. For this reason, you should buy a map of the city or upload it onto your smartphone.

The city grew along the River Thames, which played an important role in its development and prosperity. Most of the tourist attractions and destinations are located on the north bank of the river. South bank is where several arts centers are located. The area has been quickly going through the process of gentrification in the last several decades.

All street addresses in the city include destinations similar to postal codes in other countries. When you are exploring the city, what really matters in not a destination, but the closest metro station.

Just like its name suggests, the district known as Central London is the center of the city. The district consists of the city of London, the West End and West London.