Nowhere quite compares to London. This is an extraordinary city where extraordinary things happen on an almost routine basis; a city visited by upwards of 18 million tourists every year, who come to marvel at the rich history and architectural splendour, to take in the seemingly unlimited options for arts and culture lovers, and make the most of innumerable restaurants and bars, free museums and more.
But there’s more to the British capital than all that. For all the metropolitan buzz, this is a city of wide-open spaces – from Royal Parks to hidden gardens, there’s always somewhere nearby to which you can escape and unplug from the grid. The weather isn’t always perfect, but Londoners sure make the most of the sunny days when they arrive.
People will tell you that Londoners aren’t friendly. Ignore that. People here are often in a hurry, but we’re not such a bad bunch on the whole. And we’re fiercely proud of our tolerant, inclusive community. It’s reckoned that a third of Londoners were born outside the UK. That diversity drives the engine that makes this city what it is – a world city with a truly global outlook.
In truth, a lifetime wouldn’t be enough to take in every nook and cranny in this ever-changing city, but on this page you’ll find hints and tips to help you make the most of your time here.
London doesn't have a stellar reputation when it comes to weather. We're not suggesting that's completely unwarranted, but it's worth keeping in mind that it rains less here than it does in Rome or Naples.
When the sun does shine and the temperatures rise, London is a great place to be, thanks to its wealth of parks and open spaces. For those occasions when the rain comes down or the temperatures drop, the selection of free museums and world-class shopping ensure that there's almost nowhere better to be.
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London is served by six airports - Heathrow is the largest, closely followed by Gatwick, and between them these two service the bulk of long-haul destinations. London also has several smaller airports that receive flights from other airports within Europe. They include Stansted, London City, Luton, and Southend.
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