London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. It is a 21st century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stands the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronation. It is the biggest city in Britain and in Europe – it occupies over 620 square miles and houses a population of approx. 8.78 million. Located in the South East of England, London is the seat of central government in Britain. It is a major international city with great tourist sites, a major shopping destination as well as food galore, great selection on accommodation. It is also home to a wealth of museums, theatres, events and much more. Whatever your desires may be, London is not one to disappoint.
Things To Do
Despite its deep roots in history, London managed to preserve its identity especially on architecture whilst going through its evolution of becoming an extremely modern city. There are over 100 theatres in London, including 50 in the West End alone. World class productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Giselle, Les Miserables, Disney’s The Lion King as well as concerts from famous artistes from across the globe almost never miss London as part of their tour.
Apart from the usual shopping, there are plenty of markets to be found in London – Borough Market, Camden Market, Portobello Market and the list goes on. Each and every one of these markets holds its own identity and you can most definitely find a few bargains along the way and Borough Market is one to go if you fancy a quick bite.
For more information on Top Markets in London, click here.
If you fancy a little boat ride, River Thames is the place to be. Starting as a small trickle in the Cotswolds, the River Thames travels over 210 miles across England right through the centre of London and eventually out into the North Sea. You may head on a boat trip to cruise down River Thames or even go on the exciting ThamesJet where you will enjoy sightseeing, speed and awesome aquabatics!
Transport & Travel Information
Accessibility to and in London is just great. Five international airports offering direct flights to more than 300 destinations, the Eurostar trains connect London to Paris in just over two hours, and many more. Needless to say, London was the first city in the world to have an underground railway known as the Tube which is easy access and the quickest way to get around London – 11 colour coded lines and 270 stations, it reaches every corner of the city. In order to access London’s Tube, DLR, train and bus network, all you have to get is the contactless travelcard, Oyster which also gives you discounts on the Emirates Air Line and Thames Clipper riverboats. If that’s not enough, there are the iconic black cabs that can take you anywhere in London or on a bike. Cycling is a green and healthy way to explore the city. You can easily jump on one of the 8,000 Santander Cycles’ bikes, known as Boris bikes.
Delegates coming to London can find very useful information from the Visit London Website – travelling to and in London, tips, what’s on, things to do, etc. It is also possible to book tickets for theatre shows or attractions through the website as well as tours within London and to nearby cities (ie. Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford).
In addition, delegates can download the Visit London App, which is free to download and free to use (no roaming charges) - it offers the same useful information provided as on the website, but it also enables delegates/visitors to create their own itineraries and book tickets via the app.
Please also have a look at the following "How to do" videos about London.