The “City Of Cities”- London, is the first city of England that means “capital”. All round the year people travel up to this city not only because it’s the capital but also because it is the financial city of England. So, that means trade is an integral part of this city and where there is trade it is self understood that along with the goods there is continuous inflow and outflow humans as well. Also being a culturally advance city and with the tag line of “cosmopolitan city” it is a hot point of attraction of Gen-X youths. The city is so enormous that Samuel Johnson once correctly stated that "When a man is tired out of London he is tired of life"! This largest city of the globe has many soubriquets like “Old London Town”, although no defining one. Staying at one of the London hotels becomes mandatory while you visit this city. There are all types of hotels in London. You can always count on discount hotels of London if you are here for trade at your own expense.
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London is Britain's capital and offers an infinite amount of attractions to visit and enjoy. Staying in London doesn't have to be costly. You can save money by opting for cheap hotels and guesthouses. We bring you a selection of budget hotels that offer clean and reasonably priced accommodation for the length of your London holidays.
1001 reasons to visit London
Even if you have never been to London you most likely know it pretty well from the movies about Sherlock Holmes, from novels by Dickens, from songs by the Rolling Stones. But the difference between the real London and imaginary London is as great as the difference between a human being and a statue in Madame Tussaudes museum. Feel the taste of pint of beer in a traditional English pub, admire the gates of the Tower or check out the boutiques at Kings road, - all this is much better when you do it in person.
London is the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Northern Ireland. It’s one of the biggest cities of the European Union. Its history dates back to the times of Roman Empire when the city founded by Romans was called Londinium. Nowadays London is not only a city with interesting history, but also a leading cultural, educational, fashion, financial and tourist centre that speaks 300 languages.
The capital of Great Britain is famous with its sights. There’s hardly anyone out there who won’t recognize Big Ben or the Parliament. Or London Eye. Part of sights are under UNESCO protection: London Tower, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. Margarita church, Greenwich.
Among other sights you have to visit while in London are Buckingham Palace, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower bridge, Trafalgar square.
In the past decade one of the most interesting sights in London is Millennium Bridge, the most fundamental project devoted to the celebration of the new millennium. People call it ‘’The Wobbly Bridge’’. Why? Because after an official ceremony of opening which took place on 10 June 2000 in presence of Queen Elizabeth II, it was closed for reconstructions 2 days later because it was wobbling. It was opened for the second time on 22 February 2002, and no problems have occurred since then. The Bridge is met by Tate gallery and Globe theatre on the left side of the Thames, and by the domes of St Paul’s cathedral on the right. By the way, though the Bridge is pretty new, it has already been filmed; just pay attention in ‘Love actually’, and ‘Harry Potter and Half-Blooded Prince’.
To continue with cinematography it should be pointed out that like most of European capital cities, London has become a movie set where scenes of beloved movies took place, and along which streets favourite were taking a walk. For example, Harry Potter lovers in addition to the Millennium Bridge would love to visit King’s Cross where from platform 9 ¾ Harry Potter left for Hogwarts. By the way, you won’t be disappointed, the platform does exist!
Admires of Sherlock Holmes talents will be able to visit his famous flat at 221b Baker street. At the entrance the guard, who by the way perfectly represents the spirit of time, would be happy to take pictures with you. And the assortment of the souvenir shop won’t leave anyone indifferent.
First place on the list-to-see for fans of the Beatles will no doubt be Abbey-road. Football fans can enjoy the fairy at Stamford Bridge and Emirates stadiums.
Make sure you have time to take a walk along London parks. When the weather is nice you can walk in Hyde park or St James park for hours without getting bored. By the way, inhabitants of the parks, squirrels and numerous birds, are very friendly and social. Be careful with swans though, they’re protected by the Queen.
How to choose a hotel in London?
Numerous London hotels are rarely overbooked even during high season, in the middle of summer. The lowest rates during the year are in January and February. To stay overnight for 40eur is possible in one of empty dormitories normally occupied by students or in one of the camping sides at the outskirts of the city. Rates for the hotels in the city centre vary from 150 to 245 eur per night. Though if you don’t mind shared facilities and rooms, city hostels in London will be glad to offer you accommodation from 13 eur per night.
At average hotels English or continental breakfast is normally included in the room rate, though it’s better to re-confirm it when the booking is submitted.
Bloomsbury is an area in London where a lot of central London hotels are located. It’s easy and comfortable to get from here to Westminster, City and to the south bank of Thames.
Even most basic hotels offer a tea-pot and tea and coffee in the rooms. There are also phones in the rooms, but we recommend using them only when you have no other choice as in some hotels the prices for calls are 8 times more expensive than regular rates.
What should you know before going to London?
- banks are open from 9am to 5m from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to noon on Saturdays;
- shops are also open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Supermarkets are open longer;
- make sure you have all necessary medicine with you, as you won’t be able to buy anything without a receipt;
- traditionally one of the first places to visit when you arrive is an Information office. Here you can get not only answers to all your questions, but also a free map. You can also buy tickets for transport and museums, often with a reasonable discount;
- most of museums in London offer free admission. You’ll have to pay an entrance fee for palaces and castles though. Among free museums we’d recommend visiting are British Museum, National Gallery, National History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Houses of Parliament;
- the city is divided into 6 zones, zone 1 and 2 are central London. This will be useful when you buy a ticket for a London Tube. Even if your hotel is centrally located and you like walking, don’t miss a chance to take a ride in the oldest underground in the world;
- since 1 July 2007 there’s a fee of 200GBP for smoking in public places. Even if you’re in a pub, you have to smoke only in special areas, normally outside;
- best shopping is on Oxford street. Especially during Christmas sales where you can buy brands almost free of charge;
- citizens claim that if you’re looking for shopping, calm cafes, wine bars, pubs, then you should go to Chelsea, Kensington, Knightbridge. Soho, Shoreditch, Camden, Clerkenwell are ideal for night lifelovers; Covent Garden, South Bank, West End are popular among those who like street performances, theatre lovers and gourmets. Those who look for a peaceful and calm place in London will definitely like от St John's Wood, Maida Vale & Primrose Hill areas.