I’ve been to London many times over the years only mostly before I owned a 360 camera. I hope to visit again sometime soon, so will upload anything new here.
London isn’t cheap, so I would recommend budgeting £45-£80/day if you’re on a backpacker’s budget. You can’t visit without having a few pints in a few pubs. There are loads of great options, but here is a list of London’s most historic pubs (some date back to the 1600s).
London also has dozens of markets offering both fresh and freshly-prepared foods. Some of the most popular markets are Borough Market, Portobello Road Market, Camden Street Market, Brick Lane Market, Covent Garden Market, and Greenwich Market. Here is an article from TimeOut about the 50 best street food stalls in London.
London is the capital and largest city of the United Kingdom. London is not a homogeneous city. It is rather a chaotic patchwork of overlapping villages all of which have distinctly different characters and London culture is as diverse as its population with over 250 languages spoken across the city.
The Romans founded Londinium in 43 AD as a stores depot on the marshy banks of the Thames. Despite frequent attacks – not least by Queen Boudicca, who razed it in 61 AD – the port became secure in its position as capital of Roman Britain by the end of the century. London’s expansion really began, however, in the eleventh century, when it became the seat of the last successful invader of Britain, the Norman duke who became William I of England (aka “the Conqueror”). Crowned king of England in Westminster Abbey, William built the White Tower – centrepiece of the Tower of London – to establish his dominance over the merchant population, the class that was soon to make London one of Europe’s mightiest cities.
- London Underground (Tube) Tube stations are densely located all over central London, so if you’re staying in the city centre your hotel is likely to be near one
- Bus The bus stops outside the train station will have a destination finder poster with popular areas, roads and districts listed alphabetically, along with the number of the bus to take to get there. Check your hotel booking documents as they may recommend a bus route
- Taxi You can flag down a London taxi on the street, if its ‘Taxi’ sign at the front is illuminated. All London taxis have a meter so you can see exactly how much the journey is costing you. Tipping is at your discretion.
- Walk If it’s not far, a 10 minute walk can take 20 minutes by tube or car.
- There’s always free Street performances at Covent Garden.
- Avoid the tube at rush hour, especially the northern line.
- Give yourself plenty of time when entering the underground, it can take 5-7 minutes of walking to get to the platform. South Kensington and Bank are particularly long between the turnstiles and trains.
- If it’s not far walk, a 10 minute walk can take 20 minutes by tube or car.
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