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LondonLondon is the place where the glorious past and the vibrant present blend with each other. A blend of history, ground-breaking architecture and culture has created an amazing and constantly evolving city.

London, the capital city of the United Kingdom is among the four most important global cities including Paris, New York and Tokyo. This city of the Big Ben, double-decker buses, and the Tube is one of the greatest city on earth and offers some of the finest places of tourist attraction. It owns world's finest museums, historic buildings, such as the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London, magnificent palaces, the most famous ones being Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace.

London produces 17% of the UK's GDP and the City of London is one of the world's major financial centres. A truly international city, London is pre-eminent in culture, communications, politics, finance, and the arts.

Fact File
Country : England
Official name : London
Population : 7.2 million
Languages : English
Climate : London's temperature is generally mild, but may drop below freezing point for brief periods during the winter. November through February are characterized by cold weather and short days -- not ideal for visitors. In March and October, days are longer but it can still be cold. The best months to visit are the drier months from April to September. London's peak tourist season is during the warm months of July and August, when temperatures average under 20 degrees Celsius.
Official Currency : UK pound(GBP); 1 GBP = 77.3451 Indian Rupee, = !.77723 US $ = 1.47436 Euro(subject to change)
Location : England is just 18 miles from Paris via the English Channel and london is the capital city of England.

Getting There
Tower Bridge LondonAirport : London City Airport is the international airport which is situated just 10 miles (16km) from the West End (the shopping and political district), six miles (10km) from the City of London (the financial district) and three miles (5km) from Canary Wharf (London's newest business and financial centre).

Getting Around
Buses, taxis and local trains facilitate the movement around the city.

The city has a number of good hotels to provide a comfortable stay to the tourists. Some of these hotels have been listed below:
5 star hotels in the city :
Hotel Conrad
Hotel Millennium Bailey’s
Hotel Carlton Tower
4 star hotels in the city :
Hotel Dukes
Marriott hotel county hall
Hotel Thistle Victoria
3 star hotels in the city :
Holiday inn Mayfair
Hotel Inn
Hotel Abbey Court

Major tourist attractions
Kensington Palace London Dungeon : Intended to appeal to the animal nature of its visitors, this gruesome attraction depicts some of the most grisly of human acts through the years. Bolstered by multimedia production values, the Dungeon showcases in realistic detail the horrors of London's Great Fire, its plagues, and its terrorizing by Jack the Ripper. Also included is a chance to journey on the "Boat Ride to Hell" and be immersed in the anxieties of death. Not recommended for young children or those with weak constitutions.

London Eye : London offers many places to catch great panoramas of the skyline and the Thames, but this attraction is one of the best. Run by British Airways, the Eye opened to great acclaim at the start of the new millennium. The 30-minute guided "flight" reaches a peak of 450 feet (it's the tallest observation wheel in the world) and offers 360° views. During the day, guides point out all the sights within a 25-mile radius, giving a good introduction to the city's layout. At night, when London is lit up, the view is even more amazing.

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum : A perennial favorite of travelers, this museum capitalizes on the traditions of artistic representation established in the 19th century by Marie Grosholz, the original Madame Tussaud. Its galleries showcase current celebrities, historic personages, and London through the ages. The "Chamber Live" highlights notorious killers, while "Bollywood for Beginners" focuses on India's movie-making industry.

Millennium Dome : Constructed along the prime meridian, this prominent structure ranks as the planet's largest domed structure. Crafted of steel and fiberglass, it's 1050 feet in diameter and more than a half-mile in circumference. Planned as the centerpiece of London's millennium celebration, the dome is a spectacular. Now, in efforts to revitalize the area the dome is planned as a sports and entertainment complex, complete with arena, exhibition space, bars, and restaurants.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre : The Globe, where many of his plays were originally performed to packed houses, burned in 1613 during a performance of "Henry VIII." It was recently rebuilt on the same site and is faithful to the original in style and dimensions. Productions mimic those of that era, without modern trappings and filled with fascinating stories. An excellent restaurant on the premises makes the Globe an ideal place to spend an afternoon and evening.

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