London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, and is the largest city in the UK and middle Europe. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to the Romans, who originally named it Londinium.
London has been described as the world’s cultural capital, with over 300 different languages spoken within its boundaries. It is the world’s most visited city* and the world’s largest city airport system**. The capital’s 43 universities form the highest concentration of higher education in Europe – understandable with its 8.3 million inhabitants. In 2012, London became the first city to host the Summer Olympic Games 3 times.
London’s well known landmarks include Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the London Underground, and Tower Bridge, to name only a few.
Mentioned above, the London Underground is one of your best ways to get around in the city. Just make sure to stick to the right side if you’re not in a rush!
If this is your first time in England, be sure to go to our original English pubs, and try the fish and chips.
For more information on London, check out the official visitor guide.
*measured by international arrivals
**measured by passenger traffic