London, England

Noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy. The capital and largest city of both the United Kingdom and of England, it ... more

London, England

Noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy. The capital and largest city of both the United Kingdom and of England, it is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union. Situated on the River Thames in South-East England, Greater London has an official population of a little over 8 million — although the figure of 14 million for the city's metropolitan area more accurately reflects its size and importance. Considered one of two of the world's leading "global cities", London remains an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics, finance and trade.

Winter in London is mild compared to nearby continental European cities, due to both the presence of the Gulf Stream and urban heat effect. Average daily maximum is 8°C (46°F) in December and January. Snow does occur, usually a few times a year but rarely heavy (a few years being exceptions such as the winters of 2009 and 2010, with temperatures dipping down to sub-zeros regularly). Snow in London can be crippling, as seen at the end of 2010. Just 7 cm (3 in) of snow will cause trains to stop running, airports to see significant delays, and mail service will halt. London is a city which does not cope well with snow; walkways, stairs, and streets will not be cleared by shovels or plows. The streets will be salted/gritted, but will remain slick and snow/slush covered until the sun melts it away. Daylight hours are short with darkness filling up the sky by 4pm in December.

Summer is perhaps the best season for tourists as it has long daylight hours as well as mild temperatures. The average daily high temperatures in July and August are around 24°C (75°F) The highest temperature since 2000 was recorded once in August at 38°C (100°F). This means London can feel hot and humid for several days in the summer months. Also, because of urban heat effect, during night time it could feel muggy.

London hosts an outstanding collection of world-class museums. Even better, it is the only one of the traditional "alpha world cities" (London, Tokyo, New York City and Paris) in which the majority of the museums have no entrance charges, thus allowing visitors to make multiple visits with ease. Although London can be expensive, many of the best museums and galleries are free.

Places near London

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London Links

Moro restaurant opened in 1997, and lies at the heart of the lively pedestrianised street, Exmouth Market. Known for its award winning Moorish cuisine.

Rasa restaurants, the South Indian restaurant chain in London UK, specialises in south Indian food. Savour award winning vegetarian, meat-based and seafood dishes at Rasa restaurants.

Our baking operations moved from Smithfield to Spitalfields in 2003 when we opened St. John Bread and Wine though we still sell our breads and other baked goods at St. John and at the occasional farmer's market and food festival, details of which ca...

We specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions. If we can make something ourselves, we do - gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, and pasta of course - the rest is car...

The world's most famous nightclubs - nightlife in London. Clubbing with the best in house music, guest lists, VIP tables, birthday parties,

  Tajima-Tei Japanese Restaurant is situated in the heart of London. The owner has over 30 years experience as a professional chef. He was trained at Ryotei in Kyoto; to work there is an honour. Our speciality is Sushi and Sashimi - If y...

The original Maroush restaurant, opened by Marouf Abouzaki more than 31 years ago, this Edgware Road staple is even more popular today than it was back then. A lively, two-floor restaurant capable of seating more than 150 guests at a time, Maroush E...

Le Garrick was opened over 25 years ago and was recently taken over by Dominika and Charles, who met in the restaurant some 8 years ago. Dominika has worked as a waitress and then became the manager over the past 10 years.  Charles a true French man...

In the chilled out vibe of Stoke Newington, this cafe / restaurant fits in perfectly. Two more branches have now opened up in other 'yummy mummy' territory of Islington and Crouch End. You can start your day here with bountiful smoothies, flaky croi...

We travelled the world, from steakhouse to steakhouse, searching for the perfect steak, but discovered that beef from traditional breeds reared the old fashioned way right here in Britain and cooked simply over real charcoal, packed more flavour tha...

Bodean's BBQ has now been running for 10 years in the British capital. Created by Kansan native Andre Blais and modelled along the best tradition of American barbecue joints, the restaurant serves up a great plate of Americana. Bodean's has won best...

fabric opened in October 1999 after years of planning. It has three spaces, two of which feature stages for live acts. The rooms house Europes first bass-loaded bodysonic dancefloor, 3 soundsystems and 5 bars over two levels and a total area of 25,0...

Mahiki, set over two floors, is the ultimate destination for the cocktail lover. With its tiki décor, delicious fresh fruit cocktails and tropical flowers adorning every Honolulu Honey’s hair, a night out with us is unique in every respect.

The Wenlock Arms was built in 1835 (land records show 1833), and opened as a pub in January 1836. It survived the wartime bombing of the district but still retains much of its original characteristics. 

Appealing to the more discerning late night London crowd tired of identikit, faceless bars and clubs with no creativity and soul, The Cuckoo Club features 5,000 square feet of ostentatious design, spread over two floors, and a founding committee tha...

We are one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world. We opened in 1959 and since that time have featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion. The club officially reopened on Monday 26th June 2006, after 3 months of re...

The home of dance music and the world's best nightclub, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011.

Brought to you by Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen (the people behind the award winning Princess of Shoreditch) and situated a stones throw from Grays Inn Road and Theobolds Road on the picturesque John Street, The Lady Ottoline recently opened her doo...

Heritage abounds in this upscale London dance club / night club. Opened in 1924, with its parisian cafe chairs and crystal chandeliers, this place says flappers, twenties glamour and pure unadulterated enjoyment. It's as though it is a secret member...

Inspired by London's earliest clubs dating back to the 1920's that entertained 'outsiders and misfits' the club is now located in a grade II listed building on Winsley Street, Fitzrovia, an area which in its day was regarded as the centre of artisti...

Things do to in London

  Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. The collection embraces all media, from painting, drawing, sculpture and prints to photography, video and film, i...

About four miles from the centre of London, Greenwich is ideal for a day trip. Its attractions are legion and include the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Millennium Dome, wonderful Greenwich Park, and the clipper Cutt...

Hyde Park

www.royalparks.org.uk - Outdoor Activities

When King Henry VIII and his court were thundering across Hyde Park in 1536 in pursuit of deer and wild boar, it would have been difficult to visualise that years later the noble art of tai chi would be peacefully performed among the trees in the ea...

Royal Botanic Gardens

www.kew.org - Outdoor Activities

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Alongside Kew Gardens in London, Kew has a second country garden based at Wakehurst which is the home of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. As well as be...

At 135m, the London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. It was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and was launched in 2000. It has already won over 75 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding...

Buckingham Palace is a sightseeing must. Queen Victoria moved into the vast mansion in 1837; since then, generations of royals have made the palace their home. Although wandering the grounds and taking photos of the elaborate exterior are always pop...

  Explore the wonders of this awesome fortress, and the stories behind them Discover for yourself some of the Tower’s sights and stories, whether you’re planning your visit or just wanting to learn more about this iconic palace and its histo...

An icon on the London skyline and a busy working church. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral's awe-inspiring interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history. 

The world's greatest museum of art and design. Our collections are unrivalled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures.

Parliament is open to all members of the UK public and overseas visitors. You can attend debates and watch committee hearings, tour the buildings or climb the famous Clock Tower and see Big Ben.

London Nightlife

The world's most famous nightclubs - nightlife in London. Clubbing with the best in house music, guest lists, VIP tables, birthday parties,

fabric opened in October 1999 after years of planning. It has three spaces, two of which feature stages for live acts. The rooms house Europes first bass-loaded bodysonic dancefloor, 3 soundsystems and 5 bars over two levels and a total area of 25,0...

Mahiki, set over two floors, is the ultimate destination for the cocktail lover. With its tiki décor, delicious fresh fruit cocktails and tropical flowers adorning every Honolulu Honey’s hair, a night out with us is unique in every respect.

The Wenlock Arms was built in 1835 (land records show 1833), and opened as a pub in January 1836. It survived the wartime bombing of the district but still retains much of its original characteristics. 

Appealing to the more discerning late night London crowd tired of identikit, faceless bars and clubs with no creativity and soul, The Cuckoo Club features 5,000 square feet of ostentatious design, spread over two floors, and a founding committee tha...

We are one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world. We opened in 1959 and since that time have featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion. The club officially reopened on Monday 26th June 2006, after 3 months of re...

The home of dance music and the world's best nightclub, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011.

Brought to you by Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen (the people behind the award winning Princess of Shoreditch) and situated a stones throw from Grays Inn Road and Theobolds Road on the picturesque John Street, The Lady Ottoline recently opened her doo...

Heritage abounds in this upscale London dance club / night club. Opened in 1924, with its parisian cafe chairs and crystal chandeliers, this place says flappers, twenties glamour and pure unadulterated enjoyment. It's as though it is a secret member...

Inspired by London's earliest clubs dating back to the 1920's that entertained 'outsiders and misfits' the club is now located in a grade II listed building on Winsley Street, Fitzrovia, an area which in its day was regarded as the centre of artisti...

London Dining

Moro restaurant opened in 1997, and lies at the heart of the lively pedestrianised street, Exmouth Market. Known for its award winning Moorish cuisine.

Rasa restaurants, the South Indian restaurant chain in London UK, specialises in south Indian food. Savour award winning vegetarian, meat-based and seafood dishes at Rasa restaurants.

Our baking operations moved from Smithfield to Spitalfields in 2003 when we opened St. John Bread and Wine though we still sell our breads and other baked goods at St. John and at the occasional farmer's market and food festival, details of which ca...

We specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions. If we can make something ourselves, we do - gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, and pasta of course - the rest is car...

  Tajima-Tei Japanese Restaurant is situated in the heart of London. The owner has over 30 years experience as a professional chef. He was trained at Ryotei in Kyoto; to work there is an honour. Our speciality is Sushi and Sashimi - If y...

The original Maroush restaurant, opened by Marouf Abouzaki more than 31 years ago, this Edgware Road staple is even more popular today than it was back then. A lively, two-floor restaurant capable of seating more than 150 guests at a time, Maroush E...

Le Garrick was opened over 25 years ago and was recently taken over by Dominika and Charles, who met in the restaurant some 8 years ago. Dominika has worked as a waitress and then became the manager over the past 10 years.  Charles a true French man...

In the chilled out vibe of Stoke Newington, this cafe / restaurant fits in perfectly. Two more branches have now opened up in other 'yummy mummy' territory of Islington and Crouch End. You can start your day here with bountiful smoothies, flaky croi...

We travelled the world, from steakhouse to steakhouse, searching for the perfect steak, but discovered that beef from traditional breeds reared the old fashioned way right here in Britain and cooked simply over real charcoal, packed more flavour tha...

Bodean's BBQ has now been running for 10 years in the British capital. Created by Kansan native Andre Blais and modelled along the best tradition of American barbecue joints, the restaurant serves up a great plate of Americana. Bodean's has won best...