The largest city in the European Union, the world’s second financial centre after New York, home to the second-largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome…the list goes on. Take one of our cheap flights to London and discover an impressive metropolis, brimming with wealth, leisure and culture. Acknowledging the importance of open spaces amongst the hustle and bustle of urban life, the city offers numerous green spaces and parks.
If Rome is the capital of Christianity, one could easily say that London is the capital of royalty. The British royal family, without doubt the most famous of them all, is the symbol of the country as a whole, and particularly London. Buckingham Palace, the royal family’s official residence, the Tower of London, where all those who offended the monarchy were locked up, now home to the Crown Jewels, and the magnificent Westminster Abbey, the oldest, most famous church in London, which hosts royal coronations and has been the site of the graves of monarchs for the past thousand years, are all prime examples of the monarchy’s power. A visit to the Gothic Victorian Palace of Westminster, situated on the banks of the river Thames, clearly highlights the importance of politics, as it is home to the two Houses that make up the British Parliament as well as the emblematicBig Ben, now renamed Elizabeth Tower. Further down the riverbank, you will find the London Eye, the enormous wheel, which offers some of the best views of the city.
Once you’ve had your fill of such grand sights, head over to the West End, where you can take in some of the best musicals. Its epicentre, Piccadilly Circus, is one of the liveliest areas in the city, and offers a whole host of shops, cinemas, bars and theatres. Illuminated at night by its trademark neon signs, this area is worth a nocturnal visit. The Soho district is also buzzing with nightlife, and is a big hit with the LGBT community.
If you’re looking for a museum or two, London is home to some of the best in the world. The British Museum (with over seven million works of art and archaeology from all over the world), the Tate Modern (the world’s most visited contemporary art museum, housing works by Dalí, Warhol and Rothko) and the National Gallery (one of the most important international art galleries, housing works by Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Velázquez and Van Gogh) are all must-sees. After such an explosion of culture, relax in one of the city’s many green spaces, such as Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and St. James’s Park. Don’t miss out on the crowning glory of European capitals.
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