London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. It is a city at the centre of the world – and a world in one city. It has a history stretching back over thousands of years, and boasts four World Heritage Sites: the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
London is the political, economic and cultural capital of Britain, with attractions ranging from Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster to world-class art galleries and museums including the Tate and Tate Modern Galleries, Victoria and Albert, Natural History and Science Museums.
London offers some of the world’s best theatre, from world-famous musicals to West End shows and cutting edge plays. It also provides more than 6,000 restaurants catering to all tastes, and shopping which has been ranked by the Globe Shopper City Index as the best in Europe.
About one third of London is devoted to parks and open spaces, so there are plenty of places to relax on fine days. Highlights amongst these are The Royal Parks, as well as Hampstead Heath in North London, which offers amazing views over the city. The river Thames runs through the heart of London, from Richmond in the west, through the central London borough of Westminster, to Greenwich in the east. London’s river cruises and river buses offer a great way to see the city.