London at a Glance
Founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago, London is now the world’s most important political, economic, cultural and artistic center, where different races, religions and cultures intermingle to create a unique diversity. London is both refined and individualistic, introverted and reserved, yet avant-garde and wild. More than 300 museums and galleries, 400 music venues, a labyrinth of art; countless churches that immerse people in the mystery of religious solemnity; a wide variety of national cuisines and bars that allow people to experience in a gourmet experience; shoppers wander through tens of thousands of stores and countless Shoppers can wander through tens of thousands of shops and countless bazaars. The “foggy city” is long gone due to various environmental protection measures, and even if it is rainy, the fashionable men and women on the streets will make London look bright, while the London Eye, the London Olympics venue and other new and innovative buildings show a new face of modern London. Every day in London is a surprise.
Best time to travel
With its warm winters and cool summers, London can be a great time to visit the city all year round. Spring and summer are particularly good for travel, with flowers in bloom and mild sunshine, while autumn begins in September and the best shopping season in London begins in winter.
The currency in circulation in the UK is the British pound.
As the capital of the UK and a popular city for travel, London has a high level of consumption, especially accommodation costs, which account for a large proportion of travel costs and are best booked in advance. Restaurants range from £12-£25 for a main course depending on the class. Compared to accommodation and food, the cost of visiting attractions is not high and most London museums and galleries are free to the public.
London is comfortable in all seasons. Summer is cool, with a maximum temperature of about 27 degrees, and long-sleeved or short-sleeved T-shirts, pants or long skirts are appropriate. In winter, the lowest temperature is about 5℃, so coats and cotton clothes are necessary, and gloves and scarves are needed to protect you from the cold. Because of the rainy weather in the UK, it is more practical to have a hooded jacket, and it is recommended to carry an umbrella when you go out.
The British Museum was founded in 1753 and is the oldest and most magnificent comprehensive museum in the world. It is one of the three largest museums in the world, along with the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It houses many cultural relics and book treasures from around the world, and the richness and variety of its collections are rare for museums around the world. The museum currently has a collection of more than 13 million items, and due to space constraints, there are still many items that are not publicly available. The museum includes the Egyptian, Greco-Roman, West Asian, Medieval European and Oriental art galleries. Some of the most notable collections include Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon in Athens, and the head of Ramses II.
Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
The National Gallery is located on the north side of Trafalgar Square and was established in 1824. The National Gallery exhibits 2,300 of the world’s finest paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries in chronological order. Famous exhibits include Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna of the Rock, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Michelangelo’s Burial, Raphael’s Madonna of the Pink, and many more!
Address: Trafalgar Squar, London, WC2N 5DN
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square, London, just north of the National Gallery. Through photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures, the museum showcases both the art and the history of Britain through these works of art.
Address: St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is located on the banks of the River Thames in London and is one of the most attractive sightseeing spots in London. The London Eye was originally built as a temporary structure to celebrate the arrival of the millennium and was scheduled to be demolished after five years. However, the Council decided to keep it for a long time because it was very popular with the British and tourists and promoted tourism in London.
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
London Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is the first bridge from the mouth of the Thames River in London, initially a wooden bridge, but later changed to the present concrete structure bridge. The bridge has two levels, the upper level is a suspended walkway from which visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the Thames River, while the lower level has six lanes for vehicles to pass. The museum inside Tower Bridge exhibits the history and pictures of Tower Bridge and other bridges for visitors to see.
Address: Tower Bridge, London SE1 2UP
Tower of London
The Tower of London is located on the north bank of the River Thames, next to Tower Bridge, and is a group of towers originally built to control the entire City of London, and was a symbol of royal power. It has been used as a royal palace, a prison, and a royal mint. In addition to the building itself, there are also the Crown Jewels and the Royal Armoury.
Address: The Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB
Westminster Abbey, also known as Westminster Cathedral, is located on the north bank of the River Thames. The entire building is magnificent and glorious, and is considered a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture. The church is both the chapel of the English state religion and the grand hall where successive kings held their coronation ceremonies and members of the royal family held their weddings. It is also a state funeral tomb, where many great British figures, including scientists Isaac Newton and Darwin and writer Charles Dickens, lie buried in addition to members of the British royal family.
Address: 20 Deans Yard, London, SW1P 3PA
This neo-Byzantine church, known as Westminster Cathedral of the Precious Blood, is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster in London, England, and the largest Catholic church in England.
Address: 42 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QW
Sherlock Holmes Museum
The famous 221B Baker Street, the London home of the world-famous fictional character Sherlock Holmes, was opened as the Sherlock Holmes Museum in 1990. The structure of the museum is identical to that of the novel, and the elaborate arrangement makes visitors feel like they are in the scene of the novel. The second floor is Holmes’ study and bedroom, with pipes, magnifying glasses, and a restored “chemistry lab” based on the novel; the third floor is Watson’s bedroom, with wax figures of the novel’s characters on display, all of which are lifelike.
Address: 221B Baker St, London, NW1 6XE
Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s office and residence in London, as well as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Family. It is one of the few royal palaces in the world still in use today. Buckingham Palace’s opulent state rooms and ballrooms are lavishly decorated and have many rare collections on display. However, only 19 State Rooms are open to visitors each summer when the Queen visits Scotland. Every day in summer and every other day in winter, Buckingham Palace hosts a spectacular changing of the guard ceremony at 11:30am.
Address: London, SW1A 1AA
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral is a representative of English classical architecture and the second largest domed church in the world. It is the religious center of England and the first cathedral in England. Due to war and fire, the church has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, and the current building was designed and completed by Sir Christopher Wren, the British architect 61. The church’s overall style is simple and elegant, especially the huge dome is remarkable. 1981 Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s century wedding was held here.
Hyde Park is the largest royal courtyard in London, divided into two parts by Serpentine Lake, with Princess Diana’s Fountain to the south and Speakers’ Corner in the northeast corner, the most famous spot where anyone can speak and a symbol of freedom and democracy.
London’s most famous Fish&Chips store, with a history of over 100 years. There are many kinds of fish, we recommend Cod or Haddock, and when the weather is nice, it’s nice to sit outside and eat.
Address: 47 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9AJ
Another great Fish&Chips store in London with a great reputation, clean and tidy inside. The fish is fresh and the homemade Tartare sauce is unique.
Address: 6-8 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR
Porters English Restaurant
A traditional English restaurant with recommendations such as steak and kidney pudding, beer battered cod and braised beef faggots.
Address: 17 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8QH
Looking for an authentic English breakfast? This restaurant has a variety of combinations to choose from. Apart from breakfast, the restaurant serves fresh, tasty food all day long. If you have plenty of time to spend in London, why not try a lazy brunch here one day?
Address: 55 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BB
This is a long-established establishment with traditional flavors of English dining. The menu has remained largely unchanged since it opened in 1902, with only minor adjustments. The beef pies are the most famous and well worth trying.
Address: 87 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 4TW
A steakhouse in London for more than 50 years, it pays close attention to the quality of its food, and every steak is guaranteed.
Address: 50 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7LU
Highly popular Greek restaurant in London, decorated with Greek style. The service is warm and welcoming, and importantly, the prices are very affordable. The sea bass (Sea Bass) is very fresh and highly recommended.
Address: 81-81a Bayham Street, London, NW1
Portuguese restaurant chain with several branches in London, very popular with the British. The signature dish, grilled chicken, is available in mild, medium or extra spicy depending on taste, and with sides such as fries and salad, the price per meal is £12-£15, which is good value for money.
Auberge Bar&Restaurant is a French-style restaurant with distinctive dishes, comfortable interior and first-class service. The restaurant is comfortable and the service is excellent. It is crowded at meal times, so reserve a seat in advance.
Address: 1 Sandell Street, SE1 8UH
A Latin-style restaurant with exotic decor. In addition to the food, try the Brazilian and Mexican cocktails.
Address: Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
My Old Dutch
The interior of the restaurant is relaxed and natural. A variety of flavors of Dutch pancakes are available to meet the needs of customers. There is also a children’s menu specially designed for children.
Copthorne Tara London Kensington Hotel
Address: 16 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London, W8 4EP