A world city
National capital. Cosmopolitan melting pot. And home to 8 million people and 200 languages. London has it all, from the utmost pomp and circumstance to the most authentic clubbing scene. The best way to see London is to go out and stay out – and with thousands of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants to choose from you could stay out for decades and still not see everything.
|Time zone:||GMT (Summer GMT+1 hour)|
|Flight Time:||1 hour 5|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 11°C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 588.5mm a year
|Airport Name||Code||Distance to City|
|London Gatwick||LGW||28.4 miles|
|London Heathrow||LHR||17.6 miles|
For an elevated view of the city (and to get your bearings) head straight to the legendary London Eye on the South Bank for a 35 minute ‘flight’. It’s become an icon in under a decade – and you should discover why.
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In a deep basement off an unassuming side street near Tottenham Court Road tube is Hakkasan – an impossibly trendy and truly delicious Chinese/Asian fusion specialist with more than its fair share of media types, wannabes and has-beens.
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The Lord Mayor’s show on the first Saturday in November still pulls the crowds for its traditional street parade, replete with carnival atmosphere, dazzling floats and the strange sight of the City full to bursting at the weekend.
If you’re staying for anything more than a few days, it might be worth investing in an Oyster card – a prepaid card for travelling on the tube and buses that’s cheaper than buying lots of single tickets.
To connect with nature without paying to go to the zoo, head for Old Deer Park near Richmond for the magnificent herds of deer roaming free.
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