With over 8 million people influencing its culture and business, London is a huge city and a world leader in so many ways. It has a rich history and a bustling atmosphere that has made big impacts on the world. In terms of business, huge global companies use London as their base and the start-up scene has created new vibrant areas to explore. Tourists have a never ending list of activities to take part in, many of which draw people to the city from all over the Earth.
The city is full of classic landmarks that people the world over will recognise. There’s Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Tower of London, amongst so many others. Wandering around the city will showcase timeless architecture and beautiful buildings dating back hundreds of years. Constantly on the move though, London’s city scape is always evolving with modern designs and ambitious projects that juxtapose the century old structures.
A shopper’s dream
For people who love a bit of retail therapy, London has so much to offer. Almost all the world’s most prolific brands can be found in the shops throughout the city. Harrods is known the world over for its high end goods and quality products. For the children and toy lovers, there is the infamous Hamleys, seven floors of amazing toys and games that will give a great day out to anyone.
London has influenced the world over with its unique culture and style. By visiting different areas, you’ll be able to get a completely different view of the city, its inhabitants and the unique neighbourhoods that create the diverse city. From the West-end theater shows that draw crowds from around the world, to the rock and rollers in Camden and the edgy hipsters in East London, there is a place to cater to everyone’s tastes in London. If you like your night life, there are clubs that are unrivalled and the music scene is frequented by some of the biggest names in the industry. One of the best things about London is the sheer amount of amazing food to try. From high-end michelin star restaurants to small pop up shacks, there is an amazing bite out there for everyone.
It is difficult to mention London culture without talking about the vast amounts of museums and galleries the city has to offer. Designed to both entertain and educate, culture enthusiasts could spend a lifetime frequenting all that is on offer. The aptly named Exhibition Road will lead you to three of the best and most famous cultural centres in London. The first of this is the Natural History museum, taking you back through time to look at all the different animals that have roamed our planet. Secondly, the Victoria and Albert Museum, or V & A for short, puts the work of some of the world’s top craftsmen on display. It is the world’s leading museum of art and design, with over 2.3 million objects dating back as far as 5000 years. Lastly is the Science Museum, which showcases amazing scientific, technological and medical advancements from across the globe.
A City of Sport
London has always been a pioneer for sports, but in 2012 when it hosted the Olympics, sporting culture absolutely skyrocketed. The infrastructure left behind from the games means London has elite level sporting centres, openly available for the public to use. The Olympic pool in Stratford, as well as the velodrome are just two examples of this. Football has always been at the heart of the city, with several premier league and championship clubs competing within London. This is as well as the home of English football, Wembley Stadium. If you want to watch some cricket, there is also The Oval and Lords cricket grounds. Alongside all these, if you like a bit of tennis, then the most prestigious competition Wimbledon takes place within London every year.