A mishmash of monarchical history, cultural diversity, and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it edginess, it is London’s blend of old and new that lends the city its unique charm. Despite its distinctive ‘London’ vibe, the city’s best asset is its flourishing smaller communities, each with its own quirks and charms. Where elegance and the finer things find their home in the West London suburbs of Covent Garden and Chelsea, fashion and creative urban scenes come alive in the East, in neighborhoods like Shoreditch. Foodies rejoice at the endless cuisines found in this multicultural metropolis, and café culture is alive and well throughout the city too.
The smallest city in the UK, London spans only 1.2 miles whereas Greater London covers 606 square miles. Over 300 languages are spoken in London with expats from various nationalities inhabiting the city. The legend has that London was built around 50 AD and its name was taken from the old Celtic word ‘Londinous’ meaning to be bold. London is also home to the world’s most billionaires leaving cities like New York and Paris behind.
The high season in London is from May to September but you can visit London any time of the year. Some travelers prefer to visit in summer when the weather is perfect to enjoy outdoor activities. It is also lovely to visit in autumn to enjoy a comfortable temperature.
You can budget your trip depending on how you want to visit and get around. To explore London on a budget, you can spare around £60 per day.
London is home to hop-on hop-off busses. You can exploit London bus tours and metro to commute on a budget. A 24-hour Hop-on Hop-off tour will cost around £40 and you can explore the most stunning landmarks at your own pace. You can also explore the city on foot and stop by to admire beautiful landmarks, cafes and markets.
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