London, United Kingdom

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Facts About London, United Kingdom

Regional Population: 7,421,209

Elevation: 24 meters

Time Zone: Europe/London

Local Currency: GBP

Latitude: 51.5084152563931

Longitude: -0.125532746315002

Nearby Airports: LHR, ZLX, LGW, LCY, STN, ZEP

London is the capital and largest city of both the United Kingdom and of England, and is the largest city in Western Europe. Situated on the River Thames in southeast England, London is historically one of the great world cities and remains a global capital of politics, culture, fashion, trade and finance. London will serve as the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

London boasts a vast number of attractions for the traveler. Among the most famous are Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster (including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament) in Westminster. Shoppers can head to Portobello Road, which claims to be the world’s largest antiques market, for antiques, souvenirs and other knick-knacks or simply a walk through time.

London has a large variety of shows from fringe to Broadway-like musicals and productions. The West End district is where you’ll find the last type, with famous imported Broadway shows and some very good local productions.

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Articles About London, United Kingdom

Exploring London

A practical travel guide by our local expert to a historic city with modern verve.

7 London Sights with Teen Appeal

Keep London cool for your teens or pre-teens on your family vacation.

6 Family Friendly Day Trips From London

London’s great, but why not experience the rest of England—even if only for a day.

Pound-Saving Tips for Your London Vacation

How to keep from going bankrupt on your next family visit to London.

Oxford Excursion

This famous university town is a welcome respite from hectic London and a great place to teach the kids a history lesson or two.

London Sightseeing: Get on the Bus

With limited time and budget, a bus tour of London is one way for the family to get a fulfilling Cliffs Notes experience of the city.

London Street Shops and Flea Markets

Some of the city’s best shopping finds can be had in its famous, and not-so-famous, markets.

London Theater: Not Just for Grownups

Discover a wealth of theater opportunities for children on your next London family vacation.

London Guidebooks Review

Two comprehensive guidebooks cover everything London—from essentials to dining spots to biographies.

Be Like Bond, James Bond

Do as Agent 007 would and drive an Aston Martin, skydive sans parachute and sip Vesper martinis at London’s Dukes Hotel.

Beyond Batman: Bat Caves and Other Batty Destinations

View the nocturnal food flights of these furry squeakers as they swarm from caves and bridges around the world.

Top 10 English Country Manor Hotels

Enjoy the luscious English countryside at these top ten quaint historic cottages and hotels.

Euro Soccer Tour: Get Your Kick On

See the best of European football without having to wait for the next World Cup.

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Events

Check out these St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations around the world to show your love for the Irish.

10 Top Natural History Museums

Explore everything from the evolution of the universe to 85 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons at exhibits offered at these natural history museums around the globe.

Fine Dining on the Fly

At some airports, you can bypass the fast-food feeding frenzy and enjoy a real meal at one of these 14 worthy eateries.

Family Vacation Discounts, Resort Credits, Free Golf for Kids

Take advantage of an affordable weekend in London, resort credits in Scottsdale and Cancun, and free golfing with the kids.

Cabo for Couples, Free Night in Hawaii, London Charity

This week’s discounts are for Los Cabos and Honolulu hotels, an Innsbruck ski season package and a way to contribute during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tucson, Antigua, Grenada, Football and Frieze Art Fair Deals

Check out deals for Tuscon, an outdoor adventure package in Antigua, extended summer rates in Grenada, football deals at Four Seasons and an art-buffs package in London.

London Calling

Exchange rate issue aside, London is a terrific destination, and there are plenty of ways to ease the cost of vacationing in Mother England.

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