London – General introduction
London has attracted visitors from all over the world for centuries. In fact, with all these international influences it probably is one of the most international cities in Europe. Still, the proud capital of the United Kingdom has retained its particular character and is oh so British. It’s the city of Harry Potter decors, art and pubs, the motionless guards at Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben with its world famous bell chiming.
With this city having so much to offer, you will find an impressive mix of architecture along the winding Thames river. Small cottages seem to be leaning against New York-worthy skyscrapers and silent little parks lay right next to the big tourist attractions as the Tate Modern Museum, the London Eye, Notting Hill market and the Big Ben. At every corner another surprise will unfold so you will never get bored. Therefore, exploring the city by foot pays off, although the subway system is extremely clever build and will get you anywhere in fairly little time. And of course, don’t forget to take a little ride on a double-decker bus, just for the experience. When strutting the streets though, keep in mind where you are heading to as the temptation to keep looking around every corner will be hard to resist.
However, with all these choices where to spend your money, choose wisely. London’s high prices will make you spend your money faster than you can say ‘quidditch’. So it’s probably a good idea to keep this in mind and start saving when preparing your trip, because London is a city you do not want to miss.
If your budget allows for it, you could easily spend a week exploring all the highlights and the various neighborhoods. But if you are looking for a great city to spend a weekend, it is just enough time to visit the major highlights, enjoy London’s terrific nightlife and perhaps do a little shopping at Harrods before your plain leaves again.