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Best Time To Visit

 

Spring starts early in the U.K., and it’s optimal in otherwise temperamental weather (still: pack an umbrella). Mild winters and traditional Christmas markets make November and December popular, too.

London Transportation

Choose from the subway (referred to as the tube or underground; a single ride starts at $2.60) to buses, boats, commuter trains and taxis. Transportation is divided into zones; the further the zone is from central London, the more expensive it will be to get there. If you're in the city for a few days, purchase a smart card, and consider a day ($9.90) or week pass ($49.50).

London Weather

January is the coldest month, with an average low of 45°F (7°C) and July is the hottest month, with an average high of 66 °F (19 °C).

Know Before Visiting

London is expensive and not as much a convenience culture as America (most black cabs do not take cards). Plan ahead to get the best deals, and book restaurants and theater tickets well in advance.

Language - English

Electric - Type G (three-prong plug)

Currency - British Pound (£)

TOP DESTINATIONS IN LONDON

  • Tower Bridge
  • Palace of Westminster
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Madame Tussauds

Tower Bridge 

Tower Bridge was built over 120 years ago to ease road traffic while maintaining river access to the busy Pool of London docks. Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, it is to this day considered an engineering marvel and beyond being one of London’s favourite icons, it is arguably one of the most famous and instantly recognisable structures in the entire world. 

It took eight years, five major contractors and the relentless labour of 432 construction workers each day to build Tower Bridge.

Two massive piers were sunk into the river bed to support the construction and over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the Towers and Walkways. This framework was clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the Bridge a more pleasing appearance.

 

Palace of Westminster

Most visitors to London intend on taking in all the most famous sites and visiting all the most popular tourist attractions.  However, there is one London landmark that even some UK residents are not aware they can visit: The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament). The Houses of Parliament are located entirely within the Palace of Westminster and it is open to the public at various times and prices throughout the year.  History, politics, and associations with royalty all come together in a single place, making the Palace of Westminster one of the most interesting stops on a visit to London. The Palace of Westminster is located in the City of Westminster on western bank of the River Thames.  Due to its central location, it is within walking distance to many popular London attractions (see green circles below).  The closest Underground station is Westminster, which is served by the Jubilee, Circle and District lines. It is also near the Embankment station, which is also serviced by the Bakerloo and Northern lines.  

 

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. 

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer. 

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high.

 

Madame Tussauds

In 1795 Marie married François Tussaud, but she left him in 1802 so she could tour around Britain with her collection of death masks. The gruesome roadshow included the death masks of the French king Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette. Tussaud's collection affirmed the disdain of the British audience for France's bloodthirsty revolutionaries and was a big hit. Marie Tussaud never returned to France. 

In 1835, after more than thirty years touring the country, she created a permanent exhibit on Baker Street. There was a surcharge for the famous Chamber of Horrors, a separate chamber with the most horrifying displays of criminals and victims of the French Revolution. In the meantime, Marie Tussaud added many likenesses to her collection. 

In 1884, several decades after her death, Madame Tussaud's wax museum moved to its current location on London's Marylebone Road, where millions have stood in queue for hours to get a glimpse at her work and that of her successors. 

The current museum suffered a fire in 1925 and many statues were lost. However, the molds remained intact and several of the pieces were recreated. Unfortunately hundreds of molds were destroyed during the Blitz at the start of the Second World War. Ironically one of the surviving masks is that of Hitler, which was created in 1933. 

Today the wax museum is one of London's busiest attractions and during peak tourist season, it is common to encounter long lines that stretch for blocks. The museum started an overseas expansion in 1970, when it opened a branch location in Amsterdam. Today it has expanded to many more cities including Las Vegas, New York City, Hong Kong, Washington DC and Hollywood. Source (aviewoncities.com) 


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Flights to London 

NYC   London
$650
Los Angeles   London
$997
Las Vegas   London
$1,116
San Francisco   London
$1169
Washington DC London
$812
Tucson London
$1,415
Houston London
$1199
Denver London
$998
St. Louis London
$1,235
Phoenix London
$989
Seattle London
$901
Sacramento London
$1,621

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