London is one of the world’s most visited cities. It is also a sprawling metropolis, with the world’s oldest underground transportation system, ‘the tube’ shuttling millions of people from all corners of the globe across the city, every day of the year. There is so much to see and do in London, visitors could be kept busy for a year or longer and still feel they have more to explore. Every nook and cranny of the capital city has a fascinating past, from the instantly recognisable landmarks of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, to the more recent innovative projects such as the Tate Modern and the Shard. The city is recognised as one of the most diverse and multicultural cities on the planet, and its melting pot of nationalities has contributed to London having become one of the world’s most exciting food destinations as well as one of the most thriving cultural hubs.
The city is as much about green spaces as it is high-density urban exploration. The main central parks (Hyde Park, Regents Park and Kensington Gardens) offer oases within prime central locations, but explore a little further afield the likes of Hampstead Heath, Richmond Park and Kew Gardens for surprisingly huge expanses of green with some interesting flora and fauna to discover.
Finally, don’t be afraid to visit with your children. There is a plethora of activities for children as well as their parents to enjoy in the city, and some of the best are listed in our Insider Guide to London.
Best Time to Visit
Undoubtedly the best time to visit London is during the summer months of July to September, when the weather is warmest and the is plenty of sun to be had. The capital city is a year round destination however, so don't let the wether put you off too much!