There is no any other place better than London. London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, as well as the largest city in the European Union region. This is a vibrant and multicultural city that never sleeps. The convergence and integration of old and new cultures always makes a visitor dizzying. Here, you may enjoy the prosperity of a city, or the serenity of an idled land, which arouses both visitors’ and residents’ great interest in London’s special glamour. On the streets of London, no less than 300 languages are spoken. Integrated into the fascinating culture of London itself, the streets become a wonderful place for tourism and experiencing diversified cultures.
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Influenced by the North Atlantic warm current and westerly wind, London, United Kingdom has a temperate maritime climate, with small temperature difference between the four seasons. It boasts cool summers, warm winters, humid air, plenty of rain and fog, especially in autumns and winters.
Summer (June - August) in London sees the temperature at about 18°C, even 30° C or higher sometimes. In spring (the end of March - May) and autumn (September - October), the temperature maintains at about 11-15°C. During winter (November – the midmonth of next March), the temperature fluctuates at around 6°C. Winter in London rarely sees ice-up, but the moist and cold air may make people get cold for 2-3 times in a winter.
London is suitable for tourism all the year round, but in the winter some of the attractions will be closed or shorten opening hours. They generally will be open under fine weather. July - August are peak seasons for tourism in London, but in addition to the uncertain sunshine, there are also crowds and rising prices during these months.
The British Museum is located on Russell Square on north of New Oxford Street in London. It was established in 1753, and first opened to the public on 15 January 1759. The Museum is amongst the oldest, most comprehensive, and grandest in existence, as well as one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. It boasts various cultural relics and valuable books from places throughout the world. Such a rich collection and wide variety are really rarely seen in any other museum around the globe. At present, there are more than 6 million pieces of collection. Due to space limitation, a great number of collections have still not been open to the public yet.
London Eye, short for The British Airways London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is the world's first, and was once the world's largest observation Ferris wheel. The London Eye is the most popular scenic spot in London, standing high in London Borough of Lambeth on the south bank of the River Thames and facing the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. It is now the world's third largest Ferris Wheel (only after the 160m Star of Nanchang located in Nanchang, China and then the 165m Singapore Flyer opened on April 15, 2008), serving as a London landmark.
Buckingham Palace, the royal palace for Britain, was constructed in the city of Westminster. It is a four-storey square enclosed building, with more than six hundred rooms including the Ceremony Hall, Concert Hall, Banquet Hall and Art Galleries. On the tall marble table in front of the Palace Square stands the glittering statue of Goddess of Victory. The front door is magnificent, the golden decoration on external fences is solemn, and the relief on the heavy iron gate creates a perfect harmony with the Palace. Inside the walls, you can see the famous Guards standing motionlessly. The vast imperial garden nearby is a garden of typical British style. Buckingham Palace was built in 1703, originally called Buckingham House, which means "other people’s home". In 1762, the royal family bought, modified and expanded it, and ultimately form this “Patched Palace” of different color tones and varied shapes. When the Queen lives in the Palace, the royal flag will fly high above the center of Palace.
At present, two kinds of buses shuttle on the streets in London. One of them is an old-fashioned bus. Passengers get on and off at the rear of the bus, and the bus itself has no door. However, this red double-deck bus considered as a symbol of London is gradually replaced by a more comfortable, double-section spacious bus that carries more passengers, still in red.
Operating hours: 7:00 A.M. ~ Midnight; 24 hours in main residential quaters and downtown
London Underground boasts the world's first underground railway, with a total length of more than 400 kilometers. The London Underground is divided into a total of six zones. The fares vary from zone to zone. There are 12 lines, with each line having its own logo color.
Operating hours: 5:30 A.M. ~ Midnight
"Modern British" cuisine offers a new take on the tastes of traditional British cooking. London is home to no fewer than 6000 restaurants, offering diners a plethora of tastes ranging from sushi, to roesti, pasta, or even afternoon tea. As for places to eat, you can choose from atmospheric English pubs through to simple little cafés, to elegant restaurants; or you may opt for a picnic in Hyde Park. Fish and chips is a traditional British dish, and is available almost anywhere.
Steak is a classic Western dish, and the British love, nay obsession with steak can be traced back several centuries. Britain's most famous steaks come from one of the country's oldest cattle breeds – Angus cattle. The breed is well muscled, giving the steaks a compact texture, juicy yet low-fat, with a sweet, mellow yet rich taste.
Recommended restaurant: Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Address: 11 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JG
Fish and chips
Mention the word 'eat' in England, and almost everyone will think of fish & chips, that most traditional of English fast foods, which is available almost anywhere.The batted fish is crisp on the outside yet tender on the inside, and is eaten with a side order of chips; you can also choose from a range of condiments.A portion of fish and chips should cost in the region of GBP 3-5, although prices can reach as high as GBP 9.
Recommended restaurant: Rock & Sole Plaice
Address: 47 Endell St, London WC2H 9AJ