When former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said in the 19th century that London was a modern Babylon, he could not have anticipated how true his statement would become. Walk along the streets of London today and you will hear a myriad of languages, bump into people from all cultures and backgrounds, see these cultures influence the city’s spirit…
One of the world’s cosmopolitan centres, London has the trappings of a modern British city influenced by millions of immigrant cultures and an extraordinary and proud heritage. It is imposing, fascinating to explore and captivating in every way. London is the largest city in Western Europe, and certainly the European Union, and it proudly hangs on to its status as the international capital of culture, music, fashion, politics, finance and trade.
Few things could be more quintessentially London than the Tube. London’s underground comprises 11 colour-coded lines covering the central area and suburbs and it is undoubtedly the quickest, easiest way to get about London. Purchase an Oyster Card if you’re going to be there for a few days. These are cheaper than buying individual tickets. The Oyster Card is also valid for travel on London’s iconic red buses that can be a quicker means of travelling shorter distances than the Tube. Yet another quintessential symbol of London is London’s Black Cabs that can be hailed on the street or at designated taxi ranks. If you’re keen to put pedal to the metal why not hire a Boris Bike, a public bicycle sharing scheme named after Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London when the scheme was introduced. The bikes are located at stations around the city and can be unlocked with a credit card. The London transport authority publishes free printed cycle guides that are available from some bike shops and can be ordered but will only be delivered to UK addresses. See http://bit.ly/y9wQop
for more information. Of course London is a surprisingly compact city and tourists who choose to walk it will find it’s very well signposted and easy to navigate on foot.