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About London

by SmarterTravel Staff

London is the beating heart of England, and visitors can find the pulse of the city on every visit.

Grab the latest Time Out magazine to find ways to fill every moment of every day, even without the traditional sightseeing. But what sights to see! Visitors won't want to miss the National Gallery, London Eye, Tower of London, and other highlights offering culture, history, and views. Many London attractions, including the British Museum and the Tate Modern, are free to visit.

Things to do in London aren't limited to individual sights. Neighborhoods give visitors a glimpse into the many sides of London. Look to the West End and the South Bank for the best in London theatre (and check out tkts booths for discounted London theatre tickets), Westminster for a look at the seats of royal and political leaders, or stroll the quiet streets of academic Bloomsbury, then hit the upscale shops in Mayfair or Kensington. London is a huge city, so skip the fold-out map and opt instead for a handy pocket-sized A to Z (that "Z" is pronounced "Zed") map book to lead the way.

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London long ago shook its reputation as a bad-food capital. Food from around the world is prepared with innovation these days, and in recent years the Modern British movement has even rehabilitated underwhelming classics to be seasonal and delicious.

With five airports—Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Stansted, and Luton—London is a major air hub, so airfare to London from the U.S. tends to be among the most affordable in Europe.

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