ZipTipz London Travel Guide

World-class fashion and theatre, unrivalled music and clubbing, and a stunning, eclectic array of bars and restaurants are all wrapped up in a city built on historical grandeur. London is chic, royal, cutting-edge, ever-changing and always fascinating.

District Guide

The various and diverse "villages" of London reflect the full spectrum of the city's residents. From exclusively elite establishments to downright dingy dives, tourist-drenched terrain and home-grown habitation, there's something for every visitor. As Dr Johnson said back in the 18th century: "If...

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Historical Background

It was those trusty Italian conquistadors, the Romans, who established Londinium in 43AD. Building a wall around their settlement and a bridge over the river Thames, they set the city up as an important trade centre. But the locals weren't happy about it - Boudicca (or Boadicea) for one, the...

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Where To Stay

For easy access to the city's attractions, shops and different neighbourhoods, consider these five major areas in central London: Mayfair & Marylebone, Paddington & Bayswater, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge & South Kensington, and Covent Garden & Bloomsbury.

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Dining and Drinking

Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out. You can pick almost any country in the world and its cuisine can be sampled here in the capital. Take your pick from Korean to Burmese, Argentine steak to Vegan, Malaysian to Mauritian, Modern British to Hungarian - what an epicurean...

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Then there are the 'West End' shows - this refers to the big productions, not to where they're located. Many of the West End shows can be found on or around Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road. There are many big-production musicals and plays that make for a great evening out.

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Recommended Tours

South Kensington is the home of the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. It is also celebrated for Kensington Palace and its shops. Knightsbridge is known primarily for its swanky shops - the world famous Harrods being it pride and joy.

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London (pronounced /ˈlʌndən/) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. An important settlement for around two millennia, London is today one of the world's most important business and financial centres, and its influence in politics, culture, education, entertainment, media, fashion, sport and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the key global cities.

London is the most populous city in the European Union with a population of 7.5 million and a metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million. Its population is very cosmopolitan, drawing from a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions, speaking over 300 different languages. Residents of London are referred to as "Londoners".

London is an international transport hub, with five international airports and a large port. It serves as the largest aviation hub in the world, and its principal airport, Heathrow, carries more international passengers than any other.

London is a major tourist destination, counting iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye amongst its many attractions, along with famous institutions such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.

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