London in the United Kingdom boasts a rich and varied history which is reflected in its architecture and attractions including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Saint Paul's Cathedral to name but a few. The city is located in the South East of the country and has a population of around 8 million. It is one of the shopping capitals of the world offering high end designer brands in Bond Street and Knightsbridge, quirky independent boutiques in Covent Garden and Carnaby Street and the bustle of High Street chain stores in Oxford Street. Culture lovers will find no shortage of diversions from catching an opera or show in the West End, to exploring art at the Tate Gallery or Victoria and Albert Museum. London's nightlife is famed the world over and nightclubs, bars and restaurants are located all over the city.
Accommodation is located all over the city and there is something to suit every budget. Knightsbridge May Fair and Park Lane are renowned for their five star luxury hotels but medium range hotels can be found throughout including Bayswater and Marylebone Road as well as focused around major over ground rail stations such as Waterloo, Paddington and Kings Cross. A number of budget hotels have sprung up in recent times but early booking is advisable as these are much sought after.
Arrival into London can be to one of the many airports including Luton, Stansted, Gatwick or Heathrow. Access into the city is best via Underground or over-ground train or bus. Once in the city the underground network offers a speedy way to get around during the day and is complemented by the extensive and frequent bus service which also operates a sufficient service throughout the night. Black cabs are on hand all over the city and can be booked in advance or flagged down.