What makes it so special.
Well, let me give you an interesting facts and views in travelling London. I have visited London several times. I really love this city, a one of a kind. The first time I explored London was in the year 1988 when travel was not yet a trend.
Time that UK entry visa was strictly scrutinized. I came again and again until I found myself organizing group tours, a bus excursion coming all the way from the Netherlands, cruising the channel onboard a ferry boat , a ferry boat with entertainment and duty free shop. Absolutely gorgeous. Since then, I kept visiting London and never had enough.
London offers lots of activities, events and attractions. You should not miss anything because there is always something to do and something going on. Make sure to discover city’s diverse neighborhoods, from tranquil suburbs to central areas full of shopping, entertainment, bars and restaurants. Whether you are coming for the weekend breaks or for longer holiday, let me guide you or share you my expertise of the city.
I would be glad to assist you , after all. Should you need or required my expertise, do not hesitate to contact me. It is just a call or message away.
So here you are!
Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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Cruise in comfort on the open upper deck or lower saloon
Convenient access to many attractions, including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and Greenwich
Hop on or off wherever you like throughout the day
Live commentary onboard
Sharing some facts about London that you might not know yet.
1. London is the smallest city in United Kingdom
Yeah! you heard that right. London is actually just a small urban area part of the Greater London region. The city of London covers only 1.2 square miles and has a population of around 7,500 residents. Greater London, on the other hand, is an English region, which encompasses surrounding towns covering 606 square miles and having a population of over 8.7 million residents.
2. London is a Museum sanctuary.
London Has 170 Museums
London is an important cultural and historical centre and museums could not have missed in this area. If you get to visit this wonderful city you would definitely lose a lot from your trip if you don’t stop by one of them. The British Museum, the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the British Library and the Wallace Collection are just some of them.
3. London: What Does The Name Stands For?
What you think today of an amazing city has a long and not completely known history. Some standing theories state that London was first built from Romans around 50 AD. The origin of its name has also a puzzling history. During history, London used to have different names including Londonium, Ludenwic, Ludenberg. The most accepted version is that the name for London has derived from the old Celtic word “Londinous” which means to be bold.
4. Famous RED Buses: London Buses Were Not Always Red
Red buses are for sure the most typical thing that your mind associates with London. The iconic vehicles didn’t always have this colour. Once upon a time each of them had a different colour with each colour signifying a different route. To stand out the competition the biggest company of buses London General Omnibus Company decide to paint their buses with the red colour in 1907. Ever since London buses have been red.
5. Crowded: Over 8.7 Million People Live In London
According to the most up-to-date estimation, more than 8.7 million people reside in the UK’s capital. As such, London is the largest city in the UK by population.
6. Rich & Famous: Most Billionaires In The World
More than 80 billionaires live in London making it the city with the highest number of billionaires in the world. Moreover, London billionaires represent 80% of all billionaires living in the UK. In this aspect, London leaves behind big cities like New York, San Francisco, Moscow, Paris, etc,
7. Big Ben Is Not The Name For The Tower
It is a very common mistake, but Big Ben is actually not the name for the iconic Tower in London. Big Ben is actually the name for the clock in the Tower. Even locals nowadays refer to this place as the Big Ben tower. The tower is located in the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. 2012 onward the object is named as Elizabeth Tower, but in the past, the tower was known as the Clock Tower.
8. Multi-Cultural: Over Than 300 Languages Are Spoken In London
There’s hardly any other place in the world more diverse than London. Expats coming from different nationalities share a large proportion of its population, which enumerates around 8.7 million residents. They practice their original traditions and communicate in their native language. Due to this unbelievable diversity in London, it is estimated that there are over 300 languages spoken in London. Chances are that if you’re on a trip to London you can easily someone to communicate in your native language.
9. It Is Not Easy To Become A Black Cab Driver
In most countries, you only need a driving license to work as a taxi. But this is obviously not the case with London. Black Cab drivers you see all around the city actually undergo lengthy training before they are given the job. Typically the training may last for 2 to 4 years and candidates must memorize every single street in London. In addition, they must also be able to make fast assumptions as per which is the route that takes the least time from one destination to another. Now you can easily understand why they charge such high fares.
10. The Highest Building In The EU
Located in the district of Southwark, Central London, the Shard is the tallest building in EU and fifth tallest in entire Europe. Built in 2012, the Shard stands almost 310 meters (1,016 feet) high. The amazing skyscraper has exactly 72 habitable floors. If you get to visit London any time and want to have a breathtaking view we recommend you to climb the Shard for an unforgettable experience.
Sharing my 4day plan city trip?
Since airfares are incredibly expensive, the best way to make a city trip is with a luxury touring car operated by different certified tour operators in The Netherlands. I am based in The Netherlands, that’s why I can recommend such.
1st day: Via one of the service lines we will arrive at the central transfer point, where you have the opportunity to drink a cup of coffee or tea. Then the trip starts from the main point driving to the ferry in Calais crossing to England. In the afternoon we will arrive at hotel in the London area.
2nd day : City Tour, Mayfair and St. James Walking Tour and Evening Tour
We start today with a city tour of London, where we will see many sights and beautiful buildings. In the afternoon hours, with a guide, we will have a walking tour at Mayfair and St. James . After this extensive day in London we drive back to our hotel. If the weather is favorable and enough interested participants, we can organize a nice evening tour.
3rd: Shops & Pubs in London
You can fill in this day entirely according to your own idea. Our driver will drop us off in central London, where we can enjoy shopping in the well-known Harrods department store or in one of London's many other shops. A walk along the many sights or a visit to a museum is definitely recommended. And of course you can also have a drink in one of the many pubs.
4th day: Last day of our city trip. After breakfast we drive to the ferry in Dover for the crossing. We drive back to the Netherlands via Belgium. Along the way onboard the Ferry, we can still have some time to relax for a drink or some amusement, and don’t forget, the all-time favorite onboard the Ferry; tax-free shopping.
I can assure you that this 4day London city trip is worth it. A short stay yet lots of discovery and interesting places could be explored. Remember the sayings, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page" Saint Augustine.
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