London has something for everyone: from nature to history and culture to fine food and good times.
Rich in history, London’s rich seams of eye-opening, the ancient past are everywhere. The city’s buildings are striking milestones in a unique and beguiling biography, and a great many of them – the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben – are amazing. landmarks. Architectural splendour rises up all around you in the West End, ancient remains dot the City and pubs punctuate the historic quarters, leafy suburbs and river banks. Every corner looks to be photographers frame.
A great effort of innovation in art and culture, London is a city of ideas and the imagination. Londoners have always been free out of the box thinkers (and critics), but until not so long ago people were suspicious of anything they considered new and experimental ideas.That’s in the past now, and the city’s creative social environment is streaked with left-field attitude, whether it’s theatrical innovation, contemporary art, pioneering music, writing, poetry, architecture or design. Food is another creative arena that has become a art obsession in certain circles.
The city London is multicultural, with one in three Londoners foreign-born, representing 270 nationalities and 300 tongues. The UK may have voted for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union , but for now London remains one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, and diversity infuses daily life, food, music and fashion. It even penetrates natural way of British institutions; the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum have collections as varied as they are magnificent, while the flavours at centuries-old Borough Market run the full global gourmet spectrum.
Central London is where the major museums, galleries and most iconic sights congregate, but visit Hampstead Heath or the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to flee the crowds and frolic in wide open green expanses. You can also venture further out to Kew Gardens, Richmond or Hampton Court Palace for beautiful panoramas of riverside London followed by a pint in a quiet waterside pub.
The city is not only blessed with a history including names such as Newton, Darwin, Faraday and Fleming, but it also has an unrivalled richness of (free) museums, universities, learned societies, science and tech startups, events and festivals dedicated to the sciences.
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