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I love London - An Illustrated Guide To London

Updated on October 28, 2012

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Londoners share their thoughts and feelings about their multi-cultural capital. WE Love London!

Why people love London so much and why people from different countries want to visit this city?

London is famous, popular, traditional, modern, and cosmopolitan.

Just who have already tried the taste from these streets know what I am saying. Every day is a holiday in London.

London's history is rich in culture. Its monuments, its peaceful parks, its twisting rivers, its lively people, its beautiful street, its marvelous buildings, all these combine together in London to make it a beautiful city.

Do you know when a person comes to London for the first time from some other country, what all questions he has in his mind? Yes, you are right, the questions will be like.

  1. I am planning to go to London for a weekend at the beginning of May to celebrate my birthday. My father has arranged everything for me, but then also I want to confirm which is the best place to celebrate my birthday?
  2. Can any of you suggest good places to go clubbing in London and have fun? Good music, dancing, reasonable price, and cool people is something that I am looking for.
  3. I am visiting London next week to shop for my marriage? Which is the best market in London where I can shop for my wedding, as I am very choosy.
  4. Can you tell me from where to hire a cab to visit Birmingham?
  5. I have heard that there are many beautiful parks in London to visit, can you please suggest me which one are the best, as I am planning to visit London this week.
  6. Can you please tell me which is the best hotel in London? I am looking for luxury as well as reasonable price.

Other than that, there are a lot of questions which people have while visiting any place in the world, as I will try to cover these types of questions by creating more hubs.

First of all, I would like to tell you some views on London of some of my friends who have visited my city.

What these people say is not totally different than what I have heard from other people about London but it is interesting.

People say there are so many reasons. A few years ago, I could only dream about London, I did not know much about at first, but immediately fell in love. The cultural background is amazing!

Beautiful London with such an old history with its historical buildings all over the city. So much to see, so much to do - even when you are in London all by yourself and for the first time as well!

The people - many different cultures mixed up and most of the people are really friendly, which is nice! I mean, not to see a town full of arrogant people, but something deeper, like kindness.

The Thames - gorgeous. The palace - fascinating. China town - with its big colorful lights and lanterns. Entertainment - hundreds of theaters, cinemas, bars to hang out.

Every day is a holiday in London. Me and millions of other peope have fallen in love with London and they have got million of reasons to do that!

I love London, Do You

I love London by Heart
I love London by Heart
London Eye - Spectacular view
London Eye - Spectacular view
Old London New Looks
Old London New Looks
Heart in London
Heart in London
London Thanks to Thames
London Thanks to Thames

London is a multicultural and multi-ethnic city

The Bridges, especially Albert's and Hammersmith. Having brunch on the river, especially in Richmond. Picnic in Kensington Gardens which were originally a part of Hyde Park. Tea and Scones at Candy's Tea Room, off Church Street.

The quartets playing in Covent Garden. Covent garden on a Saturday is bustling with activity, and Spitalfields market on a Sunday is fantastic. Look out for free events throughout the summer in Time Out magazine and do not miss the annual Notting Hill carnival, an absolutely fabulous street party.

You cannot forget the walk on Primrose Hill, and Steak and Fries at Troubadour in Earl's Court.

Some people who have lived in London say that we have visited quite a few other big cities and cannot imagine another city in the world where you can just stroll around the streets and see so much diversity in people's appearances, fashion, languages, accents, culture, behavior, mindsets.

Whoever said New York was a melting pot had not been in London yet!

Everything in London is lovely!! People, strangers, British accent, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Thames, Stansted and its cheap flights...but people's favorite ones are the parks (Hyde and Regents) full of people playing football on sunsets and weekends.

Regents park is a great place! People prefer to go over there at the end of May when all the roses are blooming and it is really charming in April too.

People visiting London should also visit London dungeons, quite a spooky place!

It is a place where you feel free and can meet people from all around the world. Again not to mention the lovely parks and great museums.

Do you think London is famous and cool, anyway please write down your views over here

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    • london_guide profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

      Thanks a lot Katia and Lydie for sharing your experience about London.

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      8 years ago

      I grew up a Londoner, and even though there are some things that I hate about it, I wouldn't change it for the world. I never learnt how much I love London and Londoners, until I moved away from the place! It's so amazing, so fun, so multicultural, and Londoners are so kickarse. Some parts are pretty, some are gritty, but everything is so lively, if you don't enjoy yourself, you're missing out on something amazing.

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      8 years ago

      Beautifully presented. I Love London too, architecturally speaking, it is so inspiring

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      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I love London too. Many of my old friends have shifted to London and I will visit them over there and your illustrated guide will help me a lot there. Thanks for sharing such a good and unique info. I found this hub of yours through google by typing in "i love london guide" and your hub is the top most link out of about 148,000,000 for i love ondon guide. (0.12 seconds) on google search. Great hub with good keyword combination.

    • london_guide profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

      Thanks for this long but informational list on where to shop in London Jen and the plug converter info is really marverllous.

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      9 years ago

      London is great and now is a great time to visit with the GBP £ allowing shoppers and tourists to get more bargains than ever ....

      The best shopping sites in london include

      Oxford Circus, Covent Garden (for the really classy stuff) and Camden Market for a bit of good old english fun ....... don't forget to take in an english pub or to….

      Great spots you should also visit….include

      Tower Of London           Tower Hill Tube (yellow or green line)         - look around the outside for free, for ~£8 go inside to see the Crown Jewels

      9 Museums, Museums         - British Museum: Russell Square Tube (blue line), donation, huge, lots of mummy's         - Victoria & Albert: walking distance, donation         -

      Natural History: walking distance, charge until 4:45pm (closes at 6)         - Science: walking distance, charge until 4:45pm (closes at 6), good for kids         - And many more

      8       Churches         - St. Paul's: St. Paul's (red line)         - Westminster Abbey (yellow or green line)         - And one on almost any square you find

      7       Palaces         - Buckingham Palace: Approaching from Trafalgar Square is a nice walk         - Kennsington Palace: in Kennsington Palace Gardens         - Windsor: a day trip

      6       Parks         - Hyde Park: Large Park with speakers corner on Sunday morning         - Kennsington Palace Gardens: connected to Hyde Park, Princess Di's home         - Regent's Park: Our favorite, flowers even in the winter and the zoo (charge)         - Parks near Buckingham Palace

      5       Shopping         - Harrod's: Knightsbridge (blue line) or walk!  Bring lots of money.  Closed Sundays        )         - Regent Street: Oxford Circus (red line) Liberty is a must for sewer         - Covent Garden: Covent Garden (blue line) An upscale flee market         - Portobello Road (Sat.): Notting Hill Gate (red, yellow or green) REAL flea market         - And many more.  hint:  To think in $'s, multiply by 1.5 i.e. a £20 sweater costs $30

      4       Afternoon Tea         - For a break from tourist-ing, stop by any hotel for "Afternoon Tea"         - Our favorite is the clotted cream and jam on scones!!

      3       The West End         - One night, walk from Covent Garden to Leicester Square to Piccadilly Circus         - Detour anywhere that looks interesting (Soho, Chinatown) The areas are safe

      2       Double Decker Bus Ride         - Take the regular city busses and sit up top (see Transportation below)         - Or take the 'Official London Sightseeing Bus' for narration, get on/off at your leisure

      1       Big Ben         - This is what we think of when we think London         - You get a great view from Trafalgar Square         - See Big Ben up close from Westminster(yellow or green)         - Trivia, the bell, not the clock is called Big Ben

      There you go,…you may also want to hire the services of an escort while your to show you round and chaperone you to safety I’ve list one here

      Ps remember - you must bring a plug converter when travelling to the Uk as we have 3 pin plugs here ...

      Love Jen

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      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      I LOVE visiting London ! Here is my column to help others see the great sights of this city! three columns, each highlighting different sites...enjoy!


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