A short hop over the pond is what they say when Americans want to travel to London. It is, in actuality, an average length trip across the Atlantic Ocean to London, a city rich in history with a vast array of historical sites to visit and cultural spots to soak in. Rich in music with a thriving tradition tradition, London is a great vacation full of trade and shopping venues to charm any visitor.
London is renamed as England's capital of activity, politics and commerce. A bustling centrality of poets, musicians, writers and scientists, London has been a hub of discovery and creativity for many years. When visiting no itinerary is complete without a "literary walking tour" a favorite stroll among the likes of Wordsworth's old hours or Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury neighborhood. Guidebooks and tourist operators proffer these and other cultural trips as part of any London vacation.
Theater is another staple of London nightlife with a different show every night from Shakespeare's famous Globe theater which resides on the banks of the Thames to the Queen's Theater and the famous Soho theaters playing some of the longest-running shows in history. Tickets are inexpensive and readily available in one of the many outlets in Leicester Square. Shows are scheduled to be convenient to most visitors' schedules so that you can see what you want almost any time.
London's architecture is as varied as it is historic with British tradition at the forefront with naval and colonial hegemony over the centuries. A typical London vacation will include tributes to kings and queens, rich in history of battles and wartime generals as well as inspiring British leaders down through time. All kinds of history is available including buildings that seem out of place in the center of the city, properties that were bombed during the Blitz, a historic reminder to battles-past.
Public transportation is offered to the visitor and during the day the Underground is a very popular form of getting around for vacationers because it is so quick and easy to use. Double-decker buses are still extremely popular running frequently and inexpensively around London so that visitors can snap pictures and take in the topography of the town.
New York, Paris and Tokyo have nothing on London when it comes to the social scene with live music, a myriad of clubbing venues, pubs and restaurants for every taste and preference. During a London vacation, you'll be treated to the nightlife which is the heartbeat of the city comprised of the clubs from the North boroughs of Camden to the South boroughs of Brixton and Clapham.
Many people feel that London's culinary offerings are less than stellar, but this reputation is totally undeserved. There are thousands of restaurants at your disposal, and experimentation of the culinary delights offered by London's finest restaurants are both delicious and satisfying leaving most visitors wishing that they could stay longer to explore more. London is not only a lot of fun, rich in history and the arts, but a diverse city of extremely good restaurants and foods for the most discerning palette.