Ever since William the Conqueror consolidated his victory over King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 – with a hefty great castle on the banks of the River Thames – London has been at the epicentre of English life. As Samuel Johnson said in 1777, “When a man is tired of London he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

 
From the rarified atmosphere of Chelsea and Kensington in the west to the more rough-and-ready charms of Cockney London in the east, the 1,500 square kilometres of the British capital do indeed offer all that life can afford.
 
London today, despite its position as a global financial centre and one of the most diverse, exciting and creative cities in the world, can still be seen as simply a collection of small villages, a patchwork of individual municipalities with their own customs and character.
 
And the thing that pulls them together and unites them? History: layer upon layer upon layer of history. Here you can stand by a wall built by the Romans and stare up at the gleaming glass spike of The Shard, the newest, soaring addition to the London skyline. And between the two? A mere 1800 years or so. You’d better get started – there’s a lot to see.
 

Inspirations from the blog

Viking Sun
6Jul

I’m sailing out of Bergen, its island-scattered fjord providing a pleasing panorama through the vast windows of Viking Sun’s Explorer Lounge.

Meagan London feature
3Jul

Travel Associates adviser Meagan Bailey recently travelled to Europe and the UK for her honeymoon and shares her personal photos and favourite experiences.

Rooftop Bars
24May

There’s something inexplicably glamourous about imbibing in a few drinks whilst gazing out over a jaw-dropping view of a cityscape.

strolling through London
31Jan

Oxford Street, Regent Street and the King's Road in Chelsea often hog tourists' attention in London - especially those with shopping on the brain.

London Flights

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