— words by Keith Austin

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.
 

London Flights

Inspirations from the blog

Historic London Pub feature
6Sep

There are few more pleasurable London experiences than supping a pint in an olde-worlde pub.

London Markets
11Aug

If you frequently travel to London, you probably know all about the markets of Portobello Road (antiques), Columbia Road (flowers) and Borough (food). This famous trio draws as many - if not more - outsiders as Londoners.

Qantas Dreamliner
27Apr

Qantas has officially opened sales for its ground breaking Perth - London route, which will take its inaugural flight on 24th March 2018.

Langham London Hotel
6Mar

Your exploration of one of the most celebrated, intriguing and entertaining capitals in the world deserves a luxury accommodation base that does it justice.

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