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London, Immersed in history
Antiquity and historic splendor
London is one of the most popular cities for tourists in the world. and by far the biggest city in Europe. London is alive day and night. Whatever you like, London has attraction to everybody. With more than 8 million citizens, many tourists and an enormous count of different cultures the best way to describe this city is gigantic.
The metro lines, buses and the famous black cabs makes the city reachable for everyone. Bud the best way to visit the city is to take a bicycle tour true the city with one of the dutch tour guides. London next to Amsterdam and Berlin is one of the bicycle cities. London is rich of many restaurants, museums, hotels and trendy shops. London is a complex city, the first time you are going to visit you can be surprised by all the hectic and bustle.
One of the most important monuments of London is the Elizabeth tower. This clock-tower is a part of the palace of Westminster. In the clock-tower there is the Big Ben, the most famous clock in the world. Many tourists think that Big Ben is the name of the tower. The maps on the streets make sure for more confusion because here it also says Big Ben. The Big Ben strokes every hour and every 15 minutes. The quantity of strokes stands for the accurate time.
The Buckingham palace the residence of the Royal family of London is one of the touristic hot spots of London. Together with the Windsor castle this palace is one of the most important places in the British kingdom. The palace is mostly used for official occasions such as receiving state visits from other countries. Tourist mostly come to see the ceremonial change of guards. This ceremony takes place once a day (at 11:30 in the morning) according to ancient traditions.
On the edge of the district Soho you can find Chinatown. Chinatown exists out of a couple streets where you can only find Chinese restaurants, Chinese shops and Specialized herbal shops. A couple of streets are especially at night recognizable because of the typical red lanterns how hang above the streets. The street signs here are written in Chinese and English. If you want to go for Chinese food this is definitely where you should go.
Other things definitely worth seeing when you are in London: Millennium Bridge, Co-vent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, many parks and movie theaters and of course the London Eye if you want to get a beautiful view over London
What is London without the pubs? These public houses have always been important for the social life of London. The changes in the social life such as internet, television, gyms, movie theaters made a big change. There are enough other things to do and places to meet friends. The recent crisis pushed many pubs in London over the edge. Thousands of pubs have been vanished from the London street image. Bud there are still enough pubs left where you now a days can go to eat the typical English fish and chips.