Welcome to London

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London is the cultural, political and economic heart of Britain, famous for world-class museums, galleries, royal palaces, shopping destinations, West End theatre shows and award-winning restaurants.

Visiting London? Start planning your trip right here, from booking your accommodation to creating your perfect itinerary. Whether you want to stay in a 5-star luxury hotel and sip Champagne on the London Eye, or find a cheap hostel and stroll in one of London's beautiful Royal Parks, you'll find something to suit your budget and interests.

Facts

Population 8.3 million
Currency British pounds, £1 = 100 pence
Opening hours Typical opening hours are Monday-Saturday 9.00-17.30. Many department stores stay open till 18.00, some till 19.00 or 20.00 on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Larger shops are often open 10.00-18.00 on Sundays.
Website www.visitlondon.com
Newspapers The Times
The Telegraph
The Guardian
Daily Mail
The Independent
London Evening Standard
Emergency numbers 999
Tourist information City Information Centre
St. Paul's Churchyard,
London,
EC4M 8BX
+44 20 7332 1456
www.visitlondon.com