London at a glance
Despite being two millennia old, London possesses a fresh, on the cusp of the future appeal. Both quintessentially British and culturally diverse, it is a city of paradox where historic sites rest beside modern innovation. A cosmopolitan city that is grand in every distinction, from its iconic landmarks and museums to its galleries, theatres and cultural attractions – a short break in London offers unlimited possibilities.
London’s past is perhaps best recognised by its historic architecture. Everywhere there are reminders of this city’s seemingly larger-than-life past. Some sites such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London are lasting remnants of a medieval London, while other landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral stand as testimony to the city’s resilience, having been rebuilt many times over following the destruction of the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz of World War II.
Always the pioneer, London is inventive, fresh and on the cutting edge of art and culture. A creative rush is alive in its venues, celebrating the best and brightest of art, music, theatre, fashion and design in all its forms. Whether you are looking to attend a live performance, peruse an impressive collection of fine art or shop for the latest trends in fashion, London has something to suit every taste.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- A bustling city break
- Art and culture
- Iconic sights
Fancy singing the night away to Dolly Parton with her 9 to 5 Musical in the West End of or watching the magic unfold in the Land of Oz with Wicked? Click here to find out more about our UK theatre breaks.
The London Underground is an excellent way to see the sights. This fast, underground network stops at most of the main attractions and is fairly easy to navigate. If you plan to use the Tube more than a time or two, buy an Oyster card which works like a credit card and can be topped up as needed.
The London shopping experience is one of excess. Here you will find luxury shops such as Harrods and Selfridges, well-known high street stores, markets selling bargain books, flowers and food items and don’t forget the souvenir shops – the city is filled with them!
Dining in London
The city’s cultural and international diversity, as well as its flair for the innovative and unique, is mirrored in its cuisine. One thing is certain - London is passionate about food. Whether you are looking for an exorbitant West End experience, a no fuss meal at a gastropub or an authentic dish from one of the many ethnic districts of the city, the selection of cuisine and dining atmospheres in London will spoil you beyond measure.
Top Tip: You can not visit London without visiting a food market, London boasts a range of different food markets with international street food favourites. We recommend the Southbank Centre Food Market and the Maltby Street Market.
Get your tailor-made itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to London designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel on the days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of London hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
- Any show, theatre or attraction tickets
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
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Population 9.6 million Languages English Currency Pounds Sterling Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
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Enter the dazzling world of West End musicals; London is home to some of the world's top shows, so book your seat now!
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