|At Buckingham Palace. Well, I did not|
tease the Bobby.
London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is one of the world's leading financial centers and has the 5th or 6th-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world depending on measurement. London has a diverse range of peoples and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries. London had an official population of 8.2 million, making it the most populous municipality in the European Union, and accounting for 12.5% of the UK population. The Greater London Urban Area is the 2nd largest in the EU, while the London metropolitan area is the largest in the EU with an estimated total population of more than 15 million.
Flying in from Shannon (SNN) using Aer Lingus to London Heathrow (LHR), It was a short 1 hour flight. No immigration entry needed when one travels in from Ireland to UK. I took the Piccadily line of London Underground from Heathrow to downtown London and surfaced at Hyde Park station.
London Hyde Park Hotel by Hilton
150 Bayswater Road, London W2 4RT, United Kingdom
London Hyde Park Hotel is located opposite Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and just 400 meters from either Queensway or Bayswater Underground stations offers close proximity to popular London attractions including the West End theater district and Madame Tussauds. One can enjoy fantastic shopping opportunities at nearby Oxford Street or hire a pedalo at the Serpentine boating lake in Hyde Park. One can enjoy easy access to an array of fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment venues when you stay at our London Hyde Park Hotel. Discover famous Hyde Park and the historic landscapes including the Princess Diana Memorial fountain. Hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine or walk through the park to Kensington Palace and explore the gardens. Visit Buckingham Palace or spend the day discovering London’s biggest shopping district, Oxford Street. Explore the iconic luxury department stores Selfridges and Harrods or catch a musical in the West End theater district. Immerse yourself in the vibrant social scene of Soho, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus or attend an exhibition or event at one of London’s famous arenas like the Royal Albert Hall, Olympia, Earl’s Court or the O2.
INTERESTING FACTS :
1. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.
2. London had the largest population of any city in the world from around 1831 to 1925.
3. London has been described as a world cultural capital.
4. It is the world's most-visited city as measured by international arrivals.
5. It is the world's largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic.
6. London's 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education in Europe.
7. In 2012, London became the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games 3 times.
I took the tour at the 1st stop i.e. Green Park Underground stop and cost me £30 (Tips: If buy online you can get a 20% to 30% discount). It was an open top bus complete with live commentary along the designated route. It was early and rather chilly, and I had to curled up the in sheltered portion of the bus as we make our way through London streets. A map was provided free with marking of all the famous tourist attractions along the way. The attractions being: Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, The Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Horse Guards, many others that I previously only see it in movies, shows or books. Here are some of the pictures I took in London.