Few cities can compare to London for culture, modern history, commerce, or, for that matter, the ubiquity of mass-transit offerings. Indeed, in this famously pricey city, the Tube, buses, or walking are the best modes for getting from A to B . As for what to see, there are enough famous landmarks here to keep you busy for a year, but must-sees include the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. Get a bird's-eye view of everything on the London Eye, or lose track of time amid the manicured gardens of Kensington Park and Hyde Park. Shop, stroll, and celeb-hunt in Knightsbridge, on Saville Row, or in Chelsea. Relive Beatles history on Abbey Road, or explore the street market on Portobello Road.
A massive city that is home to millions, London is many places at once. A global center of finance, art and entertainment, London asserts itself as the capital of 21st-century Europe. But it’s also a showcase of history, from the medieval ramparts of the Tower of London to the Gothic spires of Westminster Abbey, to the Victorian grandiosity of Buckingham Palace, home to the British royal family. London’s museums -- the British, the National and the Tate -- are among the finest on earth, yet for many visitors it’s the theater, the shopping and the friendly welcome of cosmopolitan Londoners that bring them back again and again.