|London is the capital and the largest city of the United Kingdom. The host of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is home to more than 8 million of people, while London metropolitan area has a population of 14 million which makes it the most populous city in the European Union. Fortunately for its visitors, the main attractions are found in central London or nearby enabling the travellers to experience the best the city has to offer in a matter of a few days.
The UK's capital truly offers something for everyone regardless of age and personal preferences. London is home to as many as four UNESCO World Heritage sites (the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, Palace of Westminster and the Greenwich historic settlement) and a number of world-class attractions which delight even the most demanding visitors such as the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon, The Gherkin and St Paul™s Cathedral. But if you are planning to visit London during the Olympics, you will also be able to admire the Shard London Bridge which is scheduled to be completed in May 2012 and will be the tallest building in the European Union.
In addition to spectacular sightseeing attractions, London is also renowned for its outstanding museums and galleries which will leave you breathless with their exceptional collections. Even if you normally do not visit museums and galleries, you most certainly will not regret visiting the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Visiting museums and galleries can be an expensive thing but all the mentioned and some other top Londons museums and galleries are free.
But London offers much more than just world-class sightseeing attractions and museums. The UK's capital is also renowned as one of the world's leading centres of finance, trade, culture, sport, fashion and of course, a vibrant night life. A city as huge as London is home to countless bars, pubs and clubs which meet just about everyones taste for music and night-time entertainment. It is also worth to remember that London is also renowned as the home to one of the best live music venues in the world ranging from small venues to giant concerts of the worlds best bands. But if you prefer opera, theatre or similar cultural events, London will not let you down either. If you are interested in theatre, you will love the West End which is considered one of the worlds best theatre districts¯ where you can also find the famous Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet.
London is truly a mecca¯ for visitors both day and night. Although most of the top sites to visit are found in the centre of the city or nearby, you are highly recommended to make a good travel plan in order to be able to see and experience as much as possible, especially if you are planning to stay in London only for a few days.
In short, much of London's appeal is built on the stunning historic buildings and architecture that the capital has retained, even as more modern designs and approaches have been integrated within the city. A multitude of experienced London surveyors, construction firms, and trade employees have allowed the city of London to retain a magnificent appeal that rivals any other capital city around the world.