London Vacations are Enjoyable —
With a stay in London Hostels
The roots of the city of London go as far back as about 2 millennia ago
when it was founded by the Romans. London had been part of the English
Renaissance, the Gothic Revival, and the Industrial Revolution. In spite
of its international fame, London is not the official capital of the United
Kingdom, only a de facto capital through a constitutional convention.
Its position as the country’s capital had not been officially declared
by any statute or written order.
London statistics in brief
The city is one of the busiest centers for world culture, business, and
finance. The city houses more than 100 of the top 500 European companies.
The maximum number of the largest companies of Britain (constituents of
the FTSE 100) is also having their headquarters in London. Further, the
city maintains its leading position as a tourist center for both domestic
and foreign visitors. The annual tourist expenditure in London is estimated
to be about 15 billion British pounds. The population was about 7512,400
in the Greater London municipality in 2006. The population of the entire
London metro area is estimated between 12 and 14 million. Heathrow Airport
is the world’s busiest airport. Any London travel guide usually
runs for several pages.
The Greater London is home to some of the world famous historical sites,
with four of them declared as World Heritage Sites. They are the Tower
of London, the settlement of Greenwich, the site that comprises of the
Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster, and St. Margaret’s
Church, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The most famous geographical
feature of London is the Thames River, crossing the city from the southwest
direction towards the east. The river is a navigable but it is a tidal
river, with a risk of the city flooding at times.
Staying in London
The West End area of London houses the chief shopping and entertainment
centers like the locations of Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester
Square, and Covent Garden. The most expensive and fashionable residential
areas of Chelsea, Knightsbridge, and Notting Hill are located in West
London, with properties costing tens of millions of British pounds. The
average price in Chelsea and Kensington is estimated at 894,000 British
pounds. The boroughs of Central London also cost in the same range. In
spite of this high cost, staying in London is quite affordable in London
due to the availability of several hostels in London.
The London hostels are accessible by the London Underground, which is
the longest, oldest, and most expansive metro underground rail system
in the entire world, from its origin in 1863. The Eurostar, a high speed
rail connects London with Paris and Lille in France, along with Brussels
in Belgium. The bus network of London is also world famous, with the red-color
Double–Decker buses a permanent symbol of the city. Traveling around
the city from the hostels in London is thus quite easy.
There is also a huge student population in London, with the University
of London alone home to 125,000 students. The several London hostels cater
to the accommodation of these students and other youth seeking employment.
Thus, you would be able to enjoy a vacation in London thoroughly by staying
in London hostels and arming yourself with a London travel guide.