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Fascinating, cosmopolitan and unusual, your tour guide will confirm it: London is the city of all possible. We go there for weekend shopping, but also to appreciate its exceptional heritage from Westminster to St. Paul's Cathedral, via the London Eye or its museums (Tate Galerie, Madame Tussauds, British Museum...). Soho, Chelsea, the City, Notting Hill..., all the districts of London are worth a visit and offer surprising discoveries. Gardens, museums, galleries and markets are so many proposals, so much so that a stay too short will surely turn out to be the first of a long series... A perpetual invitation to immerse yourself in the heart of a creative city, avant-garde and strongly rooted in its history. An astonishing contrast that makes the English capital one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. If the Brexit crisis has nevertheless hit Great Britain hard, London remains the symbol of blending and renewal. Vibrant and intoxicating, dynamic and creative, London intrigues, fascinates and never tires...

What to see, what to do London?

When to go London ?

You can go to London all year round, but it is in July and August that tourists are most numerous and prices are highest (accommodation in particular is becoming more expensive, as hotels often have a high season rate policy). Autumn and winter are pleasant seasons for a trip: you will pay less and the lines will be shorter. Winter is quickly cold and rainy, but the period before Christmas remains magical thanks to the illuminations and the festive atmosphere that reigns in London (Christmas carols), especially in the shops.

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Covid-19 : current situation London

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, entry and travel restrictions may apply London. Remember to visit the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before you leave for the latest information
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How to go London

How to go alone

London is served by two major airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. More and more charter companies have moved some of their flights to Stansted or Luton, further away but just as well served as the first two, mainly by train and bus. There are many direct flights from major cities to London. But to get to the heart of the capital, at the St Pancras International terminal, the best way is to use the Eurostar.

How to go on a tour

Many tour operators offer holiday packages. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3 nights) and long weekends. Prices vary according to the means of transport chosen and the time of booking; last minute offers remain the most attractive. In London, since the place is suitable, there are quite a few cultural trips.

How to get around

It would be unnecessary and expensive to carry a car inside London. All tourist attractions, even the most remote, are accessible by bus or metro. London has even become the pioneer of car-free capitals with several measures to limit traffic in its city centre: congestion charge, T-Charge tax, etc.

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London is an incredible city, rich in history and culture where sports and gastronomy also have a fundamental place. It is the city of the royal family and its fascinating adventures. It is a world-city that is always in full effervescence and that knows how to distinguish itself from the rest of the country, by its political and social choices. When you think of London, it is impossible not to think of literature and theater, from Shakespeare's round theater to Oliver Twist's London, or to forget its soccer clubs with famous names: Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal... Fans of architecture will not be left out and will enjoy exciting visits to London, from Victorian mansions to the ultra modern Shard by Renzo Piano. Of course, London is also the capital of fashion and vintage, markets, pop and punk. A city always on the move, sometimes exhausting, but always stimulating.

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St Katharine's Dock. Lawrence BANAHAN - Author's Image
L'inclinaison grandissante de Big Ben se voit désormais à l'oeil nu ! Alamer - Iconotec
Portobello Road Market, quartier de Notting Hill. Philippe GUERSAN - Author's Image
Fashion in recreated Georgian Pleasure Garden MUSEUM OF LONDON

The 12 keywords London

1. #Bobbies

The bobbies are the famous London police officers with their characteristic domed helmets. They roam the streets of London to maintain order in a capital that is increasingly prone to crime, particularly with regard to stabbings. This nickname comes from Sir Robert Peel who created the Metropolitan Police in 1829.

2. #Jerk chicken

Marinated chicken, grilled, spiced and cooked Jamaican style, who could resist? It's a classic London snack, especially when you get home late at night. You can also go for the fried chicken, a non-spicy version that is just as delicious. In short, Londoners love chicken and you won't be able to resist it during your stay!

3. #Colocation

Apartments for rent or for sale, being very expensive in London, many Londoners live in shared accommodation. It is therefore often necessary to get used to and share the little habits of your room-mates or flat-mates. It's another concept of life. Sometimes, entire families even share shared houses

4. #Fish & chips

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The most famous of British dishes! Fish and chips are simply white fish dipped in a paste that is dipped in boiling oil to fry it and served with chips. All seasoned with salt and vinegar. Previously, it was served in newsprint. It should be enjoyed in a typical pub.

5. #Gherkin

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The Gherkin is one of the symbols of the architectural renewal of East London. This oblong building, initially called 30 St Mary Axe, was quickly given the affectionate nickname of "pickle". Londoners love this superb building, visible from everywhere, entirely glazed, which revitalizes London's horizon with its futuristic shape

6. #Markets

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London is one of Europe's most important cities in terms of markets. It has everything: street-food, vintage, flowers... Some, such as the Borough Market, already existed in the Middle Ages. There are more than 200 of them across the city, embodying London's cultural diversity. The most emblematic: Camden Market, Brick Lane Market or Covent Garden.

7. #Musical-

London is THE capital of musicals. Nearly 20 West End theatres present musicals every night. Some of them have been on the bill for several years. Among the most popular shows, we still find Le Roi Lion, Wicked, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia, Hamilton or Aladdin...

8. #Smog

This is the name given to the famous London fog, a combination of smoke and fog. But, in reality, this phenomenon is less related to climatic conditions than to the pollution that reigned in the city at the time of the industrial revolution in the middle of the 18th century, when London was invaded by many factories..

9. #Thames

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The Thames, with its 338 km length, is the mythical river of London, crossing the city from east to west and splitting it in two. Its quays offer pleasant strolls. It was very polluted during the industrial revolution, but is now slowly recovering its fish inhabitants thanks to major clean-up operations.

10. #Tube

The tube is the familiar little name Londoners give to their subway, normally called Underground. This nickname refers to its cylindrical shape. The London Underground is the oldest in the world; built in 1863. It transports nearly 3 million people every day. It is an expensive, but the most efficient means of transport.

11. #Pub

If the word "pub" was created in Victorian times, a contraction of public houses, it was the Romans who gave the British the first pubs, 2,000 years ago. The English spend their lives there, chaining pints in a friendly atmosphere. After work, on Friday evenings, Sunday afternoons: they are always crowded!

12. #Vintage

Vintage is a word that is used to describe anything that is retro. In London, vintage is like a second religion. The fashion capital of the 1960s, London is now the temple of vintage. Vintage markets and shops abound in Brick Lane and Camden and offer great deals.

You are from here, if...

You say " Cheers " all the time. Originally used to toast, in London it has become an all-purpose word: thank you, goodbye, see you later...

You are aware of the latest news about the royal family. A birth, a wedding, the name of the latest arrival... An Englishman needs to know all the news. It's always a good topic of discussion

You never go out without your umbrella, even on a sunny day. London is not the Côte d'Azur, and rain is common. A true Englishman is never surprised by the unpredictable drizzle..

You take advantage of the slightest ray of sunshine to sunbathe (a little too much) in the parks. You can quickly spot the English by their crayfish tans on the lawns of Hyde Park.

You never forget that you drive on the left and that you wait your turn in the queues, even in those to get on the bus or the underground. The English are very disciplined!

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