Discover the cosmopolitan city of London

Air France offers several daily direct flights to London, the capital of the United Kingdom, departing Dublin. London has three airports: London City Airport, London Gatwick and London Heathrow .
London is the largest city in the United Kingdom with a population of more than 8 million. The city is located in south-western England and the Thames River flows through the city.
Founded by the Romans 2000 years ago under the name of Londinium, it was occupied by the Anglo-Saxons from the year 600. It developed so much so that in the 19th century, London was the world's most populated city and doubtless, one of the most powerful, both economically and culturally.
London's vitality attracted many immigrants during the second half of the 20th century and today, it draws its strength from its ethnic and cultural diversity. The city has important Chinese, Indian, Pakistani and black communities, to name a few.
It is also an important financial centre, housing London's stock market. It is located in the heart of the city, in the business district.
London also benefits from an international aura that never diminishes: in fact, it hosted the summer Olympic Games in 2012.

London, a concentrate of vitality

London is a very charming city with a wide choice of tourist attractions! To begin with, the futuristic buildings that have flourished a throughout the city in recent years, particularly in the heart of the City district. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the dome of Saint Paul's Cathedral, from Primerose Hill or from the top of the London Eye, London's emblematic Ferris wheel located on the banks of the Thames.
You cannot catch a flight for London without seeing the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace that takes place every day at the end of the morning. Don't miss the iconic monuments in London such as Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, close to Tower Bridge.
London is full of museums as well, and all of them are free! The British Museum and the National Gallery are must-sees. The Tate Britain or Tate Modern galleries (the two art museums are linked by a river shuttle) are also worth a visit, as is the huge War Museum.
However, London is also a shopping capital. Don't miss the animated neighbourhood of Piccadilly Circus, the world-famous store, Harrods, or Camden Market, an underground neighbourhood with numerous markets. Notting Hill, near Hyde Park, is a very typical neighbourhood where the famous Portobello Road flea market is located.
As for dining, London offers a large selection of specialities. From traditional fish and chips to Pakistani restaurants, as well as Chinese or Jamaican cuisine. Take your taste buds on a world tour!

Travel to London: useful tips

Thanks to its ocean climate, you can travel to London year-round. The best period for a flight to London, is between the months of June and September. Irish citizens travelling to England must have a photo ID .
Currency in London is the British sterling. Credit cards are accepted every where and there are numerous ATM machines available.
If you wish to rent a car , a valid driver's license is sufficient. However, note that you must pay a tax to drive in London.
If you prefer to use public transportation, London has a network of buses and subway lines. The London Travel Card allows you to benefit from special reduced rates for tourist visits as well as for transportation.

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