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The trip from London's West End to the Heathrow airport usually takes almost an hour by road. Following the opening of the $750 million high-speed Heathrow Express rail line, journey has been cut to just 15 minutes.  It is estimated that six million passengers a year will use the 14-train, 160 km/h service. but not everyone is happy. Critics point out that with a one way ticket costing the 400-seat train is more expensive per kilometer than the Concorde. At least the countryside has been catered, for: the ventilation shafts of a tunnel built for the train are craftily disguised as barns. The Heathrow Express departs every 15 minutes from Paddington station.

London Underground - Today London Underground is a major business, with over 3 million passenger journeys a day - making it the busiest railway network in Britain - some 507 trains, 253 stations owned (275 served), over 16,500 staff and vast engineering assets.
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Palace of Westminster London also known as the Houses of Parliament - Photography by David Iliff

London - United Kingdom

London is one of the world's foremost global cities and the largest financial centre alongside New York City. This georgeous city is the capital of the United Kingdom and it is the most populous municipality in the European Union (official population of 7,556,900 within the boundaries of Greater London, July 2007).

London has been an influential city for two millennia. London history goes back to its founding by the Romans and the city's core, the ancient City of London, still retains its limited medieval boundaries. This wonderful city is too diverse to be characterised by any particular architectural style, having accumulated its buildings over a long period of time and drawn on a wide range of influences. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; the historic settlement of Greenwich; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church.

Tourism is one of London's prime industries and employs the equivalent of 350,000 full-time workers in London in 2003, while annual expenditure by tourists is around £15 billion. A study carried out by Euromonitor in October 2007 places London at first place out of 150 of the world's most popular cities, attracting 15.6 million international tourists in 2006. (10.35 million) and 3rd place This puts London far ahead of 2nd place BangkokParis (just 9.7 million). London attracts 27 million overnight-stay visitors every year.The Port of London is the second-largest in the United Kingdom, handling 53 million tonnes of cargo each year.

The Millennium Dome, standing right on the Greenwich Meridian.

Few major capitals so dominate the cultural and commercial life of their nation as does London - home of the old traditions and modern trandsetter at the same time. London is one of the most exiting cities in the world and provides something for everyone. Renowned for its history and tradition, London will impress you with its famous museums, theatres, sightseeing, restaurants and shopping.

Visitors to the U.K. who pass through this fascinating capital will find few of their travel needs unmet at the quality Britain's Visitor Centre, located on 1 Regent Street, near Piccadilly. There are separate info desks for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland; a great travel bookshop; facilities for making hotel, travel and theater bookings; and a currency exchange. The center, whose staff speak a total of nine languages, is open from 9a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 10a.m. to 4p.m. on weekends.

Guards - Buckingham Palace - London
Travel United Kingdom
London Tourist Board -The official site for London tourism
Corporation Of London - It provides a range of services for the benefit of London and the nation...
London.gov.uk - The official website for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority.
Floodlight - The official guide to courses in London. That's all the part-time and full-time courses run by government funded colleges, universities and adult education centres in all the London boroughs. Whether you want an introduction to local history or a postgraduate degree in economics, you'll find it here.
BBC London - This site helps you find info about London.
The British Monarchy Official Web Site
London First - London First was set up in the early '90s as a vehicle to mobilise business leaders to improve and promote London. London First aims to engage business leaders in decision-making about London's future.
London Chamber Of Commerce & Industry
This Is London - Very informative web site for Associated Newspapers Limited, the management company of four major newspapers - Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard and the Metro - and ANM, digital media division.
The Greater London Bus Map - If you need details of buses in London including Night buses, with a complete list of routes, The Greater London Bus Map provides all this.
London Prepared - This web site tells you about how London is checking that all its plans and procedures can stand up to any type of threat. London's key organisations have been working closely together to make sure all their contingency plans are robust, up-to-date and fit well together across the capital.

The Unofficial Guide to London -  The Unofficial Guides are a great travel guide series and their Guide to London is the series at its best. The writer has really captured the flavor of London and has the unique perspective of being an American who lives in London and knows it well but who also knows what it's like to be a visitor. Includes some great out-of-the-way recommendations and is particularly strong on museums and on traveling with children.
You Go Girl London: A Travel Guide Just For The Girls - This guide covers the most celebrated landmarks as well as the more intimate sites. The Tower, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace are just a few of the many highlights. You'll follow the historic trails of the Tudor dynasty and discover fascinating facts about the lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Bloody Mary and Queen Elizabeth I. We loved Princess Diana and include many sights that were meaningful in her life, as well as her memorials. You can follow the clues of the Da Vinci Code and race through the streets like Sophie and Langdon. Insider tips focus on eateries; shopping, the theatre, safety and traveling around London.

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