A Beginner’s Guide to London

A Beginner’s Guide to London

If you're a new traveler to London, here is the ultimate beginners guide to London.
 

About London

London is a modern, cosmopolitan and stunningly beautiful capital city of Britain, located at the heart of the world. Around 230 languages are spoken here and you'll find a wealth of different cultures and communities throughout the capital.
 
London's history stretches back over thousands of years, and the city boasts four World Heritage Sites: the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
 
From the London School of Economics and Political Sciences to the London School of Fashion, the city offers fascinating study opportunities across several fields, attracting a huge number of regional and international students every academic year.
 
If you want to relax and unwind, London has plenty of green parks and open spaces such the Royal Parks or Hampstead Heath in north London, that offers amazing views of the city.
 

Eating Out

There are more than 6,000 restaurants in London so you'll never be short on new places to eat. London boasts 65 Michelin-starred restaurants and many celebrity chefs are based here, and there are plenty of good, cheaper options  for those on a budget too.
 
From Middle Eastern eateries in north London to Asian inspired bars down south, these are the best bargain eats in London.
 
The Berwick Street market seems the most affordable way of dining in London, located right in the middle of SOHO. From Monday to Friday, you can enjoy a selection of fresh sandwiches, cakes and pies for well under £8.
 
The City Caphe located in Chinatown offers modern fare,  but has a bit of a cramped interior so it is more for eating out. You can choose from a varied menu of Vietnamese sandwiches to jasmine rice dishes from £12.
 

Parties and Nights Out

There are plenty of venues in London where you can enjoy a great night out with your family and friends. I recommend SOHO and Camden. These are vibrant areas of London offering a wide range bars and clubs.
 
The Zebrano SOHO is very popular among students and offers  happy hour cocktails throughout the week. From mango to red chili mojitos, there is something to suit every taste.
 

Accommodation

If you're looking for a stylish and elegant place to stay and don't fancy the big chain hotels, stay in the serviced apartments in London.
 
Serviced accommodation is a great alternative to a hotel where you can enjoy your own apartment during your short or long-term stay in the capital.
 
Serviced apartments in London are very comfortable and offer a very homely atmosphere. There is a kitchen packed with a host of contemporary appliances. There is also a housekeeping service, reception and sometimes other extras, such as concierge and room service available.