London, a metropolis of villages

Friday, 06 October 2017

London is the most “magnetic” metropolis in the world, the most capable to attract people and creative companies from every corner of the world and it can mobilize their sources to increase the economic development, below the Global Power City Index 2016*.

The capital of England and the United Kingdom keeps this record from 2012, the year on which it has hosted the Games of the XXX Olympiad. By the way, and just out of interest, in the GPCI 2016’s Top 10, we can find New York, Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Berlin and Wien.

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It is called a metropolis of villages, because the City of London is the most ancient part of the whole conurbation, the so-called City, known also as the Square Mile, due to its 1,12 sq. mi extension. First, the City swallowed up Westminster and then all the others 32 headquarters that form the Greater London, headquarters that were originally country villages.

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The quarters that form the British metropolis, together with the City, are:

  • Westminster
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Wandsworth
  • Lambeth
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Hackney
  • Islington
  • Camden
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  • Brent
  • Ealing
  • Hounslow
  • Richmond
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Merton
  • Sutton
  • Croydon
  • Bromley
  • Lewisham
  • Greenwich

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  • Bexley
  • Havering
  • Barking e Dagenham
  • Redbridge
  • Newham
  • Waltham Forest
  • Haringey
  • Enfield
  • Barnet
  • Harrow
  • Hillingdon

So, we suggest you to become more familiar with London’s villages. We advise you to consult the section London Areas of Visit London, the section Boroughs of All of London and the Wikitravel’s page London. You can also follow the hashtag #SeeMoreLondon on Twitter, created by London & Partners, the official company that promotes London.

The best (free and for hire) attractions in London

London & Partners helps us also to find the best attractions in London. Here are the free ones:

  • British Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Tate Modern
  • Natural History Museum

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  • Southbank Centre
  • Somerset House
  • Science Museum
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • National Portrait Gallery

Here are the ones for hire:

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
  • Coca-Cola London Eye

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  • Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Tower of London (World Heritage Site)
  • Westminster Abbey (World Heritage Site)
  • The View From The Shard
  • Stamford Bridge Tour and Museum
  • Kensington Palace
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral (World Heritage Site)

London hosts another world Heritage Site: Kew Gardens. Speaking of green, here are the best parks of the city, always below London & Partners’ advices:

  • Hyde Park
  • Regent’s Park
  • Richmond Park
  • St James’s Park

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  • Greenwich Park
  • Kensington Gardens
  • Hampstead Heath
  • Battersea Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Clapham Common
  • Lee Valley Regional Park
  • Bushy Park
  • Crystal Palace Park

Londra dal Tamigi

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«The river Thames crosses the heart of London and divides it in two sides, a northern part and a southern part», as you can read on Visit Britain. A boat ride on the Thames is a perfect way to discover London, and see it from another perspective. If you want to have more information about the tour, you can refer to the web site Transport for London.

Shopping in London

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«London is quite famous for the shopping: from the markets in the neighborhoods to the department stores such as Harrods, Selfridges or Liberty, here you can find all that you’re searching for, and maybe even more», you can read again on Visit Britain. So, here are the best shopping sites in London, suggested by London & Partners.

  • Oxford Street
  • Regent Street
  • Carnaby Street

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  • Bond Street
  • Brompton Road
  • Covent Garden
  • Notting Hill
  • Savile Row
  • King’s Road
  • Westfield London
  • Westfield Stratford City
  • Canary Wharf

Sweet London

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We haven’t talked about London in our recent focus on the bakeries of the world, but not because unworthy, actually; we didn’t do that because we dedicated more space to other cities. We immediately remedy by sharing with you the advices of London & Partners. Let’s note the following names:

  • Lily Vanilli
  • Ms Cupcake
  • Peggy Porschen
  • Konditor & Cook
  • Bea’s Cake Boutique
  • Primrose Bakery
  • Crumbs & Doilies
  • Kova Patisserie
  • Dominique Ansel London
  • Hummingbird Bakery
  • Cutter & Squidge

We suggest these names to the chocolate lovers:

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  • Charbonnel et Walker
  • Paul A Young
  • Fortnum and Mason
  • Mast Brothers
  • Choccywoccydoodah
  • Melt
  • Rococo
  • William Curley
  • Pierre Herme
  • Prestat

Are we finished? No, we could still write a lot about London, and you know it very well. Anyway, we end the focus here with an invitation to consult carefully both Visit London and Visit Britain. You will find many useful tips to organize your travel proposals and to help your clients to build their itineraries and their experiences.

For example, on Visit Britain you can discover what to do in London in the different seasons of the year, and on Visit London you will have the possibility to know all the attractions that can satisfy  the little ones, so who travels with the family and children. Before saying goodbye, we want to recommend you Inclusive London, the reference website for London about accessible tourism.

*Global Power City Index 2016

Institute for Urban Strategies

The Mori Memorial Foundation

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