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"London, the capital of England" London by easyoar

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Whilst most people know that London is the capital of England, many foreigners to England get confused of the difference between England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Whilst England is in all of these, none of them is actually the same.

Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales. This is the whole of the larger of the two Islands (Ireland is the smaller island to the west). The United Kingdom on the other hand is made up of Great Britain plus Northern Ireland (the Republic Ireland is made up of the island of Ireland minus Northern Ireland).

Anyhow, back to the subject of London. London is a very big city which can have very big traffic problems. It is in my opinion though, a very good city for tourists to visit. Whether this be for the shopping (even if you just want to visit Harrods) or the sites (London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Saint Pauls cathedral, Lifeguards Parade, the Parks, the list goes on...), London has something for pretty much anyone.

In case you are wondering about the Concorde picture, after the last Concorde flew and the planes all retired to various places around the world, there was one left that was not airworthy. It was decided the best way to transport it was to cut its wings and tail off, put it in a specially designed barge and float it off to its final destination (where its wings and tail were re-fitted). Makes for rather a sad picture really.

This page aims to cover some of the standard sites, but also a lot of the less well known ones, and may hopefully teach you a few things you didn't already know about London!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Loads to do and see.
  • Cons:Expensive and congested.
  • In a nutshell:Well worth a visit.
  • Last visit to London: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • eriksson977's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Hello Andy, Outstanding pages. Thanks for the virtual tour. Tomas Eriksson :)

  • jusdenise93's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Great description. I forgot all about the many ways brits call their money.

  • MikeStarr5's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Great London tips and pics - Its nice to see what somebody has to say about your home town - Mike in "Barking Town" - the forgotten suburb of London.

  • Apr 6, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Hi Andy Re your item on The Gherkin: the Baltic Exchange is NOT "an insurance company", it's the world's shipping exchange, started 1744. If you want details, email me - Jeffrey (Baltic Exchange member)

  • tinkll1's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    Fascinating Spitfire in Trafalgar. Would love to know more about it. Early Mark I with 2 blade prop! Authentic or replica?

  • Mar 7, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Erm: SmartWater is designed for the protection of buildings and properties. Its unique forensic fingerprint is almost invisible to the naked eye, fluoresces under ultraviolet light, and is virtually impossible to completely remove.

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2007 at 7:32 PM

    Hi Andy I just read this tip about the Pearly Kings of London. Fantastic tip. I am so intrigued. Thanks for sharing this. Kat

  • leigh767's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2007 at 3:59 AM

    Simply one of the most intriguing pages I've seen about London! I learn a whole lot more about this very place than browsing through an encyclopedia!

  • Jan 7, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    I suggest you visit where it confirms the bridge lift 900 times per year.

  • Oct 5, 2006 at 1:17 AM

    Not sure whether this is a wind-up or not... Smart Water of course is a fluid with a unique chemical composition which can be sprayed on valuable goods and subsequently used to prove ownership in the event of theft.

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