Typically English, yet Worldly

London was once one of the most important cities in the world under the Romans. Today it is a special mix of architecture, art, going out, shopping, and city parks. And typically England.

History of London

The Romans are considered the founders of this city, they called it Londinium. According to historic writings, the Romans entered England under emperor Claudius in the year 43 A.D. They built a wooden bridge on the northern banks of the river Thames. The bridge was used a lot and slowly grew to be the centre of the local society. 

Under the Romans, this was one of the most important cities in the world. It did not last long, the local population revolted against Roman rule. The Anglos and the Saxons controlled the region for a prolonged period of time.

In the 9th and 10th century, London was attacked by the Vikings various times. These attacks were beaten off, until 1066, when the Norsemen led by William the Conqueror managed to successfully capture the city. London was crowned capitol city, serving also as the seat of the government of Henry III in the thirteenth century. He is considered to be the founder of the English monarchy.

The city flourished in the following centuries. Particularly between 1533 and 1603 under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, London went through a golden period. However in 1665, the bubonic plague killed about 100,000 people, which was 15% of the London population at the time. A year later a big fire destroyed a large part of the city. It was rebuilt in a period of 5 years. 

Nowadays official stats show the city draws a wide variety of visitors, both in age as well as in interests. Fans of architecture praise the typical English structures, especially the Victorian buildings. Art lovers explore the many museums, while the youth is drawn by the nightlife.

Best Time for London

London can be visited all year round, although it can be cold and wet in winter. Around the Christmas period, the city is decorated very festively, which creates a special atmosphere.

Accommodation in London

During my travels I have been to this wonderful city several times. I stayed in various neighbourhoods, mainly choosing small hotels, cozy holiday homes and convenient apartments. There is a large choice, but be sure to get there on time. Many hotels are fully booked quickly, especially during the holidays.

Book Your Tours Online

London is a popular city trip. It can be busy at some sights. Remember to book in advance (online) or buy your entrance tickets online. This way you avoid queues.

Things to See and Do in London