London, (London Bridge) England

The cosmopolitan city of London is the capital of England and is the premier city in Europe in terms of size, population and per-capita wealth. London spreads across a huge area from its core on the River Thames, which meanders through central London, dividing it into northern and southern halves.

The central area and the most important sights, theatres and restaurants are within the London underground train Circle Line on the north bank of the River Thames. The trendy West End of London lies within the western portion of the loop and includes Soho, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Regent Street.

In Great Britain, London is where the country's news and money are made. It is where the central government resides and is the home of the Royal family. The city of London has an exciting atmosphere and is full of endless opportunities for entertainment both day and night. London's public transport is frequent and includes buses and the London underground train service. Also popular are the famous black cabs.

The major sights in London are Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Tower of London and the British Airways London Eye. There are also numerous galleries, museums and monuments to see. However, there is still much enjoyment to be gained from the city's more quiet Georgian squares, parks, narrow alleyways and river walks.

London is a shopper’s paradise boasting famous stores such as Harrods and Selfridges, and the shopping districts, such as Oxford Street. The many markets can also provide a way to see some of the capital's home talent and are a good place to pick up a real bargain. London offers a wide range of excellent restaurants covering all types of cuisine.

Things to see and do

* London Bridge and the Tower of London
* Westminster Abbey
* Buckingham Palace
* London Eye
* Trafalgar Square
* St Paul's Cathedral

General information

Cruise Season – March to Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (£)
Language – English
Land Area – 1,579 sq km’s
Population – 12 million
Electricity – 2 vertical Square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time –GMT/UTC plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – +44

Port Location – Ships make their way up the river Thames (pronounced "Tims") and dock just above the Tower Bridge, the official entrance to London.

Transport Links – Getting into and out of London is easy, with an excellent road and rail network and four international airports. Once you are in the city, travel on the London Underground (tube train), by bus or famous black cab. Many areas of interest are well within walking distance.