LONDON (INGGRIS) - London is the capital of the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom, is the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom and is also the largest urban zone in the European Union by area. Located along the River Thames, London has become the main settlement for two millennia since it was founded by the Romans in the 1st century by the name of Londinium. Core of ancient London, i.e. the City of London, still largely retains its middle century limits. Since the 19th century, the name London is also used to refer to a thriving metropolitan city around this core. The conurbation of urban areas at the end to form the Region of London and the greater London administrative area. The territory is governed and administered by the Mayor of London and London Assembly chosen through elections.

London is a leading global city excelled in the fields of Arts, business, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transportation. London, along with New York City, is the world's leading financial center, and became a city with the fifth largest GDP in the world, or the highest in Europe. The city is said to be a cultural center of the world. London also became a city most often visited, and recorded as the city with the busiest airports in the world by international passenger traffic 43 universities in London formed the largest concentration of higher education in Europe in 2012, London becomes the first city has been the host of modern summer Olympic Games three times.

London is made up of a diverse society and culture with over 300 languages are spoken by different ethnic group. In March 2011, London recorded a population of as many as 8.174.100 people, or approximately 12.5% of the population of the United Kingdom as a whole. It makes London as the largest city in the European Union according to the number of population. Greater London urban area has also become the second-largest urban area (after Paris) in the European Union with a population of 8.278.251 inhabitants, while the metropolitan area of London is the largest in the European Union with a population that is estimated to reach 12 to 14 million people. Earlier, London is also used to be the city with the largest population in the world in the period 1831-1925.

London has four world heritage sites: the Tower of London; Botanic Gardens, Kew; the complex consists of the historic site of the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church; as well as the historic settlement of Greenwich (where the Royal Observatory marks the Prime meridian, namely 0 ° longitude, and GMT). Famous landmarks of London more among them Buckingham Palace, London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Wembley Stadium, London Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. London is also the location of numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events, and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the British Library, the National Gallery, Tate Modern, Wimbledon, West End Theatre and 40. London Underground is the oldest underground railway in the world, as well as the second largest after the Shanghai Metro.

Here are some great places to visit in london :

  • The Tower Of London

Tower of London which is situated in the Centre of London is a historical heritage and has served the Royal family for hundreds of years. In addition the tower was also used to be a jail, Armory, and even zoos. The tower is also home to the Royal Crown that you can see. The tower is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00-18.00 local time. With an entrance fee of 17 Euros (about IDR. 230 thousand) you can visit one of the many places visited by tourists.
  • Tower Bridge London

A structure and the most impressive sites in the capital, the London Tower Bridge has stood on the River Thames since 1894 and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Here you can see the mechanism and an information panel explains the technology used for years to keep the Tower Bridge. You can visit this place every day from 10.00-18.00 with pay 7 euros (about Rp 95 thousand)
  • St Paul's Cathedral

You can experience and feel the glory of St Paul's Cathedral that has become an icon and dominates the skies of London. Another place which lies 55 meters above the Whispering Gallery is the Golden Gallery which offers amazing views of Central London for those who have the energy to 530. The Cathedral is open from Monday until Saturday from 08.30-17.00 (local time) with an entrance ticket to 12.5 euros (around Rp. 170 thousand).
  • Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court palace is the former residence of King Henry VIII the flamboyant. He expand and grow this magnificent Palace after reluctantly in the 1520 's. The Royal Palace located in Southwest London has many amazing Palace furniture, tapestries and paintings. In it also there is a 60-hectare gardens which include the famous maze and Great Vine. The castle is open daily 10.00-18.00 mualai local time. By issuing money 14 Euro (approx USD 190 thousand), you can already get around the Palace.
  • Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace in London has been shaped by generations of Royal women from Queen Mary to Victoria and most recently Diana, Princess of Wales. The Palace has several gardens with elegant style like a Sunken Garden, an oasis of quiet and comfortable and is a great place for sightseeing in busy day. It is host to many exhibitions all year round which is open every day from 10.00 am-6.00 pm local time with an entrance ticket to 12.5 euros (around Rp. 170 thousand).
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