London Accommodations

Written by Dina Kayed
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London has always been considered a city of great beauty. London has many layers and facets; in addition to a vivacity and vibrancy, it is also a city of thick fog and shadows. Walking around London you will find fascinating ancient lampposts from bygone centuries, standing tall as a stately testimony to its ancient history. At the same time you will find futuristic landmarks such as the Millennium Dome, at Greenwich on the outskirts of London. This building was built on the meridian line at Greenwich, where the Greenwich observatory is located, to commemorate the start of the new millennium.

All over London, you can still hear church bells ringing, the same way people have heard them for centuries. Over the years, the traditional places of worship for London's majority Christians have also been joined by places of worship for the thousands of immigrants who have made London their adopted home. You will find synagogues, mosques and even Hindu temples as a testament to that.

London has been the home of many famous people down the centuries. You can imagine Jack the Ripper folding his secrets away in dark corners. Charles Dickens had a number of homes in London, and his experiences are recorded for posterity in his stories. Of course, the Queen's official residence is Buckingham Palace, which is included in most tours of London.

London's History

The Romans were the first to invade London, which was an achievement since it was never an easy land to invade. Its cold weather toughens the soul, teaching it never to yield or surrender. Nothing much has been said about London during the Dark Ages, but it is almost certain that London was no more than a pile of ruins, left from the Roman occupation. At this point, London was certainly not the metropolis we know today.

After the Dark Ages, the Saxons took their opportunity and invaded. It was at this time that Christianity was introduced. The Saxons built magnificent cathedrals and since then, the bells have been ringing without interruption. After the Saxons came the Normans. New laws were introduced during the Norman age, which were based on a mixture of old Anglo-Saxon and Norman law. The Normans also built the famous Tower of London, which still stands today and is central to much of British history.

During medieval times, the city became very overcrowded and was destroyed by fire many times because of the rickety wooden houses built too close together. As a result, a new law demanded that all buildings and walls be built with stone. Since medieval times, London has gone through many different architecturally distinct periods such as Tudor and Georgian. Many chapters of misery, poverty and oppression were documented by great historians and novelists, yet London is a strong pillar of democracy in the world of today.

London Accommodations

A trip to London could be your dream vacation. Planning it well can make all the difference between an unforgettable experience and an ordinary one. The best way to go about it is to write a list of the places you'd like to go and the things you'd like to see. Then you can draw up a list of purchases you will need to make, or bookings that will be required before traveling. You may find others who have traveled to London a good source of information. If possible, ask them for tips and ideas; this will help you plan well.

Booking your accommodations is a very important step towards your dream vacation. Your budget will most certainly determine what kind of accommodation you can afford. It is wise to take into consideration that the best is not necessarily the most expensive. What is it you're looking for? A small hotel, with an intimate atmosphere? Or something big and bustling with an international flavor? There is a lot of room for choice in London.

If you're planning to stay for a while, you're probably better off renting an apartment rather than staying at a hotel. This will save you some money in the long run. If you are looking for a romantic vacation, you can rent a luxurious house to spoil your partner. This kind of accommodation is obviously going to be more expensive.

Helpful Tips

There are other types of accommodation in London. Studio flats and bed sits are widely available. There are also many bed and breakfast accommodations. Whatever you decide on, remember that you will need a good map of London to help you find your way around the city. If you're planning on renting a car, remember that in London they drive on the other side of the road.


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