The Office of National Statistics, which keeps track of such things, has named the UK cities most visited by international visitors. You'd expect London to be number one and Edinburgh, coming in at number two isn't much of a shock either. But some of the other destinations in the UK Top 20 list, may surprise you.
Home of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, The British Museum and more British Icons, London is a world center of theatre, art, music, literature and culture. It's also a city of colorful markets, great shopping, green open spaces and a cosmopolitan culture.
London is home to 7.5 million people, or 12.5 per cent of the UK's population. Not counting visitors, more than 1.5 million Londoners come from abroad. They speak 300 different languages. On top of its cosmopolitan locals, London welcomes more than 25 million visitors a year through its five airports, national rail stations and Eurostar terminal, the gateway to the continent.
Of course, London is only one corner of the United Kingdom. There is plenty more to explore and a lot of it is within easy reach of the capital. But, before you move on, do spend some time exploring the sites and experiences only London can offer:
- London Travel Guide
- The British Museum - a Perennial London Favorite
- The South Bank - London's Cultural Hot Spot
- Try a Pub Theatre When You Visit London
- UK Day Trips from London
- Ten Cheap Hotels in London
And, before you book a hotel, read user reviews and compare prices on London Hotels