Greater London & City of London
There is only one London and yet there are many!
Greater London refers to the conurbation of London, made up of 32 ‘boroughs’ and the ‘City of London’. It covers an area of over 600 sq miles and has a population in excess of 7.8 million (in 2010), it is the largest urban area in Europe.
Greater London can be thought of as Inner London and Outer London
Inner London the boroughs of Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and the City of Westminster. (Yes, Westminster is a city within a city)
Outer London - being the surrounding suburban boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Waltham Forest.
The City of London, also known as "The City" or "Square Mile" is an area of approximately one square mile in the centre of ‘London’. It is the historic heart of London and is one of the world’s financial centres (and yes like Westminster is a city within a city)
Please be aware that for security bag searches are common when entering public buildings and venues as are surveillance cameras, armed police are not the norm in the UK however in large public areas such as Railway Stations or around Government buildings armed officers may be on duty.
London is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world with about one-third of its population being born overseas (and something like 200 languages spoken). Foreign travellers are welcomed and you may find it difficult to tell who is a visitor and who is a local.
Greater & City of London - Official Tourist Websites
Visit London www.visitlondon.com
South Bank London www.southbanklondon.com
Visit The City of London www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do
Visit Greenwich www.visitgreenwich.org.uk
Visit Richmond www.visitrichmond.co.uk
Other Tourist information websites
Lonely Planet - London www.lonelyplanet.com/england/london
Reasons to visit London: Buckingham Palace Tour from Visit London
Thames River Cruise from Visit London
Greenwich - Old Royal Naval College from Visit Greenwich - www.visitgreenwich.org.uk
Greenwich - Royal Observatory from Visit Greenwich - www.visitgreenwich.org.uk
The Tower of London: an introduction from Historic Royal Palaces - www.hrp.org.uk
UK Parliament tour - Welcome to the Houses of Parliament from UK Parliament
Welcome to Westminster Abbey from Westminster Abbey - www.westminster-abbey.org
Visit Richmond from Visit Richmond
Transport in London
London Taxis are famous the world over and can be 'hailed' in the street - A Black Cab will display a Hackney Carage Licence and the driver will display an official ID - all London Cabs are wheelchair accessible - The drivers are extremely knowledgeable and generally happy to advise visitors. Fares are regulated and metered -
Private Hire or Mini Cabs are also licensed but use a variety of vehicles, may not be wheelchair accessible and must only pick up by appointment (not be 'hailed' from the street)
Thames Clippers are a fast and frequent boat service between Embankment and the London Eye to Woolwich, via Canary Wharf, stopping at Tate Modern, London Bridge, Tower of London, London Docklands Riverside, The O2 and Greenwich - they also provide a boat between the Tate Britain and Tate Modern. - www.thamesclippers.com
(London's piers and most river buses are wheelchair accessible)
World Heritage Site
Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site
The Palace of Westminster
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Tower of London