London is a world-class cruise destination that is served by the Port of London Authority. When arriving or departing on a cruise ship, the River Thames is part of the journey. The river serves as heartbeat to Europe’s largest city.
London, the capital of England and the UK is located in the southeast of England. Cruisers will discover a vibrant city offering access to a city rich in heritage, full of history, and one that can proudly claim ownership of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Westminster Palace and Abbey, Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and Kew Gardens. In addition to housing over 7 million inhabitants, London also has plenty of open space, which accounts for 30% of the area.
The Port of London welcomes cruise ships at one of the following locations: London Central Cruise Moorings (near Tower Bridge), Greenwich Ship Tier, or London Cruise Terminal at the Port of Tilbury (22 nautical miles down river from Tower Bridge). To verify your location check the Cruise Ship Diary.
There are many ways to spend time in London. The top draws are the museums, theaters, restaurants, and numerous attractions like the world’s most visited modern art gallery, the Tate Modern.
The majority of visitors to London spend their time in and around Central London’s West End. Known for great shopping, theater, and trendy restaurants, the West End is home to Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross Road’s bookshops, Covent Garden, Soho, Regent and Oxford Streets, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Carnaby Street.
Also in Central London is The City, the oldest section of London where the remains of a Roman stronghold can be seen. Look closely because the spot where London began, the original “square mile,” is in a busy area servicing the business and financial district. Not far from here is the Tower of London on the banks of the Thames River.
London’s major museums, such as the Victoria & Albert, are in South Kensington. London boasts many beautiful parks. For recreation and pastoral settings, Hyde Park and Serpentine Lake are perfect, but Kew Gardens in southwest London features an enormous collection of plants, landscaped panoramas and charming greenhouses.
For history hounds, Buckingham Palace, the royal residence, delivers a glimpse of aristocratic life. Plus, venerable Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral serve as time-tested counterpoints to newer sights like the London Eye and the Millennium Dome.
Getting around London is easy, as there are many modes of transportation. The iconic red double-decker bus is popular with tourists, as well as the London Underground, which is clean, safe and handy with 270 tube stations on 11 lines. For those inclined, taxis are plentiful during non-peak hours.
Because attractions in London are easy to access, some cruisers may choose to “go it alone” and visit the sites on their own. Others may choose from a creative collection of shore excursions offered by the cruise lines. Examples include:
London is an exciting city and the perfect remedy for a trip in the city is a relaxing visit to the stunning countryside and beautiful coastlines of England and Britain. There’s a destination to suit everyone in Britain.
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