Her Majesty, London
The British capital is always full of surprises; you won’t recognise the city from one visit to the next. A city full of energy, London will keep you on your toes.
In London, you don't have a second to lose: there are so many things to see and do that, even for those living there, the rhythm is frenetic! Capital of England and the United Kingdom, we could talk about it for hours... London encapsulates the mixing of cultures and the culture of mixing.
When we first think of London, we think of the royal family, the late Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III, little prince George, his sister Charlotte, his brother Louis and their parents, Kate and William, as well as Harry, Meghan and their children, Archie and Lilibet.
Then there’s the Thames, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Shoreditch... London's 15,000 square kilometres are divided into numerous districts and offer sublime and expansive green spaces such as Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Primrose Hill...
Victorian architecture rubs shoulders with colourful little mews, and modern wonders such as The Shard building rise up against a background of famous structures from yesteryear, like Westminster Abbey, the Royal Albert Hall, and Big Ben. Even though the weather is often cloudy, rest assured there will always be a ray of sun piercing through during the day. London is also Piccadilly and Oxford Circus, Harrods, Hamleys, and Selfridges, not to forget the markets of Camden and Portobello Road. London is Trafalgar Square and the British Museum, Arsenal football club and Wembley Stadium, theatre, musicals, and shows. London is pubs and star restaurants, luxury hotels alongside boutique hotels. London is Kate Moss and David Beckham, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens and Jack the Ripper.
London is elegant but also eccentric, dynamic, and creative, a city where civility and courtesy reign. London is a thousand other places too, a thousand other references, a thousand new spots to discover. Above all, London is the city of possibilities. For, as Samuel Johnson said in the 18th century: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
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