Ever since Great Britain was linked to the European rail system through the tunnel under the Channel, and since the advent of low-cost air travel, London can be reached without too much difficulty even for a short stay. It is worth it to take advantage of one of the many offers, since London is now, more than ever, one of the most expensive cities in Europe
, and as a rule, whatever we have set aside for the trip seems to vanish in no time at all once we reach the city. We won’t let that stop us, however, since no other metropolis can offer such a high concentration of culture, music, fashion and nightlife.
The long tradition of the English capital as a destination for immigrants makes it certainly one of the most international cities of Europe
. London has developed a fascinating aspect in that it has become both a Melting Pot of the widest variety of cultures and at the same time even more determinedly British. For centuries, every ritual has been performed with particular care, such as the closure every evening of the Tower Gates
, that has by now become an integral part of the identity of London, as much as its ability to launch new trends in the world of fashion and music.
Visiting the vast range of museums could keep a tourist happily busy for several days
, so it’s a good idea to decide first which of the famous collections we want to devote our time to. One good thing is that most state museums are free and for many high level cultural events it is possible to buy standing-room tickets cheaply. More information about the vast offering of concerts, exhibitions, club events and other events can be found in the weekly Time Out Magazine, on the newsstands for 40 years now.
While English cuisine
, traditionally, does not have a very good reputation, the capital presents a vast international offering, as well as the possibility of gluten-free meals
. Even many of the ethnic restaurants have menus for coeliacs
. Here’s some advice. London is probably where you can find the best Indian cuisine outside of India.
Since chickpea flour is typical of Indian cuisine, rather than wheat flour, many dishes are naturally gluten-free; nevertheless, it is always best to ask, for safety’s sake. Coeliacs can also enjoy original British traditional cuisine like Fish 'n' Chips without gluten.