United Kingdom, island country located off the north western coast of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom comprises the whole of the island of Great Britain which contains England, Wales, and Scotland as well as the northern portion of the island of Ireland. The name Britain is sometimes used to refer to the United Kingdom as a whole. The capital is London, which is among the world’s leading commercial, financial, and cultural centres. Other major cities include Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester in England, Belfast and Londonderry in Northern Ireland, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, and Swansea and Cardiff in Wales.
London can perhaps be called the most iconic city in the world. It is brimming with history and has been home to the Royal Family for a long time. Visitors here love its modern vibe but more than that, they are charmed by its old world charm that can only be felt when you do actually visit the city.
How to reach London, UK:
By Air: A global city, London is extremely well-connected to the rest of the world by air with daily flights operating to and from hundreds of destinations. London is served by 5 airports with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted being the most important ones. About 100 international airlines operate flights in and out of London Heathrow Airport. Airlines that fly direct to London from India are Air India, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Jet Airways. The other options are flying to London with a stopover in Europe (you might need a Transit visa for some countries), the Middle East (Gulf, Emirates, Etihad or Qatar) or Istanbul or Colombo.
By Train: Being the hub of the British Rail Network, London is served by frequent train services from other cities in the country. London is also well-connected by rail to other cities in Europe such as Paris, Brussels, Berlin, and Amsterdam, among others. The Eurostar high-speed railway service connects London to Paris and Brussels and operates from the St. Pancras International Station.
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