London is the capital of the United Kingdom and is the largest city in the European Union. It is considered a major global city and is one of the world's largest financial centers. Its history can be traced back to when the Romans found it in 43 AD.
The currency used in London is the British Pound. The first thing you should do when planning a trip is to check the exchange rate. You can have their money exchanged before you leave, or they can have them exchanged in banks, some post offices, hotels and exchange bureaus. These exchange bureaus are often open outside banking hours but charge higher rates for commission.
Traveling to London is a culturally enriching experience. There are many museums, galleries, orchestras and concert halls scattered throughout the city. Plan your itinerary according to your specific interest. For instance, for biology and geology, you could visit the National History Museum and the Science Museum in South Kensington. For fashion and design, you can visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, also in South Kensington in what is called the "museum quarter." Artifacts from all over the world can be found in the British Museum, and other books, items and various art collections are present in several other galleries. For music, there's the Barbican Arts Center (which is the base of the London Symphony Orchestra), and the Cadogan Hall (base of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) among others.
Arts and culture are not the only things worth exploring in London. The many pubs and the nightlife are other things that you should not miss out on. Bars can range from cabarets to karaoke booths, to ice bars, most of which are found in Oxford Circus, Clapham Common and Notting Hill.
The climate in London is temperate, with the warmest months being July and August with temperatures reaching 24 degrees Celsius, and the coldest, December and January with temperatures ranging from -7 degrees to -10 degrees Celsius. It rains lightly all year round, so one must always have an umbrella when going around.
The most common way of getting around London is through the London Underground, commonly known as The Tube. Alternatively, you could opt to get around through the bus system, which is also widely used, with 8,000 buses and 700 bus routes.
If traveling on a budget, you should look online for the best deals. http://www.visitlondon.com is the official website of London's tourism. And http://www.visitlondon.com/people/budget/ is the website specifically for traveling on a budget. For accommodations, you can stay in one of the many hotels scattered throughout London. You could also opt to explore the small bed and breakfast inns. Make sure that you use your money wisely; never spend too much on something you think you won't use.
Most important of all, remember to have fun on your trip and enjoy everything that you do. A lousy tourist will never have fun; all those memories would just go to waste. Take in the culture and the sights and make happy memories for yourself.