Geography - London
Central London encompasses most of London’s main attractions, theatres
and restaurants, and most places within this area are in walking distance of
each other. With a basic city map, you’ll be able find your way around
easily and take in some sights on the way.
The River Thames divides the city into northern and southern halves, with Central London loosely described as being within the loop of the Underground’s Circle Line to the north bank of the river. London’s public transport is organised into zones, central London being Zone 1 with the zone numbers rising as one moves out from the centre. The city is also divided into boroughs which are individually run by councils. There are 32 London boroughs plus the City of London.
Every area of London has something different to offer, whether it’s attractions, open space, cuisine, nightlife or simply atmosphere. West London is renowned for its plush and expensive areas such as Kensington and Belgravia. It is the home of many major attractions, from the Royal Albert Hall to Kew gardens, and has excellent shopping grounds and beautiful architecture.
North London contains appealing inner-city suburbs like Islington and Camden Town and has a lively social scene. East London is an area of great diversity, from the Bengali-influenced Brick Lane, to trendy Shoreditch and the modern Docklands area encompassing Canary Wharf. South London has a vibrant multi-cultural atmosphere. It incorporates many attractions and venues including the South Bank centre, the lively international street markets of Brixton and Deptford, hip and happening Clapham and sedate Blackheath.