The capital of the United Kingdom, London is a historic city built on the River Thames. The past is ever-present along the city's historic quarters and cobbled streets - visible in world-famous landmarks like the Westminster Abbey and Tower of London. While rooted in its heritage, there's little doubt the city looks toward the future with contemporary landmarks along Canary Wharf and the modern icon, the Gherkin. Few cities beat London on the culture front and there is something for everyone, from Tony-winning musicals at West end to classical ballet and opera. Borough Market and Covent Garden retain an old-world charm that lures visitors to linger along cobbled streets buying handcrafted goods much like in the bygone days. From shopping to world-class museums and a buzzing after-hours scene, London has global appeal.