Considering a trip to England’s capital? The inexhaustible listing of sights and experiences to be had in London can be quite overwhelming! Here's a little nudge to help prioritise your stay here, with this guide to the top ten things to enjoy in your travel itinerary!
London truly is a smorgasbord of architecture, from the incredible St Paul’s Cathedral and London Bridge, the imposing Houses of Parliament right up to The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. There are not many cities in the world with so many eclectic styles in one place and just a walk down any London street will prove this.
2) The Queen
Contrary to popular belief the Queen’s official residence is not actually Buckingham Palace. But worry not; her actual home is just a few hundred yards down the Pall Mall to St James’ Palace. This neighbors on to Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles. We can’t guarantee they will be free for a cup of tea but you never know, you may just catch a glimpse!
The English have never really been famed for their cuisine, but this is a little unfair. Sure, fish and chips may not be to everyone’s liking but since London is possibly the most global city in the world it’s cuisine is incredibly diverse and delicious. There are plenty of Michelin star restaurants in Mayfair and Kensington while each other area has it’s own cuisine. East London especially has amazing Turkish, Vietnamese, Indian and Caribbean food. So take a tour around the world with the food in London!
4)The Museums and Galleries
One of the best things about London is the huge number galleries and museums. All of which are free and house some of the most incredible art and antiquities in the world. From the British Museum in Holborn to the imposing Tate Modern on the Southbank the city will be sure to ignite your artistic and historical interests.
Not a week goes by that there aren’t a plethora of incredible events and parties happening in London. From special cinema screenings, hilarious comedy shows, cool club nights and themed events you will never be bored in the capital. East London has become the coolest destination for clubs and trendy bars, so your London tour guide will highly recommend heading there for some guaranteed escapades.
Everyone knows about London’s contribution to the music world. From Rolling Stones through The Clash, The Jam, The Who and Sex Pistols. On any given night you are guaranteed to be able to catch some live music from the bigger establishments such as Brixton Academy or the huge O2 Arena. But also try and visit the small intimate venues in Soho; you will quickly understand why London has cemented its place in music history.
With over 400 green spaces in the City of London alone you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to picnic locations in London. The beautiful Greenwich park is home to the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum; Kew offers the Royal Botanic Gardens and Victoria Park and the surrounding Village brings you the best East London has on offer. The list is endless and will provide you with some stunning scenery and perfect walks.
Street fashion in London is well regarded as a step ahead of the rest of the world. Chances are with a bit of people watching in East London and you will be guaranteed to spot some trends that will be on the catwalks in the coming seasons. To try and grab a bit of London style for yourself good shopping spots include Brick Lane, Spitalfields, Covent Garden and Carnaby Street.
The main galleries in London are well known (see point 4!) however the larger galleries are just the beginning of London’s art scene. Independent galleries are scattered all across the capital from Pace London in Soho to the Whitechapel Gallery in East London. Then there’s the street art; in East London you can sign up for walking tours taking in all the best graffiti art in the capital.
10) The Theatre
The West End is world famous for some of the most successful musicals and plays to ever tread the boards. But then there’s The Globe Theatre, the spiritual home for any Shakespeare enthusiast. Absorb the authentic Tudor experience and witness some of the best plays to ever grace the stage.
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