The world was captivated by the 2012 Olympics and also by London and indeed the UK as a whole. London is a fascinating city packed with architectural gems, historical wonders and a lively nightlife scene too. Add in world class shopping opportunities, intriguing galleries and of course, plenty of sports and activities, and you’ve got a great city break destination on your hands!
If I asked you to name some famous landmarks I bet at least 10 would trip off your tongue – from regal Buckingham Palace to the ancient Tower of London. Then of course there’s Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and of course Westminster Abbey where Prince William recently married Catherine Middleton. We have listed our favourite Top 10 must-see London attractions as well as 3 Totally unmissable attractions in London.
Exploring London on a Budget
London is a major capital city and tourism costs can mount up but shop around for special offers and deals and you’ll soon find that London is accessible to all budgets as we detailed in our post Simple tips to explore London on a tight budget. In fact there are hundreds of Totally Free Things to do in London all year round from world famous art galleries, to wide open royal parks, to fascinating museums.
Some of most hot and happening bands are coming out of London and the UK right now and the dance music scene in particular is absolutely legendary. Get dressed up in a tuxedo or evening gown for a night of ballet or opera at one of the many theatres catch a choral performance at the Royal Albert Hall or enjoy the latest films in 3D at legendary Leicester Square. 10 Best Nights Out in London details some of the most exciting night-time locations in the capital.
Shopping in London
Thinking of shopping in London and you’ll probably think of Regent Street and of course Harrods. There’s everything here from upscale designer boutiques, highstreet favourites stocking everyday fashion staples and the quirky street markets, selling vintage hard-to-find pieces. Browse the Portobello Market in trendy Notting Hill, stock up on essential fashion at Covent Garden and shop for a bespoke suit at Savile Row at some of London’s best shopping locations.
The cultural side of London is ever changing as new influences and ideas constantly flood the city; she changes and adapts and grows. There’s always something new to try, somewhere new to go and there’s always something going on, come rain or shine! There are thousands of cultural things to do in London such as learning about the history and culture at the British Museum, watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace which has been in place for hundreds of years and watching the politicians come and go on Downing Street.
By Julie Bowman