Visit London: Home to History, Art, Culture, and Entertainment
Boasting historic landmarks, contemporary entertainment, world-class shopping, and picturesque green spaces, London, England is one of the most popular cities in the world. With so many places to visit, so many sights to see, and so many things to do, it’s not hard to see why this celebrated city proves alluring to visitors from across the globe.
Where to Stay in London
When looking for places to stay in London, you’ll find no shortage of options. Hotel rooms come in all shapes and sizes, while private apartments, hostels, and guest houses are all available. Accommodation can be found across the city, from central London all the way to the suburbs, with many options amassed around the city’s main transport hubs, including King’s Cross, Victoria, Paddington, and Heathrow Airport.
Travellers looking for cost effective lodgings may wish to consider a bed and breakfast (B&B or the oft searched moniker ‘bnb’). Typically tucked away from the main roads and the general hubbub of the city, B&Bs are noted for their comfortable accommodations and personal customer service. With breakfast included, you won’t begin your day on an empty stomach either.
Vacation in London Any Time of Year
London is a hive of activity 365 days a year, playing host to residents, workers, day-trippers, vacationers, and business travellers alike. The city seemingly never stops and, as such, makes for an ideal holiday destination at any time of the year.
Understandably, things tend to be busiest during school holidays, particularly the summer holidays (July-August), when millions of visitors descend on the city, so if you’re looking to avoid the masses – as much as this is possible in a city as busy as this one – you may prefer to book your London trip during schooltime.
The capital city regularly hosts special events that attract large crowds, with notables including: the Chelsea Flower Show (mid-May), an exhibition of world-class gardens; Notting Hill Carnival (late-August), a colourful and lively street festival; and the BFI London Film Festival (October), showcasing the best new films from across the globe. Meanwhile, some of the biggest names in music can be seen gracing stages across London’s major parks during the summer months.
While the chance of snow may be a longshot, London in the wintertime is still an impressive affair. From the abundant illuminations adorning Regent Street and Oxford Street to the Christmas market snaking along the South Bank, there’s plenty of festive spirit on display, not to mention hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts. And come New Year’s Eve, the city’s fireworks display is one to remember.
Things to do in London
Wondering what to do in London? Top of any list of London attractions has to be the many historic landmarks dotted around the city. A must-see itinerary for first-time visitors is sure to include the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Palace of Westminster, and Buckingham Palace, all architectural treasures that have wowed visitors for hundreds of years.
History buffs can further enhance their visit with a trip to the British Museum or Natural History Museum, while art lovers should seek out the National Gallery and Tate Modern. London theatre also proves to be world-renowned, with the West End’s hundreds of venues offering everything from comedy and tragedy to musicals and experimental theatre.
Visitors looking to swap the bustle of the city for sprawling green spaces will find Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath to be relaxing and refreshing. Meanwhile, the views on offer from Greenwich Park and Primrose Hill are remarkable, to say the least. Speaking of views, the London Eye and the Shard both offer their own impressive aerial panoramas.
Of course, there are numerous places in London to enjoy a spot of retail therapy, too. From Oxford Street’s flagship stores to the luxury department stores of West London, by way of the markets of Camden, Spitalfields, and Portobello Road, whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it here.
Getting Around is Easy in London
London is truly a city for every type of traveller. Couples can enjoy a romantic afternoon rowing on the Serpentine, while thrill seekers can take a speedboat trip down the River Thames. Families can visit with the animals at London Zoo, while daring souls can retrace the footsteps of England’s most notorious killer, Jack the Ripper. Afternoon tea awaits those seeking a touch of indulgence, while myriad football stadiums beckon fans of the ‘Beautiful Game’.
Whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to stay, the London Underground and the city’s other public transport links make London travel easy, putting everything you could want, or need, within easy reach.
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