There are many unique and exciting things to do in London. You would be hard pressed to find better anywhere in the world. Take a look below at our top 5 list, a small but exciting selection of things to do for anyone looking for a fantastic experience that will live on in your memory for years.
For an exciting new experience and unrivalled uninterrupted views of the London Skyline there is no better place than the recently opened and very popular Shard Building. This magnificent 95 story high pyramidal glass clad building is destined to become one of London’s major attractions. Standing at 310 metres tall it is not only London’s tallest construction it is also currently the tallest in Western Europe, its unique construction is recognisable throughout the world and is drawing crowds to the London Bridge Quarter set on the South bank of the River Thames. High speed lifts quickly take visitors up to the viewing platform areas on the 68 -72 floors with breath-taking views of the city and surrounding area, on clear days it’s possible to see for 40 miles in all directions. To enhance the experience of the Shard try dining in the comfort of the buildings world class restaurants and be amazed by the awesome glass atrium. Read More >
For anyone interested in marine life and fauna then visiting the London Aquarium is an exciting day out.Located on the South bank of the River Thames this attraction can’t be missed its next to the London Eye set within the County Hall building. London Aquarium houses one of Europe’s finest and largest collections of marine life in over 2 million litres of display tanks with over 500 different species for visitor’s enjoyment. Visitors can come face to face with an array of marine life with special “Behind the scenes tours “available for those who wish to broaden their knowledge of conservation programmes, breeding and fish food preparation. For a totally unforgettable and unbelievable experience join in the Aquarium’s Pacific Reef display and snorkel in the presence of 15 stunning sharks or take part in the “VIP Turtle Feeding Experience”. Read more >
Located on the South bank of the River Thames the London eye stands proudly gazing out overlooking some of London’s most famous skyline. Opened in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium the London Eye has been a huge success ever since, attracting over 3 million visitors annually. Beat the crowds and queues and spend your time wisely by investing in Fast Track Tickets which give you priority boarding, It is a huge structure towering over 135 metres high, weighing in at 330 tonnes with a diameter of 120 metres, each of the 10 tonnes glass capsules representing each of London’s boroughs comfortably hold 25 people .The wheel takes 30 minutes to rotate allowing visitors to embark and disembark without the need for stopping. Visitors are treated to amazing panoramic vistas of the London skyline with fantastic views of the nearby Houses of Parliament on the opposite bank of the River Thames, Canary Wharf, St.Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Read More >
Shakespeare's Globe Tour
For a touch of culture and history a visit to the Shakespeare Globe theatre is a must for any visitor to London, set on the south bank of the River Thames this wonderful reconstruction is a faithful replica with capacity for 3,000 people. The theatre is open all year round enabling thousands of people the opportunity to enjoy this magical monument to one of the world’s greatest poets and playwrights.
The Globe Exhibition has recently been refurbished with the opportunity for visitors to see the outrageously rich and sumptuous Elizabethan costumes and instruments used during the time of the great bard. The tour and Exhibition includes expert guides and an audio guide included in the admission price and available in a number of different languages. Read More >
Ripleys Believe it or Not
A visit to Ripleys Believe it or not is an exciting experience located in the centre of Piccadilly Circus. This American institution has been attracting and amazing visitors for decades and now this lavish exhibition of over 700 artefacts can be enjoyed in London. Purchase your tickets and be prepared to be astonished at the interactive exhibits spread over 6 floors, it truly is amazing. On display in the foyer is the featured exhibition of Optimus Prime from Transformer fame and some of the most bizarre, weird and wonderful exhibits gathered from around the world by Robert Ripley the legendary world traveller. Included in the exhibits is one of the rarest collections of shrunken heads from the Amazon, painting of the “Last Supper” amazingly painted on the wingspan of a dragonfly? a four metre model of London Bridge containing over 250,000 matchsticks, the world’s tallest man, the heaviest, the smallest, the hairiest, the largest mirror maze, the near impossible interactive Laser Race, an animated T-Rex, a knitted Ferrari containing over 12 miles of wool and new for 2013 the largest collection of Olympic Torches including the London Games Torch signed by the popular gold winning medallist Laura Trott to name but a few. Read More >
So with all of those exciting things to do in London you are sure to have a great time!!
London is a fabulous city to visit with unrivaled historical monuments, museums, culture and above all a fun lifestyle that attracts visitors from around the world to sample this fantastic energy, vibrancy and atmosphere. Below is a pretty cool selection of fun things to do in London, one of the greatest cosmopolitan capitals of the world.
British Music Experience
For all you wanna be musicians get yourself down to “Britain’s Museum of popular music” and be inspired by some of the most spectacular collection of Britain’s rich musical heritage. It’s an all-round musical experience with over 600 video clips, thousands of images and 3,000 videos by various artists that have influenced the world of pop for the last six decades. In the Gibson interactive room you will have the opportunity to play some of the finest keyboards, guitars and drums, record your own dance or music demo and see the most mind-blowing collection of British music memorabilia including Roger Daltrey’s Woodstock outfit, David Bowies Ziggy Stardust and Ashes to Ashes costumes, Noel Gallagher’s Union Jack guitar and one of the late Amy Winehouse dress. It’s a real cool and fun thing do to for any music fan, a one off and truly mind-blowing experience that you will never want to forget. Read More >
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of in excess of 3000 acres of beautifully prepared landscaped gardens, botanical glasshouses and exciting exhibitions. Located on a bend on the majestic River Thames in the South West of London this popular attraction’s never fails to impress with the world’s largest collection of living plants, the “Princess of Wales Conservatory” the beautifully constructed wrought iron “Palm House” a variety of Alpine plants, the stunning Rhododendron dell, the amazing Azalea collection, lilac garden the Oriental bamboo and fern collections, the list goes on and on. If you fancy seeing the gardens from a different aspect take to the trees with the recently opened “Treetop Walk” suspended 18 metres up in the treetop canopy or visit the quaint Dutch style “Kew Palace” or the delightful “Queens Charlotte’s Cottage. Read More >
For over 200 years Madame Tassauds has been attracting millions of visitors through its doors attracted by the ever changing exhibitions. Some of the original exhibits are on display and still amazing visitors, including the Guillotine that beheaded Marie Antoinette, gruesome death masks used during the French Revolution and the oldest exhibition on display the 1763 “Sleeping Beauty” a breathing likeness of Madame du Barry, Louis XV's mistress. There are of course plenty of more up-to-date features and exhibits and visitors these days are allowed to get up real close and personnel with their favourite celebrities, movie stars, historical icons and sporting legends. There are even some interactive exhibits such as Brad Pitt with his squeezable posterior and super model Kate Moss who you can pose with for a fashion magazine shoot. The majority of attractions on display are
fully accessible to disabled visitors and staff are available to assist with transporting guests with disabilities between the different levels via a suitably designed lift. Read More >
For a great fun filled day out London Zoo should be high on your list of places to visit. One of the highlights of any visit is a trip down to the interactive Indonesian Sumatran Tiger enclosure; here you have the opportunity to experience one of the worlds most beautiful but deadly predator’s separated by just the thickness of a single sheet of glass. This newly constructed enclosure of 2,500 sqm has been designed specifically for the benefit and conservation of the tigers and to give the visitor the most amazing encounter possible. Other top quality attractions at the zoo include a large colony of Humbold Penguins made famous by a recent hit TV programme, watch them feed in the largest penguin pool in the country at the new Penguin beach Exhibit. One of the other must see attractions is London’s only living rainforest exhibit complete with Gorilla Kingdom, here you have the privilege to see the majestic but endangered colony of Western Lowland Gorillas. On entering the colorful African aviary you see the amazingly vibrant coloured birds that share the rainforest environment with man’s closest living relatives. There’s lot more to see and do including informative talks carried out by the experienced zoo staff, animal demonstrations, animal feeding and the opportunity to come face to face with a selection of animals at the “Amphitheatre with Animals in Action” exhibit. Read More >
Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea
One of the most quintessential of English traditions is taking “Afternoon Tea” and one of the finest places to enjoy this experience is at recently refurbished and renamed “The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon” at the world famous Fortnum and Mason department store. The store is rich in history dating back to 1707 founded by one of Queen Anne’s footmen, William Fortnum. In those early years the store excelled at selling rare spices and teas and this tradition is still on going to this date in the luxury food hall. The store proudly holds several Royal Warrants which are reviewed on a regular basis so you can rest assure of the quality of the afternoon tea served. On arrival you will be escorted to the elegant surroundings of the “The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon” with its comfy sofas, choice of dining tables with beautiful panoramic views of Piccadilly and relaxing music played by the store pianist. Here you will be served with a splendid selection of teas, luxury sandwiches, pastries and fresh scones, preserves and clotted cream. Read More >
So with all of those fun things to do in London you are sure to have a great time!!
London is one of the most cosmopolitan and romantic cities in the world, steeped in history, culture, wonderful architect and full of vibrancy. It’s easy to find romantic things to do in London from simple walks in one of the many parks or along the riverbank, to picnics for two, candlelit dinners or a myriad of shows are available to choose from in the West End. Here are just a few suggestions of the endless opportunities for a touch of romance in one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Thames Dinner Cruise
One of the most romantic ways to view the sites of London is a cruise along the River Thames with spectacular views of many of London’s finest attractions. To add extra dimensions to this wonderful and unforgettable experience try a night-time dinner cruise. This is a sophisticated and romantic night time occasion so no casuals or leisurewear it’s a definite smart dress code for ladies and gentlemen. There are a number of companies offering this memorable and unique experience and one of the premier ones is Bateaux London with years of expertise. They offer numerous options to accommodate most budgets with the “Classic Thames Dinner Cruise” being an excellent choice with a welcome drink, a four course a la carte menu, live band and a two and three quarter hour cruise along the River Thames to Canary Wharf and return cruise. For that extra special romantic occasion impress your partner with the ultimate dinner cruise experience the “Elite Thames Dinner Cruise” package with all of the above plus champagne, after dinner liqueur and the best window tables with clear uninterrupted views. Read More >
London’s West End
For a fabulous and romantic day out visit the West End of London with its great selection of quality shopping facilities, Regent Street, Oxford Street and Bond Street are amongst the best and most famous shopping areas of London and are particularly romantic over the Christmas period. There’s so much to do and see with all the top class entertainment available around Leicester Square and Covent Garden with a plethora of cinemas, nightclubs, romantic restaurants and of course to really impress your partner a visit to one of the many theatres showing top class productions. Show your partner your romantic side and book one of the plethora of great shows for romance Mama Mia, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Ghost The Musical or for the ultimate in sophistication La Bayadere at the Royal Opera House. Read More >
Full Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House
For sure taking Afternoon Tea with your partner at the world famous Grosvenor House can’t fail to impress them. Imagine how delighted and special they will feel when you arrive outside the historic Grosvenor House Hotel normally frequented by business leaders, celebrities and royalty. On arrival you will be shown to the Library and The Park Room to await your award winning afternoon tea service. This is one of the most quintessential British traditions available to be taken in the elegance and charm of the Grosvenor House Hotel with a tranquil and pleasant atmosphere with comfy sofas, live piano and sophisticated flower displays. Afternoon teas available consist of choice of teas, selection of finger sandwiches, French pastries, cream puffs; buttermilk scones with Cornish strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream and for that extra touch of romance select a Champagne afternoon tea. Also available between Monday –Friday is a West Country Cream Tea selection. Read More >
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours
** A Mans Perspective**
You know when you want some brownie points from your partner so you purchase a box of their favourite chocolates? Surely I can't be the first :-) Watching on while rubbing your hands (might even be an evil laugh in there somewhere!) and counting your brownie points as they moan and groan their way through the box in sheer ecstasy, well can you imagine what a chocolate tour would do to your points balance? You guessed it you just hit the brownie points jackpot, Vegas style!!
Click here to see what different options are available to suit your budget. Be warned though these tours are seriously addictive ranging from 2 and half hours to all-day chocoholic spectaculars. Learn all about what makes chocolate so irresistible and tasty and get the opportunity to taste many award winning chocolates. Also available are a number of hand crafted chocolate beauty products made from cocoa butter - not for eating - but they will certainly make your loved one feel and look beautiful. Even if you don't want to go now make sure to bookmark this page, trust me it's good to have it in your locker.....Ka-Ching!! Read More >
West End Show and Dinner Combinations
There’s one thing sure to impress your loved one, a West End Show! Want to really impress them? Then go to a West End Show with a delicious dinner thrown in as well. To expensive I hear you moan, not at all. The majority of the West End Shows and musicals have special offers available which work out extremely good for anyone trying to impress a loved one on a tight budget. Click here to see what is available, you will be pleasantly surprised as will your partner when you turn up for a meal in the West End followed by one of the many blockbuster shows. There’s no need to worry about reservations at restaurants and theatres, it’s all arranged and included in the price of your combination ticket guaranteeing you don’t miss out on the opening scene or a tasty meal.
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So with all of those romantic things to do in London you are sure to have a great time!!
Visiting London for a few days with friends? Have a little spare time to hand after viewing all the usual attractions? Then why not try one of the most challenging different things to do in London, the “Monopoly Pub Crawl” and see London in a totally different light. It’s an exciting and enjoyable undertaking but one that should be undertaken with a certain degree of responsibility, after all there are a total of 26 pubs to visit that take you on a route that remains faithful to the “Monopoly Board Game”. Otherwise your mates could make the top of your head look like a face!!!
For the novice drinker the route is best enjoyed over a number of days and broken down into sections as per the board but for the more accomplished drinkers it’s possible to race around the route taking in half a pint at each pub and still be standing at the end of it all. Top Tip: If attempting the route on a single day consider half's not pints, also please don’t forget to eat plenty and drink lots of water and above all stay safe as the night draws in when crossing the busy roads.
To cover the 26 pubs scattered around London requires a reasonable amount of useful sobering up time travelling between the different venues so it’s best to purchase a ZONE 1-2 Travelcard. The Railway Stations are optional because they divert you off the preferred route and you may run out of time if attempting to go around the board in one visit. Checkout the attached link for the best Monopoly Pub Crawl Route.
Let the fun and adventure start and where else or better than first one on the board Old Kent Road and a visit to The George situated on Tower Bridge Road close to Old Kent Road this pub opens at 10.30 on Saturday especially to give you a flying start on the pub crawl. To get around the first section of the board requires visits to The Aldgate Exchange at Whitechapel, The Duke of York known previously as Coopers at the optional Kings Cross Station onto The Old Red Lion at The Angel Islington and The O’Neills on Euston Road. There’s little time to catch your breath and then back on the road to the last one on the first straight The Castle on Pentonville Road.
Well that’s the first section completed go past the “Jail” and onto Pall Mall and the first on this section of the board The Red Lion a small and cosy relaxing pub with a nice selection of beers. There’s a lot of drinking to be had on this section with visits to The Lord Moon of the Mall at Whitehall, The Sherlock Holmes at Northumberland Avenue, The Victoria & Albert at Marylebone Station, The Marquess of Anglesey at Bow Street, O'Neills on Marlborough Street and last on this section The Leicester Arms located near to Vine Street or the alternative The Warwick. Selection of beers on offer on this section include Budweiser Budvar, Youngs Bitter, Oregon Amber, and Youngs Special, Black Sheep, Greene King IPA, London Pride, Waggledance, Boddingtons, Sherlock Holmes Ales, Flowers Original, and Old Speckled Hen,
Congratulations you made it to the top of the board, now is a good time to call it a day if you have been drinking pints especially if you have more spare time to complete the challenge tomorrow. If you feel the need for a lay down, don't do it in the street, take a look at some of our partners budget hotels in London instead! However if you have took it steady, paced yourself and drank half’s instead of pints you just might make it all the way round!
So off we go first port of call is The Wellington on The Strand it is quite a busy place with a long thin bar, if the weather is nice it’s the ideal venue for sitting outside and enjoying your drink before moving on to Fleet Street and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese a quaint old pub dating back to 1667. Onwards to Trafalgar Square and the Halfway to Heaven pub for another top up before continuing to another of the optional drinking holes The Fen at Fenchurch Station. Still feeling OK? Cool well lets keep going onto the last three at the top of the board The Moon Under Water at Leicester Square, The Comedy on Coventry Street and Biagio at Piccadilly. Be careful and don’t get too boisterous, bear in mind you are right next to “Go To Jail” you have been warned! Favourite tipples available on this section are Selection of Youngs, Old Speckled Hen, Bass, London Pride, Sam Smith’s Old Brewery Bitter, Theakstons XB, Courage and a cocktail bar at Biagio .
If you managed to make it this far you are on the last leg of this mammoth adventure and will probably stagger to the finishing post. Places and pubs to look forward to on this final straight are All Bar One in Regent Street, just off Oxford Street try The Spread Eagle, or The Last Bid both in Woodstock Street and swiftly on if you can manage it into Bond Street and the Hogshead. Now at this point if you are attempting the optional stations it’s time to divert to Liverpool Street Station and the ornately decorated Hamilton Hall. Keep going the finishing line is within your grasp but by now time will be running out especially if you took in all the stations. Drag those weary and dysfunctional legs for a little longer onto Park Lane and The Rose & Crown, down your drinks ladies and gentlemen with heads held high teeter into Mayfair and the Ye Grapes located at Shepherd's Market a lovely old pub to finish this the greatest drinking challenge in London. Drinks available on this section, although at this stage you probably won’t care or taste the difference are London Pride, Greene King IPA, Bombardier, Courage, William Younger’s Scotch Ale, Old Thumper, Doom Bar, Abbots Ale, and Theakston Best.
Congratulations to all who have freely taken part in this the greatest of challenges; you have unknowingly just become a Legend in your own Right! Definitely one of the best different things to do in London, ensuring a good time had by all!!
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OK, so what are the Top 5 Cool Things To Do in London? After you have had your fill of the usual visitor attractions, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Pauls Cathedral, The London Eye, The Tower of London, The Royal Parks, The Mall, Buckingham Palace etc. How about taking part in some really cool things to do in London? Cool and trendy activities such as a Medieval Banquet, Jack The Ripper Tour, Harry Potter Tour, Adventure at the O2 and a pretty cool British Musical Experience.
If you’re feeling hungry after visiting Tower Bridge or The Tower of London why not have a little fun and reserve tickets for a right royal banquet “Medieval Style” located within easy reach of both of the above venues. Join in with your Master of ceremonies King Henry VIII everyone’s favourite medieval King accept for his dear beloved wives of course. Come and enjoy this lavish medieval feast in the banqueting hall set amongst vaulted cellars, flickering torches, knights in shining armour and minstrels playing” ye olde Ballards’. The medieval banquet includes a tasty and fulsome English four course traditional meal with limitless beer and wine all served by a bevy of bewitching serving wenches, for those not fond of meat fear not for the cooks are skilled in the art of vegetarian cuisine. After your meal sit back and enjoy the entertainment from the past with the court of some of England’s finest and best loved characters, get involved in the merriment , music, dancing and watch the spectacular magical display laid on for your amusement. Read More >
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
Have you ever been intrigued by the gruesome story of “Jack The Ripper “well who hasn’t. The stories of the unsolved mysteries behind this ghastly character are for ever told in the Whitechapel area of London and you now have the opportunity to see for yourselves where these heinous crimes where committed on those poor defenceless women. It still remains one of the most notorious unsolved murder mysteries anywhere in the world, this blood thirsty, gruesome and macabrely fascinating tale began in 1888 in the early hours of 31st August when a passer-by stumbled across the mutilated body of murdered East End Prostitute Mary Ann Nichols, she was the first victim of five before Jack disappeared never to be caught or identified. Read More >
Warner Brothers Studio Tour – Harry Potter
For something really cool and different on a visit to London you have the opportunity to visit the Harry Potter film set with the very popular Warner Bros. Studio Tour. This exciting tour takes you on a walking tour behind the scenes made so famous by the Harry Potter movie franchise; you get to see many of the wonderful film sets, props and costumes used by Harry and his friends. You can experience the atmosphere of the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, the cobbled street of Diagon Alley with the memorable Ollivanders Wand Shop, Eeylops Owl Emporium, Weasleys Wizard Cheeses and so much more. You can see how the magical creatures in the film series are brought to life with a visit to the special effects department with life sized models, animatronics, and green screen effects. Please note that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is only available as an inclusive package including coach transport. Read More >
Up at the O2
Would you fancy seeing the O2 from a completely different aspect whilst at the same time seeing the capital like you have never seen it before? Well the good news is you can with this thrilling 90 minute adventure taking you across and on top of the O2 roof. Adventurers are briefed by fully trained technicians before being kitted out with shoes, safety harnesses and bespoke climbing suits, once fully kitted out and suitably briefed off you go to base camp ready to start your climb. This challenge is suitable for anyone over 10 years of age and who is reasonably fit with a sense of adventure. In groups of no more than 30 you are guided to a central viewing platform suspended between the O2 distinguishing yellow masts for outstanding 360 degree vistas of The Shard, Canary Wharf, The Olympic Park, The Thames Barrier and so much more.
Important Info: Weight restriction of 21 stone/286lbs applies and once you start the climb there is no turning back so be sure before you commit to the adventure that you are up for the challenge. Including briefing the O2 adventure takes approximately 2 hours. Read More >
British Music Experience
For all you wanna be musicians get yourself down to “Britain’s Museum of popular music” and be inspired by some of the most spectacular collection of Britain’s rich musical heritage. It’s an all-round musical experience with over 600 video clips, thousands of images and 3,000 videos by various artist that have influenced the world of pop for the last six decades. In the Gibson interactive room you will have the opportunity to play some of the finest keyboards, guitars and drums, record your own dance or music demo and see the most mind-blowing collection of British music memorabilia including Roger Daltrey’s Woodstock outfit, David Bowies Ziggy Stardust and Ashes to Ashes costumes, Noel Gallagher’s Union Jack guitar and one of the late Amy Winehouse dress. It’s a real cool thing do to for any music fan, a one off and truly mind-blowing experience that you will never want to forget. Read More >
So with all of those cool things to do in London you are sure to have a great time!!
Are there really any cheap things to do in London?
For sure London has earned itself the reputation of being an expensive tourist destination, and to be honest for the most part that is justified! but with a little planning and foresight it doesn't have to be. There is plenty to see and do without the necessity of breaking the bank, take a look below at some of our readers favourite cheap things to do in London. London is now one of the world’s greatest cosmopolitan cities, let us show you how to enjoy it with only some loose change in your pocket!
Taking the Bus
There are plenty of open-topped buses in London used for sightseeing tours of the capital but they don’t come cheap with many of them costing in excess of £20 per ticket so for a family of four in can turn out quite an expensive day out. Here’s the good news you can see exactly the same sights and monuments for a fraction of the cost, under £2 per person. Starting out at Liverpool Street in the north eastern quadrant of the City of London the number 11 Bus winds its way through the busy London streets all the way down to Fulham Broadway located in the South west of the city. For the price of purchasing your "Oyster Card” (under £1.20 per single journey) that’s a remarkable bargain allowing you to see most of London’s popular attractions, King’s Road, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Strand, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Fleet Street and Buckingham Palace and all for a fraction of the cost of the open topped tour buses.
Changing the Guard
One of London’s premier “Free “attractions is the Changing the Guard ceremony also known as Guard Mounting and the exchanges occur precisely at 11.30am each morning from May to July and on every other day throughout the remaining part of the year. It’s a colourful ceremony with the guards in their Red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats exchanging positions it is a tradition steeped in history and has certain criteria to adhere to. The “Queen’s Guard” is divided into two detachments, firstly the Buckingham Palace Detachment who’s responsibility it is for guarding and defending Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace Detachment responsible for guarding St. James’s Palace. The Guardsmen honored with this duty are drawn from one of five regiments of the Foot Guards from the British Army, The Irish Guards, The Scots Guards, The Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and the most well known the “Grenadier Guards”.
Free views of London
If on a budget there are other options available to get great panoramic views of London’s popular landmarks without having to resort to expensive trips to the Shard Building or The London Eye. Scattered around London are some free options to enjoy the views from such as Greenwich Park made world famous by the recent London 2012 Olympic located on top of a hill this 183 acre Royal Park with its herd of Red and Fallow deer’s offer stunning vistas across the River Thames to St Pauls Cathedral and into the far distance. Located in one of the more exclusive residential areas of London at an altitude of 256 feet is the quaintly named Primrose Hill on the northern edge of Regent’s Park with beautiful views of Hampstead, Belize Park and central London with the BT tower being easily discernible in the distance. Parliament Hill located in the south-east corner of the popular Hampstead Heath is located at an altitude of 322 feet offering surprisingly excellent views of Canary Wharf and the City of London.
The Royal Parks
London is home to no less than 8 Royal Parks which are free to the public to visit all year round Hyde Park, The Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens, St James Park, Bushy Park, Green Park, Richmond Park and the oldest of all the Royal Parks Greenwich Park. The parks are well groomed open spaces which are ideal for summer picnics and offer miles of green and safe routes for cyclists to take through some of the capitals most attractive spots. They are superb places to go walking in to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life but yet are within a short distance of many of the most popular attractions that draw the tourists to London. There’s always some event or activities going on throughout the year whether it be pond dipping for grown-ups, guided walks, discovery days, nature watch, the musical extravaganza of “Beating Retreat” at Horse Guards Parade on the edge of St James Park played out by the massed bands of the Household Division and so much more.
After a long day sightseeing you will be feeling pretty hungry, but where can you go for a reasonably priced meal? You can head for the 4 or 5 star establishments that will charge ridiculous and outrageous prices or you can seek out cheaper budget alternatives and one of best is “The Real Greek” restaurant chain with six inexpensive alternatives scattered around the city at Marylebone, Bankside, Westfield Stratford City, Spitafields, Covent Garden and Westfield. They all offer affordable Eastern Mediterranean cuisine within a relaxed and chilled atmosphere with superb levels of service and special promotions which are frequently updated, you can enjoy a two course meal for only £10 per person during the Spring or Offer of the month where two people can dine for £15 with a choice of 2 soups, 1 side to share and 3 meze. The restaurant also offers an incredible 25% discount off the food bill for students and for cinema lovers’ 50% discount off food bills available every Wednesday on the presentation of a valid cinema ticket.
So with all of those cheap things to do in London you are sure to have a great time!!
So what are some of the the best things to do in London! We have compiled a short list to help you make the most of your trip to the capital. Scroll down the page and click on any of the attractions " Read More >" tabs to find out all available details for your favoured attractions. Where tickets are available you can book them directly through our secure payment system, at the lowest prices found online.
The best things to do in London
Since the 17th century Kensington Palace has been the household to the British Monarchy and is still used by members of the Royal Household today including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the royal entourage. One of the palaces most admired residents was the late Princess Diana and an exhibition of the “Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection” contains many of the fabulous evening gowns made famous by her. Queen Victoria was born at the palace and it was her childhood dwelling for many years and in tribute to her there is “Victoria Revealed” a permanent exhibition with excerpts from her private journals, works of art and personal articles. Tours of this very popular British institution take in Queen Victoria’s Apartments and the fabulous State Apartments with their luxurious fittings and the Sunken Gardens designed for Queen Anne to entertain court during her extravagant reign. Read More >
Thames Dinner Cruise
One of best ways to view the sites of London is a cruise along the River Thames with spectacular views of many of London’s finest attractions. To add extra dimensions to this wonderful and unforgettable experience try a night-time dinner cruise. This is a sophisticated night time occasion so no casuals or leisurewear it’s a definite smart dress code for ladies and gentlemen. There are a number of companies offering this memorable and unique experience and one of the premier ones is Bateaux London with years of expertise. They offer numerous options to accommodate most budgets with the “Classic Thames Dinner Cruise” being an excellent choice with a welcome drink, a four course a la carte menu, live band and a two and three quarter hour cruise along the River Thames to Canary Wharf and return cruise. For the ultimate dinner cruise try the “Elite Thames Dinner Cruise” package with all of the above plus champagne, after dinner liqueur and the best window tables with clear uninterrupted views. Read More >
For undoubtedly the finest uninterrupted vistas of the London Skyline there is no better place than the recently opened and very popular Shard Building. This magnificent 95 story high pyramidal glass clad building is destined to become one of London’s major attractions. Standing at 310 metres tall it is not only London’s tallest construction it is also currently the tallest in Western Europe, its unique construction is recognisable throughout the world and is drawing crowds to the London Bridge Quarter set on the South bank of the River Thames. High speed lifts quickly take visitors up to the viewing platform areas on the 68 -72 floors with breath-taking views of the city and surrounding area, on clear days it’s possible to see for 40 miles in all directions. To enhance the experience of the Shard try dining in the comfort of the buildings world class restaurants and be amazed by the awesome glass atrium. Read More >
The British Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London with approaching six million visitors flooding through its doors into the Covered Great Court before dispersing in all directions. It is home to one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of humanities culture and history covering thousands of years. On display are vast collections of priceless artefacts numbering in excess of 8 million objects that have been gathered over the centuries since it was founded in 1753.The permanent collection which is free to view is enhanced by the addition of specialist items exhibited in paid exhibitions. There are outstanding displays of Roman, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Greek, and European with world famous exhibits such as the “Rosetta Stone” and the much disputed “Elgin marbles”. The museum is investing £135 million to ensure it remains one of the most outstanding museums in the world and enhancing the visitor’s experience. Read More >
Over one million visitors are drawn to West Minster Abbey attracted by over one thousand years of history. The current grand Gothic construction was begun by King Henry III in 1245 and his a stunning building with its stained glass windows, textiles, paintings and various other priceless artefacts. Within its boundaries are over 3000 bodies of some of the nation’s most important people including 17 monarchs and a medieval shrine to an Anglo-Saxon saint centred at the Abbeys Heart. The collection of monumental sculptures, memorials and tombs make it the most important single collection in the country. West Minster Abbey has had a long and illustrious connection to the monarchy with it being the coronation church of choice since 1066.National important events and anniversaries are marked by the ringing of the Abbeys bells, a full peal can take over three hours to complete. Read More >
In our opinion these are some of the best things to do in London, enjoy!!
London! One of the world’s greatest and largest cosmopolitan cities with lots of attractions and places to go. We have compiled a list of the best 10 things to do in London to help you make the most of your trip away. Scroll down the page and click on any of the attractions " Read More >" tabs to find your favoured attractions on Google map. Where tickets are available you can book them directly through our secure payment system, at the lowest prices found online. There are 100's of things to do when visiting the capital, however in our eyes these have to be the best 10 things to do in London!!
1. Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of in excess of 3000 acres of beautifully prepared landscaped gardens, botanical glasshouses and exciting exhibitions. Located on a bend on the majestic River Thames in the South West of London this popular attraction’s never fails to impress with the world’s largest collection of living plants, the “Princess of Wales Conservatory” the beautifully constructed wrought iron “Palm House” a variety of Alpine plants, the stunning Rhododendron dell, the amazing Azalea collection, lilac garden the Oriental bamboo and fern collections the list goes on and on. If you fancy seeing the gardens from a different aspect take to the trees with the recently opened “Treetop Walk” suspended 18 metres up in the treetop canopy or visit the quaint Dutch style “Kew Palace” or the delightful “Queens Charlotte’s Cottage. Read more >
2. Tower Of London
This premier London attraction is sited on the North Bank of the River Thames and dates back to the times of “William the Conqueror “.The tower has stood firm for over one thousand years and in its illustrious past served as a prison for the unfortunate few and a place of execution, a royal palace, and above all a fortress for the British Monarchy. It is a complex amalgamation of many structures and towers added too over the many centuries by a variety of Monarchs, one of the best known and most notorious was King Henry VIII. Due to the variety of constructions and varying displays the tower gives multiple opportunities for different tours to see such remarkable artifacts such as the unforgettable “Crown Jewels” locked away deep in the vaults of the tower, St. Edwards Crown, Sword and Scepter, the restored chambers, amazing weaponry and also see the colourful Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters). Read More >
A must see attraction if visiting London is the largest occupied castle in the world, Windsor castle stands out proudly amongst some of England’s finest countryside some 30 minutes train journey from Paddington Station. This amazing castle was nearly lost to the world with a devastating fire in 1992 which came close to destroying over 900 years of irreplaceable British heritage and history. A multi-million pound restoration programme quickly followed which restored this grand and regal place to its former glory. Many parts of the castle are opened for public viewing including the lavishly furnished State Apartments with works of art from the Royal Collection including masterpieces by the renowned artists Rubens, Van Dyck, Holbein and many more. There is much to see and do including stunning views of the grounds enjoyed from the mighty ramparts, the Albert memorial Chapel, Queen Mary’s stupendous “Doll House” and St. Georges Chapel. Read More >
Located on the South bank of the River Thames this attraction can’t be missed its next to the London Eye set within the County Hall building. London Aquarium houses one of Europe’s finest and largest collections of marine life in over 2 million litres of display tanks with over 500 different species for visitor’s enjoyment. Visitors can come face to face with an array of marine life with special “Behind the scenes tours “available for those who wish to broaden their knowledge of conservation programmes, breeding and fish food preparation. For a totally unforgettable and unbelievable experience join in the Aquarium’s Pacific Reef display and snorkel in the presence of 15 stunning sharks or take part in the “VIP Turtle Feeding Experience”. Read More >
5. St Paul's Cathedral
St. Pauls, Cathedral embodies the heritage and spiritual life of the British nation and is an iconic highlight of the London skyline with its 65,000 tonnes dome one of the world’s largest. For over 14 centuries there has been a cathedral on the same site and in 1675 the renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren designed the current Cathedral with its magnificent dome, underground crypt, the ornate nave and various chapels for worship. The nave is a breath-taking part of the Cathedral has you enter through the doors and walk along the central portion towards the awe inspiring dome over 111 metres tall. The crypt is where you will find the resting place of many of the nation’s most famous people who have greatly contributed to the life of the nation. After the tour pay a visit to the Cathedral shop to purchase a memento of your visit with various souvenirs, postcards, books, prints, religious merchandise and beautifully crafted jewellery. Read More >
During the summer months Buckingham Palace opens its gates to allow the public the opportunity to tour this most splendid of British monuments. The palace is extremely popular not only amongst British followers of the monarchy but also with many millions of visitors from around the world who are fascinated by the very concept in today’s modern world. There are a number of different tours available but this year is extra special with an exhibition marking the Queens 60th anniversary with
Coronation robes, uniforms and dresses worn on that momentous occasion, also on exhibition are some of her majesties finest personal jewellery and priceless works of art. Not to be missed are a tour of the nineteen grand state rooms, furnished with sumptuous fittings, sculptures, fine works of art, the finest porcelain and stunning chandeliers, these rooms are often seen on TV when members of the royal family greet heads of state from around the world. A visit to the palace would be incomplete without a tour of the magnificent palace gardens and visitors shops and garden café. Read More >
7. London Eye
Located on the South bank of the River Thames the London eye stands proudly gazing out overlooking some of London’s most famous skyline. Opened in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium the London Eye has been a huge success ever since attracting over 3 million visitors annually. It is a huge structure towering over 135 metres high, weighing in at 330 tonnes with a diameter of 120 metres, each of the 10 tonnes glass capsules representing each of London’s boroughs comfortably hold 25 people .The wheel takes 30 minutes to rotate allowing visitors to embark and disembark without the need for stopping. Visitors are treated to amazing panoramic vistas of the London skyline with fantastic views of the nearby Houses of Parliament on the opposite bank of the River Thames, Canary Wharf, St.Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Read More >
Located in the heart of the city is one of London’s most popular historic places for people gathering. At it’s very core is the 200 foot tall tribute to one of Britain’s best known military heroes” Lord Nelson’s Column” celebrating his famous victory over the French at the “Battle of Trafalgar Square”. The column is protected on all sides by four imposing bronze statues a favourite location for visitors to take photographs and a number of sculptures and statues, fountains and of course the resplendent Victorian National gallery. The square is a vibrant location which is at the hub of the famous London bus network; it is very popular for cultural events, political demonstrations and special celebrations such as the Chinese New year and St. Patrick’s Day. To get a real feel of what it’s like to be a Londoner you must visit the square and immerse yourself in its fabulous and unforgettable atmosphere. Read More >
9. China Town
If visiting Trafalgar Square you should also spend a little time in the nearby China Town located in the vibrant Soho area of London, since the 1960’s the Chinese community have settled here transforming the area into a colourful display of all things Oriental with Chinese gates, Chinese Supermarket a Pavilion and over fifty restaurants offering the finest of Chinese cuisine. China Town is not only about the restaurants it’s about the community that live and work in the area with its cultural links back to British Colony of Hong Kong where many of the families originated from. One of the most amazing times to visit is during the Chinese New Year celebrations when the streets come alive with the most colourful of displays with dance, acrobatics, firecrackers and of course
“Chinese Dragons”. Read More >
10. Tower Bridge
One of London’s most iconic and practical structures is the Tower Bridge built between 1886 -1894 this suspension and drawbridge construction comprises of two huge towers joined at its upper level by two horizontal walkways. It is located close to one of London’s other premier attractions the “Tower of London”, it is very popular with tourist and Londoners alike with over 40,000 motorists, cyclist and pedestrians using it on a daily basis. There’s always lots of activity going on around the bridge itself with jazz bands, market stalls, theatres and food festivals. There’s plenty to see in the tower with four distinctive venues, the high level walkways where you get stunning views of the Thames and surrounding area, the Victorian Engine Rooms where you can learn about the inner workings of the bridge and the sumptuous North Tower Lounge and the Bridge master’s Dining Room. Read More >
Visiting any of those top 10 things to do in London you are sure to have a great time!!
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships offering just one of many enjoyable things to do in London this summer
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2013
Commencing 24th June until July 7th 2013 the 127th Wimbledon championship will be played out on the hallowed grass courts of London SW19. Since its humble beginnings in 1877 the championship tournament has gone from strength to strength and now attracts crowds approaching half a million each year with many more millions glued to the TV to watch the world’s greatest players do battle, Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray, Williams, Sharapova, Azarenka and Li to name but a few and many more from over 60 competing nations.
Wimbledon is considered by many to be the greatest prize on the tennis circuit and the only one out of the four Grand Slam Tennis tournaments to still be played on the original and hardest surface to master, grass which established the name of “Lawn Tennis”. For two weeks in summer the tennis circuit comes to town and huge crowds attracted by the tournaments greatest talents flock to see their heroes. It’s a very good natured affair with respect for all players and a little extra cheering for the home grown talent which has blossomed in recent times.
Obtaining tickets for this great tournament for the avid tennis fans begins in August with the application for a ballot paper which must be completed and returned by year end with the draw taking place in early February and the lucky supporters are informed of their good fortune. Of course if you wish to avoid the lottery of the public ballot and avoid queuing there are other ways of guaranteeing seeing the top stars it all depends on how devoted you are to the sport and also how deep your pockets are.
For the dedicated followers of all things Wimbledon it’s possible to pre-book one of the numerous organised Official tours laid on by the All England Lawn Tennis Club. All tours include the official programme, entrance to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and behind the scenes guided tours by official Blue Badge guardians who take you to see the more exclusive areas as well as the more recognisable areas made fashionable by TV coverage. The ultimate Wimbledon Tour and a once in a lifetime experience is the “Two Day Final Tour” tailored specifically for fans wishing to experience the tension and atmosphere of both the Ladies and Men’s Final. The tour includes membership of the fashionable and award winning Gatsby Club with afternoon tea, coffee, strawberry’s and 3 nights’ accommodation in one of London’s top hotels. For the business fans there are a number of Corporate packages available to accommodate most hospitality requirements whilst at the same time ensuring a great Wimbledon occasion for all.
To complete the occasion it is also possible to purchase Wimbledon memorabilia from the fashion SW19 collection with a great range of T-Shirts, towels, sweaters, polo’s, sunglasses, footwear and so much more.
2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX SILVERSTONE
The F1 circus comes to town between Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June with expected attendances of over 300,000 for the three days of racing. This is a sporting spectacle like no other, thrills and spills at every corner helping to make the British Grand Prix one of the main sporting attractions of the year.
Racing has a long history at Silverstone going back to its humble beginnings in 1948 when a group of 12 racing enthusiasts raced around a two mile circuit. Subsequent years have seen many redevelopment phases at Silverstone with the latest multi-million pound investments leading to the construction of a new pit lane and complex, up-to-date facilities and an improved circuit guaranteeing the British Grand Prix for the next 17 years.
So who is the favourite for this year is it the inform team of the last few seasons Red Bull with current champion Sebastian Vettel or his teammate, yes you heard right teammate Mark Webber, or could it be Ferrari racers Fernado Alonso and Felipe Massa or local favourites Jenson Button racing for McLaren or even Lewis Hamilton for his new team Mercedes. Whoever ends up topping the podium on Sunday 30th June, the huge crowds will have experienced a memorable sporting occasion with high octane race incidents, tyre changes galore, a sunny weekend? and drivers undoubtedly following team orders. (tongue very much embedded in cheek)
Obtaining tickets and getting to Silverstone on race days is an adventure in itself but improvements in local infrastructure and facilities will make it easier than ever to arrive in time for the preliminary races and on race day in particular when huge crowds are expected. Silverstone are offering a convenient “Park and Ride” service on all race days from the following locations Sixfields Stadium, Turweston Aerodrome, Towcester Racecourse, and Hinton Airfield for a cost of £15 for the 3 full days of racing. For those wishing to park around the circuit there has been vast improvements in recent years for parking facilities, cost of parking on practice day £12.50, on Saturday Qualifying £20 and on the big day itself £45 or alternatively a three day parking pass of £60. Of course if you don’t like the crowds and waiting in queues how about arriving in VIP style by Helicopter from one of the conveniently located aerodromes.
Tickets are priced according to the section of track and which part of the grandstand you choose, click on the attached link to the Silverstone interactive map and scroll around the course with descriptions of each viewing area.
For all the latest team news, driver’s information, race information, team stats, driver comparisons and all things F1 then check out "F1 Mania" it is a fantastic app, full of interesting and fascinating facts and stats. To top it all off its FREE to downloand!
Silverstone is not just about F1, it’s a year round attraction with over 1 million visitors coming through the gates each year with many of them taking advantage of some of the varied opportunities to race on this great track with the chance to buckle up and ride some of the best sports cars on the planet such as, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lotus and the ultimate thrill seeker the Single – Seater. You know you want to!!
Of course there are so many things to do in London, but with super cool things to do just outside of the capital, even the London This Weekend team have been known to ventures north of the M25!