Is it really worth visiting London I hear you ask? Why not go to somewhere much warmer, with a long sandy beach and where salsa and sangria are the order of the day. Millions of people do in fact visit London each summer and there are many great reasons why you might want to join them. Below I take you through some of the reasons you might also want to consider a visit this summer.
Being the capital of England and the UK, there is no better place to get acquainted with British culture than in London. So what is British culture and what are the best ways to experience it in London? Follow these 5 ideas to get started:
The beauty of London is that it really has something for everyone, whether you are a couple looking for a romantic weekend getaway, a family visiting for a week long holiday, elderly visitors arriving for a theatre weekend or a sports fan looking to catch a live event.
Families – If anything there are too many options for you to choose from as a family but let me make some suggestions. London is full of parks and which of course can be entered and enjoyed for free. Hyde Park and Regent’s Park both good choices. London Zoo tends to be very popular with children and also a great option for parents, whilst London Aquarium and the London Eye (both are close to each other) are popular with families.
Couples – As a couple I would highly recommend the Vinopolis attraction for its wine tour and tastings, along with a visit to the aforementioned Globe Theatre. There are so many great restaurants, wine bars and pubs that it very much depends on your budget as to where you eat and drink. For a reasonable budget and great quality though, one of my favourite restaurants for a taste of Britain is Bistro Union (40 Abbeville Road, SW4 9NG).
Sports Fans – Doing a stadium tour is certainly a must and the best three choices in London for an organised tour are Wembley Stadium, Stamford bridge (Chelsea FC) or the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal FC). None of the tours is particularly cheap but it is certainly worth picking one from the list. Lords Cricket ground in St.Johnswood offers stadium tours of this world class cricket ground. I recommended the Lords tour. If you can visit London in August when the Premiership season gets under-way, then try to get a ticket for a game with one of the London clubs (who include Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and QPR.
A number of world class events take place in London annually and in the summertime hence you may wish to mould your trip around one of these events. Five events I recommend to consider are as follows:
London offers a range of accommodation options to suit almost every budget. The city boast a number of youth and backpacker hostels, a range of budget hotels and a number of hotels for those looking for a more acomfortable and luxurious stay. If comfort and luxury are your priority, I would also recommend to consider a central location which facilitates easy access to nearby transport hubs. The areas of Victoria, Paddington and King’s Cross are all particularly good location, each located near yo major train stations, whilst Victoria also has the benefit of being home to the central coach station and with direct access via to Gatwick Airport (via the Gatwick Express) and heathrow Airport (via the underground). The Eccleston Square Hotel located close to Victoria Station is a great option and one of my personal favourites in terms of hotels.