London, UK

London, UK

A while back we posted about the fantastic museums that London has to offer. As well as being free they make the fantastic day out for anyone looking to spend an afternoon inside whenever the weather isn’t so good.

But as we said there is a whole lot more to London than just the museums, so here we have it, an overview of all the other amazing things you can do in this capital city.

The Best Bits of London

The center of London is where you want to be for whatever you plan to do on your vacation. Trafalgar Square is a great place to start. Away from the National Gallery which overlooks the square, you can see Nelson’s column which stands proudly inbetween the fountains. To the west is the Mall, which if you continue walking up it you’ll reach Buckingham Palace, home to the royal family. If you stand outside the gates at the right time you can see the historic changing of the guard.

Heading southwards from Trafalgar Square will lead you past the important government buildings of the United Kingdom, plus it’s home to Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister. If you carry on you will reach the Thames, and the most iconic building in all London – Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

If you cross the river you’ll reach the Southbank – a fantastic place to relax. If you walk along the river you will come across all sorts of street performers, stalls, bars and restaurants. At Christmas they hold the a great Christmas market here. This area is also home to the London Aquarium and theLondon Eye, which offers the most amazing views of the city as it stretches into the distance. On a good day you can see for over 25 miles.

If you were to carry on down the river you’ll come across the Tate Modern, a home to some bizarre but incredibly impressive modern art. However, if history is more you’re thing then you can cross over the Millenium Bridge to St. Paul’s cathedral.

You could easily spend a day at almost all of these locations so if there a number of things you want to fit in then plan wisely. Getting around London is easy with a day ticket for the London Underground. Try and avoid travelling during rush hour as it can get incredibly busy with commuters leaving the city.

London 2012

The fantastic spectacle that was the London 2012 Olympic Games has now come and gone, but the venues were it was held still make for an excellent day out. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as it is now called, is home to some excellent sporting venues all set with a huge outdoor area dedictaed to the olympics. From parklands to cafe’s there is plenty to keep you entertained.

The park is also home to the ArcelorMittal Orbit – the tallest sculpture in the UK. If you don’t get the opportunity to go to the London Eye, then you can also ascend the sculpture to a height of 80m to see the London skyline from the observation platform.

Nightlife

The city is often just as lively and fast paced as it is during the day! There are thousands of bars, restaurants and night clubs catering for every budget.

If you’re looking for some variety then head to Covent Garden. As well as a selection excellent of places to eat, it’s always home to some fascinating street performers and other artistic events. And when you are in London you have to visit the West End for a show!

For everything else to start planning your trip to London it is well worth checking out Time Out London which lists all the key things that are happening across the city throughout the year. You won’t be left bored that’s for certain!

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