10 reasons to visit London
London is one of the great capital cities of the world. Here are 10 reasons to visit.
1. Royal Family palaces
Walk in the footsteps of the Royal Family and immerse yourselves in opulence on a visit to Buckingham and Windsor palaces.
Packed with royal history and visited by the world’s elite, these sites are filled with an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist.
If you visit London during the summer, take the time to wander through the garden at Buckingham Palace, which you can do when the Queen opens part of her garden to the public for a few months every year.
2. Delight your taste buds
There is much more to British cuisine than Marmite or sardines on toast. London is internationally renowned for its fine dining and boasts dozens of award-winning Michelin-starred restaurants.
If you are in the mood for something classically British, fish and chips fits the bill. Afternoon tea and biscuits is another great way to enjoy an English tradition.
But London is also the place to dive into 1,000 different tastes and enjoy the flavours of the world that have descended on the city. This includes to-die-for curry and its many varieties.
3. When tradition meets modernity
Known around the world for its architecture, London is an audacious mix of all styles: from old to new, art deco to Gothic, traditional to contemporary.
Many national monuments are worth a visit:
- Westminster Abbey
- Palace of Westminster
- St.Paul’s Cathedral
- Tower Bridge
- St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
- The Shard
- 30 St Mary Axe that Londoners call The Gherkin
4. Shopping mecca
Londoners have a distinct sense of style. Not surprising at all that it has window shopping to die for and numerous retail districts.
There is something for all tastes and budgets. Those on the lookout for deals can stroll through public markets, while those who want to splurge have designer boutiques galore to choose from.
Like moths to a flame, shopaholics descend on Oxford Street or visit Westfield London, one of Europe’s biggest shopping centres.
Other districts worth a trip:
- Regents Street
- Bond Street
- King’s Road
A stop at luxury department store Harrods should also be on the to-do list.
5. A (free) day at the museum
London serves its culture at a low cost. The city is home to many world-famous museums and state museums offer free admission:
- British Museum
- Tate Modern
- National History Museum
- Science Museum
What is stopping you?
6. Authentic pub atmosphere
A pub visit is a must for those who want to experience London’s local ambiance.
The pub is where workers of all stripes gather to meet and unwind.
Enjoying a pint in the timeless pub atmosphere is a tradition dating back centuries that shows no signs of fading.
7. English garden euphoria
London is a green capital, as witnessed by its 10 Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, Richmond Park and its many deer.
Head to Hampstead Heath for an incredible view of the city.
If you want to stroll through a piece of heaven on earth, walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. This UNESCO World Heritage site contains more than 50,000 living plants.
8. Travel the Thames
A visit to London would not be complete without spending a day in the South Bank and Covent Garden districts, renowned for their numerous tourist attractions:
- London Eye
- Big Ben
Take a Thames River cruise tour or you could always explore along the river by foot on the Riverside Walkway, a walking path enjoyed by thousands of tourists every year.
9. Let the show begin!
London’s West End is the epicentre of theatre. This entertainment district invites you with great fanfare to take in a play or musical during your stay.
Do not be blinded by all the neon lights! Grab tickets to one of the many live shows on offer. Keep an eye out for deals as there are many out there.
10. Harry Potter
Harry Potter madness is nowhere close to abating as 6,000 visitors show up daily to explore the Making of Harry Potter, a film studio that takes you on a magical guided tour of a behind-the-scenes look of the infamous wizarding world.
Meander down Diagon Alley, walk into the Great Hall, stop in at Dumbledore’s office or even Hagrid’s Hut.