Travel guide: London
London is an incredible and ancient city with an amazing night life, rich culture and dozens of tourist attractions and amenities. You can spend weeks in London and still miss some of its amazing hidden treasures.
You can schedule a walking tour of a number of neighbourhoods and attractions including a Jack the Ripper tour, London ghost walk, Harry Potter walk, Beatles walk, the British Museum, the Tower of London, the National Gallery, Pub walks and Canal walks. Walking tour companies have low, affordable rates and don't generally take more than a few hours of your time. They are a great way to learn a lot about your favourite attractions in the city.
Guided tours of some of London's most popular attractions are also quite affordable. Take a tour of Buckingham Palace. You'll get to see beautiful building that house the Queen and the administrative staff of the Royal family. You can view the staterooms or the gardens or witness the changing of the guard. If the macabre is more your style, you can visit the Tower of London. The tower is one of London's most famous pieces of architecture and history. Tours for adults range from £17 to £20, but children under 5 years of age get in free.
The British Museum has a number of rotating exhibits. You'll always be able to find something new and exciting to view. The British Museum has free admission, making it a great place to visit if you're trying to plan your trip on a budget. You'll get a great bang for your buck if you visit the London Eye. While enjoying your ride, you can view over 50 of London's most famous landmarks and attractions. Rides last for a half hour, giving you plenty of time to see other attractions with the rest of your day.
St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the most well-known churches in the world. You can take a guided tour or sign up for a multimedia tour. Guided walking tours will take 15-20 minutes to cover the grounds. Multimedia tours can be done at your own pace. The Westminster Abbey is an incredible piece of London's history. You can visit this 700 year old building and take a guided tour for just £5, making it extremely affordable. Tours last for about one and a half hours and take you through the main viewing areas and artefacts of the Abbey. You'll see the Shrine, including the tomb of St. Edward, cloisters, nave and poet's corner.
London has no shortage of child friendly attractions. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum will let you get close and personal with your favourite celebrities, sports stars, movie stars, cultural icons and fictional characters. The Chelsea Football Club has an onsite museum and offers tours of the stadium. You can even book a private party for your child's birthday. Kings Cross Theatre has kid appropriate shows that you and your family will love.
If open spaces are more your style, Hyde Park is London's largest open outdoor space. You can take in beautiful scenery, winding paths, open fields and the lake. Hyde Park has several major attractions close by. The Kensington Place and Gardens is just a short walk away from Hyde Park. Kensington Place has been a residence for British royalty since the late 1680's and is home to an array of private gardens and fountains. One of Britain's most popular and contemporary art galleries can be found close to Hyde Park. The Serpentine Galleries are located just outside of Kensington Place and receive over one million visitors each year. Many world famous artists have had exhibitions, including Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Henry Moore. The Wellington Arch, whose main figure is a bronze sculpture of Peace, is a beautiful piece of sculpture and architecture located near Hyde Park. If you would prefer more fauna than flora, the Hyde Park Riding stables are close by as well. There are a variety of riding activities available at the 300 year old stable. You can take riding lessons if you have little horseback riding experience, or take a lovely trail ride.
If shopping is your travel dream, London will not disappoint you. With hundreds of shopping options, you have your pick of high end department stores, specialty boutiques and open air markets. Westfield London is full of high end, quality shops such as Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser, and high end brands like Louis Vuitton, and Jimmy Choo. If specialty boutiques are more your style, Covent Garden has an amazing selection. There you can find handmade jewellery and accessories, premium boutique foods and current fashion. The Chelsea Antiques Market is a goldmine for unique, antique finds. Located on Kings Road, there is an abundance of other high end and luxury shops and eateries.
London has a very unique and blended cuisine. You can find everything from a classic afternoon tea and fish and chips to Michelin rated restaurants and eateries. Your only limits are your pallet and your budget. You can find restaurants that cater to every type of food from sushi and Japanese to Indian, Korean, African and American cuisine.
No London trip would be complete without an open air double-decker bus ride. You can ride in style while viewing some of London's most quintessential landmarks. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
What London can sometimes lack in sunny weather, it more than makes up for with its long and varied history, unique and wonderful landmarks and fine dining and entertainment. Trips can be done on just about any budget you have to work with. Just make sure to plan your stay long enough to see each and every wonderful thing on your London travel bucket list, or perhaps you can plan on making more than one trip.