History and Heritage
Britain is packed with historic monuments, royal palaces and some of the world’s top museums. The history and heritage of London is running through its veins, walk along the Thames the old outside sewer system, you can visit the monument to the great fire of London and find out where it started. Take a trip down the East End and find out how the East-End became a grim poverty stricken borough in the 19th Century. Uncover the dark history of the Tower of London and take a walk along the iconic Houses of Parliament or see if the Queen is home at Buckingham Palace. The beauty of London is that the history and heritage is thickly engrained in the streets of modern day London giving you the chance to immerse yourself in centuries of history.
Attractions and Activities
With activities and attractions crammed into every street London is the perfect place for a getaway with everything you could ever want to do only a walk or tube ride away. With major historical attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral and The Royal Opera House are two of a range of historical attractions on offer in London. If you’re looking to brush up on your history you can visit the National History Museum or the Imperial War Museum and view hundreds of exciting and interactive exhibits. After all these city sights you can escape the bustling streets and enjoy the 350 acres of Hyde Park with a tranquil walk or a picnic on the banks of the Serpentine Lake. After lunch you can take the afternoon to enjoy the Tate Modern, home of international modern and contemporary art often housing events and exhibitions by some of the world’s most famous artists. If you’re looking for family days out then London is the perfect day out with a range of attractions for families. The ever popular Madame Tussauds is the ideal location housing hundreds of wax models of celebrities letting you get close to the stars. If you and the children are feeling brave the London Dungeons are a must-see attraction where you can watch the recreation of various gory historical events. With a range of walking and cycling routes around London you will never be stuck for ideas for attractions in London.
Food and Drink
With rooftop bars, beer gardens, Michelin star restaurants and quirky English pubs you’re spoilt for choice on where to eat and drink in London. If you are looking for an experience that is truly British then look no further than a traditional afternoon tea. A pot of tea, scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches and dainty cakes nothing could be more British than afternoon tea in London. If you’re a food lover but don’t have the time to go to every restaurant then street food is your saviour. With a range of stalls serving everything from beef brisket to lobster rolls there is the chance to try a host of dishes all cooked and prepared right in front of you. After all these nibbles what better way to wash them down than in a traditional English pub, serving a wide range of real ales and fine wines and spirits. With a host of food and drink festivals there’s no end to the opportunities to dig in to some traditional British food and drink so why not stay in a pub in London and enjoy the hub of Britain.
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