The fact that at one point, London was the centre of the world in terms of industry, fashion and trade shows through the city’s diversity and its residents. Cuisine from across world can be found on any of the city’s streets and the its festivals such as Notting Hill Carnival show how vibrant and alive London is. This exciting new London contrasting with the more traditional sites of the city show that it is truly a city for any tourist. The only question to ask is “What to do first?”. Be prepared when visiting London as there is always a lot to see and never enough time. p>
London has some of the most iconic landmarks in the world and its landscape is instantly recognisable. What many do not realise is that there is a different kind of life to what is shown in the photos on post cards that is animated and exciting. Yes, it is important and often awe inspiring to see the landmarks in England’s capital, but beneath the surface is a bright and colourful city with a multicultural core.
Undoubtedly, one of the most fun things to do in London is to go see one of the city’s many shows at the theatre. Whether it is a top London musical at the Apollo Victoria or a show at one of London’s many smaller venues, there is always something to see. Be sure to book in advance as shows sell out fast.
Along the Thames there are a multitude of sights to see. For one of the best views of the city from above, take a ride on the London Eye or look up at Big Ben and Tower Bridge from the walkways along the banks of the river. If you are looking for a more leisurely activity, book in for a river cruise where one can sit back, relax and see the city from the comfort of one of London’s river tours.
London is rife with museums like the Imperial War Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, but if it’s something a little different that you are interested in, why not visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum or The Making of Harry Potter.
From afternoon tea in the Ritz to Pub lunches, there is always something new to try in London. For a true culinary experience try one of London’s many food markets such as Maltby Street Market. This cacophony of tastes from across the world all fits in to a narrow walkway beneath the railway lines. Any type of food can be found here but the style seems to learn toward typical British pies and mash with a twist. What’s more, a short walk away is home to the Bermondsey Beer Mile, a stretch of London that is home to a highly-concentrated group of the more hipster breweries that you can think of. Each of these breweries open their doors on a Saturday to give a feeling of a weekly street festival.
If you manage to time your trip right and arrive in London during Notting Hill Carnival, expect barbequed jerk chicken, heavy amounts of Caribbean food and plenty of spice. If you arrive at any other time of the year do not worry as there is still plenty of choice. London plays host to a multitude of pop-up food festivals; all you have to do is follow the great smells.
London is a city built from hundreds of cultures, styles and tastes that you have to see to believe. Visit London with Swiss Holidays for a city break of a lifetime.