London is a wonderful place to visit. From cosmopolitan shopping areas to fascinating history and stunning architecture, there really is something for everyone. You don’t have to stay in London to make the most out of the city though, here’s how:
So easy to get around
London is one of the easiest cities to get around with countless bus routes, overland trains and the famous London underground. Because the public transport is so good, staying outside the city is a great way to avoid overpriced London hotel prices and means that you will have a wider choice of accommodation.
You could stay in the beautiful city of Oxford, with its historic university and countless fascinating museums. From Oxford you can catch the shuttle bus into London which is quick and cost effective. Or you could take a trip to Brighton where trains connect the young and funky seaside town to London so you can make the most of two cities in one trip.
If you fancy the option of making the most of city life during the day but being tucked away in the countryside in the evening, you can! Stay in country accommodation and drive to a train station to catch the train into the city. There are loads of great country cottages in the UK that are near enough to the outskirts of London, you can have your cake and eat it!
So, what do you do when you get to London? Here are some of my top suggestions:
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You just have to love the British Royal family! If you have never been to Buckingham Palace then it should be a top of your list. With the Royal wedding last year and the Diamond Jubilee earlier this year, there really is no better time to visit.
Covent Garden has a truly lovely atmosphere. Whether you want to buy handcrafted jewellery or delicious bespoke cupcakes or just sit back and enjoy a bit to eat in one of the many cafes, this is the place for you! You might even get to watch one of the fantastic street performers or musicians the work in the area.
Not to be missed! This fantastic and awe inspiring display of waxwork people had been attracting tourists for years. Make sure you bring your camera so you can pose with some of the most famous faces. It is absolutely amazing how realistic the models are!
Have a relaxed day in London
With so much to do in London, it’s easy to think you have to be dashing around all the time. There’s nothing wrong with chilling out and enjoying a picnic in the sunshine in one of London’s many parks.
Great evening out
London is well known for its world class theatres. There are often tickets that you can pick up last minute for some really great shows as long as you don’t have your heart set on seeing one show in particular. Make the most of the evening, go for a pre theatre meal out. You don’t have to hold back because you’re not staying in central London – the performance will be finished in time for you to use public transport to get back to your accommodation.
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