When vacationing in London, there is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re taking a trip with the family, going for a relaxing week away, or having a crazy weekend abroad with a group of friends, London has something to offer you, Here are just some of its many attractions:
Music and Nightlife
When the sun sets over London, the city comes alive, and believe us when we tell you that there is something for everyone here,from chic night clubs like Chelsea and Mayfair to cool clubs like Fabric to raves in warehouses. Or maybe you prefer to discover the live music scene? Meet at Cargo in East London, or at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho Bar Fly, or at Proud Camden Jazz Cafe: whatever the evening when you come, you will find musicians playing any style of music from rock to hip-hop, jazz.
London is the perfect playground for children of all ages. Do not miss the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Horniman Museum, where kids will enjoy themselves so much that they will visit not even realize they are learning. Animal lovers will love to approach the animals at London Zoo, the London Wetlands Centre and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, and spend a little pocket money at the world famous Hamleys toy store.
In 2012, London became the center of the sports world by hosting the Olympic Games. The Olympic Park reopened in 2013 under thename of Queen Elizabeth Park, but there’s plenty to do to fill the sports fanatics schedule without ever stepping foot there. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of one of the 13 professional football clubs of London, take in a cricket match at Lords, watch the pros in action at Wimbledon, or cheer during a football or rugby match at the incredible Wembley Stadium.
London is a dream for shopaholics, whatever your taste and budget. Big name major retailers line Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and Knightsbridge. If you have a penchant for vintage, go to Portobello Market, Camden, Spitalfields and Brick Lane. And don’t worry if a little rain starts to fall- shopping centers Westfield, Dover Street Market and shops known worldwide as Liberty, Selfridges and Harrods are there to keep you dry.
History and Heritage
London may well be one of the most modern cities in the world, though there are still traces of its rich history everywhere. The Royal Botanical Gardens, the Tower of London, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Maritime Greenwich are all classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in addition to being beautiful attractions. For an overview of London in Roman times, visit the historic City of London, also known as the Square Mile.
Of course, there is no need to limit yourself to the usual tourist areas: visit the “villages” of residential London, where you can explore the city in the same way as its inhabitants. Hampstead, Greenwich, Barnes, Highgate, Wimbledon and Richmond are full of beautiful houses, shops and restaurants, but do not miss the most sophisticated neighborhoods like Brixton and Dalston who adopted a dynamic culture and great music.