With grand monuments in every direction, you are always reminded of the deep history of this fascinating city. Big Ben, The London Bridge, Buckingham Palace just to name a few. One could easily argue that London is one giant museum! On the subject of museums, many in London are free. Soak up the architecture at The British Museum and set your eyes upon the beautiful Rosetta Stone. If you’re with the kids, have a run around the incredible Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. The largest covered square in Europe. The court is a spectacular space.
The Albert Bridge had been re-opened after being closed for two years due to restorations. It is a Victorian wonder that connects Chelsea and Battersea. The color scheme is pastel pink and yellow, and at night it is lit up with 4000 bulbs. Absolutely magical.
The gardens at Chiswick are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and have inspired countless gardens including New York’s Central Park. Built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to showcase his art collection and to enthrall his guests, the house continues to display many spectacular works of art and provides a stunning venue for entertaining.
Take a ride on the distinguishing red, double decker buses and site-see the entire city in a day. You will see Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Downing Street, and Leicester Square to touch on a handful.
The Princess Diana Memorial Walk takes you along a seven-mile path that connects a number of London’s parks. It commences in Kensington Gardens and winds through Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James’ Park, showcasing the Spencer House grounds and Buckingham Palace along the way.
Slow the pace down and mosey on over to Little Venice. A very peaceful and picturesque part of London. Sometimes compared to a much smaller version of Amsterdam. You can literally walk from Camden town to the London Zoo along the canals.
London’s multicultural population gives it its international flair and flavors. With over 30 ethnic groups with populations of 10,000 or more call London home. They give the city its dynamic mix of languages, cuisine, festivals, and lively street life.
Borough Market is a food lover’s paradise. Between the mulled wine and the fresh oysters there are so many things to tempt your taste buds. Mario Batali lists this market as one of his favorite places to eat when he is in London. Would you fancy a taste of the what us the arguably the best coffee in London? Monmouth coffee house can be found in Borough Market. But be prepared to wait in the gigantic line up!
Harrods Food Hall generates legitimate hype. It you are a foodie, it will exceeded your expectations and beyond. Food Counters include: Dim Sum, Steak, British Food, Sushi. With an incredible array of oysters, caviar and Champagne there is something for all taste palates. There is even a room dedicated to solely to chocolate, appropriately named, The ChocolateRoom.
Take a break from the site-seeing and shop till you drop, London is as famous for its landmarks as it is for its fashion. Oxford Street, Regent Street, Shoreditch and Knightsbridge should keep you busy for a while.
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a quick trip in the Chunnel, the undersea rail service connecting France with England.
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