London is a city that piques the interest of whoever visits it. It is undoubtedly a capital with a wide array of culture, gastronomy, art and shopping. Central London can be covered on foot – just make sure to have comfortable walking shoes. It is also well-served by one of the world’s biggest and most efficient underground transport systems.
Panorama of London
One of the best places to get a preview of the city is from a ‘flight’ on the London Eye, a later addition to the cities skyline. A great way to start your London trip, you will have the chance to view some other attractions on your itinerary. From the Eye you can admire the Houses of Parliament and the city’s signature timepiece, Big Ben. The Eye is hugely popular so be prepared to ‘check in’ and queue an hour before your visit.
Once disembarked from the London Eye you can stroll along the Thames, there is plenty to check out in the area. Explore the promenade of Embankment, which offers yet another perspective on London. Cross the Thames using the Golden Jubilee pedestrian bridge to get to the north side of the city. London is incredibly easy to traverse on foot and you will find all the attractions are well-signposted.
As the crow flies you approach Trafalgar Square, with its four proud lions guarding the imposing Nelson’s Column. Pay a visit to the British Museum. One of London’s most impressive museums, its highlights include permanent exhibitions covering Ancient Egypt and Medieval Europe. The architecture itself is a feature of admiration, the building is in Greek Revival style and is peppered with modernity. Under the stunning glass room in the Great Court is a perfect place to take a break with a cup of coffee.
From Trafalgar take a walk along The Mall. This wide regal avenue leads to the unmissable Buckinham Palace. The changing of the guard starts at 11:30 but it is worth getting there a bit early to jostle for a good position. This is truly an experience of old English pomp and ceremony. See if you can get the chance to view the nineteen State Rooms, where you can see the Royal Collections, which includes paintings by Rembrandt and Canaletto.
Shopping and Entertainment
For those crazy about shopping there is plenty of choice nearby. Head north towards Oxford Street for the pinnacle of high street shopping. Explore Covent Garden’s designer and artisan stores or try Carnaby Streets swinging sixties vibe. There is something for everyone. Those thirsty for alternative fashion go to Camden Town, a bastion of old-school punk in trendy North London. Take the Northern Line tube train from Leicester Square and be prepared to be shocked by over-the-top alterno-fashion. The Camden Market boasts a variety of goods anywhere from fruit and veg to bizarre knick-knacks.
And finally, for a great night out try and catch a musical at London’s West End. Some of the semi-permanent shows include Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You, Les Miserables and The Lion King. Go to Leicester Square on the day of show to get half-price and discounted tickets. Carrying on your night should not be difficult with London’s wide array of bars, pubs and clubs for all price ranges.
Written by Deborah Pinfold
Deborah is a freelance content writer who writes on a number of topics concerning London where she was born and bred. This article has been created in conjunction with Rhodium, a real estate agent for exclusive properties in North and Central London. If you like to find out more about the company please visit rh-45.com.