London breaks are popular for those in the UK and abroad. However, the only problem with a short break within London is that there is not enough time to experience the overwhelming choice of activities. However, this means there is never a dull moment in the city. Depending on tastes and what travellers desire to see, London has so many aspects to it; therefore all tastes and interests can be catered to. If people love a bit of culture, there are a number of museums and galleries to attend. If people love attractions that put a city on the international map then the London Eye and Tower Bridge are just some of the main attractions within the capital. However, for those who to explore something different and an undiscovered part of London, then London has a lot of surprises.
- London Eye
As the UK’s most popular paid attraction, The London Eye, or the official name The Coca-Cola London Eye due to its sponsorship with the brand, gives its visitors the chance to see fantastic views of London. Its official launch was in 2000 and since then, The London Eye has been part of the city skyline ever since. As each rotation takes about 30 minutes, this gives visitors inside the capsule the chance to truly experience London from unique angles. On a clear day, passengers will be able to see Windsor Castle.
London is one of the fashion capitals on the globe and whilst exploring the city, visitors to the city will see plenty of fashionistas on the high street. The fashion scene in London is all about styles and trends and celebrated fashion designers such as the late Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood have long been established in London. The department stores certainly reflect the fashion that London is known for with Selfridges and Harrods presenting stunning clothing and accessories from the elite of fashion. However, it doesn’t mean that a big budget is needed to have style. There are plenty of high street stores offering on trend season clothes that are budget friendly.
There are plenty of museums in and around London that those on a city break can visit. The best part of these museums is that it has free entry. The exhibitions and workshops within museums such as The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum are fascinating and insightful. For example, the British Museum has collections with items that are from 300 AD.
Art and culture is very important to London and there are plenty in the city that is well worth exploring. The National Portrait Gallery has collections from artists that include Matisse and Leonardo Da Vinci. However, for those who want more contemporary works, The Saatchi Gallery in West London has paintings, photographs and installations that are fascinating and thought provoking.
Another aspect of London is the West End theatres that have award winning productions and shows. Theatre enthusiasts will be delighted by the musicals that have entertained millions, which include The Lion King and Wicked. However, it is not only the West End that can put on a show as other popular theatres like The Old Vic also contribute to the culture of theatre within the capital.
In such a built up and vibrant city, it may be hard for one to imagine that there are many open spaces and luscious green parks in London. Believe it or not, there are an abundance of parks within London that has wide open space and luscious greenery. In fact, London is home to 8 royal parks in London which include Hyde Park and Richmond Park. Unfortunately, no one can predict London weather but of course when the sun is shining, the parks in London are a lovely place to visit and relax.
- Market/Car Boot
Market stalls are very popular within London and are dotted in around the city. City workers on their lunch break will find a quick bite to eat for lunch. A very popular market is Portobello Market. Situated in Notting Hill, it was made famous by the film of the same name. Here is where the market sells items such as antiques and vintage clothes.
- Clubs and Bars
London may have to take the title from New York as the city that never sleeps. The amount of bars and clubs in the capital will have visitors partying to the early hours of the morning. Popular times are on Friday (post Friday drinks) and Saturday nights. Therefore, if people are only travelling to London for the weekend, there is a night out to squeeze in. However, the most exclusive clubs will be found within areas like Chelsea and Mayfair. Some clubs are members only!