For visitors new to London, the UK capital may be a little daunting – so here’s a quick guide you may find useful…
What to see and do
Let’s face it, London’s jam-packed full of attractions. However, with so many things to see and do in (no doubt) such a short time, how can you choose between them all? Well, how about considering what the best actually offer? For instance, if it’s pomp, circumstance and British heritage you’re after then try the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace (the latter’s open in the summer months).
Alternatively, if it’s art and history you fancy surrounding yourself with then you’re best advised to choose between the modern art behemoth that’s the Tate Modern, the fine art-focused Tate Britain, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery and the self-explanatory but supreme Science and Natural History Museums, the decorative arts-concerned Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) and the extraordinarily comprehensive British Museum.
Or what if you’d prefer to steer clear of the main sights and discover some of the relatively lesser known attractions? No worries; London’s full of them – everything from the Duke of Wellington-associated Apsley House and Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner to the quirky treasure trove that’s Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The world’s your oyster in London, all right.
Where to stay
With so much to see and do – and so many hoteliers – throughout the city, you really can take your pick where you stay. That said, locating yourself centrally’s a good idea because, not only are you within relatively easy reach of everything wherever it may be, but you’re also in the midst of so much vibrant life, atmosphere, colour, and excitement when you’re based in the heart of the capital. For instance, you may conclude a hotel in Hyde Park area is just the ticket, such as the Park Grand London Hyde Park.
Where to eat and drink
Long derided for being a land of, well, not plenty when it comes to good cuisine, the UK’s now blessed with some of the world’s greatest restaurants. And many of them are located in the capital. In fact, London’s a city brimming with ever more exciting, experimental and fascinating dining venues. And not all of them are the exceedingly expensive sort owned by celebrity chefs – many decent eateries and cafés are to be unearthed while you’re out sightseeing; don’t worry.
So much for dining, but what about wining? As you’d expect, London’s chocka-block with fantastic pubs – and yet, for possibly the best of that ‘traditional pub’ experience, it’s got to be the Holly Bush in Hampstead, with its warren-like insides and warm hearth come the winter. Mind you, London’s no slouch when it comes to night spots either – you really can’t go wrong with The Connaught Bar in Mayfair, while out in the east, the oh-so trendy, roof-topped Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch is always a winner.