Whether you’re a cultural explorer,a travel-hungry adventurer, natural wanderer or culinary connoisseur, visiting London is great fun!With 70 years of experience, guest feedback, and local knowledge, Trafalgar has come up with a list of Top 15 London experiences .
London Experiences For The Cultural Explorer
Browse through the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Free to visit, it features the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
Visit the British Museum, home to a remarkable collection that spans over two million years of human history. Savour the treasures of world cultures under one roof. World-famous objects such as Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone found in Egypt, the museum has a vast collection of world art and artifacts and is free to all visitors.
Westminster Abbey has been the traditional location of the coronation of kings and queens and the burial site for the English, and later, the British monarchs. Pay your respects at the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier and find out why this church lost its cathedral status.
Catch a West End Musical – from the ever-popular Wicked that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, to Abba musical Mamma Mia, or timeless classic Les Miserables, these impressive stage productions will definitely impress.
London Experiences For The Travel-Hungry Adventurer
See the Changing of the Guard at the Buckingham Palace. The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and usually takes place at 11.30am from April to end of July, and on alternate dates for the rest of the year.
Visit the Tower of London, an iconic castle built in 1066 to see the magnificent Crown Jewels and meet the Yeoman Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress also known as Beefeaters.
Take a tour of Kensington Palace, once home to Diana, Princess of Wales and now housing the private apartments of her son Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton. Enjoy a traditional English cream tea in the palace’s orangery.
Enjoy a meal in a vibrant historic pub – with so many wonderful traditional pubs to share with our guests –we pick one in the city and one in Greenwich for a traditional experience.
London Experiences For The Natural Wanderer
Take a leisurely stroll through picturesque Hyde Park, one of London’s best-loved parks and free to visit. Huge and centrally located, the park has more than 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and rose gardens. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain is also located in the park.
Head over to South Bank and spend the day exploring the various arts and entertainment venues between the London eye and Tower Bridge. From Shakespeare Globe, a reconstruction of an Elizabethan open-air playhouse, to BFI Southbank, Tate Modern and South Bank Centre, home to the world-famous Royal Festival Hall, there is a constant hive of activities taking place.
London Experiences Romantic Cruise On The Thames
Cruise down the Thames rom just below the iconic London Eye to Greenwich to enjoy the view of some of London’s most historic buildings. Greenwich is recognized for its cultural heritage: the grandeur and sheer beauty of its buildings; its royal history, as the birthplace of both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Home to the Meridian Line, Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College including the fabulous Painted Hall, London’s cable car, Greenwich Market, Greenwich Park and The O2 arena, it is one of the world’s most popular film locations with films like Thor: The Dark World, Dark Knight Rises, Sherlock Holmes and The King’s Speech all featuring scenes filmed there.
Tennis fans should make arrangements to travel toWimbledon and visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
London Experiences For The Culinary Connoisseur
Take a peek into daily lives of Londoners and the market traditions which have been passed down for generations at Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market. A source of exceptional British and international produce, it is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat – chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking
Enjoy a culinary experience at Chef Gordon Ramsay’s newest London eateries – Heddon Street Kitchen located just off Regent’s Street, in the heart of the West End. London has some of the finest restaurants and chefs in Europe and there is a plethora of choice for fine dining.
For those wanting to try London’s curry, make a trip over to Brick Lane and enjoy an authentic Indian meal. See here for a rank of the different restaurants.
The article on London experiences has been written by Mr. Nicholas Lim, President for Trafalgar (Asia) . Travel is, always has been, and always will be Trafalgar’s great passion.
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