With the summer crowds thinning out, students heading back to school and the sun still shining, visiting London in September is the perfect time for sightseeing. The British summer isn’t quite over yet and Londoners will be celebrating their last sunny days with a busy schedule of festivals and events. Plus, don’t forget that many of the city’s summer tourist specials will still be ongoing, like the summer opening of Buckingham Palace and Parliament and the BBC Proms concerts.
When anyone mentions an upcoming visit to London, the question ‘Which show are you going to watch?’ is almost inevitable.
With the Thames riverfront dramatically floodlit and the city’s landmarks aglow in neon, the evening hours are the most atmospheric time to experience London, and there’s much more to see and do after hours than hitting the clubs. From moonlight walking tours to spending a night in a museum, here are the top choices for exploring London at night.
While London is an impressive city, sometimes it’s nice to head out for a day of exploring the English countryside. So what better way than to hit up some of England’s most impressive sights only a few hours away on a full day sightseeing tour of Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock Village and Bath.
With over 240 museums ranging from internationally renowned institutions like the Natural History Museum, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, to floating museums like the Cutty Sark or quirky expositions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, London’s museums offer something to satisfy even the most curious visitors. But while you could settle for an afternoon marveling over exhibits at the Science Museum or checking out the latest installation art at the Tate Modern, there are also plenty of unique ways to explore London’s museums, like touring by candlelight or sleeping over in a museum. Here are a few ideas.
For one of the world’s most populated capital cities, London still manages to maintain a wide variety of greenery and whether you’re feeding the ducks in Hyde Park or spotting tigers at London Zoo, wildlife lovers will find plenty to get excited about in the city. The city is also home to one of Europe’s largest inland wetland projects, the London Wetland Centre, where children can spot wildlife in their natural habitats and bird-watchers will be in their element.
As the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships have long been among the capital’s top sporting events and the annual tournaments mark the start of the summer for many Londoners. The 2 weeks of Grand Slam tennis tournaments are held at Wimbledon’s famous All England Lawn Tennis Club and draw up to 500,000 spectators, with even the Queen and other members of the royal family turning up to cheer on British hero and reigning champion Andy Murray.
A global trendsetter in art, music and fashion; an architectural pioneer; and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world – the British capital is nothing if not unique. But while you’ve surely got a whole list of must-do attractions to check off your list – riding the London Eye, tucking into afternoon tea at the Ritz, visiting Buckingham Palace – save some time in your trip to enjoy some of the things that you can only do in London.
This month we’re giving away 2 tickets to Kew Gardens and a Downton Abbey Day Trip!