Teeming with historic architecture, monumental landmarks and world-class museums, few cities are as iconic as London and the cultural Mecca has plenty of surprises up its sleeve. Whether you’re looking to check off the top sights, hit the shops or discover the British capital through the eyes of the locals, here are 50 unforgettable experiences to have in London.
The Crawleys are back in prim and proper style this January, as Britain’s favorite period drama, Downton Abbey, finally hits US screens for its fourth season, and it seems America just can’t get enough of Edwardian-era England. So get your top hats and teacups at the ready, because visitors to London can now add Downton Abbey tours to their itineraries.
With fewer crowds and springtime just around the corner, March is an ideal month for budget travelers to visit London. You might be at the mercy of the weather, but planning a trip in the shoulder season means you’ll benefit from cheaper prices on tours, accommodation and transport, and can make the most of special out-of-season deals. Not only that but there’s plenty to see and do in London in March.
With schools of stripy clownfish swimming overhead and menacing sharks creeping beneath your feet, walking through the glass-walled tunnels of the London Sealife Aquarium is like diving into the depths of the ocean – albeit without getting wet. Home to one of Europe’s largest collections of marine life, the London Aquarium preserves some of the world’s most unique and colorful specimens, with some 400 species from spotted zebra sharks and green turtles to tiny seahorses and rainbow-colored coral reefs.
With over 255 million portions of Fish ‘n’ Chips consumed in Britain each year, the long-standing staple of English cuisine shows no signs of waning in popularity. Although you’ll no longer be able to pick up a take-out wrapped in newspaper (Health & Safety regulations no longer allow it!), there are still plenty of places where you can enjoy traditional battered fish and thick-cut chips, served up with classic sides like mushy peas, coleslaw or tartare sauce. Hungry? Here’s where to find London’s best fish and chips.
Whether you go all mushy thinking about it or write it off as commercial nonsense, you won’t be able to avoid Valentine’s Day in London and the capital is sure to be a romantic place to be on February 14th. Valentine’s balls and parties will be held all over the city on the big day, and don’t worry if you’re single – they’ll be plenty of anti-Valentines day events and singles’ nights where you can lament your lack of a date in style too. Not sure how to spend the most romantic day of the year? Here are a few ideas.
Equal only to New York’s Broadway, London’s West End theatre district is renowned worldwide and with a constant stream of hit musical and theatrical shows, numerous glitzy venues and a cast of award-winning actors from around the globe, it’s no surprise that tickets sell out so quickly. For many visitors to London, attending an evening theatre performance is a highlight of their visit and even if you haven’t managed to pre-book tickets, you can still pick up last-minute deals online or from the cut-price ticket booths Leicester Square (just don’t expect to snag front-row seats!)
From underground Wi-Fi on the London tube to posting real-time instagrams from the top of the London Eye, there’s no end of options for getting online in London and it’s not only hotels and airports that offer free Wi-Fi. Whether you’re checking out apps on your smartphone, updating your travel blog or just catching up with friends and family back home, here are some tips for getting online in the British capital.
London’s spectacular Christmas lights cast a spell over the city’s landmarks throughout the holiday season, setting the scene for a festive shopping frenzy right up until the tail end of Christmas Eve. Get in the mood long before the big day with Christmas Eve Lights Tour in London Led by Santa!, a perfect way to see the famous lights along Oxford Street and Bond Street, or take a River Thames Christmas Cruise and view the glittering lights along the embankment.