England is about the same size as the state of Louisiana, but the incredible array of things to do and see that is stuffed into this relatively small landmass is amazing. There’s a lot to choose from, especially when you only have a day, but for the first -me visitor there is perhaps no better introduction to the England outside of London than to visit Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor.
Downton Abbey’s highly anticipated 5th season is now showing in the UK (unfortunately, American viewers will have to wait until January 2015) and there are plenty of changes underway as the Crawley family and staff discover the freedoms of life in the roaring 20s. One thing that remains unchanged though, is the grand estate of Downton Abbey itself and touring the 17th-century Highclere Castle – the real-life Downton Abbey – is an unforgettable experience for fans of the period drama. This year there’s an even more glamorous way to tour Downton Abbey, as for one night only the owners of the magnificent 1,000-acre private estate, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, will be hosting a Downton Abbey Experience Champagne reception at Highclere Castle.
Things to Do This Week in London: October 15th -31st
You might be busy adding the finishing touches to your Halloween costume, but save a little time for browsing the art fairs and museum exhibits starting this week in London.
With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, London is all set for its annual ghoulish makeover, with shop windows decked out with jack-o-lanterns and fake bats, trick-or-treaters taking to the streets and a whole week of special events, horror movie screenings and costume parties. Renowned as one of the most haunted capital cities in Europe, Halloween in London is the ideal time to discover the city’s dark side on a London Ghost Tour or follow in the footsteps of London’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, but they’ll also be a host of family-friendly scares to enjoy at the city’s top attractions.
With the wind whipping the through the trees, the crunch of leaves underfoot and the last slivers of summer sun peeking through the clouds, autumn is an enchanting time to discover the British capital. Don’t let the cooler weather and chance of rain keep you indoors – this is the best time of year to explore the city’s many parks and there are ample opportunities to admire the colorful fall foliage in London.
I admit it; I’m one of those people who didn’t have a very good impression of British food. All I could think about were meat pies and mushy everything, which is why I decided to join an innovative food tour through London’s infamous East End. Turns out I was wrong about British food, as I discovered in the most fun way possible.
Priding itself on its cultural and political diversity, the British capital has long been a place where people can speak their mind and there’s no better example of this than London’s famous Speaker’s Corner, an area of the city devoted to free public speech. Karl Marx, Lenin, William Morris, George Orwell and Lord Soper have all taken to their soapboxes at Speaker’s Corner over the years, and with students, preachers and political figures continuing to use the space, the public forum is just as relevant today.
With their lavish lifestyles and time-honored traditions, the British monarchy have long drawn the attention of the world, and with young Royals like Prince Harry and everyone’s favorite couple Prince William and Kate hitting the headlines, the Royal family has never been cooler. Whether you want to stroll through the halls of the Queen’s palace, gawp at the Crown Jewels or picnic in a Royal park, here are 8 of London’s best royal attractions.
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.