With Christmas markets springing up all around the city, reindeer paying a visit to Covent Garden and glittering illuminations adorning the capital’s most iconic landmarks, London wastes no time getting in the festive mood. Christmas is the most atmospheric time of year to explore the city and whether you’re ice-skating beneath the Tower of London, visiting Santa at one of his most spectacular grottos or sipping mulled wine as you admire the festive shop window displays, there are plenty of magical ways to spend the holidays in London.
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October 28, 2014
Whether you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, save some money or just explore a different side of London, there are plenty of ways to get off-the-beaten-track in the British capital and there’s much more to the city than Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Of course, first-time visitors will likely want to check off the most famous landmarks, but don’t be afraid to spice up your itinerary by visiting some of the city’s equally impressive sights. To help inspire you, here are 8 little-known alternatives to London’s top attractions.
October 7, 2014
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.
September 30, 2014
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.
September 9, 2014
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.
September 2, 2014
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.
August 26, 2014
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.
August 12, 2014
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.
July 22, 2014
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.
July 15, 2014
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.