Category: Suggested Itineraries

Downton Abbey Tours from London

December 18, 2013

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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.

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Shopping in East London

October 1, 2013

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Vintage shopping on Brick Lane. Photo courtesy of garryknight via Flickr.

With its reputation for edgy designers and effortlessly cool style, London is a Mecca for fashion forward individuals and vintage collectors, but those seeking the city’s most innovative designs won’t find them on Oxford Street. East London, with its eclectic markets, vintage clothing stores and quirky boutiques is the place to go, so hop on the tube and head to Whitechapel, Aldgate or Shoreditch, from where it’s easy to walk to the main shopping areas. To help you plan your day of shopping, here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find out east.

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Tours from Paris to London

May 21, 2013

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Get a view of London from the London Eye

With Eurostar trains taking a mere 2 hours and 20 minutes from Paris to London, there’s no reason why you can’t be dining atop the Eiffel Tower one night and enjoying Afternoon Tea at the Ritz the next. In fact, it’s so easy to hop between the 2 capitals, that it’s even possible to take a day tour to London from Paris.

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Double Decker Bus Tours in London

March 14, 2013

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London Hop-on Hop-off tours

Two companies run double decker bus tours of London, using tailor-made, open-roof vehicles that provide incredible views alongside live commentary from local guides. The tours circuit around London’s key sights, taking three different routes around the city and the tickets (typically valid for 24-hours) allow you to hop-on and hop-off wherever and whenever you please.

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Best Day Trips from London

February 26, 2013

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You could spend weeks exploring London’s myriad tourist attractions, but with so many sights just a short bus or train ride away, there’s no excuse to only stay in the city. Whether you want to hit the beach or explore England’s historic towns, here are some of the best day trips from London.

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Camden Market

January 28, 2013

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Camden Market first sprung up in 1974, as a weekly crafts fair set on the banks of the Regent’s Canal; today, a mass of stalls, clothing boutiques and vintage stores make up one of the capital’s biggest and most popular markets, sprawled along the famous Camden Lock and blending into the High Street’s mix of rock clubs and atmospheric pubs. The market is actually split into four individual markets, open daily from 10am until around 6pm, but it’s the weekends when the area really comes alive.

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Romantic Things to Do in London

December 31, 2012

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Whether you want to sip champagne overlooking the London skyline or party the night away on a River cruise, you’ll plenty are of ways to impress your lover in the British capital. Here are a few ideas for romantic things to do in London.

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6 Christmas Things To Do in London

November 7, 2012

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Christmas Lights on Oxford Street. Photo courtesy of gorfor via Flickr.

There’s a myriad of festive fun to be had in London this Christmas, but to get you started, here are a few suggestions for Christmas things to do in London.

1) Christmas lights: London’s shimmering decorations are some of the best in the world and none are as impressive as the Oxford Street display, in the heart of London. November 5th was the official lights-on date, marked by a celebrity studded ceremony and crowds of thousands. This year’s lights were switched on by British pop stars Robbie Williams and Leona Lewis, and viewing places will be ticketed so book your place now.

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James Bond’s 50th Anniversary in London

October 31, 2012

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London's Iconic M16 Headquarters. Photo courtesy of garryknight via Flickr.

With the UK Premiere of the latest addition to the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, hitting London on October 26th, the world’s favorite spy is once again back in the spotlight. Marking the culmination of the Bond 50th anniversary year, the latest offering is the 23rd film in the franchise that started with Dr No back in 1962.

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Weymouth and Portland

August 5, 2012

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Weymouth Harbor in England. Photo courtesy of ell brown via Flickr.

Winning over a legion of new fans as the host of the London 2012 Olympics sailing events, Weymouth and Portland are among England‘s most attractive seaside resorts, drawing thousands to their shores each year.

Weymouth, with its sandy beaches and rugged coastal cliffs is the perfect antidote to London’s urban sprawl, earning itself a stellar reputation among outdoor adventurers. Rock-climbing, paragliding, hiking and cycling are all popular ways to soak up the scenic surroundings, and the resort has fast made a name for itself as a water sports hot-spot, with kite surfing, water skiing and wind surfing all on offer.

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