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.
November 7, 2014
Paddington Bear has long held a special place in the hearts of Londoners, fast becoming a household name after the release of ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ back in 1958 and remaining one of the capital’s most endearing fictional characters. Famously found at Paddington Station with his trademark duffle coat, red hat and battered suitcase, the Peruvian bear has since been featured in more than 80 individual stories, translated in more than 30 languages around the world and a hugely popular BBC TV series. This year, the lovable bear is making a comeback, with the long-awaited Paddington Bear movie set to be released at the end of November, celebrated by the arrival of London’s Paddington Bear Trail.
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 15, 2014
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.
October 14, 2014
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.
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 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.