Whether tucking into local delicacies on a food walking tour, zipping down the Thames on a speed boat, celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge, or admiring the city’s Christmas Lights by bike – there are plenty of unique London tours to make your visit unforgettable. Here are 10 of the most fun, thrilling and unusual ways to discover the British capital.
March 31, 2015
Spring is officially on its way and April marks the start of London’s busier season, most notably over ‘half term’ – the 2-week-long school holidays held all around the country, which can come with a noticeable bump in prices on accommodation and transport. Thankfully, it also means that there will be plenty of fun family-friendly activities and spring festivals held around the city, making visiting London in April a great alternative to the crowded summer months.
March 17, 2015
After a long winter of snow, rain and gale-force winds, Londoners are more than ready for some warmer weather and spring is the ideal time for sightseeing and exploring the city’s green spaces. Whether admiring the seasonal blooms at the Chelsea Flower Show, watching the famous Oxford-Cambridge boat race or enjoying open-air theater at Shakespeare’s Globe, there are plenty of great ways to celebrate spring in London. Here are some ideas.
March 6, 2015
Star Wars fans are already counting down the days until Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits cinemas, but if December seems like too long to wait, don’t worry – there’s another way to get up close to your favourite characters (or at least, their waxwork counterparts). In anticipation of J.J.Abrams’ upcoming film, Disney and Lucasfilm have joined forces with Madame Tussauds London to bring a first-of-its-kind Star Wars immersive experience to the famous waxwork museum.
March 3, 2015
From the punk-rock haven of Camden Market to the vintage clothing and antiques stalls of Portobello Market, London’s markets have long been a magnet for thrifty shoppers, and the famous Spitalfields is firm favorite among locals. Located at the heart of the East End, London’s Spitalfields Market started life as a fruit and vegetable market back in 1638, making it the city’s oldest market. Today it’s better known for its thriving arts community, huge range of independent fashion designers and trove of vintage and antique goods.
February 26, 2015
London’s Warner Bros. Studio tour has been the number 1 destination for Harry Potter fans visiting the capital since it opened its doors in 2012 and things are set to get a whole lot more exciting in 2015, with the arrival of the Hogwart’s Express. Yes, the original Hogwarts Express Locomotive that transported the young wizards and witches to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, will finally be making an appearance at the Warner Bros. Studios and it’s sure to be a big hit with fans.
February 17, 2015
An instantly recognizable landmark and one of England’s most intriguing historic sites, Stonehenge has long been on the ‘must-see’ list for travelers to London and whether you’re celebrating the summer solstice or just snapping a selfie in front of the iconic stones, it’s an unmissable attraction, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in Salisbury just an hour and a half from the capital, visiting Stonehenge from London makes a popular choice for a day trip, often combined with nearby attractions like Stratford-Upon-Avon, Windsor or Bath, and with archeologists recently uncovering a further 17 monuments at the site, it’s the ideal time to visit.
February 3, 2015
Make sure to pack some warm clothes if you’re visiting London in February – it’s one of the coldest months of the year and with temperatures averaging 5-6°C and occasionally dipping below 0°C, you’ll need to be prepared for some frosty mornings and rainy afternoons. Don’t let it put you off sightseeing though – February is a great time to bag a bargain on flights and accommodation, pick up cheap West End Theater Tickets and visit new exhibitions at many of London’s museums and galleries. Be sure to put these dates in your diary, too:
November 11, 2014
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.