Category: Sightseeing

8 Little-Known Alternatives to London’s Top Attractions

October 28, 2014

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London's Hyde Park

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.

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Small-Group Day Trip to Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor from London

October 15, 2014

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Windsor Castle

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.

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Experience Downton Abbey for One Day

October 14, 2014

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The Saloon at Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

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.

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Fall Foliage in London

October 7, 2014

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Fall foliage in London's Hyde Park

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.

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London’s Famous Speakers’ Corner

September 9, 2014

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 Hyde Park, London

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.

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8 of London’s Best Royal Attractions

September 2, 2014

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Hyde Park, London

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.

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London in September: Weather, Events, and Things to Do

August 26, 2014

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London, England

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.

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Exploring London at Night

August 12, 2014

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London at Night

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.

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Unique Ways to Explore London’s Museums

July 22, 2014

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Large scale installation art at the Tate Modern, London. Photo courtesy of Katie Lips via Flickr.

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.

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London Wetland Centre

July 15, 2014

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Feeding time at the London Wetland Centre. Photo courtesy of Gordon Joly via Flickr.

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.

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