London Trip Itineraries
London: Top Ten Hidden Gems
For those who think they've "done" London or for visitors interested in digging deeper into London's history. London's hidden gems go much further than 10, but this is a good start.
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Christmas in London
Christmas in London is actually a beautiful time to visit the city despite December's shorter days and chilly weather. Decorations are simple yet impressive lending a true spirit to the holiday. Outdoor ice rinks pop up while the shopping frenzy begins. Annual traditional races, concerts and pantomimes appear and children queue up to visit Santa in his mysterious grotto. Spend your days exploring London's festive sights then cosy up in a pub with a glass of mulled wine for a magical visit. read more about Christmas in London... Read More
First time in London
London's magical little streets and bustling sights will have you soon planning a second trip. While the bulk of attractions are centrally located and walking is highly recommended to soak in the British charm, exploring London on all its iconic modes of transport is half the fun of visiting this city. Hop on a red double decker bus across Tower Bridge, hail a black cab to take you to afternoon tea at the Ritz and ride the Underground to out to Kew Gardens. But before setting off, purchase a London transportation card called an Oyster card at any Tube station for easier travel option around town.
London is divided into many neighborhoods and is separated by the River Thames. For the most part first time visitors will stay on the north side of the river with the exception of the busy strip known as the South Bank, home to the London Eye, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern. Knightsbridge and Kensington are known for shopping, green spaces and museums yet are also gorgeous residential areas full of Georgian and Victorian homes and mews. Mayfair, Soho and Covent Garden house London's finest theatres, restaurants, nightlife and those famous gathering areas of Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. The splendor of UK royalty and government are located in Westminster and Victoria while The City, a name given to London's original square mile, is London's banking and justice hub.
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Top 20 Things to Do in London with Kids
The thought of a city break with children can seem rather daunting; however, London is full of activities, indoor and outdoor, to keep the kids entertained for days. read more about Top 20 Things to Do in London with Kids... Read More
Three girls tackle London
Two of my girlfriends and I had a 8 day vacation in London...and we made the most of it. We kept the days full of sightseeing and shopping and went out every night. Because we stayed at a friend's flat, I can't vouch for the lodging in London, but if it's anything like the rest off the city it is, as they say, brilliant. read more about Three girls tackle London... Read More
Visit the residences, palaces and parks used by the royal family of past and present. Walk the aisle of St. Paul's Cathedral where Prince Charles and Princess Diana married or Westminster Abbey where their son Prince William will wed Kate Middleton. View the royal art collection and the stables where Her Majesty's horses are groomed. Try on a bearskin hat worn by the Queen's guards or imagine life in the kitchens used to serve Henry VIII. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew house a former royal palace one used as a nursery for royal children as well as the world's largest collection of plants. If catching a glimpse of the Queen is a priority visit in June when the country celebrates her official (not actual) birthday with the Trouping of the Colours ceremony. For more information on the royal family and their appearances visit www.royal.gov.uk or read the daily Court Circular in London's newspapers.
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Business travel to London: Around the corner from The City's Financial District
Get out of that hotel room despite the jet lag and take a look at this marvelous town. The financial district may surround you; however, checking out the surrounding streets will be well worth stealing a few moments from the office. Keep in mind "The City" refers to the old Roman city of Londinium, an actual square mile measurement that is now known as the hub of London's financial activity. The City bustles during the weekday and only looks as if it sleeps in the evenings and weekends. This guide will point you in the right direction for food, a little sight seeing and a bit of nightlife. read more about Business travel to London: Around the corner from The City's Financial District ... Read More