London is a magical city that has a rich diversity…
This city inspires a person, enlightens everyday beauty against the backdrop of historic buildings and gives you a sense of home away from home. It’s the centre of business and has major influences in arts, fashion and culture, but when you want to sit still and embrace the ambience of London, beautiful parks surround you that bedazzle the senses and charm the heart.
Admire the scenery of London from a little corner café and savour the flavour of a perfect tea. Experience luxurious, Michelin-starred cuisine at carefully selected five star hotels or a high-tea suited for the queen.
London will give you a true sense of belonging and a strong desire to return, knowing that every time you visit you’ll experience heartfelt hospitality.
Enjoy the cultural riches, historic monuments and memorable museums or shop ’till you drop at the high-end fashion boutiques. A theatrical masterpiece is awaiting you at West End and experience the different cultures at Trafalgar Square. Keep your eye on the clock at the Big Ben, admire the fascinating views on the London Eye and enjoy sophistication like you’ve never seen it before.
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THINGS TO DO
London is a mecca for anyone looking to shop till they drop. With a huge variety of shops, shopping areas and markets, London caters for the needs of any shopper.Londoners believe that the department store was devised in London. One of these stores is the world famous Harrods.
If you have a passion for fashion, a shopping trip at Bond Street should be on your list of things to do. Bond Street is famous for featuring one of the world’s biggest and best concentrations of designer shops, and among the establishments that can be found here are Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Nicole Fahri, Ralph Lauren and Armani. Impressive jewellery displays are on offer at Tiffany and Cartier.
The Palm Court remains a pivotal social point as the venue for the famed Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, an institution in itself and the quintessential British experience. The menu offers guests a selection of 16 loose leaf teas, cut finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, a daily selection of tea cakes and pastries as well as warm baked scones with strawberry preserve and rich, delectable Devonshire clotted cream. Afternoon Tea is theatrical as the glamorous setting of The Palm Court is filled with chattering guests, immaculately presented waiters flitting amongst the tables that are topped with pretty chinaware and gleaming silver tea services and the resident pianist playing the soundtrack to accompany it all.
The London Eye is a world famous attraction and a major feature of London’s skyline. This is an excellent way to get a bird’s-eye view of the city of London and view some of its famous attractions. The 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes and holding 25 people, invites visitors to gaze at panoramic views of London beneath them.
Climb aboard for a breath-taking experience with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous buildings. The Tower contains more than a thousand years of royal history in its walls, much of it violent and all of it extremely dramatic. Discover this history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo. Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king’s bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels. No visit to the city would be complete without paying this impressive building a visit.
London loves pop culture and nowhere does big shows like West End. There’s also plenty of room for emerging talent, niche interests and innovation. With theatre enjoying increased popularity, London theatres and plays are thriving thanks to a combination of increased television exposure and some amazing initiatives by the theatre industry. Musicals are also experiencing unprecedented highs with the number of London tickets sold increasing each year. Musicals include: Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserable, Jersey Boys, Lion King, Thriller, We Will Rock You and Matilda the Musical.
London thrives on its diversity, treasuring thousands of year’s history while embracing creativity. It’s virtually impossible to visit London and not find yourself in one of the city’s ever-popular museums and art galleries. Perfect for a rainy day, museums are the best option for when you want to stroll around slowly – perhaps with a cup of coffee – and take in the culture and history of the city. Top museums in London are: British Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
The Queen’s official London residence has an impressive 775 rooms. It is one of the few working palaces remaining in the world today. The lavishly decorated Staterooms of the Palace are open to visitors during the Summer months and you can visit all year round to see the famous “Changing the Guard” or even catch a glimpse of the Royal family.
Kensington Palace is one of the most intriguing of the Historic Royal Palaces. Discover stories from Queen Victoria’s life in the Victoria Revealed exhibition, master courtly games in the King’s State Apartments, glimpse a modern Princess in an exhibition of Diana’s dresses and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the Queen’s State Apartments.
St Paul’s Cathedral
The St. Paul’s Cathedral is another popular tourist attraction in London and it is one of the most beautiful too. The Cathedral is home to the tombs of great historical figures such as Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
TIP: Climb the 530 step from the Cathedral floor to the Golden Gallery, also known as the Whispering Gallery, for panoramic views of London.
Located just outside London, it is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It has been the official residence of the British sovereign for over 900 years and the amazing State Apartments are a favourite with London tourists.Go To Top
PLACES OF INTEREST
CUISINETwo London restaurants have been awarded three stars by the Michelin Red Guide 2014. These restaurants are:
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea
Restaurant Gordon Ramsey is owned and operated by Gordon Ramsey. It opened in 1998 as his first solo restaurant. It gained its third Michelin star in 2001, making Gordon Ramsay the first Scottish chef to have done so. Current head chef, Clare Smyth, was appointed in January 2008 and is the only female chef in the UK to hold three Michelin stars.
Clare’s menu features classic restaurant Gordon Ramsay dishes she has made her own. Her style is modern French, using the very finest seasonal ingredients and employing both classic and modern techniques. She has created a loyal and adoring customer base for her award winning cuisine. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner.
Dress code: Smart, with a jacket preferred and a collared shirt required for men.
Address: 68 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HP
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
Alain Ducasse has created a timeless spot at The Dorchester in Mayfair, constantly pushing the boundaries of excellence in cooking, décor, and creativity. The chef, Jocelyn Herland, delivers an original, creative and novel interpretation of the masterful cooking of Alain Ducasse. The restaurant offers french cuisine, incorporating the very best produce selected from France and Great Britain. It is well known for its contemporary harmony, refined cuisine, attention to detail and exquisite surroundings. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Friday and for dinner on Saturday.
Dress code: Smart
Address: 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K1QAGo To Top
London has one of the mildest climates in the UK, but the weather can be unpredictable. Londoners get used to carrying both an umbrella and sunglasses to be prepared for all eventualities!
Summer can be very pleasant with temperatures averaging 18°C (64°F) and often into the low 20 degrees. In recent years London has experienced heat waves with temperatures well above 30°C (86°F). This is an ideal time to visit London’s parks.
Spring and Autumn
Spring and Autumn see temperatures of around 11° to 15°C (52 to 59°F). Evenings are lighter for longer with the advent of the “British Summer Time” at the end of March until end October.
Typical temperatures for Winter are between 2 and 6°C (36 to 43°F). Temperatures don’t often drop below freezing and snow isn’t common – although occasionally London does experience heavy snowfall. Don’t miss the stunning Christmas decorations in London or the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Rainfall in London
The number of rainy days (with more than 0.25mm of rainfall) is fairly consistent throughout the year, with between 11 and 15 rainy days every month. Overall rainfall is highest in November and August (64 mm and 59mm respectively) and is lowest in March and April (37mm each).Go To Top