From the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Eye and Big Ben there are so many iconic landmarks that are the most recognised in the world. One of the worlds most visited cities which attracts millions of people year-round. Visitors are drawn to London’s rich history, fine foods and unbeatable culture.
London has it all happening in 2018, celebrating the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May and a Royal baby due in April. Londoners know how to celebrate summer with music festivals galore and the season of sporting events is served starting in June court side at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Make sure you keep tradition with a cup of strawberries and cream or glass of refreshing Pimm’s at one of the many stalls.
Travel to London with confidence with these planning tips to get you there:
Say Goodbye to International Stopovers
Qantas has just released its first and fastest non-stop Dreamliner flight from Perth to London. Taking flight in March 2018, the 17-hour direct service will land you in Heathrow ready to discover the sights.
There is no better way of exploring this great city than getting lost. Buy an Oyster Card and get on and off tubes, trains and buses. Explore the famous Monopoly circuit with standard bus routes to take you there, make sure you ride on the top of the double decker buses and see sights like Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Marble Arch and Trafalgar Square. Ensure you exit at one of the longest shopping streets, Oxford and Regent Street with credit card in hand.
The very heart of London shopping is Oxford Street, it boasts more than 300 shops with flagship stores and designer outlets including Selfridges, Debenhams, Zara, Topshop and H&M. If you like luxury window shopping visit Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, best known for Partridges and Harrods Department store.
Take a Bite!
It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere and what better way to experience London than a traditional pub meal. Fish and chips are a must on a Sunday, the famous roast with all of the trimmings. Our TravelSIM Insider recommends, The Woodman in Battersea, The Ivy in Chelsea for a more glamorous eat or even some star spotting.
Tea and Scones?
Just like Paris and its croissants, scones in the United Kingdom freshly baked with a spot of tea are simply divine. If you have the time in your trip take the train from the city out towards the countryside to the little tea houses in Devon, Sussex or Windsor. There are many beautiful countryside walks you can do throughout where you can run into beautiful local tea houses, or stores selling local wares.
Galleries and Museums
When the skies are grey, a year-round weather option is to visit the many stunning museums throughout London. You can spend hours wandering around the halls visiting the unique pieces history has served up. If you are visiting in Wintertime don’t miss out on booking ice-skating in front of the Natural History Museum an experience not to be missed!
Food and Flower Markets
Who doesn’t like wandering aimlessly throughout the markets with the beautiful scents, explosion of colours and picking up local handmade goods? Three of my all-time favourite markets throughout the London Boroughs are, Borough Market, Colombia Road Market and Camden Market.
Borough Market, London’s oldest food market in Southwark has been serving up local produce for over 1,000 years. This market is constantly bustling with locals and tourists alike, here you will find a delicious selection of local produce from fresh fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and artisan delights from all over Britain. A foodies delight and a market not to be missed!
Come rain or shine of a Sunday Colombia Road is transformed into a sea of colour with beautiful bunches of flowers and foliage on display. The morning crisp air is intense with the perfumed scent and the sounds of market sellers chanting ‘everything a fiver’. Make sure you visit one of the local cafes and pick up a local coffee and pastry the perfect morning combination to wander the market with.
One of the largest markets in London is Camden Market, situated in North West London along Regents Canal. See, hear and feel your way through this market experience, as it is like no other. A diverse space with over 1,000 stalls you will interact with street food traders, artists, independent stores and even watch up and coming bands. Don’t forget, a short walk away is Primrose Hill which boasts some of the best free views across the city.
All three markets are within easy access of a bus or tube station, use your Oyster card to get across the city with ease.
Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring no matter when you decide to visit this culturally rich, bustling city you will always find an adventure or pub that is open! Well, what are you waiting for – Just Go.