A cultural and historical range that never runs dry, a bubbling nightlife, a relaxed atmosphere, a wide spectra of areas, identities and ethnicities – London is a city that delivers in every occasion and every possible mood.
Great sightseeing and places to visit in London
There are so many things to see and experience when you are in London. If you want to please the cultural and historical side of yourself a visit to Tower of London, Buckingham Palace or Houses of Parliament (Big Ben) is a good way to start the day. Those are magnificent buildings, all of them with their own special historical mark and specific purpose. Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate modern are also well worth a visit.
If you're more in the mood for “cultural-light” experiences, a trip to Madame Tussauds, a large wax-cabinet with all kinds of famous people in shape of wax-dolls, is well worth it. Another tip is to go and see a musical. Those who want to see London from a bird's perspective have to take a ride in London Eye – a gigantic Ferris wheel that gives you a terrific overview of the city. One last favourite is Hyde Park – green, pleasant and picnic-friendly.
Shopping in London
Oxford street is the classical shopping-alternative and the street literally swarms with stores and boutiques. But if you make a tiny effort and go to the markets in, for example, Camden or Portobello Road, you can experience a bit more alternative and cool shopping, and enjoy a nice atmosphere with beautiful buildings. If you like second-hand there are awesome sections in both markets.
Two other alternatives, if you get market-tired, are Kensington High Street and the area from Covent Garden down to Oxford Street. Terrific shopping as well!
Travel to London - a great mix of different cultures
The fact that London has a large number of immigrants from all over the world is something that you can see very clearly in the range of foods and restaurants - and we should all be happy about that! The traditional dishes are somewhat of a nutritionist's worst nightmare. A few famous examples are fish and chips, pie, sausage with crisps or chips and – if you’re lucky – accompanied with some pale vegetables. Nevertheless they can be proud of the traditional alternative sundayroast, a dish that english people enjoy every blue Sunday.
Once you are in London you also have to try the nightlife. There are so many different kinds of bares, pubs and clubs, so all you have to do is pick and choose.
The best time to visit London
You can visit London all year around but if you want to be able to stroll around without having to think about what to wear and without having to bring a few umbrellas, you should go in spring or summer. The best way to get around in London is to take the bus or subway.