London is one of the most visited cities in the world and it’s no wonder. Dr Samuel Johnson, one of eighteenth century Britain’s most distinguished writers argued, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
Although the London I love is very different from the one Johnson knew, what he said is still very true today. There is literally something for everyone in this cosmopolitan city. Having lived in or near London for the majority of the last twenty-five years, I can honestly say that I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the amazing things there are to see and do here. Having said that, I’m happy to offer a few suggestions to get you started.
Get the best view of the city from The London Eye
It may look scary, but the London Eye is a fun, comfortable way to get one of the best possible views of the capital. Suitable for kids and adults alike, even folks I know who are afraid of heights came off this overgrown ferris wheel raving about their experience.
Step back in time at Hampton Court
Explore a working royal home at Buckingham Palace
While the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are only open to the general public in the summer, special guided tours are now held at selected times of the year. I’ve been on these special guided tours more than once and they are well worth the £75 per person charge. Groups are no larger than 30 and you are able to see the wonderful furniture and paintings up close. Guides are incredibly knowledgeable and questions are encouraged. Currently booking is open for tours on selected dates between 6 December and 2 February 2014.
Explore the private lives of Queen Victoria and the Stuarts at Kensington Palace
Home to the Royal family for well over 400 years, this is where 18 year old Princess Victoria became Queen and Princess Diana brought up her children. It is now the London base of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George. The parts of the palace open to the public focus on the Stuart Court and Queen Victoria, bringing the stories of these historic figures vibrantly to life. Special events are held often at Kensington Palace and from 30 November to 6 January you can party like it’s 1699, celebrating Christmas in royal style with a season of fun and games suitable for the whole family.
Soak up history and culture throughout the ages at The Victoria and Albert Museum
With a collection covering much of the last 2000 years, the V&A exhibits international art and design in nearly every medium. Relaxed and family friendly, there’s something for everyone here, whether you love fashion, sculpture, art, furniture or architecture.
Whether your travelling on your own, as a couple or with family, London offers a myriad of things to see and do. I encourage you to visit and see for yourself!
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