London City Breaks 2015

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History, Culture and Colour in London

London is a city that needs no introduction. Revered as one of the world’s great cities, shaping culture and history, and today entertaining holidaymakers that embark on London city breaks with a medley of landmarks, museums, shops and night entertainment. There are so many things to do in London and you can expect a busy break when descending on the UK’s capital. Each and every district or borough resonates with its own unique identity and appeal, ensuring every day, hour and minute spent in the city is full of continual variety.

Choosing where to stay and which realms of London to explore can often be the most stressful and time-consuming aspect of city breaks to London. One of the best options is to base yourself in one of the comfortable and luxurious Central London hotels, allowing you a conveniently-located base for heading north, south, east and west and capturing the myriad of attractions located across London.

Grand Sites and Extravagant Shopping

From tourist-heavy sites to trendy, up-and-coming areas, each area of London holds its own identity and appeal, ensuring that all manner of holidaymakers will be appeased by what London holds in store for them. One of the most magical, and touristy, areas of London is Covent Garden – characterised by its grand piazza filled with street performers, bustling market, phenomenal range of restaurants and bars and famous theatres. A short hop away is the shopping Mecca that is Oxford Street, lined by boutiques and the big guns of retail, ever busy and bustling but full of life and excitement.

From shops and restaurants to grand landmarks and historic bridges – transporting from retail-friendly areas to those boasting some of London’s top sites is made easy by the wonderful public transport system. A short hop down to the iconic River Thames will expose you to the grandeur of Westminster and the captivating history found around Tower Bridge. The former is the seat of the UK parliament and is home to famous sites including Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Palace, while the latter, located by the City, has an engrossing past and is one of the most exciting and engaging attractions to visit during city breaks in London.

Following the Trend

There always seems to be a different area of London where new trends emerge and where up-and-coming vibes are sensed. One particular district trumps most when it comes to trend-setting – Camden Town should adorn every visitor’s wish list during London city breaks. The area is famed for its legendary alternative markets, quirky pubs and fantastic music venues. The whacky, bohemian feel is adopted by everyone who’s anyone, now gradually and emphatically seeping out to London’s east. Out in the east, south of the ‘hip hubs’ of Hackney, Dalston and Shoreditch is the historically significant Docklands area. The historical Docklands of the city have shifted from their nautical importance to a more business and residential ethos of late. Today you’ll encounter some sensational pubs, the towering business area of Canary Wharf and the occasional staggering yacht.

While the west isn’t considered as trendy as those scallywags out in the east, there are some fantastic sites around the eastern districts of London that omit important artistic heritage. Back in the cultural centre, visitors should try and walk the stretch from Marble Arch down to Buckingham Palace during city breaks to London, strolling beside Hyde Park on Park Lane and stumbling across the palace through the tranquillity of Green Park. The parks encompass one of the most relaxing and scenically-beautiful areas of London, as well as being a mere stone’s throw from the grand palace of the Royal Family.

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Romance

London is full of beautiful architecture and historical culture; it’s a thriving hub of activity in which it’s very difficult to get bored. Take a long walk around one of the cities beautiful parks, ambling through rose gardens and groves of ancient trees, or take a ride down the river Thames on a dinner cruise. A wonderfully historical jaunt to St Pauls will lead up to the Whispering Gallery with acoustics that allow murmurs on wide side of the room to be heard on the other. Careful what you whisper!

Nightlife

If you fancy a cosy night of wining and dining than look no further than Covent Garden’s Clos Maggiore, often described as an ‘oasis’ in the heart of the city, it’s particularly famous for its expansive wine list. Afterwards why not take the tube down to the West-End and catch a one of the many shows? Finish off in one of the cities many trendy wine bars for a wonderfully balanced evening.

Shopping

London’s famous for its shopping. With the shopping-centres ranging from the sublime to the bizarre there truly is something for everyone. Big stores not quite you thing? That’s fine too, why not check out one of London’s many markets and pick up some fresh produce or bargain deals?

Hotels

If you’re looking for somewhere to be alone with your partner then Hotel 41’s intimate blend of high technology and sophisticated style could be for you. With views overlooking the Royal Parks and the Royal Mews and being just a short walk away from Pall Mall you’ll really be nestled in the heart of London. For style and comfort in central London try the Ambassadors Bloomsbury, it’s an easy walk to most attractions and is very popular with couples.