Wherever you wander in this eternally evolving city, the diversity of life, culture and stunning surroundings will never cease to amaze. London is visited time and time again for its historic landmarks and visibly preserved heritage, which are seamlessly interspersed with innovative architecture. However it is the cultural mix that makes the experience of London city breaks truly magical one.
London provides travellers with endless fun, excitement and exploration. Despite the visible differences of its traditional and modern buildings, the atmosphere is an effortless combination of new and old, with the city’s heritage celebrated through its museums, monuments and landmarks. However, London’s true character can only really be understood through its mix of worldwide cultural influences – from the sari merchants of Brick Lane to the Caribbean flavours of Brixton restaurants, the Latin rhythms of Notting Hill to the multicultural museum exhibits along the Southbank, get amongst it on city breaks in London and see for yourself!
Those looking to soak up London at its most fabulous should head to the glittering bustle of the West End. Brimming with decadent five-star hotels and bursting with the vibrancy of Shaftsbury Avenue’s theatres, the West End is perfect base for cultural London city breaks. There’s also much shopping to be done in this neighbourhood, with the well-known brands of Oxford Street stores and intriguing boutiques of Covent Garden.
To experience London’s stylish side, head to the luxurious chic hotels and enviable retail-therapy opportunities on offer in Kensington and Knightsbridge. Famous for its couture, gourmet food, museums and high-end department stores including Harvey Nichols and Harrods, this is the perfect base for those looking to enjoy city breaks to London in style.
Culture vultures revel in the wealth of historical landmarks and attractions on offer in the City. With the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, fascinating Tower of London and intriguing Museum of London to name but a few, this area is not only also the capital’s financial powerhouse, but is home to many of its most contemporary, modern hotels.
For culture and history lovers the world over, a London city break is a dream. On the north and south sides of the River Thames, renowned landmarks, stunning period architecture and beautiful museums and galleries showcase ancient artifacts, sculpture and vibrant exhibits. Many London visitors find themselves tumbling head first into London’s bloodthirsty history in the Tower of London and the London Dungeons, but for those after a less macabre glimpse into the city’s past, the stunning British Museum and V&A Museum bring history alive with vibrant, colourful exhibitions.
Far from the clichéd view of bland, British cuisine, London is one of the world’s gastronomic hubs. Thriving with the flavours and spices of its many ethnic communities, the markets, fast food vendors and restaurants of the capital need to be tasted to be believed. One of the greatest foodie destinations in the city is Borough Market. A tantalizing explosion of taste, this covered market in Southwark is rife with tradesmen cutting deals on an endless variety of food produce from all corners of the globe.
When the sun goes down, a city break to London takes on a whole new persona, offering one of the most eclectic and energetic nightlife experiences in Europe. Settle down to a quiet pint in one of its quintessentially British pubs, sing along on Shaftsbury Avenue with a trip to a musical, or get your rave on at one of the hot nightspots dotted throughout the city.
Even those most strongly opposed to splashing cash cannot fail to fall under the spell of the historic Portobello Road Market. London’s oldest and most iconic market, Portobello is open daily, and caters to all tastes with its ever-changing produce. From antiques to trinkets, fruit and veg to clothes, the market is different each day of the week, but provides an unequalled bustle and vibrancy that encapsulates London itself.
When the hustle and bustle gets too much, head to one of the city’s lush green spaces. With rambling, grassy expanses and a charming boating lake, the vastness and beauty of Hampstead Heath is an excellent place to get away from the sometimes overwhelming city crowds. If you want your nature a bit more botanical, the exotic and beautifully manicured horticulture of Kew Gardens is, simply, blooming marvelous.
To really take in the scope of this incredible city, there is no better viewpoint than its latest sky-scraping edition and tallest building, The Shard. Make the ascent to the very top and enjoy the panoramic vistas that await.
Of course, no London city breaks are ever really complete without swinging by Buckingham Palace to see if Her Majesty is home. Brilliant for photo opportunities, the palace also overlooks the lush St James’s Park which is perfect for a relaxing. Pick up a picnic and enjoy one truly royal afternoon.