A visit to this timeless metropolis will have you immersed in its history and originality from day one. Read more.
A visit to this timeless metropolis will have you immersed in its history and originality from day one. Alive with theatre, fashion, music and art, London is the world’s iconic capital of culture, abundant with energy and stimulated by its burgeoning tech hub and thriving underground creative scene. Booking a stay at one of its many hotels – be it a throwback to its Royal heritage in Chelsea or an artsy hotel in Shoreditch – will never see you far from the excitement of top-notch boutique shopping and vintage markets, famed institutes like the British Museum or internationally eclectic cuisine inspired by a multicultural populace.
From the airport to the city
The largest airports are Heathrow and Gatwick, but flights are also available and often cheaper into Luton, Southend and Stansted airports. It’s easy to get into London from the airports using public transport and Easyjet’s, ‘easyBus’ service offers shuttles in from Luton, Stansted and Gatwick airports. Citymapper London, Barclays Bikes and GetTaxi are a few apps that will definitely come in handy.
An eye on London’s best attractions
London plays host to a veritable treasure trove of attractions and there’s no place like Southbank to begin exploring its wealth. Segue from the fantastic collection at the Tate Modern to the heights of the London Eye for a city snapshot from above. Enjoy an afternoon show at Royal Festival Hall or continue the modern art walk with a visit to the innovative Hayward Gallery. London marries old school with new like no other city and the architectural feats of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Palace and the contemporary Shard London Bridge hold plenty of beauty for the beholder. If relaxing in a city oasis holds more appeal, take solace in the capital’s lush green spaces. Hyde Park is one of the largest, ensuring plenty of room to meander in this picturesque haven.
Gastro pubs, West End and the underground scene
Long after the sun has set over Tower Bridge, London’s history lingers in its quintessential public houses while its legendary bars and clubs lie ready to entertain a myriad of tastes and temptations. Order up a pint of ale for a true retrospective or stay current at one of the city’s design conscious gastro pubs. London’s underground scene conjures up revamped burlesque, electro swing nights and underground bingo and for the party hardy, dubstep, house, electro and late night food market raves lie waiting in the depths of Hoxton, Dalston and Stoke Newington. The West End’s flashing lights attract with top name billings and mega musicals but away from the stage you can still be blown away by the UK’s largest cinema screen at the London IMAX. The Craft Beer London and Unlike apps will have you exploring like a local.