London, England’s capital city, has always been known for its history, theatre and fashion. People the world over have locked to this city to see royal palaces, the homes of literary giants and most recently, the legacies of the 2012 summer Olympic games. You can see a lot of things on London tours, but for us, there are 3 must see things in London 2013 for the avid traveller.
1. The Chelsea Flower show
Chelsea can be found along the Thames river a couple of miles aways from Trafalgar Square. It is a small borough with narrow roads and some of its historical residents included Oscar Wilde and Margaret Thatcher.
Every May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital the Chelsea Flower show is held. The Queen is a regular visitor to this show where horticulturists, florists and landscapers across the region come and showcase their best products and projects. The year 2013 marks the celebration of the show’s centenary, making a visit there extra special. The theme is sustainable living and will have exciting exhibitions, phenomenally creative gardens and awards.
2. The Queens Birthday parade
Should you be in London in June, then you should join in the celebrations of the Queens birthday. Each year, her official birthday is celebrated by “Trooping the Colour,” an annual event that has been taking place since 1820. It includes all the pomp and ceremony that is uniquely English.
It begins with the Queen’s inspection of troops before leading them down to Buckingham palace, where she is often joined by other members of the royal family. It’s a great way to experience this aspect of England’s lifestyle and gives royal watchers to see the royals in person.
3. Queen Elizabeth Olympic park
The Olympic park was home to the spectacular 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games in 2012, after which it was temporarily closed to the public while it underwent a transportation. In 2013 it will be reopened as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This easily accessible park will include 5 iconic sporting venues; public parks with walkways and bikeways; and provide spaces for community groups or school students to interact and enhance their learning. You will also be able to see a business and residential district in the area. With a strong emphasis on green living and ecological sustainment, the park is sure to be an interesting addition to the tourist’s itinerary.
You can fly to London with all the major airlines, including Ryanair, US airways, BA and Lufthansa Airlines. London is a fast paced cosmopolitan city with a good public transportation system. This makes it easier for tourists to explore the city and find places off the beaten truck. You will most likely find that each great place you visit will be linked to other fascinating places you can pop into on your way in or out of your initial destination.
This is a guest post from Tom at Malta Holidays