10 London Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Museums, Travel Tips |

Visiting London can be an overwhelming experience. It’s so large, versatile, and busy – what are you supposed to do first? While you could probably just wonder around and find a plethora of things to do, these attractions shouldn’t be missed:

  • The London Eye

The London Eye is one of the tallest structures in all of London, and you can hop on and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the place! It really is a breathtaking view, and a fantastic photo opportunity. Don’t miss a ride in one of the pods, it can be especially magical at night when everything is lit up.

  • The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is a fascinating gallery full of artwork. For those who don’t think they’re ‘that into art’, visit this gallery. I bet you’ll change your mind! If you don’t, you haven’t lost anything as it’s free anyway. Some of the secret hotels of London are nearby, so you don’t need to travel far. This is a great activity for visiting on a budget.

  • Camden Lock Market

Camden lock market is like stepping into a whole other world. The stalls are all unique and intriguing, with vintage clothes and jewelry being sold from all angles. You can get some great bargains here, and delicious food.

  • Kentish Town

Kentish town is similar to Camden, except some say it’s better. Full of vintage stores, this is a great place to go if you prefer your purchases with a bit of life in them.

  • Buckingham Palace

Buckingham palace makes for some excellent photo opportunities, and you might even see the Queen! It’s a true sight to behold, so pay a visit if you haven’t before.

  • A Theatre Show

There are theatre shows by the dozen in London. The thing I love most about these shows is that each one has their own special theatre dedicated to it. You can buy all kinds of cool merchandise before settling down to watch the show. It doesn’t matter if you don’t sit at the front either; you still get a great view!

  • Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is a place you can go and have pictures with your favourite waxwork celebrities. It’s definitely worth doing once. Make sure you go through the new ‘Scream’ attraction if you like to get your heart racing.

  • Oxford Street Shopping

Love to shop? There’s no better place than Oxford Street. The size of the Topshop will make your mouth water if you’re a fashionista. There are multiple Pandora stores too for all of your jewellery needs.

  • Harrods

Harrods is a ridiculously expensive department store, but you must go there even if it’s just to window shop. They have violin players and everything!

  • Big Ben

Big ben is the affectionate nickname of the bell inside of the big clock tower. It’s over 90 metres long, making it a great attraction when you’re in the area.

If you see these 10 attractions, you’ll have a great trip. If you don’t, don’t worry; you’ll find other great things to do. London is the perfect place for an adventure!


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5 Alternative Things to do in London

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Travel Tips |

London has always been a cool place to visit. With such a vast amount of history in action, within the Capital, little wonder people love to visit the coolest place in the UK. But, there is a lot more to London than the Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace. In fact, there are some perfect places that are slightly off the tourist trail. After all, you don’t want to become yet another tourist, wearing an I Love London t-shirt and a giant comedy hat. What you will need though is a great camera, check out some of the best ones at bestcompactcamera2016.com.


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1.    Head to East London

East London has always had something of a bad rap. But, if you want to spend your time conversing with bohemian, arty types, East London is the place to be. Yes, Hackney is a little rough around the edges. But, it’s a great place to go. Bars, clubs and shops are abundant. Plus, you are more likely to submerge yourself in local life. The East End is an excellent place to visit unusual art galleries and eat some great cuisine. What’s more, it’s one of the cheapest places in London to visit. So, if you are on a limited budget, the East End is perfect for you. Head to Dalton and check out the myriad of street art. It’s nothing short of provocative.

2.    Get on a Party Boat on the Thames

Party boats used to be commonplace in mainland Europe, but now they have come to the Thames. Nightclubs can be dull, heaving places. It’s time to part of the boat. The boat party in London has become something of a revelation. It’s an excellent way to see more of the Thames and the gorgeous London scenery. Plus, you get to relax and unwind with a drink or three. What could be better?

3.    Greenwich Market: Foodie Heaven

Yes, Camden and Portobello markets are heavily featured in the tourist magazines. But, have you considered heading to Greenwich Market? Greenwich is not just famous for its clock. It also has an incredible market that is sure to appeal to the most ardent of foodies among us. The market itself is located in the UNESCO Heritage Site, so it’s not only amazing, but it’s got a little bit of culture thrown in too. You can find every kind of food to suit every kind of palate.

4.    Soak in the Urban Culture in South Bank

South Bank has become increasingly popular in recent times. This is due to the Avant Garde urban culture that exudes from every pore. With street graffiti, installations and stencils in abundance, it’s a brilliant way to get a real sense of London. Wander around the streets and take it all in. While the Tube is a great way to travel, you can see so much more than the usual tourists by going round London on foot.

5.    Ditch Camden and Head to Kentish Town

Yes, Camden is cool. But, with only one tube stop away, Kentish Town is where it’s at. Kentish Town is like how Camden used to be. Cool, bohemian and not filled with tourists. Vintage shops and unusual nightlife is apparent in Kentish Town. It’s a neat alternative. Plus, you’ll beat the crowds too.

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How To Plan The Ultimate Weekend Away In London

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Travel Tips |

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Sometimes we need to get away from it all. Weekend trips are an excellent way to unwind and treat yourself for the hard work you put in so that you can pay the bills. There are some vibrant cities in the United Kingdom but many people never get to experience them. Weekends are perfect for exploring such places. You don’t want to waste your main holiday in a bustling city after all. Yes, that will be some people’s idea of heaven, but most prefer to head for sunny beaches on an extended holiday.

London is our capital, so it is only right that it plays host to many cultural and architectural attractions. There is much to see and do there, so to make the most of a weekend break, you must plan well.

Here are a few ideas to help you plan the ultimate weekend away in London.


Your first consideration must be the travel arrangements. There are good rail links from all over the country, so if you enjoy travelling by rail that might be the answer. If you are springing the trip on a loved one as a surprise, why not hire a chauffeur driven limosine from http://littles.co.uk to get you there in style? The door to door service will ensure that you arrive relaxed and stress free.


The internet makes the job of finding accommodation straightforward. All hotels and guesthouses have websites of their own or appear on booking agency websites. You can browse them at your leisure to find the perfect place within your price range.

Things To See

There are too many attractions to fit in one visit; here are a few suggestions.

  • The Houses Of Parliament. Parliament is an important building. It is where we planted the seeds of democracy, and it has influenced the politics of the world. The architecture is magnificent too.

  • The British Museum. This museum is one of the best in the world. It houses some of the greatest archeological discoveries from all over the world. Now that we live in enlightened times, many of the countries have started to ask for their property back. The Rosetta Stone gave us the code for translating Egyptian hieroglyphs, and the Elgin Marbles show the craftsmanship of the ancient Greeks. You can see the Staffordshire Hoard that contains incredible examples of workmanship in the dark ages.

  • The London Eye. You should book your ride in advance if you want to avoid the queues here. You get stunning views of the city on a trip that lasts about forty-five minutes.

  • The West End. You must take in a show on one evening. But which one will you choose? Phantom Of The Opera is my favourite, but there are many other long-running  shows to tempt you.

  • The National Portrait Gallery. If you enjoy art and history, there is no better place for you to visit. See the faces from our distant past captured forever in oils by the masters of their time. Of course, you will find modern portraits of celebrities there too. They will be ancient history one day.

Now you can appreciate the need to plan a weekend with military precision. You can’t take in all of the sights, but you can have an experience to remember. I hope you have a wonderful time.

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The Top 10 Attractions In London For You And The Family

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Travel Tips |

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London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights and attractions. Many of London’s top 10 attractions are free, making them affordable places to soak up some culture.

Whether you prefer history or modern art, you’ll find it at one of these must-visit spots.With so much to do, it’s hard to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit, but below you’ll find ten of the best based on the latest visitor numbers.

British Museum (Free Entry)

The world-famous British Museum shows off the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights of the museum tour include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection.

National Gallery (Free Entry)

The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London’s National Gallery is a huge space jam-packed with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. In this iconic art gallery, you can find works by masters such as Van Gogh and Da Vinci.

Natural History Museum (Free Entry)

As well as the dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized blue whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Central Hall.

Tate Modern (Free Entry)

Sitting proudly on the banks of the Thames is Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. Its fascinatingly unique shape is due to it previously being a power station. The gallery’s restaurants offer incredible views across the city.

London Eye

The London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. It boasts some of London’s best views from its 32 carriages; each weighing 10 tonnes and holding up to 25 people. Hop on aboard for a truly breathtaking experience, with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes! It’s certainly more of an experience on a sunny day, but you can never quite plan for that with British weather.

Science Museum

See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years, and don’t forget the awesome Imax cinema. Entry is free to the Science Museum, but some exhibitions require tickets.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years’ worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you’ll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles; the list seems endless.

Tower of London

Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world’s most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, explore the medieval king’s bedchamber and cast your eyes upon the Crown Jewels. You can look, but don’t touch!

National Maritime Museum

Visit the world’s largest maritime museum and see the historic Queen’s House. Who knows what you might uncover.

Madame Tussauds

At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga – you’ll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even royalty. Strike a pose with Usain Bolt, get close to One Direction or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen.

So there are some of the most popular attractions in London as of today. There are so many things to do in England’s capital city, and it’s fair to say you’ll be worn out by the end of the day – it’s truly tiring. Make sure you take a look at the hotels with Venere to grab yourself an affordable hotel in close proximity to the attractions. At least in that way, you can recharge your batteries and still be close to all the fun!

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London for Couples: Things to Do

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized |

London is the capital of the UK, but many people still haven’t been. I go to London once per year with my other half, and we love doing different things each time. It’s amazing how you can stay in a different hotel, plan a few different activities, and it’s as if you’re in a whole different place altogether! Here are just some of the things you should do as a couple in London:


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See a Show

London has many theatres, and each one has their own unique show for you to see. You can choose between shows like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables, The Lion King, and loads more. There’s a show to suit all tastes so don’t miss out on a trip to the theatre.

The London Eye

The London Eye is something everyone should do at least once. You get to see London from the highest point there is, and have amazing photo opportunities while up in your oval shaped booth. Book it before you travel to get a great deal.

Madame Tussauds

You might not think that looking at waxworks of famous people is your thing, but it’s definitely worth a visit. You can see realistic looking waxworks of all your favourite celebrities, politicians, and even be scared out of your wits by the new ‘scream’ attraction.

Restaurants and Cafes

There’s no shortage of great restaurants and cafes dotted all around London. It can be difficult to decide where to go, but I recommend going to Beirut Nights, who serve the best shisha in London!

Camden Market

Camden market is a must, in fact; I want to do it every time I go! You can get all kinds of amazing street food there, fresh lemonade/orange juice, handmade jewellery, vintage clothes, and all kinds of other trinkets and tidbits. The atmosphere is indescribable, so go on over and see for yourself.

Covent Garden

This area of London is slightly more posh than the others, but if you can set a chunk of your budget aside for it you’ll have a great time. There are some lovely little shops around, some specialising in children’s toys, others specialising in every kind of tea you can imagine. While you’re there, have a bite to eat at one of the classy restaurants. Me and my other half went to a fancy fresh restaurant and ordered burgers and chips – but they were award winning, and definitely the best burger and chips we’d ever eaten!

Although people say it’s too pricey, I’ll definitely be going back next year.


London has one world class shopping experience that’s hard to beat. You have all kinds of options, but of course Oxford Street is the place to go if you’re looking to shop until you drop. You have all of your favourite shops there: Topshop, Topman, JD, Miss Selfridge, Pandora, MAC, and not too far away you have Harrods. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything from Harrods, it’s worth a look! You may even spot some celebrities in there as you browse the items.

Have you done anything on this list? Did you enjoy it as much as me? Let me know in the comments!


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