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London • Top 10 • Afternoon Tea

If you are on your way to London, you have a lot to look forward to. The city is the center of the British world, and as the imperial capital for centuries, London has been inspired by cultures around the world. The global view makes its mark on the streets of London and you can not least taste your way around the world in the many exotic restaurants through the city districts.

Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Tower Bridge are some of the many landmarks of the English capital and you will probably see most of them. And then there are the museums that are among the finest in the world. The British Museum’s stunning collections are the highlight, but the Imperial War Museum and Tower of London are other popular choices.

You can also choose to go off the beaten track of most visitors. For example, you can choose one of the city’s many boroughs and get acquainted with it, or take a ride on the London Underground and notice the many engineering marvels of the world’s oldest subway. A walk in Christopher Wren’s footsteps is also something that gives an interesting impression with the many beautiful churches he designed after the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to London even better…

 

British Museum, London

1. Get lost in the impressive collections of British Museum 
How about a collection with millions of museum items from cultures around the world? And what if all the best from the collection is free to enjoy? Then you have the British Museum, where you can see everything from Egyptian, Greek and Roman treasures to a statue from Easter Island. Many of the exciting things are coming from the former British Empire, where the British ruled a fair part of the world’s population. And they did well, for here is almost everything you can desire of interesting and unique cultural treasures.

 

2. Enjoy a cup of tea in Leadenhall Market
If you have to imagine an atmosphere of old London, Leadenhall Market probably fits your imagination quite well. The place is a construction with covered streets that meet under a large dome. The market dates back to the 14th century, but the atmospheric buildings you can visit today were designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones. Sit down somewhere and enjoy a cup of tea. It is a good way to enjoy the architecture and at the same time look at the many visitors who looks at the arcades just like you.

 

3. Get close to the monarch in front of Buckingham Palace
The British royal family is famous all over the world, and they ruled the large British Empire as monarchs through centuries. Buckingham Palace is the residence of the monarch, a status it has had since 1837, when Queen Victoria ascended the throne to rule until 1901. You can walk to the castle gates and think about what the monarch is doing right now, and then you can enjoy the surroundings, which i.a. consists of the impressive monument, Victoria Memorial, erected here in 1911. While here, you can imagine to parades and celebrations that have taken place here.

 

The Shard View, London

4. See it all from above
On the banks of the river Thames right in the center of London, you can board the 135 meter/443 feet high Ferris wheel called the London Eye. And it is an experience to remember. There can be 25 people in each of the cabins, which is about 30 minutes on a round trip. Along the way, you come up where the whole of London is at your feet, and the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben are just two of the things that are reduced to fine model buildings below you. If you want to go even higher, you can go to the 72nd floor of the skyscraper The Shard. Magnificent as well.

 

5. Spend an Afternoon with Christopher Wren
In 1666, a fire devastated large parts of London, and there were 88 parish churches among the destroyed buildings. Architect Christopher Wren was 33 years old at the time, and he was commissioned to design no less than 51 new churches and a magnificent cathedral. Start, for example, at Monument, which marks the start of the fire, and then cross the streets north of the river Thames, where Wren’s churches are almost everywhere. Finish with Wren’s masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral, and notice all of Wren’s beautiful details here and everywhere else.

 

Borough Market, London

6. Enjoy Borough Market
Borough Market is a large, well-known and vibrant market and you should stop by when you are in London. There are delicacies from all over the world in the many small stalls and the atmosphere is just top notch whether you are looking for Indian street food, handmade chocolate or tasty fruit. You can take the food with you or enjoy it at one of the market’s restaurants, where you should take your time to take a look at the beautiful Victorian market buildings.

 

7. Find your favorites in the National Gallery
Dürer, van Eyck, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Monet and Van Gogh are just a few of the many world-famous masters who have made our world a bit more colorful through paintings. And they are also just a few of the many artists you can experience at the National Gallery in London, which is one of the world’s finest art museums. Spend time here and enjoy the works at your own pace. It’s unforgettable… and even a free experience.

 

Kensington Gardens, London

8. Take a break in Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens is a lovely park with large lawns and wide paths between the lovely trees. It is in the middle of the city and yet as a walk in the countryside. And then there are many things to see along the way such as the Albert Memorial, the Round Pond, the Serpentine Galleries, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and of course the Kensington Palace where Princess Diana lived. If you want to enjoy more green surroundings, just continue through Hyde Park to Green Park and St James’s Park.

 

9. Go sailing on the Thames
London Underground is a quick and easy way to get around the city, but the view out the windows is not very exciting along the tracks. Then you can always walk or take a bus, and those are good ideas, but what about a trip on the river Thames? There are a lot of stops along the river between Hampton Court in the west and Woolwich Royal Arsenal in the east where you can board the river boats as a normal bus. It sails past many of the top sights in the city center at a leisurely pace, and then you see the city in a new perspective.

 

10. Stand with a foot on each hemisphere
The suburb of Greenwich is a short drive east from the City of London, and the journey to Greenwich through the Docklands is in itself interesting. The Royal Observatory is located in Greenwich, and it defines Greenwich Mean Time. The prime meridian with longitude zero is right here, and it is a fun experience to stand with one foot on the eastern hemisphere and the other on the western. And don’t worry – once you get the picture of it, there’s a lot more exciting to see in Greenwich; eg the 19th century tea clipper Cutty Sark and Old Royal Naval College.

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Experiences in London

If you are on your way to London, you have a lot to look forward to. The city is the center of the British world, and as the imperial capital for centuries, London has been inspired by cultures around the world. The global view makes its mark on the streets of London and you can not least taste your way around the world in the many exotic restaurants through the city districts.

Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Tower Bridge are some of the many landmarks of the English capital and you will probably see most of them. And then there are the museums that are among the finest in the world. The British Museum’s stunning collections are the highlight, but the Imperial War Museum and Tower of London are other popular choices.

You can also choose to go off the beaten track of most visitors. For example, you can choose one of the city’s many boroughs and get acquainted with it, or take a ride on the London Underground and notice the many engineering marvels of the world’s oldest subway. A walk in Christopher Wren’s footsteps is also something that gives an interesting impression with the many beautiful churches he designed after the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to London even better…

Travel guide London: vamados.dk/london

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