London: London the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. London is an unbeatable country steeped in history, culture, nature, architecture and constantly shifting northern light.
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the UK consulate website: www.ukvisas.gov.uk
Transportation: Figuring out how to get around is one of your biggest pre-trip decisions. Get our holiday expert best advice on deciding between your options. Based on your trip itinerary, our experts will help you choose wisely. You'll also find a wealth of practical travel tips.
Money: Use your money wisely. Know the best time to use cash or card — and how to avoid unnecessary fees either way — as well as tipping etiquette, and how shoppers can take advantage of VAT refunds.
Phones and Technology: Phones and other smart devices can be huge time-savers...or expensive distractions. Get our tips for making the best use of technology during your trip, and for calling home with or without your own phone.
Packing Light: On your trip you'll meet two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they had.
Sleeping and Eating: Your hotel and restaurant choices can be a matter-of-face chore…or they can provide rich opportunities to connect with locals and their culture.
Health & Hygiene: Take comfort: Doctors, hospitals, launderettes, and bathrooms aren’t that different. Dealing with them can even be part of the fun of travel.
Sightseeing & Activities: Once you're on the ground, the real fun begins…but it pays to have a thoughtful plan. Our experts will help you get oriented to your surroundings, use your sightseeing hours wisely, and find your way off the beaten path.
Things do & see:
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre-The actors perform in both warm starry nights and stormy weather
Globe Theatre-Would you like to visit a Renaissance Theatre? The reconstructed open-air Globe stages plays in a 17th century fashion
Paddling on the Thames-Observe London's historical buildings while drifting along the River Thames
Opera Holland Park-The London open air opera has its own charm and worldclass performances
Horse and Pony Riding-Horses—for adults, ponies—for younger riders, and beautiful natural trails with windmills and red deer—for all to enjoy
Birdwatching in Barnes-Anything from wetland birds to wildfowl and migrating species can be found in the large area of the London Wetland Centre
Street Performances-Besides oranges, Covent Garden's jugglers are skilled enough to shuffle knives and chainsaws
Wimbledon-The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, one of four Grand Slam tournaments
Greenwich + Docklands International Festival-This summer weekend is devoted to modern art and outdoor performances
Power Kiting-It's an amazing feeling to be literally carried away by a kite in Richmond Park
Lobster-Be sure to try the local lobster in London
Swimming- The northern areas of London, unbeknown to most, has many fine ponds great for a swimming holiday. The Hampstead Ponds are also known as Highgate Ponds date back to the 17th and 18th centuries when 30 ponds were made artificially to serve as reservoirs. Only 3 of them, the very Hamstead Ponds, are good for swimming. Two of them are single-sex, and another is available to anyone.
Swan Upping-The swans are surrounded with special attention in England
Watersports at West Reservoir Centre-West Reservoir offers a variety of watersports from sailing to canoe polo
Parkour in Westminster-Make your way through the labyrinth of obstacles in The Leap—the largest parkour park in the world
Hogwarts in the Snow-Still waiting for your invitation letter to Hogwarts? Luckily, today muggles can freely roam the school for wizards!
Changing of the Guard-A guard in an iconic scarlet tunic and bearskin hat must be always on alert to protect the Queen, so the changing of the guard is a vital tradition
Royal Gun Salutes-Gun salutes mark special occasions in London often associated with the Royal Family
Museums at Night-Museums have a special charm when explored at night— you might see something special you'd miss during the day
St Patrick's Day Parade-Raise a glass to Ireland while the green procession paves its way through the centre of London
The Notting Hill Carnival-The capital of Great Britain is hardly recognizable when the Afro-Carribean spirit revels in the streets of London
Rugby Union-England takes great pride in Rugby Union, the oldest type of rugby football
Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square-Although the identity and the origin of England's patron saint are not 100% clear, the feast bears a great importance for this nation
New Year's Eve-The British consider the New Year to be a secondary holiday, but they celebrate it well anyways!
Bonfire Night-Thanks to Guy Fawkes' attempt to kill James I, Londoners have another reason to set off fireworks and eat festive toffees
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival-A puppet show holiday is a great delight for the whole family
Horse-Racing-Royal Ascot-Royal Ascot combines exquisite English fashion with high-quality racing
Buckingham Palace Tours-The finest pieces of art, exquisite furniture, and the overall magnificence of the palace evoke great awe
Ice Skating-London's historical and modern landmarks make this traditional winter activity into a truly beautiful experience
Hampton Court Palace Festival-Ten days of July are devoted to music and comedy to entertain the nightly visitors of Henry VIII's Palace Court
Spring Blossoms-Floral show continues throughout the entire spring starting from daffodils in early March until wisteria in late May
Christmas Carols-Angelic singers celebrate the holidays and share goodwill and joy with Christmas carols
Duck and Goose Eggs-Try a duck or goose egg omelette for a change or for the sake of new experience. You may develop a taste for it!
Winter at the Southbank Centre with Natwest-The Southbank Centre promises great winter fun starting with a Christmas fair and seasonal treats and captivating snow spectacles