London has so much to offer visitors in terms of sightseeing and things to do. As Samuel Johnson famously mentioned that when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life sums it all up. There is something for people of all age groups and interests to spend an enjoyable holiday in the city. It is home to some of the greatest landmarks and historical monuments, which make it a top draw with tourists to the UK.
London has a large number of popular tourist attractions located close to one another near Great Cumberland Place in Central London. It is therefore the ideal place in the city to look for accommodation on a trip to the city. There are quite a number of swanky boutique hotels to be found in this part of London, like the Marble Arch by Montcalm Hotel in Park Lane London. Great Cumberland Place is close to Park Lane that offers plenty of venues to shop at, apart from being close to some of the most prominent attractions in the city.
Some of the top attractions to visit in the area and things to do here include:
When it comes to department stores London is home to some of the most iconic stores in the world. Selfridges was opened in 1909 by Gordon Selfridge, who played a prominent role in placing Oxford Street on the world shopping map. While things have certainly changed over the past century Selfridges continues to enjoy a prominent position among the top department stores to shop at the West End. It is the ideal spot to begin your London shopping experience.
One of the most elegant districts in the city Mayfair has always been a favourite location to stay at with the wealthy. Some of the most influential people have stayed here over the years which enhanced its social cachet. It is indeed a beautiful place with broad Georgian thoroughfares, elegant squares and magnificent beautiful parks. The area derived its name from the famous fortnight-long May Fair that was held here. Now the area is one of the trendiest spots in London and is home to some of the swankiest hotels, shops, restaurants and clubs.
London’s West End
It can be described as the heart of Central London, and is the place where you will find a number of businesses, tourist attractions and of course its legendary theatres. The West End is where London’s Theatre land is to be found and is also described as its entertainment district especially, the area around Leicester Square and Covent Garden. For fine shopping you can drop in to Oxford Street, Regents Street and Bond Street.
Probably the most famous of London’s Royal Parks, Hyde Park is spread over 350 acres of some of the best landscapes and has a number of amazing attractions and landmarks within the confines of the park. It is like an oasis in a concrete jungle being in the heart of London and has more than 4,000 trees, a meadow and a lake with various sports facilities and playgrounds. A great place to get away from the hectic frenzy of the city to spend a relaxed afternoon!
The name is synonymous with the best of shopping in the world and the street lies in the centre of the West End. It is the number one shopping destination for those visitors who want to indulge themselves in the best of high end shopping. There are numerous shopping venues located here which include designer stores, boutiques, flagship stores and some of the biggest department stores. It is said that Oxford Street always has something for kind of shopper. It is a comfortable stroll away from the Marble Arch hotel and makes for a most enjoyable shopping trip.
This is a world famous wax museum based in London that now has opened its branches in a number of major cities in the world. You will be captivated with the lifelike wax celebrity figures from all walks of life including the Queen and members of the Royal Family, pop stars, sports icons, movie stars and many more well known public figures.
It is certainly one of the most popular and visited attractions in London. It is also the official London residence of Her Majesty, The Queen and is out of a select few working royal palaces to be found in the world. Its magnificent rooms which are open to the public at a certain time in the year, house some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection. There are special guided tours of this stately palace and is the best way to learn more about this historic attraction.
Enjoy fine dining
What better way to begin your tour of city than by enjoying a fine lunch at a Michelin star restaurant? London is renowned for its incredible number of fine dining establishments that can be found in most parts of Central London. And if Italian is what you have in mind then drop by at Locanda Locatelli on Seymour Street. The restaurant offers the best of authentic Italian cuisine and is known for its cosy intimate atmosphere and exceptional quality of food.
Serpentine Galleries and Kensington Gardens
Once you are done with lunch and want to stretch your legs a bit, it is recommended to visit the nearby Serpentine Galleries to enjoy the beautiful collection of art and its exhibits. It consists of two galleries that stand on either side of the lake in Kensington Gardens. Its highlight is the permanent display that is dedicated to the memory of the Late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana. The galleries also play host to a number of temporary exhibitions all through the year. And after that do not miss an opportunity to explore stunning Kensington Gardens with its incredibly beautiful avenues of trees and magnificent gardens of breathtakingly beautiful flowers!