London sight-seeing musts
In this blogpost our Kiwi Reservations Manager, Miriam, has listed the top London attractions - simply not to be missed on your next trip to the capital!
Houses of Parliament
Located on the northern bank of the River Thames, this UNESCO World Heritage Site includes one of London’s most iconic landmarks, Elizabeth Tower or as it is more commonly known, “Big Ben”. Take a guided tour, watch a debate in the House of Commons or simply enjoy the beautiful buildings from either side of the river.
As it’s the home of Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace is usually closed, but during the summer the Queen is off on her summer holiday which means you can visit the Palace. Tours of the 19 State Rooms run daily during August and September and typically last just over two hours. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Located in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery hosts over 2,300 paintings. To make the most of your visit, join in on a free guided tour led by one of the highly knowledgeable Gallery lecturers. Guided tours take place daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and there are extra tours on the weekends. Click here for more information.
The West End
From childhood favourites such as Lion King, to religious musical satire, The Book of Mormon, there’s something for everyone on at The West End. Head to China town for a meal before checking out one of the many shows on offer. Discounted tickets can be purchased online here or head along to the Leicester Square Ticket booth.
The famous Borough Market has been in its Southwark location for just on 1000 years. Open daily (except Sundays) this market is the place to go for any discerning food lover. The only bad thing about visiting Borough market is deciding which food stalls to try!
Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without treating yourself to a very British afternoon tea. Why not try the high tea at Claridge's an iconic 5 star hotel that dates back to 1856. For a century or more, the chefs at Claridge’s have been whipping out the most delicious finger sandwiches, scones and sweet pastries.
St Pauls Cathedral
London’s most famous cathedral sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the city. It’s dome dominated the London skyline for 300 years and is still an iconic part of the skyline today. As beautiful as it is on the inside as it is on the outside, St Pauls is a must see during your time in London.
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