The Stopover Guide to London
It is not uncommon for a traveller, en route to the rest of Europe, to make a stopover
in London. Whether you’re a first timer or a frequent visitor to London, there are
a multitude of attractions that will fill your time there, but it’s vital you take into
account the time you have at your disposal. You also need to think about your budget
– some activities are free, while others can cost a considerable amount. This brief
stopover guide to London should help you decide how best to roam this great city.
If you’ve never been to London, here’s a tip. The weather will decide what you
can or cannot do! It’s often said that England doesn’t have a climate – only weather,
that changes several times a day. Remember the all-too-familiar gentleman in a boiler
hat holding a brolly? It will pay for you to carry one!
Hop aboard a double-decker bus
This is a favourite with tourists the world over. It’s so easy, as these sightseeing tours
are run several times a day, and it’s a one-stop shop in terms of seeing London’s most
famous sights at one go. Expect to see Big Ben, the Tower of London and St Paul’s
Cathedral as you bus about the city.
The London Eye
Located on the Southbank of the Thames River, this is a great place to start if you
have enough time. In summer, queues are long, so you’ll need be realistic about
whether you can afford to spend time here. It’s also not a cheap option, at about £25.
However, taking a ride on the biggest ferris wheel in Europe and seeing the views
down below is arguably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
St James Park
Adjacent to Buckingham Palace and part of The Royal Parks, this is a lovely place to
spend a portion of your afternoon. If you have something to get off your chest, or you
just feel like reciting a poem, make a stop at the world-renowned Speakers’ Corner
and say anything you like – no one can stop you!
Museums and art galleries
If you fancy history and art, you’ll be impressed with this city that boasts many
museums and art galleries. Notably, the British Museum with its seven million
artefacts from all over the world will be sure to please the biggest of history buffs.
On the other end of the scale, try out Tate Modern, next to the Thames River. It’s
considered one of the world’s best modern art museums, and you can finish off your
outing with a cocktail or meal at its popular restaurant.
If you’ve got a fat wallet, or even if you don’t, visiting Harrod’s Department Store
is a must, simply because everyone’s heard of it! With top fashion, home wares
and gourmet food, this will satisfy even the most discerning of shoppers. If you’re
after a bargain, the ever-popular Bermondsey Market is the place to go. Considered
one of the best in the world, it’s on every Friday on Bermondsey Street. Get there
early though – it starts at 5am and runs through to noon, but most of the bargains are
snatched up within the first few hours. And yes, you’re allowed to haggle!
Scare yourself silly!
For something a little less clichéd (and if you like a good scare), try the London
Dungeon. There are rides, special effects, and live actors thrown in for good measure
in this underground attraction.
There really is something for everyone in London, whether you’re there for
a long time or just a short while. This has only been a brief overview – the city’s
attractions go far beyond this list. Check out a travel agent such as corporatetraveller.com.au
for more ideas, or if you just need a little help organising your trip!