Despite sweltering conditions on the underground, huge crowds on Oxford Street and heaving restaurants in Soho packed to the brim with locals and tourists alike, you’ve got to admit that London is pretty great. But what makes London so unique? Here are just some of the reasons why.
London by all accounts is a truly fantastic city, but what makes tourists and travellers come back time and time again? In our opinion this is down to the fantastic and eclectic range of attractions, rich cultural history and booming commerce. Britain once held the largest empire in the world, and naturally, its capital still holds a certain level of prestige.
Whether you’re on the hunt for architecture or art, football or food, London’s 2,000-year history has helped turn it into a truly incredible (and unforgettable) city. Famed for its architecture, art, fashion and food, there really is something for everyone in this city.
Watch Shakespeare at the globe?
Whilst London’s theatre scene is truly extensive, nothing beats seeing one of Shakespeare’s classic plays brought to life at the Globe. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has been painstakingly reconstructed to emulate the original Elizabethan playhouse and visitors can enjoy fascinating talks, tours and exhibitions here. Although the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are based in Stratford-upon-Avon, regular productions take place right across the capital.
Find hidden classics amongst the British Library’s extensive collection
The British Library is the largest national library in the world and houses a staggering 150 million catalogued items, with some dating back as far as 2000 BC. If you’re a fan of the classics, you can see 15th-century editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as well as original song sheets penned by the infamous Beatles.
A food lovers paradise
London boasts an extensive street food scene, alongside supper clubs and restaurants for every preference and budget. Exmouth Market and Borough Market are the perfect place to find the very best street food ingredients. If you’re looking for something a little fancier, then why not go all out and dine at The Clove Club, The Ledbury or Lyle’s? Each of these restaurants offer a menu ranked amongst the top 50 in the world.
Sample a traditional ale
The British beer scene is rich, varied and truly delicious. If you can find yourself a great pub, few things bet sampling a traditional ale and sharing the obligatory packet of crisps with your table/. The Old Blythe Tavern is perfect if you’re looking for a little Irish spirit and The George is the same pub Shakespeare enjoyed.
Experience incredible art (for free!)
Even though most capital cities offer museum and exhibition spaces, very few off the same amount of phenomenal art galleries for free. The National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, Tate Modern, the V&A and the Natural History Museum are completely free to visit.
Enjoy a front-row seat at world-class sporting events
The west of London is home to some of the world’s most iconic sporting venues. The world’s greats vie to play on centre court at Wimbledon, footballers spend their whole career aiming for Wembley and rugby players dream of stepping onto the pitch at Twickenham. Plus, no cricket ground holds the same prestige as Lord’s.
The best accommodation options in London
When it comes to finding the ideal place to stay, look no further than Kensington. This is southwest of London’s famous West End and easy to reach on the Piccadilly line. This makes it super handy to reach both Heathrow airport and central London. Plus, it is home to several of London’s star attractions. You should definitely be on the hunt for a 4 star hotel in Kensington!