Best Kept Secrets in London, United Kingdom – A Guide to Having Fun in London

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Click HerePlanning a trip to London, UK can prove to be a bit overwhelming. There are so many things worth seeing and worth exploring in the United Kingdom and London especially, it can be very difficult to narrow down your itinerary. But here are a few ideas to get the most out of your time in the London area and some of the best London deals.

It’s no secret that London is full of several fantastic museums. If looking at old art and artifacts is your thing, you’re in luck. London is home to one of the most famous museums in the world – the British Museum. This beautifully designed museum is home to the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon, Ancient Egyptian mummies, and artifacts from the Greeks and Romans among its wares. As with all the museums in Britain, entrance is free except for the occasion special exhibit.

Another great museum to check out if you’re in Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery. This particular museum houses a vast gallery of paintings dating back from 1250 to somewhere in the 1900’s.  The portraits are arranged in categories (style, school, time periods, etc.) making it easy to maneuver through the collection. And if you are looking for an added treat, try the cafe upstairs…a hidden delight! The Tate Modern is also a popular favorite with tourists, boasting a huge collection of modern art. The Tate is situated on the Thames where its cafe offers a serene view.

One way to see more of London and the surrounding area is through either a walking tour or a bike tour. With either of these tours you will discover some wonderful secrets of London along with some of its fun eccentricities. Check out  London Walks,  Golden Tours, or Discovery Tours to book a walking tour. Be sure to go on the Jack the Ripper Walking Tour! (Don’t worry, it’s not scary.) For great bike tours through London and Greenwich, Spoke ‘n Motion Bike Tours has some really great tours to choose from. With so many tours available, including some night tours, you will surely find a tour that suits you.

If walking or biking isn’t your thing, you might try it on a boat instead. Take a river cruise along the Thames. Sit back, relax and enjoy the breath-taking views from the water. Tickets for the cruises can be purchased on the docks along the riverbank.

Something you might consider doing while in London is shopping for vintage clothing. London is a favorite hot spot for vintage fare with some better-than-average shops. Beyond Retro on Cheshire Street, boasts a warehouse filled with over 10,000 items dating back to the 1940’s. Also check out Butler & Wilson in Chelsea, Bolongaro Trevor Resurrection, Pop Boutique and celeb-fav One of a Kind Too in Notting Hill, carrying some pieces crafted by high-end fashion designers.

Maybe you would like to shop the department stores like Burberry or Harrod’s. Or maybe you would like to hit Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly Circus. You’ll find them in London, too. With so many wonderful boutiques and stores to choose from, you could spend days shopping for your style.

A must-see website to visit is London Pass. London Pass is a wonderful way to see some of the biggest attractions in London at a fraction of the cost. With your London Pass purchase, you can choose 55 attractions to visit for FREE “including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle, a Thames River cruise, London Bridge Experience and many more.” Not to mention the fact that you don’t have to wait in any lines with the London Pass. You may even purchase a London Pass with Travel, which will get you around town without having to shell out cash every time you take the transportation system. Travelers also receive a guidebook with maps and tips to make  the most of their trip to London.

There are tons of must-see attractions in London. Your days will be filled to capacity with things to see and do. Do some research before going and plan your trip well. Map out the attractions you want to visit. You will want to visit the Attractions page of the London Pass site to find out the times of the Changing of the Guard and some of the other attractions, as they have designated visiting times. Be sure to plan your trip to the Tower of London early, especially during the summer season. It can be a lengthy wait to see the Crown Jewels.

Some additional websites to check out:  www.visitlondon.com / www.londontown.com / www.royal.gov.uk / www.hrp.org.uk / www.londontransport.co.uk / www.rail.co.uk

 

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