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London is an entire world from the vibrant restaurants to the fascinating buildings, from amazing museums and galleries to the entertainment venues, authentic ethnic eateries to quirky local bars, from theme parks to the King’s Road. London offers a lot for all ages, cool sporting events to places to fill a grumbling tummy and Quirky markets to new pop-ups. It’s one of the dream destinations that host hundreds of festivals that justify their 2000 years of rich history. I have long quintessential bucket list of amazing things to visit in London like the iconic London Eye or the UNESCO World Heritage Site Stonehenge with over an 5000 years old and most mysterious man-made structures in the world or the street art at Shoreditch or one millions sparkling Christmas lights at world heritage Royal Gardens of Kew and so on.
Let’s begin our journey strolling through the green park to glimpse the Queen’s house, Buckingham Palace. This beautiful palace is also the administrative headquarters of the Queen of England, features 775 rooms, of which 19 are State Rooms, 52 bedrooms, 188 staff quarters, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices and the largest private garden in London. While having a glimpse of the royal lifestyle remember it’s not just decor, its masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Canaletto. Don’t miss the chance of spectacle word-famous Guard changing ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, it’s a great opportunity to witness a historic tradition.
Nothing is better than shopping at Europe’s busiest Oxford Street. With 300 odd retail outlets includes the world’s famous brands like 16,000 square meters Marks & Spencer’s, Debenhams, HMV Music Shop, John Lewis and Selfridges features intricate and beautiful window displays. Oxford Street can get crazy and busiest during Christmas, but Christmas lights illuminate all the shopping sprees. If we talking about oxford street, don’t forget about the neighboring Regent Street that’s always a beautifully decorated street just like a Royal Wedding.
Bond Street is one of the most popular and expensive shopping streets in London. Being at Bond street you can spoil yourself around elegant stores to exclusive brands, fine jewels to antiques. Bond Street is a much-loved destination for most prestigious retailers including Cartier to Ralph Lauren, Chanel to Dolce Gabbana, Jimmy Choo to Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co to Burberry and lot more luxurious brands. One can finish the Bond street tour by seeking 3,000 years of oldest outdoor sculpture and the ‘Allies’ statue of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sitting on a bench.
Piccadilly Circus will give you feel of New York Times Square, with large neon hoardings and video displays. It’s a circular road junction connecting multiple streets and the popular tourist destination for biggest theaters, nightclubs, the Trocadero houses a games arcade and some niche shops to satisfy any pop culture cravings. You will also find a beautiful installed Shaftesbury memorial fountain and the statue of Eros in the center of the circus.
Tower of London
While having a dark and intriguing past, the Tower of London is the most recognizable landmark in the city. This iconic building is a beautiful place to learn the history and the tragic story of Anne Boleyn’s coronation, imprisonment. Tours cover Britain’s famous crown jewels and go over to look around a quadrangular castle interior the Traitor’s Gate that is in remarkably good condition for being almost a millennium old.
London Aquarium and Dungeons
Take a trip beneath the Tropical Ocean to see amazing aquatic creatures from around the world, from sharks to seahorses, jellyfish to crocodiles. It’s one of Europe’s largest collections of marine life. Those who love a good horror story, the London Dungeon is the best place to enjoy shows are based on real events, some funny, others quite scary.
Brixton Academy and Electric Avenue
For the best music venue, Brixton Academy in south London is best out of all. There are lots of unique venues but Brixton Academy is a host of the biggest rock and pop acts in the world, like Madonna, The Clash, Eric Clapton and Dire Straits. Electric Avenue is a street in the Brixton market, most diverse market with unique, quirky and handmade items. Electric Avenue is also famous for being the first street market in London to be lit by electricity.
Leicester Square has been an iconic and entertainment epi-center since the 19th century. It’s famous for host celebrations for the Chinese New Year to 52 star-studded red-carpet premieres each year at ODEON Leicester Square, Vue, and Cineworld film premiere at the city’s biggest screens. Leicester Square is surrounded by a variety of restaurants & bars from MOD Pizza to Bella Italia, Brasserie Zédel to Petit Bistro and famous casinos to try luck at Hippodrome Casino or Empire Casino, or Grosvenor Casino to Napoleons Casino. For making it more unique visit the Prince Charles Cinema for cult films, singalong screenings, and epic marathon nights.
The iconic Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is one of the top tourist attractions, has beautiful fountains, monuments, and the iconic commemorative statue of Lord Admiral Nelson guarded by four lion statues. It’s a significant landmark since the 13th century and has been an important flashpoint for political rallies. It’s also a great place to relax, grab a coffee and a bite from the many cafes around the iconic Trafalgar Square.
Warner Bros Studios and Shakespeare’s The Globe Theater
The Warner Bros Studio Tour is one of my favorite spots, is a magical place to explore Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry set of Harry Potter series. The museum is over 150,000 square feet and has a permanent exhibition that offers an authentic tour of the original costume, props and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the award-winning series. Include steel suspension bridge over the River Thames, Millennium Bridge or the famous bridge that collapse during the Harry Potter movie “Half-Blood Prince”. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre at South Bank dates back to the 16th-century Elizabethan playhouse. This place is more than our expectation, it hosted brilliant plays by Shakespeare including Julius Caesar, Macbeth, King Lear, and Hamlet. This fantastic theater educates visitors about Elizabethan theatre, history, documents and other unique artifacts related to Shakespeare and the Globe in the exhibition, which is the largest exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare.
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