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Monday, 3rd of August 2015 | Due to industrial action, international travellers should arrive early and allow plenty of time to go through customs.
Yorkshire's Shining Dining Stars
Jenny Caspersonn explores England’s historic county of Yorkshire in search of Michelin stars.
London is a culturally vibrant city, exploding with attractions and exhibits. The British Museum is a free tourist attraction, housing a vast array of historical and cultural exhibitions. First established in 1753, it’s a perfect location to explore local and international history. The Guards Museum delves into the history of the London Military; and Design Museum London is a fresh and modern look at design. For something different, The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is a walk down consumer-centric memory lane. London is synonymous with live performances, and West End is a must-see experience. Regardless of when you visit, you’ll catch a thrilling show at West End, or a concert at Royal Albert Hall.
The London CBD and skyline is showered with worldly famous landmarks, and their discovery can easily be added to any London itinerary. The London Bridge on the famous River Thames opened in 1973 after several predecessors. Today it’s not only a landmark but an interactive tourist experience. You can explore the history of the bridge through an interactive movie adventure, or tackle the more scary experience named ‘London Tombs’. Take a cruise down The River Thames, or visit The Tower of London, a 900 year-old fortress now home to Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels. If you have any time left, Big Ben, found back at Westminster Palace, is one of the most famous clock towers in the world. For a bird’s eye view on London and its skyline, The London Wheel is the ultimate Ferris wheel adventure for all ages.
Shopaholics will be able to indulge themselves in London’s plethora or shopping precincts. Top destinations include Oxford Street, Carnaby, Regent Street and the gigantic Westfield London. A trip to iconic department store Harrod’s will make you feel truly British, while there are also countless vintage stores to suit the inner fashionista. Camden Market offers over 200 unique stalls, and House of Vintage is the place to go for one-off, signature high-end pieces. Major drawcards also include Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. You can easily set aside a whole week just to take advantage of these amazing outlets.
Royal Family Attractions
London is home to the British Royal Family, and this fact alone draws millions of tourists to London and its surrounds every year. Discover the buildings, palaces and grounds steeped in Royal Family history and national importance. Undeniably the most popular site is Buckingham Palace, the office and local residence of The Queen. Even if the Royal Family isn’t your thing, the palace architecture and atmosphere alone will draw you in. Between May and July, watch the famous Changing of the Guard, held daily. Windsor Castle is the oldest permanently-lived in castle in the world, and The Queen’s favourite residence. Beautiful and historic architecture make this one of the most popular tourist attractions. Westminster Abbey is the site where 16 royal weddings have taken place, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Described as a ‘living pageant’ of British history, it’s a must-see Royal favourite.