London is a fantastically diverse and eclectic city, so much so that it’s hard to pin down a single reason why it’s such a good place to visit.
So we thought we’d try to whittle it down to five and demonstrate exactly how the city has something to appeal to everybody.
Great tourist attractions
London is bursting at the seams with superb destinations for visitors, from Madame Tussauds and the Coca-Cola London Eye to the Tower of London and the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Holidaymakers of all ages and backgrounds can find something to enjoy – and as an added bonus, lots of its attractions are not prohibitively expensive.
Indeed, the likes of the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Tate Modern are free to enter, while spectacles such as the Changing of the Guards can be viewed at no charge. London also boasts plenty of green spaces such as Hyde Park, Greenwich Park and Richmond Park – each of which have their own unique and distinguishing qualities.
So if you’re ever deterred from London by the possible costs, remember there are plenty of must-see attractions that don’t cost a penny to enjoy.
If you’re a bit more relaxed about splashing the cash, then you should certainly make a point of exploring London’s world-class shopping heartlands.
Oxford Street alone boasts more than 300 shops, including the flagship stores for globally famous brands and a host of designer outlets. Here, you can pound your wallet at the likes of John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser and even Primark, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes and your budget.
If you’re only interested in luxury brands, where better to go than Bond Street and Mayfair? Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Tiffany & Co are everywhere you look. And Knightsbridge is another place a luxury shopper shouldn’t miss, as the prestigious Harrods and Harvey Nichols are both located here.
Shoppers should also make a point of checking out London’s many independent retailers in the likes of Covent Garden, Carnaby Street and Camden Market, which are great if you’re looking to snap up something unique and distinctive.
Food and drink
Every culinary taste is more than catered for in London, from English staples like fish and chips and pie and mash to more exotic dishes from other corners of the world. Whether you want to grab a quick burger or sit down for a gourmet meal, there is plenty to suit all tastes, budgets and dietary requirements.
And while you are in London, why not try the fantastically English tradition of Afternoon Tea, with homemade cakes and sandwiches served up alongside a nice warming pot of loose leaf tea? It’s a wonderfully civilised yet indulgent way to spend an hour or two.
London boasts an iconic and internationally famous skyline, thanks to its landmark buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the Post Office Tower. Fortunately, there are plenty of locations in and around the city that let you see it in all its glory.
Plus, the View from The Shard, for instance, offers an awe-inspiring view from its 800ft high observation deck, which lets you see up to 40 miles away.
Alternatively, the Coca-Cola London Eye is a wonderful place to get a panoramic view of the London skyline, as is the Oxo Tower.
Visitors should also not rule out moving to an outdoor viewpoint that overlooks the city. You can catch a majestic view of the city for free from Primrose Hill, Alexandra Palace, Hampstead Heath and Greenwich to name a few. What could be better than enjoying a pleasant walk or a romantic picnic against a truly iconic backdrop?
London’s West End isn’t known as theatre-land for nothing, as it is home to many remarkable and esteemed venues. But the city’s theatrical experiences are not confined to this single location and there are countless venues of all sizes throughout the city all putting on a varied range of productions.
From established classics starring world-famous actors to plays written by and starring emerging talent, there is no shortage of opportunities to see thespians treading the boards in London.
If you’re lucky, you can get a bargain ticket for a much sought-after show if you arrive at the Box Office on the day and they have a few to spare.
London is also a great place to take in live music performances, from heavy rock and reggae to opera and classical music.
Anyone who’s anyone in the world of music will take in London as they tour the world, so keep an eye out for listings at the likes of the O2 Arena, the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena to see who is on. You could combine your visit to London with the arrival of one of your favourite artists.
Music lovers might also enjoy the chance to check out London’s pub and clubs, as many host unsigned bands covering all genres. Who knows? You might get to see superstars of the future before they make it big!