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6 Apr

Best of Britain – 10 Reasons To Visit London in 2016

London EyeWhy London should be next on your travel wish list

From museums to Michelin stars, theatre to football, you’ll find plenty to entertain you in the UK’s capital city.

London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, with plenty of interesting sights and attractions to entertain even the most demanding of visitors. And it’s continually changing, with new attractions and experiences appearing all the time. If you haven’t visited the capital in a while, here are some reasons why it should be next on your travel list.

1. Catch A Show

If you love the theatre, there is no better place to see a show than London’s West End. From musicals to gripping dramas, from dance recitals to comedies, there is something to please everyone. London’s West End is also renowned for attracting big name stars, so you could end up watching your favourite film or television star tread the boards.

2. Free Culture Fix

With a plethora of museums and galleries on offer, culture vultures are sure to find their fix in London. And the good news is that many of the city’s top galleries and museums are free to enter, including the National History Museum, the Tate Modern, the Science Museum and the British Museum.

3. Relive The Past

London has an incredibly rich history and there are so many opportunities to explore this history, whether it’s through visiting museums and tourist attractions such as the Tower of London, hopping on a sightseeing bus, or taking a guided walking tour through some of the older parts of the city.

4. Visit The Royals

For royalists, no trip to London would be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace – the official London residence of the Queen. Observe the changing of the guard, or for a closer insight into the lives of the royal family, why not take a guided tour of the palace? From July to October, 19 state rooms are open to the public, along with free audio tours. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the Queen or one of her relatives!

5. Birds-Eye View

A birds-eye view of the city really helps you appreciate the scale and style of London. Luckily there are lots of opportunities to view the city from above. Take a trip on The London Eye on the South Bank for great views over the river and Westminster, or head to the newly built The Shard to enjoy panoramic views over the city while sipping on a glass of wine or eating a tasty lunch.

6. Enjoy The River

The iconic River Thames is around 10,000 years old and provides the perfect backdrop to many of the city’s attractions. Beat the traffic and enjoy great views on the Thames Clipper river bus service, which runs all the way to Greenwich. You also have the option of taking a sightseeing riverboat tour, or even an evening dining cruise which offers entertainment and fantastic views of London by night.

7. Treat Your Taste Buds

London is the perfect destination for foodies. As well as its many Michelin-starred restaurants, London is also home to numerous bistros, cafes, gastro-pubs, and pop-up restaurants.  It’s also a street food mecca with places such as Borough Market offering top-notch cuisine from all over the world. If you’re a fan of afternoon tea then famous venues such as The Ritz and The Savoy are sure to satisfy your scone craving.

8. The Great Outdoors

Parks are not always the first thing that spring to mind when you think about a major city. However, London is actually the greenest major city in Europe with 35,000 acres of parks, woodlands and gardens for the public to enjoy. The capital is home to eight Royal Parks, including Richmond Park with its wild deer population, and Hampstead Heath with its amazing views over the city.

9. Great Shopping

London is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. The city offers a huge array of shopping opportunities, including the flagship Oxford Street stores, West End boutiques, and traditional markets, such as the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill. The relatively new Westfield shopping mall in Stratford (Europe’s largest urban shopping centre) adds another dimension to the shopping experience.

10. Live Sport

London is a great location for sports fans. The city is home to several premiership football teams and hosts national football and rugby matches in Wembley and Twickenham respectively. Cricket and tennis fans are also catered for with Lord’s Cricket Ground and the annual Wimbledon tournament in South London.

As you can see, London has plenty to recommend itself. And with such a wide variety of attractions, you are sure to find something that interests you. So this year, why not revisit London and take advantage of everything this fantastic capital city has to offer.