In 2014 alone London attracted over 17.4 million international visitors to indulge in its historical landmarks, legendary shopping destinations and diverse culture. The city isn’t exclusively popular with overseas tourists either – domestic travellers totalled to a staggering 11.3 million in the same year. So, surely 28.7 million people can’t be wrong, right?
There is simply an endless list of possibilities in the city. For those interested in the past, London is home to over 300 museums and galleries, many of which are free - including one of the oldest museums in the world and the largest in the UK; The British Museum, which saw an astounding 6.4 million visitors last year. For those looking for something a bit livelier, London’s West End will definitely not fail to please. There are over 37 theatres in the main theatre district staging comedy performances, classic and modern plays, musicals and more. Many of the buildings are spectacularly beautiful and proudly show-off London’s varied architecture.
Don’t fret if museums and theatres don’t tickle your fancy. Oxford Street is Europe’s favourite shopping area. It holds over 300 shops where visitors can lose themselves among the shoes, the clothes and all the consumer goods they could dream of. Home to the first department stores open in Britain, including John Lewis and Selfridges, Oxford Street is an iconic shopping location sure to have something suited for everyone’s taste. If you’re visiting London over November, be sure not to miss the annual tradition of turning on the Christmas lights on Oxford Street. Each year they have a celebrity turning on the almighty display of lights, which remain lit until early January.
When it comes to the evening, the city doesn’t stop delivering. Soho, for example, is a relatively small area of London but holds a basket-full of late-night entertainment opportunities such as clubs, pubs, restaurants and night-time coffee shops to give that “open all night” feeling. Soho’s bustling nightlife ranges from chic cocktail bars to unconventional cabarets allowing visitors to express themselves freely, enjoy the music and dance the night away.
If you’re travelling with a family and wondering if there’s enough to keep the kids occupied then you’ll pleased to know London is a great location to bring the family. Despite being a bustling capital with a population of over 8.6 million people there are scenic parks and awe-inspiring green spaces where you and the family can unwind and escape the city life – why not bring a picnic! Regent’s Park is a popular and large grass area with an amazing diversity; playing fields for sport, secluded woodlands, beautiful gardens and fountains, and not to mention being located on the edge of London Zoo which houses one of the largest collections of animals in the UK. Or, if you fancy something a little more traditional you can take the family to watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace or enjoy a ride on the famous London Eye and experience astonishing city views from above.
By no means is the above all that London has to offer – there really is simply so much to explore and uncover for all budgets, whether you’re a big spender or a penny saver. So, if you’re convinced alongside the other millions of people that visit London each year, book with us and enjoy a comfortable and affordable stay in the city.