When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford – Samuel Johnson
London is not just the capital of the United Kingdom, it’s a city known for its deep rooted historic traditions, a mix of historic and contemporary architecture, the finest of European art and culture scene, multi-cuisine gastronomy, rich sporting traditions, and high-quality entertainment shows. It’s an irony that maximum number of tourists arriving in London just focus on checking out the historic places and museums rather than enjoying the amazing cultural delights of the city has to offer. Once the major power center of the world, London is home to top English Premier League Clubs, quaint bars and pubs, signature dishes like curry and fish and chips, and plenty of iconic locations and landmarks associated with popular movies like Harry Potter, James Bond, and Notting Hill.
On your next visit to London, shun the generic tourist attractions and embark on a typical London journey based on essential experiences!
Thames River Cruise
The river Thames is the hub and the epicentre of London’s historic heart. Ever since the time the Romans established Londinium in 43 AD, the city has witnessed lots of history, traditions, and events on its banks. Start your London tour with a cruise on River Thames and learn a great deal about the several layers of history, varied architecture, pristine public spaces, gardens, and iconic landmarks like the Tower of London, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, etc. You can also opt for cruise with dinner and live jazz music shows – one of the highly popular things to do in London for couples.
Arsenal, Chelsea, and Wembley
London is home to 5 amazing football clubs of the English Premier League, the National Football Stadium of Wembley, and the official headquarters of The Football Association (England’s official football governing body). Don’t forget to enjoy the club stadiums and museum tours of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Wembley Stadium.
You can also visit the Boleyn Ground, former home to West Ham United and Craven Cottage, and Fulham Football Club’s home ground. Don’t forget to catch a live EPL match during your stay in London. at any of the club stadiums. You will be mesmerized by the vociferous and highly emotional supporters and the amazing football atmosphere.
Marylebone Cricket Club and Wimbledon
Marylebone Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world and is based at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, also known as “the home of cricket.” Over the years, Lord’s has witnessed amazing cricketing feats like the World Cup dominance by the West Indies legends, India’s World Cup win in 1983, fierce Ashes rivalries, and plenty of other personal records.
When it comes to tennis, Wimbledon is one of the most reputed, and the world’s only grass court tennis grand slam. The iconic SW19 stadium has seen legendary champions and players like Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Björn Borg, Rafael Nadal and countless others. Don’t forget to tour the stadiums and their respective museums if you are an ardent sports fan!
Harry Potter and James Bond Tour
The Harry Potter and James Bond film series are among the top British film series that have captured the imagination of billions of movie lovers. One of the highly popular activities for kids, the Harry Potter tours show the various locations of London that are extensively featured in the movies, like the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, Platform 9 ¾, Warner Bros Studio, Millennium Bridge, King’s Cross railway station, etc.
While the James Bond Tours take you to all the iconic locations that have extensively featured in the famous spy movie series. See the National Gallery, Westminster, Whitehall, SIS Building, the official headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6.
Jack The Ripper & Sherlock Holmes Tour
Jack the Ripper is known to be one of the most intriguing and mysterious serial killers of our planet. Shrouded in mystery, Jack the Ripper still remains unidentified till date, despite so much research, police work, and forensic examinations. On the Jack the Ripper Tour, explore the neighbourhood of East End and see the places associated with gruesome murders like the Frying Pan pub, Hanbury Street, Ten Bells Pub, Goulston Street, and Mitre Square. Learn a great deal about the Ripper letters, the murdered victims, the dark alleys of London, potential suspects, and the police investigations.
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular fictional detectives known for solving complex conspiracies and investigations. On the Sherlock Holmes tour see the highly popular locations of London that have extensively featured in films, like 221B Baker Street, the Diogenes Club, Irene Adler’s home, St. Bart’s Hospital, Whitehall, and headquarters of the Metropolitan Police.
London Ghost Tour
London is one of the oldest European cities and has several layers of history. The United Kingdom capital also has its fair share of ghostly tales and haunted spots. On the London ghost tours, embark with a guide and learn about the dark past, secrets, and haunted tales of the city. See the Tower of London, where many tyrants, royals, and criminals were beheaded. See the Saint James’ Palace, a royal residence, and the site of a gory murder in the 19th century. Visit the Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, Eaton Place, Royal Academy, and 10 Downing Street. Yes, the official residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is also said to be haunted!
SEA LIFE London Aquarium and ZSL London Zoo
The SEA LIFE London Aquarium and Zoological Society of London’s London Zoo are among the top attractions for families and kids visiting the city. The SEA LIFE London Aquarium houses more than 500 marine species and 14 themed zones in its aquarium. Get fascinated by the colourful underwater marine world and learn a great deal about the various aquatic species starting from terrifying sharks to rare sea turtles to shoal and school of colourful species of fishes.
The London Zoo is among the top zoos in the world and is known for its excellent research and animal welfare track records. Operated by the Zoological Society of London, the London Zoo is home to over 750 species of animals thriving in the natural replicas of their respective habitats. Learn a great deal about animals like lemurs, giraffes, Asiatic lions, tigers, meerkats, monkeys, and more, and have an amazing experience of visiting a rainforest at the London Zoo.
London Food Tour
Food is the greatest example of London’s multi-cultural values. The British capital is known for its thriving food scene. Embark on a food tour of London Bridge and Borough Market, East End, or the highly popular Indian Food Tour. On these amazing food tours, you will learn a great deal about the history and socio-cultural information of the neighbourhood, its rich food traditions, and specialities. Plus, you get to taste amazing culinary specialities of London like the British cheese and chutney, fish ‘n’ chips, Lincolnshire sausages, delicious Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi curries, snacks, chocolates, cakes, ciders, ales, brownies, puddings, and desserts.
Shakespeare, Phantom of Opera, and Les Misérables
Experience the very best of London’ entertainment and performing arts scene by catching three amazing cultural and entertainment legacy shows of London – William Shakespeare’s plays at the iconic Globe Theatre and delve deeper into Shakespearean literary and dramatics world, while admiring the live performance in an open amphitheater.
Next, check out the Phantom of Opera show at Her Majesty’s Theatre Haymarket. This amazing show has sold over 100 million tickets and has bagged over 50 awards. This show is based on the novel written by Gaston Leroux and has the original music and scores composed by legendary English music composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Get entertained throughout this amazing theatre production featuring colourful costumes, lightings, sound, choreography, and highly talented artists.
Up next, catch the world’s longest running musical show – Les Misérables’ at the Queen’s Theatre. Based on French writer Victor Hugo’s novel, this amazing musical production tells the story of Jean Valjean, a fugitive in the 19th-century France. Les Misérables is a story of passion, courage, redemption, and the amazing human spirit. It also has been successfully converted into a film with actors like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne, and has gained critical acclaimed and plenty of awards.
London Rock Music
The English capital is also known for being one of the pioneers of the rock music genre with several bands and artists writing and recording their highly popular tracks. Embark on a London Rock Music tour and see iconic recording studios, clubs, hangout spots, and houses of famous rock stars like Paul McCartney’s Golden Disc-covered office and house, walk across the famous Abbey Road crossing featured in the Beatles’ album cover.
Visit ‘Tin Pan Alley’, where the Rolling Stones recorded their first album and don’t forget to check out the Pink Floyd studios. See the place where Jimi Hendrix lived and died, where Freddie Mercury and Queen used to hang out, and plenty of other interesting sites connected with legendary bands like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and his band Cream, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Elton John, the Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Bowie, The Who, Amy Winehouse, Led Zeppelin, and more.