London is one of the most popular travel destinations anywhere in the world. The capital of England is visited by millions of tourists each month and few come away disappointed. The diverse city has so much on offer for adults and children therefore planning is key for you to take make the most of your trip. Here are five tips for your next trip to the European city.
Visit The Olympic Park
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London did a fantastic job of hosting the Olympic Games in 2012 and that has left a legacy in the east of the city. The stadium used for the opening ceremony, closing ceremony, and athletics is now the home of West Ham Football Club in the Premier League so, if you are in London when they are playing, you can catch some soccer at the venue. Otherwise, the park where the stadium lies is a great place to spend a day. There is a lot of greenery and an array of activities for kids including a huge slide that may even tempt some adults to have a go. Many of the venues used for the Olympics are now open to the public including the swimming pool and the indoor cycling complex.
Have A Day At The Races
Sandown Racecourse is located in the suburbs of London in Esher, Surrey and is a fantastic place to spend a day with the family if the weather is nice. Horse racing is a very popular sport in the UK in the summer and the country has just had the Ebor Festival at York in the North of England. If you want tips on racing at the major summer festivals like the Ebor Meeting, Oddschecker provides a preview and tips for the meets so you can be prepared before you turn to the track. Hopefully, you can walk away with more money than you started but, if not, you are sure to have a fantastic day. Sandown’s biggest race of the year on the flat is the Eclipse Stakes, which attracts the best turf horses from around Europe for the middle-distance contest and takes place in early July.
Check Out Buckingham Palace, The Residence Of The Queen
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Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic landmarks, not only in London but the world. It is the home of the Queen; therefore, tourists flock there every day to the gates to take photographs. If you turn up at the right time of the day, you can watch the changing of the guards, which takes place outside the entrance to the residence. Certain parts of Buckingham Palace are open to the public so you can book a tour of the grounds. These places are limited though so book well in advance to secure one of the spots during the summer months.
Travel Along The River Thames
One of the best ways to explore London and the many landmarks of the city is to sit on a cruise along the River Thames. There is a range of different packages you can book, from just a standard admission to a meal in one of the restaurants on board the boat. Many of the cruises come with a tour guide who will explain what the different historical landmarks are as you pass them. There are also packages that allow you to alight and return on the cruise throughout the day so you can explore the sights up close.
Spend A Day In The British Museum
The majority of the museums and art galleries in London are completely free; therefore, if your budget is low, you can spend some time exploring them. The British Museum is packed with over two million years of human history so this is not the kind of place you can whizz around in a couple of hours. On entry into the museum, pick up a map so you can plan your route accordingly. There are also audio headsets that can be purchased if you want to learn more about what is on your display when you wander around.
For more details on the weather, currency, and travel documents for your trip to London, take a look at the city’s official tourism site where you can find everything you need to know ahead of your visit.