For those who are going to London for the first time here are some places that are a must to see.
London is one of the world’s most famous cities and there is plenty to do for those coming for a few days or a few weeks.
Here are a few tips on top attractions to see on your first visit. I remember the first time that I visited the Capital and the first thing I noticed was how big the city was but once you learn how to use the underground system and the buses then getting around is easy. London is a fantastic place for shopping and you can find some of the most expensive department stores in the world and there are shops located on every corner..
For some serious shopping the first stop is Oxford Street which is one of the busiest streets in London and is packed on a weekend. Some great shops are located here and the flag ship Top Shop / Top Man is located here. A huge store with around 5 floors where you can purchase everything from clothes to shoes and even sweets..There are many local high street shops such as HMV and Marks and Spencers located here. The nearest tube station is Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus and it makes a great walk if you get of at Piccadilly and walk the length of Oxford Street
From Oxford Street you can easily walk to Regents Street another fashionable street where you can find the likes of Burberry and other designers. For something a little different then visit Liberty a very different and unique shop where you can find plenty of great gifts which are unusual and different. Located on Oxford Street close to Bond Street tube station is the massive Selfridges Store. A fantastic departement store with a fantastic fod hall and six other floors of shopping delights Zoo with hundreds of stuffed toys in a great display. The kids can certainly spend hours and hours here. For some exclusive shopping in some of the top fashion boutiques then a trip to Londond would not be complete without visiting Bond Street which is probably London’s most prestigious street. Bond Street is not for the faint hearted here you will find the likes of Chanel, Tiffany, Versace and Gucci and plenty of others. Most people around the world have heard of the famous Harrods department store located in Knightsbridge. Harrods is Londons most famous department store and is probably the worlds. A trip to London is not complete without a visit to Harrods. Enjoy a glass of wine in the stores restaurant although one glass will probably set you back around 20 GBP. And if by now you haven’t had enough of shopping then Harvey Nichols is located just a short distance from Harrods.
So once you all shopped out and want to relax and unwind what options do you have in a busy city… I would recommend that you head to Covent Garden. Covent Garden has a rich history dating back to the Roman Times however it is now famous for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, and is home to the Royal Opera House. Take a wander around the famous Apple Market located in the heart of Covent Garden. Everyday many street performance take place and if you lucky you maybe able to catch the likes of Keane and The Feeling busking in the square. Covent Garden is definitely the place to be seen and the restaurants are not the cheapest but where else can you enjoy a live street performance surrounded by the rich and famous..
So at the end of the first day you maybe asking yourself where to go for a good night out and the answer is Leicester Square. This is one of the busiest spots in London and is home to plenty of Buskers which entertain the crowds with their performances. For those looking to dance the night away then head to the Hippodrome, Equinox or Maximus. Leicester Square is also surrounded by cinemas and is where many premiers are held, so you maybe lucky enough to catch the stars on the red carpet.
So after a fun night its an early start the following morning.. The first stop is Piccadilly Circus for me this is the heart of London with its famous flashing neon lights and home to the statue of Eros the god of love, here you will find the London Pavilion a large shopping arcade with lots and lots of different style restaurants as well as the famous Rock Circus.
Next stop is Madame Tussauds one of the worlds most famous museums. The entrance price is expensive but the museum is fantastic and here you can rub shoulders with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Madonna and George Clooney.. Madame Tussauds is located in Marylebone and the closest tube is Baker Street.
Ok by now most people will be generally knackered so the best way to see the famous Buckingham Palace is to jump on a tour bus which will gently take you around the city. This is a great way to see the historical sites of London such as the National Gallery, Downing Street, Big Ben and many others.
Finish the day with a trip on the London eye which can either be done in the day or in the evening. During the day you get a fantastic view of London City and you can see for miles and miles. Take the trip for a more romantic feel of the City.
Here are just a few of the famous and must see places in London of course there are hundreds more but that’s for another day.. Do remember to buy a weekend pass or daily pass for the tube and buses which will save you a few pennies and every penny counts in this fantastic city.
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