Thursday, July 14, 2011

Things to do in London

London, the capital city of England, is the world's most internationally visited destination, attracting around 15 million international tourists to the city each year. So what is there to do in London?

Well we are not short of ideas - YouGoDo features over 400 great things to do in London and has a huge choice of unusual things to do in London.

London's traditional, and ever popular tourist attractions, include:

* the famous Buckingham Palace - home to Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England.

* the Tower of London - past home to the counties villains, and the scene of numerous beheadings! Including several past queens of England! In the distant past I should add!

* Tower Bridge - the icon bridge with the opening road across the Thames.

* the many amazing London Museums and art galleries - which show off the proud history of England and the United Kingdom - museum like the National History Museum, the London Science Museum, The Bank of England Museum, the Churchill Museum, the Tate Gallery and many more.

* Madam Tussauds Waxworks - one of the UK's top visitor attractions, and its neighbour the Planetarium

* The Houses of Parliament and the famous clock Big Ben.

More modern mass market attractions include:

* Ripley's Believe it or Not - home to an amazing collection from 'the world of the weird'!

* The London Eye - an amazing huge ferris wheel located right on the banks of the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, offering guests stunning views over the City of London.

* London Aquarium - an ever popular fishy family attraction.

* the Dungeons - learn about London's the gruesome past.

The famous River Thames is a great place to take part in activities with numerous London Pleasure Boat Trips and Thames Dinner Cruises, offering guests great views of London's riverside sights which include the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the offices of MI5, the Cutty Sark, the Houses of Parliament and of course Big Ben.

Other options on the River Thames include kayak tours and duck tours. London Duck Tours combine a bus tour of the city, with a river tour in specially adapted amphibious vehicles.

Just walking around London, and making your way around using the tube stations is like walking through a film set, combined with playing a life sized game of Monopoly! And numerous activity operators offer a wealth of specialist London tours:

* film set tours - see the London sets used for films like James Bond, Harry Potter, Notting Hill, etc

* Beatles music tours - see the London locations, such as Abbey Road, used by the iconic British pop band, the Beatles.

* Jack the Ripper tours - learn about the dark past and murders on London's streets.

* London Olympics 2012 - even though we are about a year away from the start of the 2012 London Olympics, Tours are now available of the major sites!

For those in the capital for several days, many tours operators run tours out of the city for those wanting to explore further afield:

London to Paris Day Trips - The new channel tunnel (not that new I guess!) and rail links mean day trips from London to Paris are now a possibility.

London to Edinburgh tours - take the train to the capital of Scotland and enjoy a spot of whisky and haggis!

Day Trips - enjoy bus tours out to popular destinations like Stone Henge and Windsor.

Loooooong Bus Trips - For those who like to see the world, and like being on a bus (I mean really like being on a bus) you can even take a fantastic bus experience from London all the way to New York, or is this is not far enough for you to Sydney on the other side of the world!

Like the whole of the UK, London's nightlife is very lively, and the city is home to some great bars and restaurants with spectacular views of London.

For those looking to try something active London offers:

* Climbing - great inside climbing walls, and even an Ice Climbing venue!

* Roller Skiing - explore London's parks on roller skis!

* Paintballing - it's war! Go painting with your friends!

* Cycling Tours - pedal your way around the landmarks of London, there is even a pedal pub allowing groups to pedal power a bar around some of London's great sites, while enjoying a drink!

* Horse Riding - enjoy the many green open areas of London on Horseback.

* Karting - indoor karting allowing you to experience the fun and thrills of motor racing!

* Unrban Freeflow courses - this is a great and unusual activity - Parkour / Freeflow - A sort of urban athletics, jumping and bouncing off the London scenery!

A little more relaxing but just as much fun - try a London Cookery Courses at numerous London venues.

And last but not least I must include the very popular motor powered tours of London:

* The popular open top bus tours (it doesn't always rain!), or you can private hire a classic red routemaster Bus and arrange you own tour!

* Take a tour in a lovely cute little Classic British Mini

* Limo Tours - tour the city like Rock Stars!

* Leanr about london from a London Cabbie with a London Black Taxi Tours.

Have fun 'guvnor' and let me know how much you enjoyed the Jellied Eels!

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