Considering a hop across the pond to London? Before you jet off with your Osgoode Marley bag in tow, we’ve put together a list of must-see sights and experiences for an epic day spent abroad. Wander England’s historic streets with help from our London travel guide, and don’t forget to pack an umbrella in your bag! Now, hail a double-decker bus and let’s get started…
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Is the Royal Standard flag flying high? That means the Queen is home! Start your morning in London with a visit to Buckingham Palace, the royal residence located in the heart of Westminster. While on the lookout for Will and Kate, catch the Changing of the Guard as the Queen’s soldiers are relieved of their duties and replaced at 11 am daily. If you happen to be visiting London at the end of the summer, you can have a look inside for yourself! Tours of the Queen’s State Rooms are offered to visitors while she is on summer holiday (as the Brits say).
After your visit to Buckingham Palace, take a stroll across the street through Hyde Park. Filled with boating, tennis, and even horseback riding, this 350-acre Royal Park will have you forgetting you’re in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities. A popular spot for exercise and picnicking, Hyde Park is an ideal place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Rent a pedal boat and take a relaxing paddle around the park with the company of Hyde Park’s swans.
In the mood to be mesmerized by designer displays? Harrods and Selfridges are institutions of London’s shopping scene. Offering visitors prime windowshopping, floors of luxury goods, and food halls to wander through, the department stores of London exude timeless sophistication. Get lost in the allure of historic fashion along Oxford Street and Knightsbridge. Looking for a souvenir on a budget? Visit the Harrods gift shop for the perfect memento to tote home in your iconic green and gold shopping bag.
Does all that shopping have you feeling peckish? Experience a taste of true British life with a spot of afternoon tea complete with scones and finger sandwiches. If you’re looking for a traditional tea, head to department store Fortnum & Mason. Filled with robin egg blue chinaware and classic cakes, this tea room was opened by the Queen herself in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee. Looking for a more contemporary option? Sketch, located off of London’s famous Regent Street, offers guests a theatric experience complete with edible works of art and pink velvet furniture. For those seeking a fine dining experience, visit the iconic hotel The Ritz for a tea featuring a formal dress code and resident pianist. Pinkies up!
Spend the last few hours of your afternoon soaking up history along the bank of the River Thames. Located next to Tower Bridge, sneak a peek at the Crown Jewels and glimpse into what medieval life was like for infamous prisoners and high-class captives at the Tower of London. Led by present-day Yeoman Warders, also known as tower guards, learn about the Tower of London’s bloody past on a guided tour. After you’re trip back in time, head over to the London Eye to get a bird’s-eye view of Big Ben just as the sun starts to set.
Cap off your day spent exploring with a night out in the city. Whether you’re in the mood for something classic or eclectic to eat, London has you covered with a variety of savory options. For those who can’t choose, try Borough Market. Known for fresh produce and grab-and-go bites, this outdoor market is lined with nearly a hundred food stalls. Covered in flowers and filled to the brim with Churchill memorabilia, sample a variety of ales and authentic Thai cuisine at The Churchill Arms. Finally, for a late night bite visit the 40th floor of the Heron Tower to experience panoramic views and 24/7 service at upscale Duck and Waffle. Perfect for your 3 am breakfast craving.
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