London is world-renowned for art, history and fashion. But that’s only the beginning.
London is one of the world's most visited cities - and for good reason. In a day’s journey around London, a visitor can practically learn the history of the world from major museums and historical landmarks, like the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. And as you’d typically find in the United Kingdom, there’s a healthy amount of traditional pubs to relax in after a day’s journey.
For decades, London has been at the forefront of setting global fashion trends. So naturally, shopping in London is top tier. You’ll find luxury boutiques in Mayfair, unique goods in the Covent Garden and larger retailers in Westfield shopping centres. Possibly one of the most famous shopping districts in London is Oxford Street, which has over 300 stores including H&M, Zara, Selfridges and Topshop.
Some of the other spots worth visiting include King’s Road (household items), High Street Kensington (high-end chains), Camden Market (alternative, quirky finds), Knightsbridge (Harrods), Borough Market (food) and Columbia Road (flowers.)
There are over 240 cultural institutions, museums, and galleries covering London, many of which are free to enter. Entire days could be spent perusing their collections, walking back in time through their relics and artifacts. Some of the most popular galleries and museums for those visiting London are Victoria & Albert Museum/The Museum of Manufactures (exhibits the world’s largest collection of decorative arts including Chinese paintings, Middle Eastern and Western furniture), British Museum (ranks as the country’s biggest and most popular museum which features Greek, Roman, European, Egyptian and other regional galleries), National Gallery (houses roughly 2500 European pieces), National Maritime Museum (displays artifacts, maps, art, memorabilia), National History Museum (boasts over 80 million different fossil, rock, plant and animal specimens including dinosaur bones) and London Transport Museum (features vintage trains, maps and transport signs.)
London is a buzzing city, but it has swathes of luscious green space, providing a perfect oasis from the hustle and bustle. Some of the parks and gardens to visit throughout the city include, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace Gardens, Kensington Gardens, Royal Botanical Gardens, The Garden Museum, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, Battersea Park and the Kyoto Japanese Garden.
What would London be without the theatre? The most famous theatre is the West End, which features mainstream musicals, comedies, and dramas. Stage actors of the highest ranks have stepped foot upon this stage. The Lyric Theatre, Apollo Victoria, New London Theatre and the Queen’s Theatre also showcase performances of all varieties at the top professional level.
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