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England's capital city is one of the greatest cities in the world to visit. It offers a great mix of history, culture, style, grandeur and luxury. The Royal parks attract with their green open spaces and are the perfect place for an afternoon stroll, as well as a fascinating array of museums and galleries, awe-inspiring monuments and huge selection of pubs and restaurants. London's architecture is a sight to behold and exploring the capital's history is an adventure in itself. It is cultural hotspot with lots of amazing places and plenty of things to see and do.
London is ideal to visit any time of the year. There's always something going on, from colourful events along the Southbank, to foodie treats in Brick Lane and Borough Market. Winter sees the streets of London festively lit with Christmas-time illuminations and ice-rinks popping up everywhere including The Tower of London, Somerset House and at the annual Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. Venturing into the Summer months the Royal parks are a great place to have a picnic or take a river cruise along The Thames. The weather never seems to put a dampner on things so come rain or sunshine there's always something to keep visitors here amused.
London is a very large city, so if you are not ready for long exhausting walks the best thing is to get the London Pass. With this pass you will get free admission to over sixty London attractions including the Tower of London, St.Paul's Cathedral, London Aquarium and Hampton Court Palace. With the pass you can also ride on all buses, trains and Tubes in London. When it comes to shopping and nightlife – London has something for everyone. For those looking for some retail therapy you'll find it here. From the iconic department store Harrods in Knightsbridge to the designer haven's of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. However, fashionistas will also love the designer boutiques in Bond Street and the Kings Road. Those looking for high street fashions too won't be disappointed with shops catering for both young and old. After dark, London comes alive with its vibrant pubs, underground nightclubs, classy restaurants and stylish bars. Soho, Notting Hill and Covent Garden are always popular areas for nighttime entertainment.
The following are must-see landmarks in London, all within easy reach on foot or by taking the Tube. Buckingham Palace is Her Majesty The Queen's London residence. Witness the spectacle of the Changing the Guard ceremony which takes place daily in both the spring and summer months. The State Rooms which include the decadent Throne Room still used by The Queen for court ceremonies and official entertaining today, can be visited during the summer months of August and September, while the Queen's Gallery is open all the time. Take in the panoramic view of the London skyline with a ride on the London Eye. Book a ride in one of the pods and when it reaches the top on rotation the sight from the top is to be seen to be believed. Close by is County Hall where you can also check out the London Aquarium, a perfect pitstop for families and for that prime photo opportunity Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are just a short stroll away. The British Museum, Covent Garden, Tower of London, Tate Britain, Westminister Abbey and Trafalgar Square are a few other fantastic places to see. Other excursions worth taking not too far from London are to the coastal town of Brighton, the University city of Oxford and Kew's Royal Botanical Gardens.
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