5 Enjoyable Holiday Destinations in London

In 2011 over 30 million people visited England and half of those visitors spent their stay in London; you probably don’t need much convincing to realise that vacationers enjoy going to the UK for a nice getaway, and for good reason. The UK capitol oozes historic charm from every shop and roadway. While there are the obvious attractions to visit such as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace, the savvy traveller will also find great rewards when getting off the beaten path and partaking of other aspects of the rich English culture found in London.

Buckingham Palace

bpYou are going to London, after all! Nobody does royalty better than does England so please do take a peek at the Queen’s residence. The three century old palace was originally built for the Duke of Buckingham but over the years became the principal royal residence, and for many people is synonymous with the crown. Visitors to the palace will also delight at the infamously stone-faced guards of Buckingham who are an attraction in and of themselves.

Olympic Park
olympic parkPerhaps not as historic as other items on the list, but proof that London doesn’t rest on its laurels when it comes to attracting visitors. The Olympic park was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics but following the competition the area will be re-purposed for a number of different uses, including a football arena. Be sure to check out the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 115-meter tall sculpture and observation deck.

Diagon Alley

daMaybe this one should more properly be classified under Hogwart’s history than London, but the kids will surely get a kick out of visiting Cecil Court, the real-life alley in London which doubled as Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films.

The Globe Theatre

gtEngland and the English language could hardly be separated from the playwright who practically invented both. Shakespeare is certainly one of the most prolific and most probably the most talented playwright to ever live – would you really thumb your nose at the old bard and ignore the site that first bore witness to one of history’s greatest dramatists?

The Royal National Theatre

rntThe theatre tradition is alive and well in London, where world-class performances of plays both old and new take place at the Royal National Theatre. More commonly known as simply “The National Theatre,” a variety of splendid acts you might never see elsewhere are performed. Of course classic Shakespeare takes place but the National Theatre has played host to such defining moments as Glenn Close in “A Streetcar Named Desire” as well as movie director, and coordinator for the Olympic opening ceremonies, Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein.” Also, London is home to fabulous theatres with inexpensive theatre tickets and incredible productions.

For vacationers seeking a stop full of history but every bit as alive today there can be no better destination than London. Check out these great holiday vacation spots, take in a show, and enjoy yourself!


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