Things to Do and See in London, England

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I would recommend that you plan ahead and book as many things as you can before your trip. You will find that there are bigger discounts for American tourists when you book from the US. London has two major airports, Heathrow being the largest and then Gatwick. I would highly recommend flying into to Heathrow and jumping on the tube (London Underground) into the city, of course you must, “Mind the Gap!” Heathrow is a lot closer to London and will save you on transportation costs into the city. We traveled on Delta Air Lines straight from Gainesville Regional Airport with one stop in Atlanta, the service was wonderful and it was all on time. Visit the web site www.Visit Britain.US as they can send you tons of information and often have coupons and special savings for visitors.

Bus tour

The Original Bus Tour

Get on board a double-decker bus for a wonderful way to get a feel for London. I recommend doing this first as you will see things you will want to visit in length and find their location in a relaxing, comfortable and informative way. This live narrated tour will take you over Tower Bridge, past Buckingham Palace, museums and more. Passengers can hop on and off as needed. We grabbed sandwiches and enjoyed our lunch while enjoying the effortless tour.

www.theoriginaltour.com

 

 

 

Go Ape

Go Ape

This was one attraction that gets you right into the English countryside a “high-wire forest adventure.” Here you can imagine Robin Hood galloping through the woods as you zip down through the canopy of trees and tackle the obstacle courses. Very exhilarating and the best way to get to know the English countryside. Colt and Brooke wanted to do this every day! Go Ape offers several ziplining locations scattered throughout England.

www.goape.co.UK

London Eye

London Eye

Get a bird’s eye view of London. The London Eye is like a huge Ferris wheel with glass rooms that take visitors up slowly for spectacular views of the River Thames and the City of London. You will be able to get the most amazing photographs from this one of a kind vantage point.

www.londoneye.com

 

 

London Dungon

London Dungeons

Here you will see the not so pretty side of how London was. You will witness the Fire of London and see how it stopped the Plague. Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd are another dark side of this attraction. This is not for young children but Colt and Brooke who are 12 and 14 years old loved it and learned a lot about the darker side of London’s history.

 

 

Polo

Windsor Polo

I can’t think of a more English way to spend a day than at a Polo game. The Guards Polo Club is located near Windsor Castle in Great Windsor Park. This is where Prince Charles and his sons can been seen playing Polo and the rest of the well healed turn out for a champagne picnic. This is a huge amount of fun. You can rent a car and drive right up to the field to tail gate or take a short train ride out to Windsor and catch a taxi.

www.GuardsPoloClub.com

 

Phantom Logo

Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber

This spectacular musical has to be seen in London at the Haymarket Theatre. Not only will you be enchanted with the most lavish sets but also with the historic and beautiful Haymarket Theatre itself. For tickets visit:

www.BroadwayBox.com

 

Winsor CastleWindsor Castle

As you fly into London’s Heathrow Airport you might catch a glimpse of this Royal residence. Windsor Castle has been a Royal home for almost 1,000 years…how’s that for good construction! Parts of the castle are sporadically closed when the Queen is home but this just adds to the excitement of visiting. Rooms of the castle have priceless artwork like paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Gainsborough. St George’s Chapel is a great example of gothic architecture and has seen a lot of Royal weddings. Kids will enjoy seeing one of the most famous and largest doll houses in the world, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

www.royalcollection.org.uk

 

Hampton Court Palace

I find this is an overlooked venue by international tourists but one of my top picks. You can get here by train or boat ride along the Thames from Westminster. This sprawling palace was the most important home to Henry VIII and is rich in history and artifacts. Over 60 acres of landscaped gardens, beautiful topiaries, world famous maze and thousands of bulbs located on the River Thames. The palace houses the oldest surviving tennis court in England which is still played on today. The Tudor kitchens that were designed to feed 600 guests twice a day are amazing. We spent hours in the Maze trying to see who would find the center first.

www.hrp.org.uk/hamptoncourtpalace

 

Windsor Horse Races

Royal Windsor Racecourse

No, this is not car racing, this is flat horse racing at its finest. Set on the River Thames
right by Windsor Castle. This is a British secret; you will mainly find British celebrities and royals here. Just like Windsor Polo this sport of Kings has been kept hush, hush to tourists so
don’t tell them I sent you! A great way to spend an English summer night. Races from April to October. Make sure you check the dress code before you visit.

www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk

 

Leeds

Leeds Castle

Beautiful manicured gardens and history. Over 900 years old with the most famous resident being Henry VIII. In 1926 the castle went into private ownership and was refurbished using French designers and architects. Today it is a designer’s dream home and has been featured in many interior and landscape publications. There is something for the entire family here. A massive well designed playground, maze and world renowned aviary. Many movies and TV shows such as Dr. Who and the Antiques Road Show have been filmed here. Set in the breath taking countryside of Kent on the Len River.

www.Leeds-castle.com
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