A Royal Delight
You don’t have to be royalty to feel like a king or queen in London. The city itself is a crown jewel, sparkling with old world charm and new world excitement.
London’s landmarks get all the attention – from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace. But what we love best are the eclectic neighborhoods, each blending classic brownstones with a busy “High Street” of shops and pubs.
During the week, London is all business, serving as Europe’s largest financial district. The Tube subway system connects commuters from surrounding neighborhoods to its business districts, set along the River Thames. But on weekends, the hustle-bustle of London slows down a bit. You’ll likely find Londoners sampling ethnic foods at an open-air market, strolling in one of the city’s majestic parks, or watching a soccer match at the local pub.
- Stroll: One of the best things about crowded London? Its beautiful parks, including Hyde Park, St. James’ Park, Regent’s Park and Kensington Garden (home to Will and Kate and Baby George!).
- Shop: The heart of London shopping is Oxford Street and the legendary Selfridges. But its most famous and arguably ostentatious store is Harrod’s, located in the posh Knightsbridge neighborhood. We prefer shopping the open air markets, such as Portobello Market in quaint Notting Hill (made famous by the titular movie starring London’s own Hugh Grant).
- Amuse: London’s West End is a mecca of world-class theater. Spectacular art collections can be found at the British Museum, the Tate Modern and the stunning Victoria and Albert Museum to name a few. But London’s most beloved treasures are its musical ones, from The Beatles to Adele to Sir Elton John. And while music may be London’s universal language, more than 300 languages are spoken here – more than anywhere in the world.
Grab your ‘brolly, sip a spot of tea, mind the gap – and in no time, you’ll feel like a Londoner.