Getting the family together for a visit to the city may seem like a mammoth task, but it really doesn’t have to be. It seems crazy to think that there are people in the UK who have never been to London in their lives, despite it only being a drive or a train ride away, but here we are! If you have never been to London before, you are seriously missing out. It’s not just the attractions and nightlife, but the history, the sights, the shops and even the dirty air. It’s the experience of being on the Tube, of riding a red London bus from Hyde Park to Oxford Street. It’s walking through Hyde Park during the Winter Wonderland season – or even just a Tuesday morning. It’s people watching while you walk and seeing how hurried everyone is. London has a little bit of magic injected into it and it’s one of the greatest cities in the world to visit – no matter where you’re from.
You cannot fail to be excited by the city lights, the street food and the street entertainment in Covent Garden. You can take a moment to watch the city through the night from the top of the London Eye – she doesn’t sleep, London is awake 24/7. There is so much to do in London that it’s impossible to go there and be bored. You can make it a day trip and leave your bags in the luggage lockers at Kings Cross Station, or you can make a city break of it and spend a few days learning her bloody history and browsing through Harrods. London has a lot to offer anyone who steps into her, and below, we’ve got some of the best reasons you should make the trip to visit London at least once in life!
Top Reasons to Visit London
- The Attractions. You would have to be living under a rock without internet access to know exactly why London is fantastic, but we’ll start with the attractions. You can see the lions of London Zoo after spending time with the actual Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. You can tour the waxworks at Madame Tussauds, and then take a trip down the murderous history of the city at the London Dungeons, famed for being in London Bridge before it moved to the city centre. You don’t even have to spend much to see what London has to offer, as the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are free to enjoy. London is packed to the edges with people and attractions and there is something for everyone.
- The Theatre. Speaking of attractions, being a part of the audience at a West End show isn’t just fun, it’s a privilege. Some of the greatest actors in history have walked those boards, and whether it’s the ballet, a play or a musical that makes your heart soar, there is something to choose. There are even children’s shows to enjoy with the whole family, and there is always a new company touring so that you can see some of the best ever rated shows in the world. The theatre has just as much magic as anything else in the city, but it’s something you need to tick off your bucket list.
- The Hotels. Sometimes, a holiday break is made purely because of the variety of places to stay. If you are looking for backpacking budgets, there are hostels and cheap hotels to choose from. However, if you want luxury, the apartment hotels by the River Thames and the hotel rooms at the top of The Shard are some of the most luxurious in the world. The accommodation is built for all, and you will meet people from all walks of life when you go for it!
- The Food. London isn’t just serving up English classics, you know. Sure, you can book in for Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, but you can also chow down on Chinese street food in China Town and sink into the plush seats of a Michelin-Star restaurant in the centre. There are rooftop bars and riverside pubs, champagne bars and more. You can still grab a cheeky McDonalds by the London Eye, too!
- The View. London is a hustling, bustling city and whether you are up in the skyscrapers of the city or walking through the parks at twilight, you will be able to appreciate the view. The twinkling city lights and the roar of public transport, along with the cries of the market sellers and the noise of the people? It all comes together to create this heaving, thriving, beautiful city that we call the capital.