Most European journeys start or finish in London, and with so much to see and do in this incredible city, we can understand why! Get straight into it with a visit to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch. One of England’s most iconic landmarks, Buckingham Palace stands tall with its beautiful architecture, striking facade and outstanding surrounding gardens. The Palace attracts more than 50,000 visitors a year and the most popular ceremony they come to see is the ‘Changing of the Guard.’ Get yourself over to Buckingham Palace, watch the Union Jack proudly fly and keep an eye out for the Queen or one of those cheeky Prince’s, a true #noregrets moment when in the UK capital.
After you’ve witnessed the Royal formalities make your way up to the famous Oxford St for a spot of shopping and delicious cream tea. Stand at the intersection of Regent St and Oxford St and marvel at the flagship stores of H&M, Zara, TopShop, Urban Outfitters and Nike. You’ll likely see rows of bunting, fairy lights and many a red double-decker bus along this world-famous shopping strip. Don’t stop here though, lose yourself off the main drag in the many side streets and alleys where you’ll find a bevy of boutique stores, restaurants and cafes and of course, the famous Carnaby Street.
While you’re in the area its worth swinging by Piccadilly Circus, which is a junction and public space at the bottom of Regent St. Piccadilly Circus directly links to the well-known theatres of London’s West End and has been the inspiration for many artists and musician over the years. The junction is characterised by its neon-sign corner, London’s version of Times Square, and is such a busy and bustling spot that many believe if you stand there long enough, you will bump into everyone you know. Grab a coffee and people-watch to your heart’s content on one of London’s busiest corners.
It’s time now to check out the remaining iconic London landmarks and what better way to do it than a River Themes Cruise? Grab a seat up front, kick back and take in the sites of Big Ben, Westminster, London Bridge and the London Eye, all from the comfort of a cosy chair with a fresh sea breeze. Let your tour guide amaze you with interesting facts about each of the landmarks and get a prime view of places you’ve only ever read about – a great #noregrets moment for every traveller.
Time’s ticking on now and no doubt you’re hungry, thirsty and ready to experience the London nightlife you’ve heard so much about! If you’re after a good time, which no doubt you are, head up North to Camden’s popular nightspot Proud. Located within the grounds of the Camden Market, Proud is an old horse stable that has been converted into a gallery, cafe and pub, and to be frank, it’s awesome. Allow yourself enough time to check out the surrounding markets before grabbing a pint and kicking back to some live tunes. Can you say #noregrets? Not before the music cranks up, the bar opens and dance floor fills. A wicked night, afternoon or morning... for some.
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With so much to see and do in London, how do you plan on enjoying it to its fullest with #noregrets?