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CHRISTMAS SEASON IN LONDON 🎅🏻
December in London is a magical symphony of lights, street markets, culinary delights, and a joyful atmosphere ✨🎄 Every corner radiates festive cheer, the aroma of mulled wine, warm mince pies, and the joyous melodies of carolers fill the air.
Here are some of the best things to do in London during the holiday season:
1. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park: This iconic event transforms Hyde Park into a festive village with ice skating, a Christmas market, thrilling rides, and seasonal food and drink.
2. Christmas Lights Tour: Take a stroll or a guided tour to marvel at the spectacular Christmas lights that adorn famous streets and landmarks like Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Covent Garden.
3. Ice Skating: Enjoy the enchantment of ice skating at one of London's picturesque outdoor rinks, at the Natural History Museum or Somerset House.
4. Traditional Christmas Markets: Explore the numerous Christmas markets across the city, including the Southbank Centre Christmas Market and the Winter Market at Tate Modern.
5. Attend a Christmas Carol Concert: Experience the magic of a Christmas carol concert in one of London's historic churches or cathedrals, like St. Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey.
6. Christmas Shopping: London's famous shopping districts, including Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Covent Garden, are beautifully decorated during the holiday season, making shopping for gifts a delightful experience.
7. Admire the Christmas Trees: Don't miss the stunning Christmas trees around the city, with the tree in Trafalgar Square being a highlight, donated annually by Norway as a token of gratitude for Britain's support during World War II.
8. Christmas Afternoon Tea: Indulge in a festive afternoon tea at one of London's renowned hotels, where you can savor seasonal treats in a luxurious setting.
These activities capture the essence of Christmas in London, offering a mix of tradition, festivity, and holiday spirit. December in London is not just a month, it's a celebration of lights, laughter, and the timeless enchantment of the holiday season 🌟🎁
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MUST VISIT PLACES IN LONDON 🇬🇧
Let's share some must-see tips to make your trip unforgettable in London.
Start your day at one of the city's most iconic landmarks, Buckingham Palace. There, you can witness the Changing of the Guard every day, a real experience of British tradition. Then, stroll through the palace park towards Big Ben. Take the opportunity to snap photos in the famous red telephone booths and visit the Tower of London, home to the crown jewels and fascinating stories. Don't forget to explore the Tower Bridge, one of the city's postcard-perfect sights.
For culture enthusiasts, the Tate Modern and the British Museum offer a deep dive into world art and history. Wander through the charming markets of Portobello Road and Borough Market, where you'll find a variety of interesting foods. Exploring the street markets is a delightful experience.
In the evening, how about a theatre play? London has it all, we can assure you—from The Lion King to Harry Potter. You'll surely find the perfect show to suit your taste. And, of course, pay a visit to the London Eye for breathtaking views of the illuminated city. Don't miss out on trying local delights, from traditional fish and chips to ethnic dishes at the street markets. London is a vibrant and diverse city, waiting to be discovered at every turn.
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HOTEL BEST LOCATION IN LONDON 🇬🇧
Nestled in the prestigious Mayfair district, the May Fair Hotel effortlessly marries timeless sophistication with a prime location. A stone's throw from iconic landmarks like Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and Oxford Street, The Mayfair Hotel puts you in the center of it all.
We spent six months traveling throw London, so we can guarantee this wonderful location. We did everything on foot, it was a piece of cake accommodation!
Indulge in the epitome of luxury and convenience as you explore the city's vibrant energy right in front of you. Immerse yourself in the world-class shopping of Bond Street, soak in the cultural richness of nearby museums, and savor culinary delights in the charming cafes and restaurants that surround you.
After a day of exploration, retreat to the hotel's refined ambiance, where exquisite design and impeccable service create an oasis of tranquility. Whether you're here for business or leisure, The Mayfair Hotel's central location ensures that every London adventure is at your fingertips. Elevate your stay and experience the allure of Mayfair.
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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL IN LONDON 🇬🇧
The moment you step into this luxurious heaven, you're enveloped in a world of unparalleled sophistication and impeccable service. Every corner whispers tales of timeless elegance, with breathtaking views of Hyde Park and the iconic city skyline. The location is something else!
The opulent suites redefine comfort, offering a seamless blend of modern amenities and classic charm. Pamper yourself at the spa, a sanctuary of tranquility, or savor exquisite culinary delights at the hotel's world-class restaurants.
Whether it's a leisurely afternoon tea or a sumptuous dinner, each bite is a culinary masterpiece.
The attention to detail extends to every aspect of your stay, ensuring a truly personalized experience. Wake up to panoramic views, unwind in the rooftop lounge, and embrace the cosmopolitan energy of London right at your doorstep.
Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane isn't just a destination; it's a journey into a world where luxury knows no bounds. Elevate your London experience with a touch of unparalleled refinement.
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#visitlondon first time in London. Luckily the weather was good:) Compared with other European countries, things are expensive. If you have enough time to navigate with public transport, will definitely save a lot. We stayed at Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo, amazing service, convenient to many attractions, friendly staff, gym and restaurant………….. highly recommended:) #london #londoneye
Colorful Rhodendendrum at London’s Kenwood House
Kenwood House is a stately home located on the edge of Hampstead Heath in London. It was constructed in the 17th century and served as the home of Earl of Mansfield during 18th and 19th centuries.
The easiest way to get to Kenwood House is by public transportation. Get on the northern line to Golders Green station, then change to bus 210 and get off at Kenwood House bus stop, and walk another 2-3 minutes to the entrance.
The ground is quite big so it takes another 5 - 10 minutes to walk in the forest road before reaching the House and the beautiful flower garden.
As with many museums in London, there is no entrance fee to visit the home. simply book tickets until 8:45am. There are guided tours at specific hour and it’s a good way to learn more about the historic home.
After the indoor tour, make sure to check out the garden. I visited in late spring and there were so many colourful Rhodendendrum in every corner. There is also an outdoor cafe that operates from 9-6pm.
The Kenwood House is often considered a hidden gem in London. I would highly recommend to make a visit early in the morning as there is a smaller crowd.
address : Hampstead Lane, London
open : 10-5 pm
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Wallace Collection - admiring art in the heart of London
The Wallace Collection is a museum occupying the Hertford House in central London. It is just a few blocks ( five minutes walk) north of Oxford Street and Selfridges Department Store.
The Collection was originally the private collection of Sir Richard Wallace who built it in the 18th and 19th century, but was eventually gifted to the government and opened to public viewing in 1900.
The extensive collection has nearly 5000 objects and includes fine and decorative art from 15th _19th century. The art pieces in the museum are very impressive , particularly the armoury collection, the French paintings along the staircase; and the long hall of paintings on the second level. one of my favourite piece is the marble sculpture of Pysche and Cupid.
There is also a cafe on the ground level which serves simple lunch and tea. It is a good place to take a break and have a drink in such a comfortable environment without leaving the museum . However during lunch hour, it gets very busy, and could require waiting time of 45-60 minutes.
It is free to visit the museum and it is opened from 10-5pm daily.
address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London
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Wembley Stadium - London
Wembley Stadium is a legendary concert and sports venue. It is located in the north-west of the British capital, in the Brent area. Now the stadium is called New Wembley, as it was built on the site of the old site. Old Wembley Stadium was built in 1923 and lasted 80 years. In 2007, the New Wembley was built on the same site. The stadium has become legendary because of many sport events and concerts were held here. Since its opening, Wembley has hosted the 1948 Olympic Games, a number of FA Cup matches, the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the 1996 European World Cup, as well as numerous iconic concerts.
Wembley Stadium now accommodates up to 90,000 spectators. It has the second largest capacity in Europe, after Barcelona's Camp Nou, which has a capacity of 99,354.
Portobello Road Market - London
Portobello Road is the longest shopping street in Europe. It stretched for more than 3 kilometers, and people sell here from the end of the 19th century, but only vegetables and fruits. In the middle of the last century, antiques appeared on the market, but the place became famous after the release of the movie “Notting Hill”. The love story of the heroes was twisted in this area. To this day, the street does not lose popularity, and like a magnet attracts people from all over the world.
Here you can find accessories and bags, advertising signs, Wedgwood china, autographs, binoculars, crystal and cutlery, doorknobs, telephones and telescopes.
Camden Market - London
Camden Market in London has become one of the most popular attractions in the British capital in a relatively short period of time. Today it is the largest market in London, with the widest and most diverse selection of goods, with more than a thousand shops and pavilions. Every year, 28 million city residents and tourists come there for shopping. Started as a Sunday market in 1974, Camden Market now open 364 days a year, closing for just one day, Christmas.
Camden opening hours: most shops and stalls are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. But the schedule of individual merchants may vary.
Visitors of the Camden Market will never get hungry with hundreds of cafes, bars, street food stalls and restaurants.
Cleopatra's Needle - London
Cleopatra's Needle is the largest obelisk in Britain (so big that it is even listed in the Guinness Book of Records). Its height is 21 meters, weight - 189.35 tons. The obelisk is made of pink granite. There are 2 Cleopatra's Needle’s in the world - in London and in New York.
This ancient Egyptian obelisk was carved in the quarries of Aswan about three and a half millennia ago. It bears the names of two pharaohs and Queen Cleopatra. For several centuries, the Needle stood in Alexandria, and then spent an unknown number of decades knocked down in the sands. In the 19th century, the obelisk was donated to Great Britain. It was brought with adventures to London and installed on the Victoria Embankment.
Cleopatra’s Needle stands on the Thames Embankment close to the Embankment underground station.
Royal Courts of Justice - London
Royal Courts of Justice is the highest civil court in Great Britain and, in combination, a building with impressive neo-Gothic architecture. This is a whole complex of buildings that are located in the city center on Strand Street.
The courthouse was built in the late 19th century by George Edmund Street, a former lawyer. Now the building is protected by the state, it has been given the status of a monument of Victorian architecture.
Royal Courts of Justice is a unique attraction that is both a functioning court and a museum. Walking along it, visitors can see the old interior items, emphasizing the inviolability of English traditions.
Old Royal Naval College - London
Old Royal Naval College is a historic building, the main attraction of Maritime Greenwich in London. This landmark with stunning architectural features is located on historic grounds in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural value and unique architectural and landscape features.
You should definitely visit it - because here you can admire the magnificent paintings of the walls and vaults in the Painted Hall (during the time of the hospital there was a common dining room - probably the most beautiful in all of Europe) and, looking into the chapel of St. Peter and Paul, see the most exquisite interiors and a huge organ by Samuel Green. Admission to the Old Royal Naval College is free.
30 St Mary Axe - London
30 St Mary Axe skyscraper in London is perhaps the most recognizable architectural landmark of the capital after Big Ben. This tall glass building has an unusual shape - elongated and rounded, for which people start to call the building "Gherkin".
The structure was erected from 2001 to 2004 on the site of the former Baltic Exchange. The previous building was damaged in a 1992 attack by the Irish Republican Army.
The lower floors of the building are accessible to the public, the rest is occupied by the Swiss Re headquarters. On the last, 40th floor, there is a bar with a stunning panorama of London. But only tenants are allowed to enter the bar.
Address: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP, United Kingdom.
Leighton House Museum - London
Leighton House Museum is located in London's Holland Park. Lord Frederick Leighton, painter, sculptor, illustrator and writer, lived there for over 30 years, creating many of his famous works.
Today, Leighton House Museum attracts many visitors. Currently, Leighton House continues the tradition of public events. Approximately once a month there are musical evenings, as well as meetings with artists and just interesting people. In the park at the house in the summer you can spend time with the whole family and even have the opportunity to do yoga.
Address: Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ.
Little Venice - London
Little Venice is the perfect place to take a break from the city bustle of London. There are not many tourists, flashy signs or noisy cars. Walking along the canals, visitors can enjoy the smell of fresh grass, admire the boats moored along the shore and feel some special harmony. It's nice sometimes to look into that part of the city that is not marked in tourist guides, and enjoy what the locals love London so much for.
Today, London's "Little Venice" is a meeting place for young people to enjoy drinks and cocktails, and indulge in the peaceful rocking of moored boats, many of which are used as picturesque restaurants and pubs.
Convent Garden, London, UK
Covent Garden is a popular destination that combines history, culture, shopping, and entertainment. The main focal point is the Covent Garden Market, which houses a variety of shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
The market offers a unique shopping experience, with a mix of high-end brands, independent retailers, and artisanal products. Visitors can explore the charming cobblestone streets, browse through the stalls, and discover a wide range of goods, from fashion and jewelry to arts and crafts.
Palace of Holyroodhouse, London
Holyrood Palace, also known as the Palace of Holyroodhouse, offers visitors a glimpse into Scotland's rich royal history. As the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, it holds great cultural and historical significance. The palace showcases stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and exquisite royal apartments that provide a fascinating insight into the lives of the royals throughout the centuries.
Visitors to Holyrood Palace can explore the State Apartments, which are lavishly decorated and adorned with priceless artworks and historical artifacts. The palace also offers guided tours that provide interesting historical commentary and anecdotes about the royals who have resided there.
St. Pancras - London
St. Pancras Station in London is famous - and not only for its appearance, which is familiar from numerous photos and even films about Harry Potter. Inside the station building is a monument, the cost of which is 1 million pounds.
The building has gone through an amazing journey from a homeless shelter to a masterpiece of railway architecture. Today, London's St. Pancras Station, as well as being an important international train hub, has also become a site that recalls the gothic structures of the great cathedrals. The most characteristic corner of the station is undoubtedly the “Meeting Point”, where a bronze statue dedicated to all the lovers of the world stands out. And if you cross the street, you will find yourself on King's Cross, where you can see the famous enchanted platform 9 and 3/4!
William Morris Gallery - London
The William Morris Gallery is a museum dedicated to the life and work of William Morris, an English decorative arts designer and early socialist. It is located in Walthamstow.
This beautiful Gregorian mansion in Lloyd Park houses a permanent collection of William Morris’s works and temporary exhibitions.
You can go to the William Morris Gallery with a guide or on your own. The trip may include a walk in the area itself, and in particular Walthamstow Village. This is the most English, simple but cool area with shops, restaurants, pedestrian streets and a cinema. A day spent in this area will be remembered for a lifetime.
Walthamstow - London
The popular district of Walthamstow is located in the north-east of the city. It is easy to get here by one of the metro lines. Museums, botanical gardens and imposing church architecture are what this place is famous for. No wonder the E17 Art Trail Festival takes place here every year!
The famous designer William Morris was born and lived here and the artist Grayson Perry creates - the Walthamstow district of east London has always attracted talent. Recently, it has begun to attract new residents, especially those who know a lot about art. Now there are galleries, experimental restaurants, the largest markets in Europe and jazz bars. To fully experience the local atmosphere, it is better to spend the whole day here.
The Monument to the Great Fire of London
A monument commemorating the Great Fire of London was erected in central London. The fire destroyed almost half of the city in 1666.
It is an antique-looking Doric column. The monument (as it is most often called for short) began to be built 5 years after the fire - in 1671 and completed in 1677.
The height of the Monument to the Great Fire of London is 61.57 meters. It is still the tallest free-standing column in the world.
Inside the column is a narrow spiral staircase with 311 steps leading to the observation deck. This is not the highest observation deck in London but the views from it are simply wonderful!
Bushy Park - London
Bushy Park is one of the largest royal parks in London. It is located in the north of Hampton Court and is known for its shady alleys, beautiful fountains, sports fields and tame deer, accustomed to people and allowing themselves to be touched. This is a quiet and peaceful place, which is perfect for walking and relaxing from the city noise.
Bushy Park covers an area of 445 hectares and was originally created as a royal sports ground, and today it houses several clubs, including cricket, rugby and hockey.
The park has tandem bike rentals that are suitable for people with disabilities. There is also the National Physical Laboratory, the Bushy House, several hotels for those who wish to live in the wild, and more than 500 sports fields.
St. James Park - London
Due to its geographical position - between Buckingham Palace and Big Ben - this park has long been the most visited in the UK. It is considered the oldest in London, as it was used by Henry VIII as a hunting ground in the 16th century. The park has a river that most tourists mistake for a lake. Local residents are pelicans, calmly watching tourists, and squirrels, begging for or stealing food.
St. James Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and its 57 acres. There are many memorials, fountains and statues to discover at the park. One of the most recognisable is the Queen Victoria Memorial. At the heart of the park there is the Tiffany Fountain, a striking 20ft water plume.
The O2 Arena - London
The O2 Arena is a multipurpose stadium. Depending on the planned event, it can simultaneously accommodate 23 thousand spectators. The O2 is the second largest concert venue in the UK (after Manchester) and one of the largest in Europe.
Since its opening in 2007, the O2 Arena in London has been a very popular venue for various events. Here are regularly held musical concerts, sport competitions, comedian shows, film premieres, musicals and etc.
The world's most famous musicians, such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bon Jovi and Justin Timberlake, perform on the O2 stage.
Address: The O2, Peninsula Square.
The Albert Memorial - London
The Prince Albert Memorial is a magnificent monument in Kensington Gardens, a monument to Queen Victoria's endless love for her husband. Made in the Neo-Gothic and richly decorated with sculptures, the monument is a reminder of the life and work of the Prince Consort.
The main attraction of the memorial is the frieze of Parnassus, which depicts 169 famous cultural figures from Antiquity to the Renaissance. The frieze consists of four parts: its southern side depicts composers, poets and writers, the eastern side depicts artists, the northern side depicts architects, and the western side depicts sculptors.
"Lively London: A Tapestry of Tradition and I
#visitlondon "Experience the vibrant heartbeat of London, where tradition meets modernity in a captivating fusion. From the majestic Tower Bridge to the bustling streets of Piccadilly Circus, this city never fails to inspire. Immerse yourself in its rich history, thriving arts scene, and iconic landmarks. Welcome to London, where every corner holds a story."
Stroll along the Thames- Must do in London
London is an amazing city with endless things to see. Whether it is a visit to the museum or a shopping spree at the local market, there is no shortage of something new to satisfy the eyes.
One of my favorite activities in London is to spend a day walking along the Thames, visiting the museum, and enjoy people watching. The time needed really depends on the starting point of the walk. I would recommend to start from the famous Tower Bridge, and walk west along the river toward the Parliament and Big Ben.
There are so much to see in this section of the river, and while the actual distance is only about 3 miles, and if walk quickly could be completed in one hour, it is best to reserve half a day or even a day.
The Tower Bridge is pedestrian friendly. it is fun to watch the “raising “ of the bridge. After the Tower Bridge, the next place to stop is definitely Borough Market. Go there to grab a bite before moving on to the fabulous Tate Modern Museum. This museum is one of the best museums in London and must not be missed. Visiting Tate Modern takes at least a couple of hours, and if you need a coffee break, I would highly recommend the coffee shop inside the museum for an excellent view of the Millennium Bridge and St Paul Cathedral. it is free to visit the museum except for special exhibitions.
If you are short of time, save the museum for a separate day, and simply walk along the Millennium Bridge for a different view of the river.
Next to Tate Modern is the historic Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. It is an open- air theater, and it is quite an experience to watch a play in this setting. Not only is the interior design following the design from the past, the seats on the upper levels are also just a long continuous bench. The most unique experience is on the ground level in which the audience would just stand in front of the stage to watch. yes it could be tiring , but it is also fun as the actors may interact with you! Buy tickets online and in advance as it is quite popular and tickets are often sold out.
From here on, simply follow the board walk until you get to the Parliament. Along the way, there is a skate park where skaters practice their drills, food trunks selling snacks and drinks, and the covid memorial wall. In the summer weekends, it is especially vibrant in the afternoon. Get a drink, find a seat on the bench facing the river and just relax.
By now, 2/3 of the walk is completed and the House of Parliament , Big Ben and the Ferris Wheel are just across the river. Yet this is not the end as there is still more on the other side such as Westminster Abbey. But London is so big that the walk could go on and on.
And there you have it- a stroll along the Thames - and probably have taken over 100 photos by now. This to me, is a must do if you only have a day in London.
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Celebrating Victories and Savoring Culinary D
#visitlondon Amidst the jubilant atmosphere that engulfed London after Morocco's historic World Cup victory, I found myself immersed in the vibrant energy of Chinatown, a cultural enclave that pulsated with life and celebration. The streets were adorned with Moroccan flags and vibrant decorations, creating a fusion of Chinese and Moroccan colors that painted a picture of unity and triumph.
As I made my way through the bustling streets, the air was filled with an electrifying sense of joy and camaraderie. Cheers of victory echoed from the local Moroccan community, mingling with the clatter of firecrackers and the lively conversations of passersby. The vibrant ambiance was infectious, and I couldn't help but be swept up in the revelry.
The vibrant red and gold archway, adorned with lanterns and traditional Chinese motifs, marked the entrance to Chinatown. Walking through, I felt transported to a world brimming with cultural treasures and culinary delights. The lively market stalls displayed an array of vibrant produce, exotic spices, and unique trinkets, reflecting the rich heritage of the Chinese community.
My culinary adventure led me to a renowned restaurant in Chinatown: Haidilao Hotpot. With its reputation for exceptional service and delectable hotpot offerings, it was the perfect choice to celebrate the World Cup victory. Stepping into the restaurant, the inviting aroma of simmering broths and sizzling ingredients greeted me, instantly stimulating my appetite.
The friendly staff guided me to a table adorned with an array of fresh ingredients, from thinly sliced meats to an assortment of vegetables and handcrafted dumplings. As the hotpot pot simmered before me, I eagerly dipped the ingredients into the bubbling broth, savoring the flavors that melded together in a harmonious symphony. The communal aspect of hotpot dining brought people together, fostering an atmosphere of conviviality and shared experiences.
As I savored each mouthful, the spicy and aromatic flavors of the broth infused the ingredients, creating a tantalizing culinary journey. The succulent meats, crisp vegetables, and tender dumplings delighted my taste buds, while the interactive nature of hotpot dining added an element of excitement to the experience.
The celebration in Chinatown continued long into the night, with vibrant lion dances, mesmerizing performances, and firecracker displays that illuminated the sky. The streets thrived with energy as locals and visitors joined together in celebration, sharing laughter, good wishes, and stories of triumph. It was a testament to the power of sports and the ability of cultural communities to come together and forge lasting connections.
As I bid farewell to Chinatown, I carried with me the memories of a jubilant celebration and a gastronomic journey that celebrated the fusion of cultures and flavors. Chinatown's vibrant spirit, coupled with the exquisite experience of indulging in Haidilao Hotpot, was a testament to the city
Carnaby Street - London
Carnaby Street is a small pedestrian street in London's Soho. It is a significant place for the capital's fashion. In the last century, English rebels and representatives of independent fashion liked to gather here. Fashion trends were born here and boutiques with modern clothes were opened. Carnaby Street was laid out at the end of the 17th century, and it got its name in honor of Karnaby House, a building on the east side of the street.
Today, Carnaby Street is still home to many boutiques and shops where visitors can find literally everything. There are also around 60 restaurants, cafes, bars and English pubs can be found on the street serving more than 30 different cuisines from around the world.
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