Inimitable London

London is like no other city in terms of tourist attractions and places of historic interest. With a rich and diverse history that dates back to more than 2000 years, the city offers a fascinating blend of the old and the new, which make it a captivating tourist destination to visit.

From visiting its famous palaces and museums in Central London to spending exciting evenings in the numerous restaurants and bars in Shoreditch, visitors are spoilt for choice.  London is a shopping haven with high end shopping to be found in areas like Oxford Street, Knightsbridge and Marylebone Street. You will also find some great street shopping available in areas like Regent Street, Camden Market, Spitalfields etc. If you are looking for antiques consider travelling to Portobello Market to check out the vintage wares on offer.  Here is a brief checklist to tick if you are visiting London for the first time.

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Tourist checklist: 

Two places that are synonymous with the city are its Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The Houses of Parliament are a perfect example of neo-gothic design, and permits visitors to enter its historic portals to watch parliament in session, which include the House of Lords and the House of Commons. For the more adventurous who do not mind climbing its 334 spiral steps they can book a tour to see the inside of Big Ben.

The Changing of the Guard is a well known ceremonial event that takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, daily in the summer at 11:30 am and on alternate days at other parts of the year. Generally the guards are renowned for their statue-like poise, irrespective of their surroundings. The only time you will see them move is during the Changing of the Guard and it makes for a great photo opportunity.

One of the city’s most iconic landmarks, St Paul’s Cathedral is the masterpieces created by Sir Christopher Wren, who also was the architect for the Royal Observatory and the external façade of Hampton Court Palace. It used to offer the best views of the city Way before the London Eye came along. It still offers a grand view of the city below provided if you are ready to ascend its 530 steps to the top via the Whispering Gallery. Alternatively you could also choose to hop aboard one of the capsules of the London Eye, which will give you the most panoramic aerial view of the city up to 25 miles on a clear day.

Shopping:

Oxford Street was and remains the most famous shopping street in London. You will find all the biggest brands and designer names here besides department stores like Debenhams, Selfridges, House of Fraser and John Lewis. During the Christmas season it is beautifully lit-up however the place is always chock-a-block with tourists and shoppers. If you are loaded with cash to splash, move to the designer outlets on Bond Street, or go in for some bespoke tailoring on Savile Row.

There was a time when Camden was known for its punk characters, although these days you will find more of tourists in the area. You still might come across the odd punk or two with a brightly coloured mohican posing for the shutterbugs. Besides these colourful characters Camden and Stables Market are great places to llok for jewellery, vintage clothing and artwork. You could also visit Portobello Road Market in trendy Notting Hill which is also a good place to shop for furniture, jewellery, second-hand clothing and antiques.

Food:

If you think about food then fish and chips is synonymous with Britain. In fact it was the creation of Joseph Malin who was of Jewish origin and was the first one to make fried fish in batter in 1860. There has been a resurge in their popularity with several new eateries opening up all over London with places like trendy Poppie’s in Shoreditch with its staff sporting the 1940s garb.  Then there is the famous Golden Fish Bar in Clerkenwell which has been doing brisk business for over a century and Kerbisher & Malt renowned for some of the finest chips in London.  If you want to try a real classic then there is nothing better than a Full English breakfast available at most hotels and eateries in the city. Then there is pie and mash for which you could head to M. Manze known for its authentic fare.

Leisure:

London is well known for its entertainment venues and is also home to Theatreland, the area that lies between The Strand, Oxford Street and Covent Garden. Here you will come across over 40 venues, which offer plays, musicals, dramatic plays, stand-up comedy, fringe theatre, and lots more. You will even find quite a few local restaurants that offer pre-theatre dinner deals. If you feel like a stroll there is no place better than Hyde Park which will get you away from the cacophony of the city. Walk amongst its tranquil surroundings or sit and gaze at its beauty. If you are a sports lover then try your hand tennis, bowling, horse-riding and boating among other activities. England is well known for its traditional custom of afternoon tea and you will find lots of fine hotels like the Montcalm, offering an opulent serving of afternoon tea with scones, cakes and other treats to nibble on.

The UK is well known for its pub culture and irrespective of the neighbourhood you’re in you will find right down the corner. Some of London’s watering holes have transformed into fancy wine bars and gastro-pubs. However if you want something quintessentially British, in authentic surroundings try the Prospect of Whitby in Wapping, the White Hart on Drury Lane or The George in Borough.

Make sure to stay at M by Montcalm Shoreditch London tech city so that you can quite conveniently make your way towards expiring several fascinating sights and attractions that will thoroughly enrich your spirit of holidaying to the greatest possible extent.

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