Iconic Experiences that Will Give You the True Feel of London

Few cities in the world are as iconic as London, which is well-borne out by the fact that it is teeming with historic architecture, monumental landmarks and world-class museums due to which it deserves being on top of the list of world’s most visited cities. This iconic city has charmed travellers since long mainly due to its open vistas and green landscapes as well as its high-density urban expanse. London has so much to offer to its visitors mainly because of its cultural treasures, architectural wonders, lush parkland, dreamy castles and tourist attractions. There are very few cities in this world that are as iconic as London and offer as many interesting experiences. Given below are some of these experiences that truly define London.

Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V&A Cafe: If you wish to spend your Sunday afternoon visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum, you can take the opportunity to get a wonderful, quintessential English traditional experience of afternoon tea in the sumptuous atmosphere of the elegant Morris Room at the V&A Cafe. The traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea has been created by award-winning British food business, Benugo in partnership with the V&A Museum. The afternoon tea has been designed by Tasha Marks and inspired by 19th-century recipes, subtly tweaked to suit the modern palate while continuing to offer a taste of history. This experience will give you the feel of fashion fit for a queen as the Afternoon Tea has been restored as it was enjoyed by Queen Victoria herself. You can enjoy afternoon tea that has been fashioned exactly as per its earliest incarnation while sipping tea and enjoying Prosecco, asparagus and parmesan tart, Mrs. Beeton’s cucumber sandwich, Lemon and seed cake, gooseberry tart and fruit sconelets, and admiring intricate stained glass

Camley Street Natural Park: This urban nature reserve is located in King’s Cross in central London on a 2-acre plot of land on the banks of the Regent’s Canal, by St Pancras Lock and next to St Pancras Basin. It is a wildlife sanctuary and an education centre. Its shape is a narrow strip of land bounded by the canal, Camley Street and Goods Way. You can enter free of charge through an ornate gate on Camley Street. In the park’s small environs, there are a variety of habitats that co-exist including wetlands, meadow and woodland which attract insects, amphibians, birds, and at least six species of mammal. There are over 300 higher plants in the park including common broomrape, hairy buttercup and common spotted orchid. The habitats in the park include a summer-flowering meadow, a pond with varying water level, dependent on the canal water level, marshland with reed bed, coppiced woodland, deciduous woodland, mixed woodland with scrub, mixed woodland with hedgerow, dipping pond (with boardwalk), and rainwater ponds.

For any person visiting London, it is very important to choose a hotel in the right location so that most places of interest and other attractions of the city are situated close by, making it easy to visit them and to cover more places in a single day. Hotels near The Barbican are perfect in this respect and provide visitors with ample choice as they are available in different categories to suit different budgets.

Experimental Cocktail Club: It is a most unassuming place that you might easily miss while going past it. It has a battered main door which leads to the buzzing three-floor joint which is always filled with trendy and dating couples. It is best to do reservation in advance to avoid disappointment. The drinks are outstanding and it becomes difficult to choose. It has minimalist brick walls, mirrored walls and cut-glass tumblers that give it the feel of an opulent and cosy bar which you will not like to leave.

18 Stafford Terrace: It was the former home of the Punch illustrator Sambourne, but it is now open to the public as a museum in which visitors can see a late-Victorian, middle-class home that has largely remained unchanged. Almost all its original decoration has remained intact and the rooms still have the furniture and personal possessions that were left behind by the Sambournes including a huge archive of diaries, papers, bills and letters providing an exceptionally detailed picture of daily life in the house. The house is open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons for guests to simply drop in. Tours will still run on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Each summer the house closes for two months for maintenance and restoration.

Camden Passage: It is a passage off Upper Street in the London Borough of Islington and it is famous for its many antique shops. An antique market is hosted here on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. Founded in the 1960s the antiques market was very successful initially but in 1979, The Mall Antiques Arcade was opened here only to close in 2008. With its closure, the arcade also closed with a reduction in the number of antique traders in Camden Passage. Only a weekend antiques market is still held there. Camden Head public house is also located in Camden Passage, holding comedy nights for local comedians.

Daunt Books: Daunt Books, specialising in travel books, is a chain of bookshops in London that began publishing in 2010. Its branch on Marylebone High Street is believed to be the first custom-built bookshop in the world which now focuses on first-hand titles, especially travel-related material. The other branches are in Chelsea, Holland Park, Cheapside, Hampstead and Belsize Park. Its first branch outside London was in Saffron Walden, Essex and the second branch outside London was opened in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Daunt Books arranges its sections geographically, with guides, phrase books, travel writing, history and fiction grouped by their relevant country.

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