5 good reasons to go to London
To see / do
Culture and history
A day at the British Museum
Because the British Museum is so sprawling, you'll need at least a day to explore its many different nooks and crannies. This national museum is home to collections that rival the Louvre's, a whirlwind journey through the history of all five continents. Mummies, jewels, pottery, coins and more are all beautifully presented and explained.
Inside a fortress
The 11th-century Tower of London was used as a prison, royal residence and menagerie for exotic animals. Inside, the royal armoury, two chapels, the towers and ramparts are all open to the public. The crown jewel here is literally the crown jewels! A traditional Yeoman Warder walks you through the Tower's past…
Just alongside the Tower of London, Tower Bridge straddles the Thames. Built at the end of the 19th century, this bridge lifts to let boats through. Head deep into the belly of the bridge to see how it all works and climb up one of the towers to get to the top platform for a spectacular view of the entire city.
Enjoy a musical in the West End
London is the world capital of theatre, and musicals especially. Whilst you're here, make sure you grab tickets for a show in the West End, the world-renowned theatre district where film and cartoon classics are put to music: The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables...
Street food in Camden Town
In the north-eastern district of London's city centre lies Camden Town. A hotspot for punks and rockers of all stripes, the neighbourhood is a delight to experience. Street art and quirky shops rub shoulders with bars and restaurants, complete with a street food market running the length of the canal. Mexico, France, Italy and China... Let your taste-buds travel the world in Camden.
India with a British twist
In London, fragrant spices and sizzling curry float on the breeze at every street corner. Indian restaurants abound in the capital, serving up tantalising dhals, tandoori chicken, samosas and naan, all washed down with a frothy glass of lassi. London is where you'll find the best Indian food outside of India.
When tea time arrives, head over to a tearoom. These late-afternoon cafés dish up decadent pastries to enjoy with a nice cup of tea. Londoners love scones, a kind of half-way hybrid between a cake and brioche. Make like the English and slice them in half before slathering them in butter, jam and clotted cream…
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