London is one of the world’s greatest cities. From Karl Marx to Ingrid Bergman, from William Shakespeare to Rabindranath Tagore, and millions who at some point, have passed or will pass through it – we all have our own reasons to visit London. But few tourists will see it through the eyes of a local. From the Kohinoor diamond to the Rosetta Stone, from tea with Holmes and Watson to a peep into the Queen’s State Apartments at Buckingham Palace and a private tour of the House of Commons – our customized holiday to London covers it all. Some are well-known sights while others are paths less traveled. With intimate knowledge of the best in sights, food, theatre, and stay, our 12-day holiday in London is designed with local knowledge, so you can have an unforgettable holiday without breaking the bank.
The rule of thumb is to visit the few must-see places and go for long walks to discover the city the rest of your time. London’s sights and sounds come alive on an open-bus tour. We recommend you hop onto the iconic red bus that takes you through the city or gets yourself an oyster card and goes explore with the London Metro. Do go for a river cruise and take a short trip to Greenwich. And when you’re there, stop at The Old Brewery and enjoy some rustic British food for lunch.
If you want to go the usual touristy route, we will recommend the Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, British Museum, NationalGallery, National History Museum and London Dungeon among others. The London Eye will give you the most breathtaking view of London and a fascinating perspective of over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks. You can cruise along the River Thames and gape at the historic landmarks passing by. There’s also a tranquil trip along Regent’s Canal in a long boat with some great photo opportunities along the way.
But if you want to go off the beaten track, then opt for the London city walks. There’s plenty to choose from -- Beatles Walk, Jack the Ripper Walk, Harry Potter Walk, for you to decide. You can also enjoy some quiet time biking or walk in London’s parks; despite a population of more than eight million, about one-third of London is devoted to parks and open spaces, so there are plenty of places to relax on fine days. And what’s London if you don’t watch a production of one of Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe theatre in Southwark, or watch a world-class opera or ballet at the Royal Opera House? For the arty ones among you, we’ll factor in enough time at Covent Garden where you can enjoy art shows and exhibitions, installations and pop-up stores and of course the great Covent Garden Market. For a pulsating nightlife, you must head to Soho.
London is also a foodie’s paradise. Go with our choice of restaurants, from budget to Michelin stars, from local food markets to Jamie’s – we give you a low down on selected eateries that serve every kind of cuisine from around the world