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I remember the first time I visited London. I wasn’t even a teenager yet and back then I had no idea I would one day call it home. Yet I do remember feeling instantly at home here. I can see why it’s one of the top choices for Danes when they want a weekend break. London has it all; the buzz, the restaurants, the shows, the history, the culture and some of the best hotels in the world.
With the option of renting people’s private homes or simply a room within someone’s house, this naturally gives you a more personal experience of a city. Though as someone who loves the luxury of a good hotel when I go away I would generally always choose this option for a weekend getaway. Especially in a city like London, where as a tourist you want to be in the heart of the city. InterContinental Hotels, especially the one on Park Lane, is a great central location for exploring all the main tourist attractions.
London is an exceptional place and taking in the view of the city is a must. You can choose the famous London Eye on the South Bank or opt for breathless views from either Waterloo or Tower bridge. If you are keen to inspect the city closer then a cruise on the river Thames is a great way to explore, especially when the sun is out.
A ride on an open top bus is another way to get acquainted with the capital. It introduces you the history of London and most of the monuments and allows to you jump on and off as you see fit.
One of the things that make the capital so special is all the parks, from intimate greens to huge spaces the likes of Hyde Park in the centre, Regent’s Park with London Zoo and Hampstead Heath in the north. You have every opportunity to enjoy nature and as the famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, says in the Ugly Duckling green is good for the eyes!
MUSEUMS AND SHOWS
The National Portrait Gallery which is free to visit, as are many of the museums in London, is a wonderful walk through the historic people of both this country and the world. Are you travelling with children then The National History Museum is a must. Full of fun activities and plenty to learn.
Naturally, the West End offers some of the most spectacular shows in the world with talented artists performing in a vast selection of musicals and plays. If the song and dance shows are not your cup of tea you might want to explore the programme on offer from The National Theatre on South Bank or some of the smaller venues like The Arcola and Hampstead Theatre in East and North London.
PLACES TO EAT
You are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to food in London. From Michelin star restaurants to high street chains and the classic fish ‘n’ chips shop, London is a mouth wateringly good place to explore for any foodie. Some of my favourites include Roka on Charlotte Street, or for a simple, yet filling lunch try The Potatoe Project in the heart of Soho.
What are your London favourites? What would you recommend to tourists visiting?