Travel through history while experiencing modern culture in London — England’s largest city. The vibrant metropolis is perched on the River Thames on the southeast of the island of Great Britain, and offers towering castles, buzzing urban areas and famous sights like Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle — not to mention countless options for museums, theater, shopping and dining.
In addition to being the capital of both England and the United Kingdom, London is also the most populous city in the region and has no shortage of things to do. Visit iconic attractions like Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle. Team those that with more London sights like Big Ben and the Tower of London and London Bridge, along with museums like the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern and the London Transport Museum. Theatergoers have an endless array of productions in London’s West End to fit into their agenda; and foodies have never had more abundant choices of modern and fine dining in the city.
What you bring to London all depends on what you’re planning to do. During the day, that usually involves plenty of walking and sight seeing, so bring shoes or boots that will take you around to the many sights without hurting your feet. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the weather — notoriously gray and rainy — and pack the right outerwear and an umbrella for cooler days or a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for summer days. You can sport your best jeans or black pants in most of the city’s trendy spots and theaters, but if you opt for fine dining, pack an outfit to fit your venue and experience. With all the reservations you’ll be making and walking you’ll be doing, loading up your mobile phone with a data plan that works in the region is also something to consider.
Leave the mini double-decker buses and models of Big Ben on the shelf and opt for something that will truly help you remember your trip to London. If you’ve decided to opt for local customs and take up a tea habit, you’ll want to bring home a stash of your favorite blends. Pair that with some sweet treats like a few packages of Walker’s shortbread cookies so you can recreate the experience at home. For finer trinkets like personal accessories, books and home furnishings, aim to pick them up at museum gift shops like the Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, Tate Modern and London Transport Museum Shop.
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