When visiting London, you will never get bored because of the myriad of exciting things you can do. This European city has long been known for its historical attractions, natural sceneries, theatres, and also pubs and restaurants. In 2013, you’ll discover lots of new things to do, activities to try out, and extraordinary places to visit that you might not see in the guide books.
In February 2013, Shard opened for business. Standing an incredible 310 meters from the ground, the hyper contemporary glass building allows amazing views of London never seen before. There is a viewing gallery between floors 68 and 72. Unlike other similar tall structures, visitors stand outside for a real memorable experience instead of being incarcerated at the back of thick glass. This attraction’s location is the London Bridge Station and an entry to its elevators is at the Tooley Street. It features very luxurious apartments and the new Shangri La Hotel.
For the enthusiasts of Harry Potter, Warner Studios just opened an exhibition that is packed specifically with Harry Potter memorabilia. While here, you can walk through the real film sets of scenes from the films, such as the Great Hall. This makes a great experience while on your trip. You can reach the studios right from Watford Station, located on the periphery of London centre. Perhaps it is easier and cheaper to be part of the tour from the city centre, where you will pay the package price for a ticket to the Harry Potter sites and the return coach journey.
London’s public transport is very affordable, especially if you obtain a weekly or daily Oyster card (previously travel card) that grants you unlimited journeys using London bus, tube, and rail network. The most exciting means of transport to use, especially if you’re young or in a group, is the Circle Line crawl on the tube trains. This is most suitable when the weather is bad and the indoors are so inviting. You can get to the Circle Line from each of the available 27 stations. The experience entails visiting all the 22 streets plus four stations.
Conversely, in good weather like that of a summer day, visit one of the parks and relax. Make it a picnic. At Hyde Park, you can take a boat ride on the Serpentine Lake located in the middle. Alternatively, rent a bike or jump on a horse to enjoy numerous bridle paths within Hyde Park. Otherwise, you can simply enjoy getting away from the active London streets, roller bladders, dog walkers, and kite flyers.
Wimbledon is a fantastic place to visit too. It’s found in Zone 3 and you can easily access it through the tube. You can get to the tennis museum to check out some of the world’s most popular tennis courts. During a summer afternoon, you can visit Wimbledon Common where there is a broad variety of local shops that offer different kinds of quirky gifts in the town centre. In the evenings, go to Wimbledon Theatre and enjoy musicals and plays.