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Most people have heard of London right? It is after all one of the most influential cities on the globe today. Attracting history buffs, trendsetters, English football fanatics and food lovers of the like, London has an edge like no other. Not to mention, Australia’s love affair with London has youngsters embarking on working holidays to this diverse city. And why not? London is a stepping stone to hundreds of European cities, making it easy and streamlined to access other parts of the continent.
Big Ben and Westminster Bridge, London
How to get there
There are numerous airlines that travel into London’s four airports, via various Asian and Middle Eastern cities. One of the quickest journeys from Townsville is with the Silkair and Singapore Airlines alliance via Cairns and Singapore, with a total travel time of 25 hours. If this length of time is not for you, a stopover en-route is recommended. If you’re embarking on a round the world journey, London is easily accessible to or from the Americas and Africa.
When to go
Let’s be honest, London doesn’t exactly attract a lot of constant sun rays, with rainfall occurring on and off throughout the year. If you dread the chill factor, avoid the winter months of December to February. The warmest months are June to August but in saying that, temperatures rise only to the low 20’s degrees. July is the driest month with the lowest amount of rainfall on average.
Where to stay
London is such a vast city with the main attractions being spread out, therefore, providing many hotel choices. My five top favourite places to stay are; Artist Residence London, a boutique hotel in the area of Pimlico. With only 10 bedrooms, it packs a punch with an attached hip cocktail bar and restaurant. For a more sizable hotel and one of London’s finest, you can’t go past The Ritz Hotel. Grandeur is the word that comes to mind when describing the 110 year old Ritz Hotel and the hotel location is on Piccadilly, one of the most sought after sites.
The Portobello Hotel situated in Notting Hill, is an attraction in itself, having hosted celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Kate Moss. Each of the 21 eclectic rooms has its own character and the 24-hour guest only bar is worth a visit. B+B Belgravia, comprising of three gorgeous Georgian townhouses is a bed and breakfast with a difference. The rooms are modest and comfortable with a modern feel. With its one and two bedroom apartments, The Citadines at Trafalgar Square is ideal if you crave space. The Citadines is also great for those who are looking for a long stay, with each apartment featuring a fully equipped kitchenette.
What to do
The sightseeing opportunities in London are endless. My top five favourite things to do in London are; The hop on hop off buses – an excellent way of getting your bearings and a great mode of transportation around the city. With four routes, you will soon know your way around like a resident. You can’t go to London and not visit its main icon – Big Ben, the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster. Getting dolled up for a West End musical is always sure to please, with originals such as Phantom of the Opera to a more humorous show such as The Book of Mormon. Check out Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, and who knows, if you’re lucky you may see the Queen and give her a royal wave. The London Eye with its spectacular aerial view of the city from a capsule is a popular attraction. It’s a good idea to pre-book with a front of line pass to avoid the queues.
Going out for pub grub and a pint of beer is a common ritual in London. Order fish and chips for a true London experience and you’ll feel like a local in no time. Londoners have become accustomed to diverse cultures and therefore exposed to many international culinary options. A popular one being Brick Lane, which offers an array of Indian curry houses with loads of delightful north and south Indian dishes. Kick back with friends and try the cocktails and mouth-watering grazing plates at one of the many happening rooftop bars – a way of life in London. For a fancier dining experience, make a reservation at one of the abundant Michelin star restaurants. And for the Jamie Oliver fans, be sure to visit one of his restaurants across the city. From the casual Jamie Oliver’s Diner to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen – more elegant and classic meals, you will find an option to truly capture you! Cheers – down the hatch!