Exploring London During Your Stay!

Published: 30 Aug 2012
Category: Things to do in London

London is one of the most vibrant, interesting and varied cities in the world so while you’re staying in one of our London serviced apartments why not make the most of your time and explore this fantastic city?  Whether here on holiday or business, on your own or with your family, there is so much to do you’ll wish there were more hours in the day to fit it all in.

Our serviced apartments in the heart of London’s Docklands provide the ideal base for you to make the most of all that London has to offer.  Easy transport links can take you wherever you desire conveniently and quickly.

Family

Despite being in a densely populated city you are only a few minutes away from Mudchute Farm, the biggest inner-city farm in Europe, providing over 13 hectares of land which is home to sheep, cows, goats, pigs, llama and many other animals.  It also provides horse riding should you wish to truly integrate yourself with your surroundings.

Greenwich Park, a short tube ride away, is one of London’s finest parks where you can enjoy wildlife (such as deer), a boating lake, and the Greenwich Observatory, home of the world famous Meridian Line where time begins.

Museum in Docklands – kids go free!  This offers a history of Docklands from Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration and reveals London’s important role as a port.

Madame Tussauds offers you a chance to come face to face with some of the world’s most famous faces.  From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga this is a fun day out for the whole family.

The London Dungeons situated outside London Bridge station offers an interesting and often amusing look at London’s more gruesome past.  Not for small children or the faint hearted!

Shopping

London has some of the finest shopping districts in the world from Bond Street and Carnaby Street in the West End, eclectic markets in Camden and Greenwich, to newly built, all encompassing shopping malls such as Westfield in Shepherds Bush and Stratford.  Whatever you want to buy, be it designer clothes, antiques, fresh farmers’ produce, or tacky miniatures of Tower Bridge you will be sure to find it!  Not all goods will be at the high end of the price spectrum that you might expect to find in the designer boutiques of Sloane Square or the internationally renowned Harrods in Knightsbridge – bargains are to be found wherever you look.  Especially when perusing the fabulous outdoor markets the friendly, local vendors will be more than happy to negotiate a price with you.

Dining

After a hard day’s shopping why not dump your newly purchased goods in your apartment and sate that appetite you’ve built up in one of the many fine restaurants just on your doorstep.  Docklands itself has more restaurants than you can shake a hungry stick at such as Boisdale of Canary Wharf in Cabot Place which offers a whisky & cigar bar, client friendly grill, oyster bar, and live music (Jools Holland is Boisdale’s ‘patron of music’) and The Floating Lotus, just a few minutes peaceful stroll from our serviced apartments along the river, a floating Chinese restaurant that offers both glorious food and a unique dining experience, to name but two of the many.

There are restaurants to suit all tastes and all budgets from the forty plus Michelin star restaurants owned by some of the most famous names in the culinary world such as Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre-White to celebrity hang outs like The Ivy tofamily run establishments offering cuisines from all over the world cooked authentically and deliciously.

Please note that with the higher end restaurants there may be a long waiting list for bookings and they can be expensive however some, such as Chez Bruce on Wandsworth Common offer a very competitive three courses for £45.

Here is a link to the Time Out Top 50 London Restaurants: http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/features/2473.html

Theatre

London’s West End boasts the finest Theatre district in the world from long running musicals, plays, comedy and touring productions.  The link below details of the shows on offer as well as an easy to use booking service should you wish to purchase tickets: http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/

History

London has a long and proud history that is almost impossible to ignore when visiting.  Even walking along the street you may encounter at any moment the remains of a Roman wall or a statue to one of the cities many pioneers.  Here are what we believe to be London’s top five tourist attractions for history and culture:

  1. The Tower of London – One of London’s oldest and most formidable buildings, a day exploring such rich history and seeing up close the Crown Jewels, this will not disappoint.
  2. Buckingham Palace– Home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  If you time your visit right she might even invite you in for a cup of tea!
  3. Big Ben - The Houses of Parliament and its iconic clock tower are among London's most famous landmarks.
  4. The British Museum - The world famous British Museumexhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from around the world.
  5. National Gallery– Sitting proudly in Trafalgar Square this vast space is filled to the rafters with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

Entry to London’s museums is free however some exhibitions do carry an entrance fee.

Sport in London

As witnessed recently with the 2012 Olympic games London and Londoners love their sport and you can find sport taking place almost every day of the week, every week of the year.  Boasting six Premier League football clubs and four Premiership rugby union clubs, it is at the heart of all English sport.  Throw into the mix tennis at Wimbledon and cricket at The Oval and Lords, you will be more than equipped to fulfil your sporty cravings whilst staying in one of our serviced apartments.  Some sporting events may require booking early on so, if there is something particular you are interested in, please check availability beforehand to avoid disappointment.

Music

There are many musical venues all across London so why not go and see your favourite act while staying in one of our serviced apartments?  The best venues include the O2 Brixton Academy, HMV Hammersmith Apollo and the O2 arena in Greenwich, as well as smaller venues that offer more intimate performances by up and coming artists.  Keep an eye out as different acts appear at these venues each night of the week.

Other

LondonEye, Westminster Bridge Road – 135m high at its peak the London Eye provides some of the most spectacular views of London.  The ticket office opens at 9.30, the first ride is at 10.00.

The O2, Greenwich Peninsula – offering dining, cinema, exhibitions and live musical concerts and sports shows in it’s 20,000 seat arena.

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