River Thames sunset, London – Image courtesy of David Iliff/Wiki Commons
From a settlement founded by Romans in AD 43, the City of London – a mere 2.6km² of expensive real estate commonly known as ‘the Square Mile’ – is now a sprawling 1,580km² metropolis.
Catch a play in the open-air galleried Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a replica of the 1599 Elizabethan playhouse; watch the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace; take high tea at the Ritz; discover Roman and Greek antiquities, including the famous Elgin Marbles at the world-famous British Museum.
Enjoy breathtaking views on the London Eye, the world's largest ferris wheel, then cruise the Thames River to picturesque Greenwich.
Meander through London’s tranquil parks, from Hyde Park to Kensington Gardens or explore one of London’s many quiet, leafy squares; then pick up something special at Harrods – the classic department store sells everything you can imagine.
Top attractions in London
London offers a choice of must-see attractions for inquisitive honeymoon couples, including…
The British Museum
Stroll into one of the world’s greatest museums: explore Roman and Greek antiquities, including the famous Elgin Marbles.
Gaze at the most significant Egyptian collection outside Egypt; try to decipher the Rosetta Stone; discover treasures from Anglo-Saxon and Roman Britain, China, Japan, India and the Middle East; and stand in the former Reading Room where Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital.
Climb into one of the 32 enclosed glass gondolas and enjoy a bird’s-eye view high above London. Spinning slowly and silently over the Thames, the millennium wheel, at 135m tall, is the world’s largest wheel.
Wander around the spacious galleries of this converted power station and discover the largest modern-art gallery in the world. See works by Monet, Bonnard, Picasso, Braque, Dalí, Mondrian, Pollock, Warhol, Lichtenstein and many more.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Catch a play in the open-air galleried replica of the 1599 Elizabethan playhouse.
Watch the Changing of the Guard in the forecourt daily at 11.30am (alternate days in winter). Symbolic keys are exchanged by ceremonially dressed troops to the accompaniment of regimental music.
Take a tour around the atmospheric and overgrown West Cemetery, with its Egyptian-style catacombs and Victorian-Gothic gloom, or wander alone among the eerie personalised tombs to discover the final resting place of Karl Marx, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Radclyffe Hall and others.
Cruise down the Thames from central London to picturesque Greenwich. Browse through the antiques, crafts and clothes stalls at the weekend Greenwich Market (Thursday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm).
Check out the National Maritime Museum and straddle the prime meridian (of time and longitude) inside the old Royal Observatory. Take a tour to learn how astronomers and a watchmaker discovered how to improve maritime navigation.
Shop at Harrods
The classic department store has everything: “All things, for all people, everywhere.” Check out the spectacular food hall with its shelves of exotic fare. Harrods is five minutes walk from Knightsbridge tube station.
Savour the taste sensation of the classic English dish of roast beef at the 160-year-old Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, one of London’s finest restaurants. Dine in an oak-panelled dining room and be served by waiters in tailcoats. Ten minutes walk from Embankment tube station.
Down a pint or a G&T at the 17th century George Inn, London’s only surviving galleried coaching inn. Preserved by the National Trust in a cobbled courtyard on Borough High Street, Southwark – three minutes walk from London Bridge station.
London offers countless private gardens to visit as well as the public gardens of Kew Gardens, Hampton Court and Ham House.
Be inspired by the colours, scents and symmetry of London’s best gardens – a showcase of nature’s glory – then take away fresh ideas to enhance your own landscape.
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London's Theatre Land
Explore London’s vibrant theatre scene, from West End theatres, famous for long-running musicals and plays, to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, renowned for original productions of mainstream masterpieces.
Or to see some of most exciting work performed in London today, head to what’s become known as the Off-West End and Fringe theatres located throughout London – just perfect for couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
At any one time there are literally scores of shows and plays running in the West End alone. Add in the Fringe theatres and you’re spoilt for choice with a huge variety of productions from musicals, comedies and plays to opera and ballet.
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London is best explored on foot. Try these wonderful walks…
- Stroll from Westminster Abbey, cross Westminster Bridge, along the South Bank past the London Eye to Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, then cross the Millennium Bridge to
St Paul’s Cathedral.
- Discover Hampstead Heath’s woods, lakes and meadows and great views over London.
- Meander through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens past sculptures, fountains, flower gardens and boating lakes.
- Walk along Richmond’s towpath to the royal park, catch sight of deer, break for a pint at a pub and duck into the 17th-century Ham House for a cultural treat.
Shopping in London
Welcome to one of the world’s best shopping cities. London has it all: from famous department stores such as Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason to high street chain stores and specialty boutiques.
Enjoyable features of London’s big stores are the in-store tea rooms, bars and gourmet restaurants – just great for stopping to catch your breath! Most of the big stores are grouped around Covent Garden, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.
For real value, time your visit to coincide with London’s annual sales. And don’t miss the more than 300 markets, perfect for snapping up rare and unusual shopping items.
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London offers a huge range of honeymoon accommodation to suit all budgets – just perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about hotel accommodation in London at TripAdvisor.
Best time to honeymoon in London
Anytime. London’s climate is generally mild with damp winters and moderate summers. Summer averages 18°C (64°F) with a high of 30°C (86°F), while spring and autumn average 13°C (55°F) and winter averages 5°C (41°F).
London’s favourite listings magazine, Time Out, published every Tuesday afternoon, is essential reading if you want to get the most out of your visit. The magazine provides details of prices and reviews of shows, theatre and music.
Visit online at www.timeout.com
Top Day Trips from London
Enjoy a scenic day trip from London. Discover eight great places rich in history and scenic beauty only a short car or train ride from London – perfect for a day's adventure.
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7 February, 2017
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