London is on almost every savvy traveler’s bucket list, and for good reason. The city has a rich history, and its eye-catching attractions make for some great photography.
Despite the city’s majesty, traveling to London without an itinerary is pure madness. You can arguably only get the best out of the city if you know what you’re getting yourself into beforehand.
What, then, are these things that you absolutely must know? More importantly, how can you use them to plan an amazing trip to London this summer?
Check out our list of the 5 facts that you need to know before heading to London this summer.
If you paid any attention in history class, you might know that London has rich a long history of theatrical brilliance. Shakespeare’s playing company regularly put on plays at the Globe Theatre during the 17th century.
Unfortunately, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre no longer stands. It has since, however, been rebuilt and is now joined by a whole host of other theatres.
During your stay, you’ll find a wide variety of plays being staged. The age appropriateness of these plays will vary, and some of them might not be suitable for children.
Chances are, however, that you’ll find something that your entire family can enjoy. Author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, for example, is currently being staged in London. It has received positive reviews and would make for great family fun.
If you’re feeling Shakespearean, a couple of Shakespeare’s greats are almost always being staged during the summer. Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, for instance, are being staged this upcoming summer.
We did say that you needed an itinerary, and we’re sticking to that story. Even so, we’ll admit that you can’t plan for everything. As a matter of fact, some of the best experiences we have while abroad are completely spontaneous.
We suspect that the variety of pop-ups in the city will add this spontaneity to your vacation. From baking competitions to art galleries, there really is a pop-up for every hobbyist.
How, though, do you claim your spot at these pop-ups? They are, after all, spontaneous.
As it turns out, these events are not so spontaneous that you can’t order tickets in advance. Further still, some of the events can last for weeks or even months.
You can find out more about pop-ups by visiting online publications which keep an eye out for these types of events. Some of these publications even have links you can use to purchase tickets for the events.
Traveling to London with children is sure to be stressful. In fact, we’d wager that traveling anywhere with children in tow is mildly frustrating. Furthermore, on top of keeping up with your kids, you’ll be constantly thinking about keeping them entertained.
Luckily for you, London is a kid-friendly place. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find attractions such as petting zoos and farms. Mudchute Farm and Park, for example, has farm animals on display and offers horse riding.
There are also, of course, more educational destinations for your little ones. You can take them to the British Museum to see ancient artifacts. The Natural History Museum, which showcases fossils and other pieces of natural history, is also a good bet.
Of course, there is more to London’s kid-friendly scene than petting zoos and museums. That said, be sure to do your own research while planning your trip.
They say that New York City is the city that never sleeps. London, too, is such a city. The city has over 2,000 years of history under its belt, and its age guarantees that it is rife with ghosts of the pasts.
We’ve already mentioned William Shakespeare, but he’s not the only ghost who haunts the city. The Globe Theatre also isn’t the only structure worth checking out.
London is home to Buckingham Palace, which is where the UK’s reigning monarch resides. The structure was completed in 1850 (and has since been updated) and is at least worth snapping a picture of.
You’ll also find the Palace of Westminster in London. Amazingly enough, the Palace was built in 1014. The structure, did, however, catch fire in the 19th century, so the structure you’d see today is actually just 20 years shy of its 200th birthday.
London is a pretty big city. You’re not going to conquer it on your first visit. Further still, you probably don’t want to go it alone on your first time traveling to London.
Not that we don’t think you’re capable of doing so.
Since navigating a city as large and old as London is bound to be difficult for most, there are tons of themed tours available to tourists.
While the Cotswolds are not located in London, they’re relatively close. Visitors must take a train to the Cotswolds from London.
For travelers who don’t have any children in tow, there are also pub tours available. During these tours, you visit some of London’s most famous bars. You can have yourself a nice drink or two while you tour London, so it’s a clear win.
Just don’t get too buzzed. You’ll still have to get back to your hotel after the tour is over.
From the theatres to the pubs, traveling to London is probably going to be one of the best decisions you’ve made lately. You and your family will be able to enjoy the historicity of the city while munching on some delicious cuisine from some pop-up restaurant you discovered.
Just make sure that you come prepared for the wonky weather that is London. Brace yourself for those hot and muggy (then somehow suddenly cool) days on the streets of an age-old city.
If you’re considering a guided tour, now is the time to get things in order. That said, check our collection of UK tour offerings. You’ll find a variety of activity tours and city tours that will be perfect for you and your guests.