As the capital of England and with over 16.8 million overseas visits a year, London is one of the go to destinations whilst on a trip to Europe. With so much to offer Shaftesbury Hyde Park International Hotel London guests, and over a thousand square kilometres to explore, it’s hard to pick just five reasons to visit this history-rich city.
Art and History museums
For anybody interested in history and art, London has a vast range of possibilities when it comes to museums. With over three hundred to choose from, visitors will be spoilt for choice. The Tate Modern and the Tate Britain host a variety of classic and contemporary paintings whilst the National Portrait gallery holds an expansive collection of both painted and photographed celebrities. The Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science museum are all located in the same square in South Kensington whilst the British Museum can be found on great Russell Street. All of the above are located in great central areas of London with brilliant views, and what’s more, they’re free!
Try a West End Show
As the biggest arts hub in the UK, London hosts a variety of shows every day. There are around forty West End theatres to choose from which show a large range of performing arts, from Theatre, dance, musicals and comedy. All are spectacular. Current highlights include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre and Mousetrap, one of the longest running West End shows continues to play at the St Martins Theatre.
On top of the Museums and shows on offer in London, there are also many places of historical significance that you can visit. For instance Buckingham Palace is the official home of Queen Elizabeth and the surrounding area of green Park and Hyde Park, close to the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International hotel has many famous monuments, including that of Queen Victoria in the nearby Kensington Gardens. The majestic Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square commemorates one of England’s greatest military leaders whilst the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are where many of the most important decisions in the country are made through the current government.
Whether it’s a traditional pint you’re after or an internationally renowned DJ spinning tracks, London has more than enough to keep you up at night. From the bustling bars of Shoreditch to the trendy clubs in Hackney Wick, there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to living it large. On top of that, the new night service on the tubes is open on weekends on several of the main underground lines.
A Multicultural hub
There are over three hundred languages spoken in London and everywhere you go in the city, you’re bound to stumble upon a new and exciting community. Each borough has its own distinct character, promising new opportunities in shopping and eating. Not only will you feel London to be a truly “British” city, but a truly “international” one.