Posted by Victoria
Thousands of people flocked to London this summer to join in the celebrations of the 30th Olympiad and to cheer their countries to success. After a spectacular two weeks of sport and a closing ceremony that showcased the best talent Britain has to offer, the Olympics came to a close. Not only did London impress the world with the Games however, but the city itself delivered with its stunning landscapes, charming historical venues and tourist hotspots galore.
Now that the Olympics are over and the international crowds have left the city, London is back open for business and ready to continue its success in providing some of the best trips around. We’ve come up with a list of top attractions to visit during your short break in London.
Brand new to London is The Shard. Standing beside the River Thames at a staggering 1,016 feet, it is now the tallest building in Western Europe. With world-renowned restaurants and a 5* hotel inside, this inspirational building is the new place to be for visitors of the city. Panoramic views show off the best of London’s tourist sights, and make it easy to plot the rest of your trip from the dizzy heights, while admiring the metropolis below. I can’t wait to pay a visit, even though I’m afraid of heights!
A trip to Buckingham Palace is at the top of many people’s ‘To Do’ lists when visiting London, and on this, the Queen’s Jubilee year, what better way to celebrate than by visiting her fantastic estate? Right now, the Queen’s finest jewels are on display in the Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration exhibition, and will be open to the public until October 8th 2012. Visitors can explore rooms used frequently by the Royal Family themselves as well as enjoying some of the best paintings, sculptures and furniture in the world. Whether it’s a short break with the family or you’re simply going solo, Buckingham Palace provides a beautiful and cultural escape from the bustling city.
For something that requires a little more adrenaline, why not take the River Thames by speedboat and act out some of those famous James Bond moments you’ve seen in the films? The Canary Wharf Experience shows the best of London’s attractions whilst at the same time giving you the thrill of your life! Whether it’s cruising under Tower Bridge or heading full throttle towards London’s Canary Wharf, it’s bound to be the highlight of any short break.
If you love fashion as much as I do, Canary Wharf is also playing host to the Autumn Winter Fashion Weekend this September, exhibiting the latest season’s looks and allowing visitors an opportunity for some fantastic deals. Pay a visit and find some inspiration for your winter wardrobe.
Ghost Bus Tour
If you’ve visited the traditional London sights before and fancy something different, a Ghost Tour of the city’s most haunted locations and buildings is sure to get any short break off to a screaming start. All aboard a vintage double-decker bus that houses a few scary secrets of its own. Travel from Trafalgar Square all the way through London, listening to an array of strange tales from the bus’ conductor whilst passing through the eerie streets. Take a trip for Halloween later this year and celebrate all things spooky in London.
London Film Museum
The London Film Museum has everything you need to know about some the greatest films ever made. Packed with original costumes and props from famous movies like Star Wars and Superman, this interactive museum proves to be lots of fun as well as educational. During October, the first ever props from the Alien movies will be on display for visitors to see, along with some pieces that have been signed by the original cast. The museum is situated next to The London Eye too, so why not make a day of it?
What are your top locations to visit in London now that the Olympics have finished? Have you visited any of our suggestions before?