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Top 5 Reasons to Visit London

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England’s capital city, London, is a bustling place bursting with life. Thousands of visitors flock to this brilliant city every year to enjoy the exciting activities, stunning skyline and lush green areas. Whether you’re looking for a packed sightseeing break, relaxing weekend or a mixture of both, London is the perfect destination.

The city is a great place to visit with family and friends, and you’ll never be bored. There are many fantastic things to see and do in London; below is a guide to five of the top reasons people visit this great place.

 

1) Shopping

If you love to shop in the high street stores, then London’s Oxford Street is definitely the place you should visit. It has approximately 300 shops and is Europe’s busiest shopping street. Many large department stores and retail chain stores’ ‘flagship’ branches are on Oxford Street.

However, if you love a bargain and aren’t afraid to barter then you should definitely visit Camden Market. This eclectic mixture of stalls will give you a once in a lifetime experience of London’s markets and you might just bag a bonanza.

london underground

London has one of the best transport systems in the world with its famed underground.

If you’re looking for more expensive, upper class stores, then you should check out Bond Street and Regent Street. Bond Street in particular has been home to high end fashion stores since the 18th century, and you’ll find many unique shops as well as recognisable brands.

 

2) Food

Another fantastic reason to visit London is the food. At one point in every lifetime, everybody should taste a famous Great British Roast. Many Brits enjoy this scrumptious meal every week, and you can’t leave London without tasting this iconic dish.

As well as the British Roast there are many other fantastic English meals that you can feast upon. London is full of great restaurants specialising in British food, catering for every budget, so there’s really no excuse. Britain is famous for its delicious cuisine, and this is definitely a great reason to visit London.

 

3) Tourist Attractions

If the food and shopping aren’t good enough reasons, then the vast amount of tourist attractions are sure to pull you in. Whether you want to visit Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Royalty, or take a river cruise down the Thames, you’re spoilt for choice.

The most popular attractions include; The London Eye – a giant ferris wheel offering spectacular views of the big city – and Big Ben, the famous clock tower attached to the Houses of Parliament. You may also want to visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, or take lots of photos with wax works of celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s.

If art, museums and libraries are more your style, then why not visit The Tate Modern or the National Art Gallery, both of which offer free entry. You can also take a look at the British History Museum, the National Library to name just two more in the area.

 

4) Theatre

After New York’s Broadway, arguably the next most famous theatre area in the entire world is London’s West End. With musicals, plays and dance showing every night of the week – and most afternoons – you are sure to find something you enjoy.

thames london

The river Thames flows through London.

If you are a theatre lover then this reason in itself should draw you to London. Many famous actors and actresses have taken to the stage in London’s West End, and it’s definitely worth catching a show if you’re around. Be aware though that you may have to book quite far in advance, especially for the most popular musicals.

 

5) Always Something New

Even if you’ve been to London before, there is always something new to do or see. Whether you go to see a different show at the theatre, experience an exciting event at the O2 arena, or explore some of London’s hidden treasures, there is always something new to do in England’s capital.

 

Conclusion

With so much going on it’s easy to see why so many people love visiting London. Whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for, and whoever you’re going with, London is a great destination.

 

 

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A Guide to London spa breaks

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Whether you’re after a day where you can simply spend time on your own away from the craziness of everyday life, a relaxing hen weekend celebration or a romantic break with your partner, London has many fantastic spas on offer.

Every spa offers something a little bit different and has unique facilities. Whether you prefer to spend hours in the sauna or enjoy being pampered with massages and other treatments, it is the perfect way to relax.

London is a bustling metropolis full of life, but there are a few tranquil havens located in and around the city itself. Below is a guide to how to approach a London spa break.

 

Choose Your Length of Time

Spas offer a huge variety of deals on different time scales, so it’s important that you know how much time you are setting aside for your spa break. You can visit a London spa for a morning, an entire day, or alternatively stay for a few days and really make a holiday out of it.

London is a great place to visit for many reasons.

London is a great place to visit for many reasons.

The most popular amount of time to visit a spa for is 1 or 2 nights over a weekend, although if you can go during the week it is usually cheaper. This is ideal if you’ve taken time off work to visit London, as you can enjoy a spa break mid-week and benefit from the lower prices as well as fewer people.

 

Choose Your Treatments

Planning the treatments you want to undertake before getting there is very important when visiting a London spa, as they can get booked up quite quickly. It also means that you will fit everything in and won’t leave longing for that head massage that you never got.

There are a huge variety of treatments on offer; these vary from spa to spa. Most of the London spas offer massages; scrubs and many other pamper treatments, as well as full access to the saunas, swimming pool and steam rooms.

 

Choose Your Destination

The extra special thing about London spas is that many of them offer spectacular views. Whether you can see views over the city or the beautiful landscapes surrounding it, London is a great place to go on a spa break.

The capital city is brimming with spas, varying in quality, rating and price. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa break on a budget, or a 5 star luxurious break, London has it all.

 

Book in Advance

Finally, booking in advance is very important if you are thinking about going on a spa break in London. As it is England’s capital city it is a very popular destination and many people frequently enjoy relaxing breaks as a little treat.

If you book quite far in advance you will most likely get a good deal. Conversely, if you leave it till the last minute (1 – 2 weeks before) then there are often many cheap offers available, though this is not guaranteed, and might not be the package you particularly want.

Spa days make for a great time of relaxation.

Spa days make for a great time of relaxation.

If you have your heart set on something very specific, then your best bet is to book at least 6 weeks in advance to ensure availability and a reasonable price. Looking online for deals is also a great idea; as the spas are constantly in competition with each other there are often lots of incentives around to entice customers. Why not take advantage of the deals on offer?

 

Conclusion

Despite London being a busy, bustling city, it is also home to some of England’s most relaxing destinations. London is the perfect place to go for a spa break, as there are such a large variety of places to choose from.

Whatever your budget, timescale and preferences, you are sure to find the perfect spa break destination in London.

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Learn a thing or two from London’s Amazings

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England’s capital city is brimming with exciting events and interesting sights, but another of the perhaps little less known things London has to offer is the Amazings.

The Amazings offer fun, friendly and informal classes and courses on a wide range of subjects. They are delivered by people with an abundance of experience and are very well priced. If you’re thinking about picking up another hobby or want to polish up your skills then the Amazings offer many fantastic opportunities.

 

Who are the Amazings?

There are a large number of teachers, so it really depends on what class you choose. All of the Amazings are over 50 and have a lot of experience in the area in which they teach. They come from a variety of backgrounds, some having never taught before but with a visible passion for the subject, and others with years of teaching knowledge.

Teaching is something the London Amazings excel at.

Teaching is something the London Amazings excel at.

Learning from those who have experience in your chosen area is one of the best ways to learn, as you can fully trust that they know exactly what they are talking about. They can pass on their valuable knowledge and help you not to make the same mistakes they may have done.

 

What Do They Teach?

There are so many classes on offer that it’s hard to name them all! They fall into various categories, which include art, craft, creative, careers, DIY, food, music, online skills, outdoors and many more. In all of these broad areas you are likely to find classes such as music marketing, hair styling, knitting, cooking, blogging, and even how to give head massages.

The great thing about the Amazings is that they offer a huge variety of useful, quirky and exciting classes covering so many different topics. Whether you already know what you want, or if you’re not quite sure but want to learn a new skill, it’s definitely worth checking out the Amazings and seeing what takes your fancy.

 

Who Can Learn?

The Amazings isn’t the place to go if you’re solely interested in getting recognised diplomas or qualifications, as it is their love for ‘learning for learning’s sake’ that is truly the core of the company. If you’re looking to learn in an informal and friendly environment, simply for fun, then the Amazings is the place for you.

The Amazings teach in a variety of different ways.

The Amazings teach in a variety of different ways.

The classes are open to anyone who is interested in the particular topic on offer and wants to learn something new, or hone their current skills. Whether your 16, 60 or 116, the Amazings is a fantastic place to learn as the informality and friendly approach allows flexibility and suitability for everyone – whatever the age.

 

Where does it happen?

The Amazings headquarters are located in London. However, the classes themselves do not take place in their base camp. Across London, the Amazings meet their students in coffee shops, pubs, homes and even online.

One of the best things about this is that you can find somewhere close to home and suitable for you. Finding an Amazings class within close proximity of your home also helps you meet other locals and make friends. In addition, meeting in an informal location helps bring a more personal touch to the classes. 

 

Conclusion

The Amazings combine genuine experience with friendly learning to create fun classes. Learning with the Amazings is a great way to meet new people as well as learn something new from someone who knows exactly what they’re talking about.

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