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Book a cheap city break to London with Best4Travel! This global city is right on our doorstep, meaning that there are dozens of cheap flights available from Ireland to London every single day!
Here at Best4Travel, we have access to great-value deals on flights to and centrally located accommodation in London that you won’t find anywhere else.
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On the Southbank of the River Thames is the largest ferris wheel in Europe, the London Eye. This iconic structure is currently the most visited paid attraction in London, and offers a wonderful view of the city!
Since its completion in 1859, Big Ben (a nickname that has long been associated with not only the Great Bell, but the 315 ft tall clock tower itself) has become a major icon, and symbol of Britain. The tower is located on the northern end of the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place for the two Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom.
This historic fortress, palace, and former prison on the River Thames (located right beside another London landmark, Tower Bridge) has had a great impact on English history since its founding in 1066. Visitors to the Tower of London can view the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, take part in historical re-enactments, and play interactive, digital adventures. You can also learn about former prisoners of the town from 1100-1952 including a twenty year old Queen Elizabeth I of England, and even the infamous Kray Twins who were among the last prisoners held there.
As the principal royal residence of the British monarchy since 1837, and their current administrative headquarters, Buckingham Palace has become a symbol of the royal family itself, and has gathered national and international attention for the royal events and ceremonies routinely held there. Although the doors of the palace open every summer, tickets sell out very quickly. However, you can still catch a glimpse of royalty on special occasions in a balcony appearance, or simply go to watch the changing of the queen’s guard everyday in the palace grounds.
Located on the South side of the Strand is Somerset House, a major centre for arts and culture in central London. This gorgeous 18th century building often hosts open-air concerts and films, art exhibitions, free guided tours, and even an ice rink in winter!
London is renowned for having some of the most impressive, largest and most visited museums and art galleries in the world. Although it would take a lifetime to fully experience each and every museum in this massive city, and far too long to list every one here, we here at Best4Travel have listed our favourites which you can read more about below!
Currently the most visited attraction in the UK with over 6 million visitors every year, the British Museum in the Bloomsbury area of London has an incredible collection of over 8 million works, covering all seven continents of the world. Some of the museum’s highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Portland Vase, Hoa Hakananai’a Easter Island Statue, and the Vindolanda Tablets (the earliest known example of handwriting in Britain!).
Founded in 1824, this incredible art museum in Trafalgar Square contains over 2,300 paintings and is currently the 6th most visited art museum in the world. The National Gallery’s current collection includes Sunflowers by Van Gogh, The Water Lily Pond by Monet, The Madonna of the Pinks by Raphael, Venus and Mars by Botticelli, and The Leonardo Cartoon by Leonardo da Vinci.
One of three major museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, the Natural History Museum contains an impressive 80 million specimens/items across its five main collections of botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. This includes specimens collected by the famed biologist Charles Darwin, and actual dinosaur skeletons!
Another one of the major museums on Exhibition Road is the Science Museum. Along with various interactive exhibits in IMAX 3D, this museum also holds some of the best examples of human innovation including Stephenson’s Rocket (an early steam locomotive), Puffing Billy (the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive from 1813), the first jet engine, and even Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine (an automatic mechanical calculator built from Babbage’s designs dating from 1847-1849).
Located in Bankside, London, is one of the world’s largest museums of modern and contemporary art. The Tate Modern holds a national collection of British art from 1900 onwards, as well as pieces from around the world. While there make sure to find Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol, Nude Woman With Necklace by Pablo Picasso, Mountain Lake by Salvador Dalí, The Uncertainty of the Poet by Giorgio de Chirico, and The Kiss by Auguste Rodin.
The V&A is currently the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Since its founding in 1852, the museum has gathered a permanent collection of over 2 million items, from the beautiful to the bizarre. For example, Tipu’s Tiger is one of the museum’s most talked about pieces, and shows a life-size semi-automan of a European soldier being mauled by a tiger which you can control with an organ!
As Europe’s largest centre of the arts, the Southbank Centre receives over 6 million visitors annually. The centre contains the leading classical music venue in the UK, the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Saison Poetry Room, and the Hayward Gallery. The Southbank is also home to four resident orchestras; the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Shopping in London is basically a right of passage for any fashion lover. Here the stores are bigger, designer brands are aplenty, and many stores have become iconic landmarks in their own right! Please find a list below of the top places to shop in London.
This highly congested shopping area is more than likely where you will end up spending all of your holiday money. Oxford Street has by far the largest variety in high street shops and massive department stores in London, including Selfridges, John Lewis, Primark, Debenhams, Topshop’s flagship store, House of Fraser, Zara, H&M, and Niketown, the largest Nike store in Europe.
This major shopping street in the West End of London has a wonderful selection of big brand stores including Burberry, Barbour, Hamleys, the Apple Store, Penhaligon's perfume store, Mappin & Webb, and Liberty.
The glamorous Covent Garden is not only home to fashion giants Mulberry, Burberry, the Cambridge Satchel Company, Paul Smith, and Chanel, but also specialist shops such as Apple, The Tin Tin Shop, Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop, the Moomin Shop, and the London Transport Museum Shop.
The most luxurious store in London is home to over 330 departments selling designer items from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Balmain, Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, Chloé, DIOR, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, La Mer, Max Mara, Moncier, Roger Vivier, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, and Valentino.
In a city as big as London, you are sure to find hundreds of amazing places to eat. However, on a city break it can often be difficult to know where to start.
To help set your holiday off on the right foot, we here at Best4Travel have compiled a list of the Top Rated Restaurants in London, divided by price to cater for all budget types!
With Best4Travel you can have a transfer arranged for you from Gatwick or Heathrow Airport straight to your hotel! The approximate transfer times from Heathrow Airport to the top hotel and tourist destinations in central London are as follows:
For more information or for a tailored quotation on transfers to any of the destinations in central London featured above, please drop into any one of our stores nationwide or call our expert Irish call centre today FREE on 1800 814 000.
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