London is not what you would expect of a city. Most cities across the globe have more buildings coming up as people encroach on the natural resources in these areas. That is not the case with this top tourist destination. In contrast, it features canals, rivers, parks, nature reserves, and woodlands. It is not a surprise that it is the world’s first national park city. That said, outdoor lovers would enjoy spending time surrounded by this much greenery. We have tried to fit in most of the activities you can enjoy while here. Given that they are so many, you can use the ideas here and borrow from them to create more experiences. Here goes:
While this name may have you thinking of a modern establishment filled with numerous retail outlets, it is not the case. Instead, this is a royal road featuring trees on the sides that takes you from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace. This road has no traffic on Sundays and public holidays and is known for ceremonial events such as weddings and parades.
Once you reach the palace, you can witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which occurs at eleven in the morning. It involves a change in the shift in the soldiers protecting the palace. And you don’t have to pay to watch this ceremony which involves a lot of pomp and glamour.
From your walk at The Mall, you are likely to feel the hunger pangs biting at you. That is where this garden comes into the picture. While the name may have you thinking of a garden set in nature, this is a shopping paradise. Whether you want to eat or shop till you drop, this is the place to be, featuring some of the best retail brands. You can have brunch, burgers, lunch or any other meal here, choosing from their many restaurant options.
If you are looking for a taste of the East, this East Asian community will serve you well. You can shop for Chinese products, have a bite, or find ingredients for your next big meal. You can even get a massage while here as well as explore Chinese medicine. And do not forget to try the sushi as it does not get better than what you get here. The only way to find out is to order some.
The City Visitor Trail
Do you want to see most of London in one go? If this describes you, this trail will work for you. This self-guided tour takes you to the most famous attractions set in the heart of the city. You get to see iconic structures such as the Tower Bridge, Mansion House, and St. Paul’s Cathedral while you are at it. Some tracks deviate from the main trail if you want to get creative and see more of the city. Along the route, you will have options to shop and rest. And if you are wondering where you can get the map, these are available for free at the City Information Centre and other such attractions. It is an easy way to learn more about the history of this magnificent city.
This event speaks to a historical event where Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. If you find yourself in London during the winter, you can celebrate this event on every 5th of November. People light bonfires and light the skies with fireworks that are a sight to behold. Ensure that you get your tickets to these events in advance and dress warmly. That allows you to beat the chill as you bask in the beauty of the sky’s changing colours.
When winter comes along, people hit the temporary icing rinks that pop up in the city. And some of these are in iconic settings, which add to their appeal. One such arena is present at the Natural History Museum. Think of skating with that backdrop and how beautiful that would be. You can catch up with friends at the cosy café in the museum as you enjoy some mulled wine. Grabbing hot chocolate in that icy weather would also be a welcome idea.
If all you want to do is to relax and break away from city life, this would be a great choice. The park covers forty-seven acres and features grassland and aged trees. While here, you can enjoy bird watching and enjoy a breeze as you study the wide variety of tree species. You can quench your thirst or put an end to your hunger pangs by eating at the refreshment kiosks.
Hyde Park is another option that measures three hundred and fifty acres and has more variety in flora and fauna. With the ornamental flower gardens all around you and the numerous outdoor activities, you will find something that suits you.
We cannot explore all the outdoor options fully as there is so much to do. Start with these, and you will find other activities calling to you. Have fun!