When traveling to the bustling, cosmopolitan capital of England, the hardest part is not to choose what to see, but rather deciding what you will miss out. London is jam packed with history and tradition whilst also being a vibrant and modern economic hub. As London is a must see on any traveller’s list, we here at Nowahala Tours have decided to share our Top 10 Fun Facts about London. Use this quirky list to discover a different side to London.
1. Culture Vulture
With over 200 museums in the greater London area, and a great deal of those being art museums, you will not find a better place to up your cultural knowledge than London. At many of these museums, entry is free or included in the London Pass.
2. The heartbeat of London shopping
As the longest high street in Europe, Oxford street has more than enough space for the over 300 stores and the one remaining pub. Top brands such as Zara, Gap, Mango, Topshop, Aldo, French Connection, Monsoon, Nike Town, Timberland, River Island, Selfridges, Adidas and Next, to name a few, can be found on this iconic street.
3. Bird’s eye view
London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe at 135 meters. Interestingly the 32 capsules for passengers represent the number of suburbs of London.
4. Knightsbridge ‘s shopping jewel – Harrods
No shopping trip to London is complete without a visit to Harrods, on Brompton road. This luxury store has 330 departments and even has payment options in Euros, Dollars and more. Make sure you visit the famous Food Halls during your trip.
5. Tea for two
The British do love a good cuppa tea, with almost 80% of the population saying that they enjoy drinking tea. Head over to Claridge’s Hotel or The Ritz for a traditional British afternoon tea experience.
6. The softer side of shopping.
Hamleys, the well-known toy store in London’s Regent Street, is the perfect place to find a soft toy for someone special. Established in 1881, this landmark shop feature 7 floors filled with toys for young and old and receive over 5 million visitors per year.
7. Right way around
In the UK cars travel on the left – except for one road: Savoy Court, leading into the Savoy Hotel, where cars enter and exit on the right. This exception to the traffic laws were originally decreed by Parliament in 1902.
8. Music to my ears
The largest headphone destination in the UK has opened at Selfridges on Oxford Street. This showcase of more than 35 of the leading headphone brands plus a few extras exclusive to this store, feature a listening booth where shoppers can experience the great sound for themselves.
9. Eclectic East
Looking for something different? Then Brick Lane in East London is the place to visit. This trendy area features galleries, restaurants and markets all year round and promise unique and unusual clothes and jewellery finds. A choice destination for authentic curry restaurants, this is a must visit on your London itinerary.
10. Spoiler alert
If you enjoy spoiling yourself with luxury and exclusivity, Bond Street and Mayfair are the ideal places to go. This is an elite shopping area where you will find the ‘big’ names such as Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Rolex Boutique and Burberry. 300 Years since the foundation of Bond Street, it continues to remain the playground of society’s wealthy and influential people. So keep your camera ready as celebrities and socialites still frequent this elegant area.
Make sure you book your trip to this awesome city and join thousands of tourists and locals as they enjoy the last few weeks of summer during the festival month of September. Or walk around parks dressed in autumn colours during October. Contact Nowahala tours NOW to book your London trip. Happy travels!