11 August 2017, 1:34 PM
Travel to London, the world's most sophisticated city. Shop along Oxford Street, walk through old London town and visit royal palaces!
Immerse yourself in charming London
Fancy a quick trip to London? Traveling to London requires no visa for US citizens and is only a 7-hour flight from New York. Why not go on a long weekend to London and see world's best theater productions, eat in fabulous English gourmet pubs and immerse yourself in the history of Big Ben, Westminster Abby and War Rooms and the foreboding yet amazing Tower of London.
Watch the changing of the royal guards
Several times a day, the guards change posts at Buckingham Palace, home to the Kings and Queens of England for hundreds of years. Arrive early to secure the best view in front of the iron gates of Buckingham Palace or along Pall Mall. Traveling around London is as easy as hopping on and off the iconic red double decker buses or skipping down a flight of stairs to London’s underground rail system (known locally as “The Tube”). London’s underground will zip you around from shopping at Harrods in Kensington to Covent Gardens to Buckingham Palace in minutes.
Admire the beautiful royal gardens
After watching the changing of the Royal guards, complete in their red jacket uniforms and puffy black hats, walk through St. James Park opposite the palace. Follow the lake inside the park towards Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, admiring the array of colorful flowers planted by gardeners of Buckingham Palace.
Don’t forget to visit Notting Hill where the bookstore that was featured in the movie "Notting Hill" starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts is still there! On Saturday mornings, the renowned Portobello Road local market is open with hundreds of street vendors selling fresh pastries, produce, locally designed clothes, and fashion accessories.
A trip to London is not complete without eating traditional haddock fish and chips in a local pub and enjoying a ride in one of London’s famous black cabs. Cab drivers will greet you warmly and are fantastic at offering local tips on where the locals go..... so don’t be afraid to ask!