London is famous for many things. These days, however, the buzz is all about the Olympics. It is true that the Olympics is a big deal, but even before hosting the Olympics, London has always had its own charm. In fact, it remains one of the most popular destinations in the world.
It is not true that London has bad weather most of the time. The truth is that London enjoys temperate climate all year long, and this makes it ideal for a holiday destination any time of year. When the word London is mentioned, the things that come to mind are Shakespeare, the British royalty, and Big Ben. Although these are correct, London is also known for other things like fashion, food, architecture, museums, and beautiful parks.
So, if you plan to visit London, here are a few places you should not miss.
- Chelsea Old Town Hall, Chelsea
Sample sales in London are held regularly at different venues. However, sample sales at Chelsea Old Town hall are the crème of crème of all sample sales with up to 70% off the normal tag price. The town hall is open all year, but what is sold depends on the bookings. (You can check out the events diary from numerous websites.)
- Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park
If you are to visit London in the summer (June-August), do not miss Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. Fed by an underground spring, this is one of the most tranquil places in London. You can rent one of the 110 rowboats or pedal boats and paddle your way down its waters or just swim and enjoy the sun in the lido area. When you get hungry, there are two cafes you can choose from to grab your meal depending where you are- The Lido Café in the south and the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in the east.
- Brixton Village, Brixton (opening hours: Sunday 12-5pm, Monday-Wednesday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-10pm)
Formerly known as Granville Arcade, Brixton Village houses more than a dozen or so restaurants. What is special about this place is that it offers a variety of good food from burgers to Thai at great prices. Furthermore, the ambience the whole place offers is nothing but welcoming and vibrant. What’s more, Brixton Village is also home to LAB G, an ice cream haven where its best seller, the salt-caramel ice cream tastes like a piece of heaven itself.
- Kew Gardens, Richmond
A visit to London would not be complete without visiting the beautiful Kew Gardens, which is open all year round. Despite its name, it does not just offer plants, trees, and flowers but it is also home to the famous Xstrata Treetop Walkway. The walkway, which rises about 59ft from the ground, allows you a panoramic view of the gardens and see chestnut, oak, and lime trees up close.