London is a city of dreams and there are hundreds of reasons why it was named as the capital of the world this year. Whether you visit in the summer and take a picnic to Hyde Park or visit in the winter and take a trip to Winter Wonderland.
I love London and when I think about it I get all excited. There’s something hectic and chaotic about London but it is also a city of wit and cheek. I can’t believe that, despite living within an hour of London for over 23 years I have still not managed to get to grips with the underground, the many districts and the cultural sights.
London holds something for everyone – from Covent Garden to The Shard, from Hoxton Market to the 02 there is something to float your boat whatever the weather, whatever your mood and whatever the expense. London is diverse and extreme, and beautiful and rough, and fast and sleepy, and noisy and peaceful.
Have a look at Quinn as he introduces you to the sights of London.
1. Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a district in London on the eastern fringes of the West End, between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane. It is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and the Royal Opera House, which is also known as “Covent Garden”. The district is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, north of which is given over to independent shops centred on Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials, while the south contains the central square with its street performers and most of the elegant buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Transport Museum.
2. The 02
The O2, visually typeset in branding as The O2, is a large entertainment district on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London, England, including an indoor arena, a music club, a Cineworld cinema, an exhibition space, piazzas, bars and restaurants. It was built largely within the former Millennium Dome, a large dome-shaped building built to house an exhibition celebrating the turn of the third millennium; as such, The Dome remains a name in common usage for the venue.
3. Hoxton Market
Located in Shoreditch, Hoxton Street Market is close to the City. It is a general market selling foods, fashion, footwear and household goods. The market is open Monday to Saturday and busiest on Saturdays. Hoxton Market is located att Hoxton Street, N1. Located in the Shoreditch Part of the Borough, off Old Street.
4. Thames River Cruise
Escape the crowds and discover London from the river Thames on a relaxing river cruise. With its rich history and iconic landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge, it’s a great way to see London from a different perspective. There are a variety of river tours available to suit all tastes, including sightseeing trips with commentaries, themed cruises and dining experiences. Alternatively, explore London’s historic waterways on a canal boat tour, taking in Little Venice and Camden Lock.
5. The Shard
The Shard is an 87-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard’s construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 5 July 2012. Practical completion was achieved in November 2012. The tower’s privately operated observation deck, the View from the Shard, was opened to the public on 1 February 2013.
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