Are you making plans to spend a holiday in Europe? If so, then London is the perfect spot to enjoy a fabulous holiday. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Europe and caters to people with a variety of tastes and all age groups. From historic sites to modern marvels there is a myriad of things to do and places to visit in the city. And not to forget the world class dining, shopping and entertainment that enhance the appeal of a trip to London.
Finding suitable accommodation in London is never a hassle, if you make your hotel bookings in advance. There are plenty of fine hotels across the city like the Park Grand Hotel Paddington in the centre of London.
Another budget friendly option with premium facilities and excellent service is the Park Grand Central Hotel London. You will be in the heart of the city and in close proximity to the best that London has to offer.
After you have finished exploring London and the wanderlust in you wants to take you further afield, how about considering a day-trip from the city? There are plenty of places around London, and even across the English Channel, which make for great day-trip!
Some of the options to choose from include:
Paris: The city of eternal romance beckons one and all whether you are single or in a relationship. Getting there could not be easier thanks to the Channel Tunnel. Get aboard the Eurostar and you will whiz into Paris within two hours flat. What could be a better option than to spend the day exploring the nooks and crannies of Paris, and dining on some of the finest cuisine in the world? From the Arc de Triomphe, to the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame to the Louvre, there is a lot to be seen and experienced in this beautiful city. You can bet you will fall in love with this eternally beautiful city!
A visit to Paris would be incomplete without shopping at its famous boutiques at the Vue de Rennes or Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Once you have shopped to your heart’s content you could take a leisurely stroll through the serene environs of Parc Monceau or even a chilled out cruise on the Seine River. It will be day trip to remember for long!
Stratford-upon-Avon: As quintessentially English a town as they come, Stratford-upon-Avon is famous as having been the home of the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare. Visitors can explore the old timbered house where the legend was born and retrace his footsteps along the routes he probably took on the cobbled streets. With plenty of history and a generous mix of culture it is just the place to sit down and enjoy the most English of traditions – A great Afternoon Tea! A definite must visit for all those who are staunch admirers of the literary genius of Shakespeare!
Edinburgh: The capital of Scotland is an exciting place to visit on a day trip. There are plenty of fabulous attractions to sightsee and if you are up to it you could even wear a kilt, keeping in with the tradition of the place. The trip should begin with a tour of Edinburgh Castle a formidable mountain redoubt located in the Old Town. It offers the most majestic views of the sprawling city below. The castle is ancient and has been around from the Iron Age. Over the centuries it served as a royal residence and played a significant role in many famous battles. To truly enjoy the Scottish experience, visit the Royal Mile and the Greyfriars monument. You could wind up your trip by trying some of the local delicacies of black pudding and haggis!
Bath: England is famous for its amazing countryside towns that are picturesquely beautiful and the perfect places to spend a day. One such quaint place to visit is that of Bath. Apart from its famous spas, there is a lot more to the place to see. Of course, you could begin with a tour of the Roman baths that are almost two millennia old. Other great places to visit include the Jane Austen Centre, the Royal Crescent and the historic Bath Abbey. Jane Austen and her creations are celebrated throughout the town and if you are a literature lover, you will really enjoy the trip.
Liverpool: The city is synonymous with the most famous group in the history of British Music, the Beatles! Liverpool is a haven of English culture and there are plenty of places to visit and sightsee. A visit would be incomplete without joining the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. It takes visitors to 30 sites that were associated with the Beatles and the Beatles Story exhibition. While in Liverpool, pay a visit to the famous Anfield stadium, where some of the greatest English footballers exhibited their skills including Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.
Canterbury: One of the most famous of English cities, Canterbury in Kent is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with plenty of history. It is also referred to as the ‘The Garden of England’. Some of the best spots to visit is its world famous Canterbury Cathedral, the ancient Roman city walls and St Augustine’s Abbey etc. While the city is relatively small city it offers a treasure trove of historical sites that coexist in perfect harmony with modern-day attractions. Its quaint cobbled high-street houses some fine boutiques and a smattering of fine dining establishments.
If you have the time a visit to the fabulous Canterbury cathedral in the city centre is a must. It is the symbolic headquarters of the Church of England. Incredibly beautiful in architectural terms it also is of immense historic significance. It dates back to 597 AD and is one of the biggest attractions in Canterbury.