London Calling: Yet another Reason to be in the British Capital This Holiday Season
True to its reflection of being the most loved city in the world, London now moves on to become the most visited place too.
A recent study projects that London will be the most frequented city in 2014. As per the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, the British capital is likely to welcome 18.7 million international tourists by the end of this year. This means Bangkok, which was world’s most popular city in terms of international visitors in 2013, will soon slip down to the second position. The index is currently in its fourth year and counts the opinion of the visitors who spend at least one night in 132 cities across the world.
Well, it seems we are not the only ones in awe with London – another 18.7 million fans also belong to the same league! But what makes London so endearing? We have our very own reasons listed below.
7. It’s Fashionably Edgy
The fashion quotient in London is always boiling up. But if you are looking for quirky trends at the Kings Cross or the Cranaby Street, you are knocking the wrong door. The best place to browse street style fashion is the Sunday Up Market on the Brick Lane. It showcases the hottest fashion items from upcoming designers, costume jewellery and vintage stuff. If fashion is what brings you to this runway city, a visit to this marketplace can be promising.
6. The Dead are Equally Important Here
No freaking out! Unlike most tourist cities, London is home to the famous souls and fictional ghosts of likes of Oliver Twist, Shakespeare, Dickens, Sherlock Holmes and Samuel Pepys. Wish to see them in person? You can visit the Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey. The who’s who of British Literature lay in peace here.
5. Hopping Around in the City is Cheap – Literally...
Travelling from one place to another within the city wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket. The tubes, the buses and the trains, everything is priced wisely. And if you have the mighty Oyster Card with you, nothing can stop you from saving big bucks.
4. And then there is the Mayor’s Bike
Not interested in the tubes or buses? Rent a bike to take on the town. London has an official bike sharing programme called the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme. But since it is a brainchild of Mayor Boris Johnson, it’s lovingly called ‘Boris Bikes’. Take your bike and ride on to explore wonders like the Big Ben, the London Eye and the Buckingham Palace. London is quite a bike-friendly city.
3. It has got Views that Thrill
Go to the London Eye, and you know exactly what do we mean. As you enter the Millennium Wheel, the world literally comes down to the feet. 135 meters above the ground, you get 360 degree panoramic views of the entire city. You can see up to 40 KM, standing at one place. It’s more than thrilling, we guess.
2. Just the Right Place for Choco-addicts
No kidding! If you are looking for a real chocolate experience exclusively designed for adults, London is the place to be. The city is home to various chocolate boutiques, where you can find an assortment of chocolates. These include bars, handmade chocolates, delectable biscuits and a lot more. It’s a mouth-watering affair.
1. And You Needn’t Starve for Art Either
Hungry for some contemporary art? London won’t disappoint you. Enter the great Tate Modern. You will get the best of international modern art here, alluring you more than any other view in the city. The gallery holds contemporary art works dating from 1900 until today. A must-visit for art enthusiasts.
You can’t find reasons enough to love the capital city of Britain. Here are some more grounds to declare London as your favourite city Top 20 Reasons to Visit London on a Holiday.
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