London is as daunting as it is exciting because of the sheer magnitude of the city. Spread over 1,500 plus sq. km. it is simply sprawling in size and getting around with the crowds and traffic can be quite overwhelming for those arriving in the city on their first visit.
To beat the noise and crowds of central London choosing to stay at any of the hotels near London Heathrow airport is a prudent choice.
Luxury boutique properties like the Park Grand offer a host of facilities and amenities including the best of fine dining at the Park Grand Heathrow Restaurant.
Some of the ways by which to gain an authentic experience of the city include:
Join a guided tour: When visiting any city for the first time it is best to take a guided tour of the place conducted by experienced guides. Not only are they well versed with the best attractions but also offer an interesting narration of each attraction, its history and cultural significance. The popular London City Bus Tours might feel a bit kitschy; however, it is one of the best ways by which to get to learn about the city, its culture and history. The drivers and guides are seasoned experts with reams of knowledge about London and its top landmarks. There are a wide variety of themed tours catering to various interests ranging from literary to crime, so take your pick and join any of the tours of the city.
Get unparalleled views of the city: Once you have familiarized yourself with the major landmarks in central London, how about enjoying some of the most spectacular views overlooking the capital! London and in particular central London has plenty of spots that offer surreal views of the city. From visiting free spots like Primrose Hill or Muswell Hill on a warm sunny day, there are plenty of locations from which to enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the city skyline. Other popular venues include the Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye among many more.
Immerse yourself in the city: Once you have seen the best views and learnt about the city’s culture to truly enjoy an authentic London experience, head to the most happening tourist hot spots of the city. From shopping at the trendy and upscale locations at Oxford, Regents or Carnaby Streets to looking for the best discounts at the street markets, there is a plethora of experience awaiting visitors. For the best of nightlife two areas stand out, in particular, Camden and Shoreditch that have the most vibrant nightclub scene in the city. There always is the West End for the best of world-class theatre performances or musicals catering to a wide variety of tastes. Food lovers can enjoy the best of street food at markets like Borough Market and Camden street market that serve a dazzling array of culinary offerings from all corners of the planet. Then there are London’s incomparable museums and art galleries for those looking to satiate their cultural pursuits in London.