When it comes to planning a trip to London, you will likely find yourself gravitating towards some of the cities most iconic and traditionally British activities. From visiting the theatre to posing for a selfie outside Buckingham Palace, the city of London is home to some of our favourite traditions – here’s where to find them.
Transport for London is such a big brand name that it has its own social media pages, online customer service agents and offices all around the city. Even before the days of such a huge online presence, getting around London was something that visitors revelled in – whether that meant getting the tube, hopping into a taxi or onto a red bus, or strolling through the city’s green spaces and public parks and taking in the deluxe scenery.
Today, London’s train stations provide an iconic base for commuters who travel in and out of the city every day, with more than one of them being home to much more than just a few station platforms and trains. Kings Cross in Northern London is famous for the fictional platform 9 3/4, as created in the Harry Potter books, and now boasts its very own Harry Potter shop next to the platforms. London Paddington is a station that lends its name to a loveable fictional character, the bear named Paddington, and as such is home to whimsical stores and character meet and greets. Visit one of the many high end restaurants near Paddington to experience the best the area has to offer – unless, like the bear, all you want is a marmalade sandwich.
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Whether you’re heading for a romantic stay in London, or are planning a weekend away with friends, there are a series of activities based almost solely around eating and drinking – and they’re all absolute must-do’s. First up is the traditional British pub crawl, made famous by groups of all ages who trawl from one pub to the next and enjoy a drink in each establishment as they slowly make their way home. Now an iconic activity that boasts pub crawl maps, guided tours and more, visiting multiple pubs is a valuable way to explore the city and enjoy the variations between each district of London.
Another of our favourite traditions is afternoon tea, and with the internet packed full of blogs and articles that claim to have the best afternoon tea in London listed, you will never be short of options – or opinions!
Enjoy the London parks as you move from one iconic landmark to the next
They may not seem like it, but the parklands and green spaces of London are actually just as famous as the landmarks that separate them. As you leave North London and your comfortable room at the Chilworth London Paddington behind, be sure to pay visit to Regents Park and its neighbouring zoo; Hyde Park with the Serpentine and sculptures surrounding sporting pitches and paths; and Green Park which backs onto Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park. Enjoying a walk in the park is one of the most truly British traditions you can enjoy – particularly if your walk begins and ends in a pub!