When it comes to entertainment London has it all. There’s something in the city for everybody, and despite rapid change over recent decades the London of a bygone era is still very much alive and well. Mature travellers on a tour of the city can enjoy luxury London hotels, classic entertainment, historic tours and the country’s finest afternoon tea. Here are some of the highlights.
A Journey Through Time
Several guided tour operators offer an insight into London’s history. One of the most popular is Old Map Man, who uses historic maps to show what some of the city’s famous streets and areas would have looked like in years gone by. This is a fun, immersive way to get in touch with the many layers of history that have made the city what it is today. If you have a specific interest in Victorian London, you can book an excursion with Charles Booth Walks.
A Night at the Theatre
Whether you prefer classic Shakespeare, musicals or contemporary theatre you can find it all in London. The Globe was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company and continues to show versions of his most famous plays today. London’s major West End theatres show a range of classic and new musicals, and the area is full of historic buildings, restaurants and bars for pre-show drinks. There you can see a classic like ‘Les Miserables’ or a new favourite such as ‘Mama Mia’.
Afternoon is a quintessential London traditional and a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Several famous afternoon tea venues can be found in London, such as Kensington Palace and some of the city’s top hotels! Enjoy scones, jam and cream and perfectly brewed tea in some of London’s most elegant venues.
Out in the Parks and Gardens
There are several beautifully maintained parks and gardens in London where you can while away the day. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew include formal gardens, historic buildings and huge conservatories full of diverse plant life ranging from tropical flowers to cacti to water lilies. Hundreds of species of trees decorate the grounds and a guided tour offers insight into the garden’s history and collections. Other large green spaces perfect for strolling and relaxing in London include Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath, Regents Park, Kensington Gardens and Richmond Park with its herds of deer.
On the Buses
To see the city sights without any of the hassle, open-top bus tours are an excellent option. Relax on board as you pass by the city’s historic sites including Westminster, the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace.
Experiencing London and all of its history has never been easier. Plan your activities and book your tickets in advance – and swot up on your history for good measure, of course! – and you can enjoy the very best of the capital in comfort and style.