History, Scones and Style – A visit to London

Tower Bridge, London 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’.

‘More Scones?’

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.

122 people found this helpful

Share Article:

Silver Travel Advisor

Leave a comment


Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest travel tips on top destinations.

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Most Recent Articles

Geoff Moore joined events across the island to celebrate Liberation Day, one of the most important dates in Guernsey’s calendar…
The Royal Shakespeare Company offers far more than just live theatre as Gillian Thornton found out on a visit to…

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.