A weekend gateway outside London


In your tour to the brimming city London, if you are done with exploring the popular attractions and nearby places that are in your travel itinerary then its time to move out of the city and experience something new.  While your short stay in London, you can also explore the nearby attraction outside the city which are just few hours drive.

If you’re feeling the need to escape London for a day, you have plenty of options to explore and travelling outside London is very easy as well. Plan for a great day out outside London, all of which are within a hour or two from the city if you travel by train.  The easiest way to get around the UK from London is travelling by train. Avail Bitrail London Plus pass, which provides access to popular cities in southern England including Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton. These passes are cheaper as well than buying separate tickets for each journey.

Here is a list of places that you can explore while you are in London.

Bexhill-On-Sea: See the seaside if weather permits. If it’s a bit damp, Bexhill Museum and De La Warr Pavilion offers excellent indoor activities and enjoy food at Bistro45 and enjoy the impressive view of the channel.

  • How to get there: Take Southeastern train from London Bridge
  • Estimate time to reach: 30 minutes

Bexhill-On-Sea

St Albans: Wonder through the stunning ruins of Sopwell Nunnery and explore the beautiful St Albans traditional street market.

  • How to get there: Board Southeastern train from St Pancras
  • Estimate time to reach: 20 minutes

St Albans

Windsor: Explore Windsor Castle, which is distinguished for its association with the English and later British royal family and for its amazing architecture. If it’s a sunny day, make sure to spend some quality time at the Savill Garden.

  • How to get there: First Great Western train from Paddington
  • Estimate time to reach: 30 minutes, from £8 return.

Windsor Castle

Hever Castle: Located near Edenbridge, this castle was built in 13th century.  Here, learn about Hever Castle, which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and home to Anne of Cleves.

  • How to get there: South West train from Waterloo
  • Estimate time to reach: 40 minutes

Hever Castle

To get detailed information about travelling in London and suggestions for the quickest route to reach your destination, use Transport for London’s journey planner.

A must-visit to UK this summer – for an eternal lifetime experience!


Beat the heat this summer by visiting UK that is waiting for you with a lot of excitement and experiences. Ideal for romantic getaway, child friendly activities, scrumptious food, varied summer events, rural escapes, fun spots, cultural activities and much more, this place is the heaven where one finds comfort, luxury and pacification in a fine combination.

Exciting things to enjoy in the capital this summer!

Summer in london

Visiting London will certainly end your summer with good memories. Get ready to enjoy several kinds of exciting events ranging from the traditional to the eccentric. Check out few highlights below for the interesting things going to happen in the town this summer.

Sundance Film Festival at Picture House Central – June 2 – June 5

Sundance Film Festival

Back for a long weekend in June, the Sundance Film Festival features premieres of some hottest movies and documentaries from the mother festival in January. So, don’t miss it out because this year the whole festival will unspool for the very first time at the lovely Picturehouse Central cinema in the West End.

Queen’s House 400th anniversary and reopening

Queen's House

If you are planning a visit to London this summer, you are definitely going to make it worthwhile. Closed for renovation last year, The Queen’s House will reopen for its 400th anniversary on July 4, 2016. You will get to witness wonderful art collection of the Royal Museums, superb interiors and classic paintings on the walls.

The 4th of July in London

4th of July in London

Let’s make your way to this remarkable event with Londoners who surely know how to throw a good Fourth of July party. Get ready to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the capital with a bang!

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Like Londoners, you are definitely going to like the Somerset House’s annual gig series. This venue is ideally renowned for its open-air festival stage right in the centre of London where artists love playing to a fascinated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames. Artists like Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith and Adele have all wooed the audiences and 2016 is also going to make it big!

This list doesn’t end here.There is a lot more to enjoy and experience..

So if you are planning a short or a long visit to London, make sure to stay at a convenient and hassle free location offering easy access to all these places. Rather than looking out for hotels, book a serviced apartment in london and its neighbourhoods like Camden, Greenwich, Borough and Piccadilly. Unlike hotels, the serviced apartments are budget friendly and provide you a lot of flexibility and privacy with comfort and luxury.

Unleash the explorer in you @ The Adventure Travel Show


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Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

 

Currently in its 19th year, the Adventure Travel Show is the UK’s only such event that focuses on exploring the world off the beaten track. The event offers you the chance to get face-to-face with some of the professional adventure travel organizations. You can be a part of as many as 100 motivational talks full of unique, fascinating and valuable information. The famous English adventurer and writer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is one of the speakers at the event.

The travel show also introduces you to the unseen and unheard travel gems of the world, leaving you enthralled and enchanted.

For those with a keen interest in photography, the event is an opportunity to learn and enhance skills. You can learn the tricks of travel photography from some of the renowned personalities and take your creativity to the new level. With lectures and open group discussion taking place simultaneously, you can get a broad understanding of the ways of travel photography. Seminar experts include Paul Harris, Keith Wilson and Angela Nicholson. In the similar fashion, there are writing seminars offering potential writers a chance to be acquainted with the thoughts and ideas of editors and leading experts. 

That’s not all! You can actually make your adventure dream a reality with the Adventure Planning Seminar hosted by the famous tour planners.

Need we say more? Come over at the Olympia Conference Centre for an experience of extraordinary discoveries on 17th and 18th January 2015.

Opening Times:

Sat: 9am-6pm
Sun: 9.30am-5pm

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The Best of London


No trip to London is ever going to be dull; it’s simply something that is never going to happen. London may not be the City that never sleeps but there is always something for you to do in the capital city of England.

Buckingham Palace

Although you’re unlikely to actually meet the Queen, a trip to London is incomplete without going to Buckingham Palace. Instead of standing outside those magical gates why not actually get shown around the Palace? Throughout July, August and September there are tours of the State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews. Tours take around two hours and it’s something you’ll never forget. Prices range from £19.75 to £34.50 and of course there’s a fantastic range of souvenirs on offer so you’ll never forget the day you were shown around the Queen’s home.

Any football fan would love to go to Wembley Stadium, so why not take one of their stadium tours? Just imagine how you’ll feel when you get shown round the dressing rooms where some of the greatest teams in the world have been. You can sit in the England manager’s chair, climb the steps to the Royal Box, have your photograph taken with a replica of the FA Cup and receive a gift pack including a personalized voucher and message card. Prices start at £17.50.

The West End of London boasts some of the greatest shows in the world. Whether it’s musicals, comedies or the most dramatic plays around, then this is the place to go. With shows such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Wicked’, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ and ‘The Mousetrap’ there’s something for everyone in the West End. There are always some great offers on tickets in the half-price ticket booths and online.

Being imprisoned in the Tower of London was a bit of a torturous experience, but if you’re just paying a visit then it’s a much more enjoyable experience. You can see the Royal Jewels; attend the Ceremony of the Keys which makes sure the Royal Jewels are still there the next morning, the White Tower and the ravens. There’s over 1000 years of history to discover here and even vegetarians won’t mind meeting the Beefeater. Adult tickets start at £22 but it’s cheaper to book online.

If the stars in the West End weren’t enough for you then why not take a trip to Madame Tussauds in Baker Street. There’s over 300 wax figures, the Spirit of London ride and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience. Just imagine how jealous (and possibly confused) your friends will be when you show them your selfie with Wolverine. Online tickets start at £15 which is a real bargain.

With 14 zones, over 300 wax figures, Spirit of London Ride and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, we combine glitz and glamor with incredible history. So, who do you want to meet?

Fans of a certain detective series won’t want to leave Baker Street without visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum. It’s actually based at 221b Baker Street where the great detective resided. The famous 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street looks just like it did in Victorian Times. At just £10 to get in, this really is unmissable.

London's Eye

If you want to see lots of London without having to travel around the city then take a trip on the London Eye. Built as part of the Millennium celebrations this has become one of the most popular tourists’ attractions in the capital. Tickets start at £26.55 online but there are plenty of great offers online including a combination ticket for the London Eye and Madame Tussauds at £39.95. Even better is the London Pass which for £49 allows you to visit over 60 great London attractions including the Tower of London, Wembley Stadium, The Museum of London and London Zoo.

There really is so much to see in London, it’s just fitting it all in without having to live there full-time that’s the problem.