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The old and the new congestion charge and high volume of traffic. Once in London the underground is a cheap and fast way to travel throughout the 33 boroughs of the city. The underground system was the first to be built in the world and was opened in 1863. The map for the underground was designed by Harry Beck and the original design is used for many other under-

“It’s so versatile....” ground systems across the world due to its simplicity to understand. London is extremely popular with women of all ages from across the world and the UK due to its shopping possibilities. With several markets like Covent Garden



11:30am Visit the Queen Take a trip to Buckingham Palace, one of the few occupied Palaces in the world and watch the Changing the Guard ceremony where the guards exchange keys. The earlier you get there and the closer to the gates, the better view of the ceremony you’ll get.


Although the city was founded in AD43 after the Romans invaded Britain, the city has constantly changed due to crumbling empires and attacks, and it was not until the Normans’ development of the Tower of London that real protection of the city was seen. By the 1600s, London had yearly elections for a Lord Mayor, was a central trade point and had 200,000 people living there, but its well-known cultural aspects were not really seen until the theatres, like The Globe, were built. It was not until the 17th

century that real disaster began to be seen in the city, with the plague and fire of London creating thousands of deaths and hundreds of houses destroyed. The 19th century saw enormous industry expansion because of the crowning of Queen Victoria, its trade and the first underground railway system being built. The rebuilding of the city after WW2 has increased London’s reputation for being a business capital of the world and a popular cultural destination because of its numerous tourist attractions and variety of cultures.

value for money.” Albert Museum, there’s plenSo, why spend hundreds ty on offer without paying a of pounds travelling to a difsingle penny. Visitors to the city can also walk around the ferent country when there’s many beautiful parks and the plenty do in your local capital city. famous monuments like Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. London does not stop at night though, as there is plenty of bars and clubs open throughout the night like Bar 55 where Samantha Earle from Farnham said: “Cocktails are amazing and good One of the many monuments

12:30pm Appreciate the V&A Wander around the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s greatest museum for art and design. Appreciate the V&A chandelier that hangs in the entrance and look at Hollywood costumes, beautiful art and objects from all over the world and a glittering room of jewellery.

3:30pm Shop in Covent Garden Take a stroll down to Covent Garden Market and see the numerous street performers entertaining the crowds. Wander through the markets and maybe buy some gifts for your family and friends. Also, try the amazing sweet and savoury crepes at Crème de la Crêpe. 13

5:00pm Visit M&M heaven Before you have to take a train or coach home, pop into M&M’s World and treat yourself to a variety of different flavoured M&Ms. Or, if you’re trying to keep your trip as cheap as possible just take a few photos with the M&M characters.

Where to stay?

Generator Hostel, 37 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9SE

An urban and stylish hostel situated in Central London, just a 10 minute walk from St. Pancres Station. Their female only dorms make this hostel perfect for those girly weekends away. Price: £15-£40 per night

Palmers Lodge : Swiss Cottage, 40 College Crescent, NW3 5LB

This boutique hostel in a grand histroic building is ideal for anyone with amazing taste. This recently renovated hostel offers free wi-fi, full continental breakfast and lockable safes in every room. Price: £12-£45 per night

MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park, 65-67 Queen`s Gate, SW7 5JS

This modern hotel is directly across from the National History Museum and houses a range of room sizes from 2-12 beds. This hotel and it’s location make it perfect for travellers looking for something old and new. Price: £21-£87pp per night Scan for more atricles about London

9am Wander down the River Take in the sites London has to offer. Photograph Big Ben, the Aquarium, the London Dungeons and the statue of Queen Boadicea. Maybe take a circuit of the London Eye and take photos from 135 meters high.

and Camden “The museums Market alongare wonderful and side shopping FREE.” streets such as in mind, there are dozens Oxford Street of small shops throughout and Regent London selling tickets for Street you can shows at discounted prices find anything on the same day. from everyIf London visitors wish day objects to to keep their visit as cheap more quirky as possible, Teresa Strachen and handfrom Hampshire said: “The made finds. museums are wonderful and Shanice AgFREE.” From finding out grey, 19 from more about Britain’s history London said: at the British Museum or “It’s so versatile and there looking around the fashion is so much to do. There’s section of the Victoria and such a rich history here it is hard not to want to visit and stay forever (even though those of us who live there can get pretty bored of it).” A trip to London is not complete without at least a walk through the West End theatre district where popular musicals are being shown like Wicked, The Lion King and Hairspray. Whilst the shows can be expensive, if you can wait till your trip to London and don’t have a special show The Lion King costumes at the V&A

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