How to make your trip to London really memorable

London can be (and majority of the time is) overwhelming. After all it is known to be the cultural, artistic, culinary and fashionable capital of Europe. So what to do not to be left dazed and confused upon arrival?

Starting from the basics – getting a roof over the head would most definitely be an advantage. I’d suggest researching by location to ensure you’re close to where it’s all happening. Victoria, Westminster, Mayfair or Kensington and Chelsea are the boroughs with some of the best and world class renowned London hotels, including The Connaught, Browns of Mayfair and The Fox Club. However those under a budget will find good quality hostels in King’s Cross, an up-and-coming hub already crowned ‘The Northbank’ for more and more quirky places and creative outlets. ‘The world is your oyster’ gains a new meaning in London – an oyster card will be the ultimate ticket to all the pleasures of city life so the closer you are to transport links the further it will take you.

Second basic need easy to fulfill in London and equally bedazzling is food. The capital, being as multicultural as a metropolis can be, caters for all tastes and preferences. Food on the go is easier than saying ‘take away’ and apart from massive chains; the city offers independent alternatives like Camden Food. However there are some real gems among the top rated London restaurants. 2 Michelin star restaurants The Ledbury in the heart of Notting Hill is definitely the place worth making your lunch reservations at. Popular among the Australians because of the head chef Brett Graham, the restaurant is famous for its sea food and for the heroic staff members protecting their diners during the recent riots. Carnivores will definitely enjoy the newest Jamie Oliver’s enterprise Barbecoa, run with Adam Perry Lang. The restaurant won’t please a vegetarian (unless they can settle for a starter), but will spoil taste buds of all the meat eaters.

If you’re craving artistic experiences, the south bank of Thames is the place that has it all. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, The National Theatre, The National Film Theatre, the list is almost endless! Southbank Centre will provide a list of events happening along the river – and every season there are plenty of them to choose from. London wouldn’t be itself without the West End. Early reservations are highly recommended for the selling out performances, and from my own experience – the good seats, even if pricey, are absolutely worth it! ‘The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert’ is one of the new award winning musicals with breathtaking costume design definitely worth seeing. Those yearning for true cathartic theatre experience I’d send to The Old Vic or to Almeida Theatre. The first one has the Oscar winning Kevin Spacey as it’s creative director and it’s been playing host to some incredible plays since, including the current run of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’.

To complete the London experience, I suggest a bit of a vanity fair. Bond Street is where the high fashion is – a sure thing for those in need of a fashion fix. However there is one place that always takes breaths away and manages to contain all the ‘it’ fashion, beauty, art and food under one roof – Selfridges. Always greeting passerby’s with show-stopping window displays, Selfridges is a one-of-a-kind, iconic department store that might leave your credit card bill in serious debt and your hands full of yellow carrier bags. With that little guide in mind you should be able to reduce the amount of confusion while in London. If however you return to a frighteningly high credit card bill – remember you have been warned!


Honeymoon in UK

It has become traditional for couples getting married in the UK to honeymoon abroad but there are a lot of lovely places in the UK which could be visited.

A very romantic idea is to stay in a country hotel. A nights sleep in a four-poster bed, cooked breakfast and then on with the Wellington boots for a walk through the fields, a pub lunch and then back to the hotel later to change for dinner. It is great for all seasons as the English countryside is glorious in the summer but the hotels are likely to have roaring log fires in the winter which will be warming and romantic. There are a selection of this type of hotel all over the country and so it should be easy to find one at the destination which you had in mind.

The British seaside is always a good place to go as well. It is not massively romantic, but there are more secluded spots which are very pretty. If you can schedule your break away from school holidays and weekends it will reduce the amount of children around and it might even be best to go out of season. Some resorts are very touristy and this may not be what you want from a honeymoon but there are still some places which are quieter. There is nothing like holding hands and dipping your toes in the freezing cold sea!

A city break is another alternative for a honeymoon. This may not seem like an obvious choice, but there would be plenty to do. All of the major cities have great museums are art galleries as well as shops and park areas and so there are plenty of different places to go to. It could be a good chance to go to see these places which normally you may not have the time to visit or stay in one of those stylish London hotels you’ve heard your friends talking about. It  is lovely being able to share this type of experience together, especially if neither of you have been to the place before.

So before deciding that the UK is not the place for a honeymoon, think harder about what it does have to offer and how good an experience you could have.