London is one of the most visited cities in the world. There are so many things to do from site seeing to food, London has it all! I’m talking family friendly and halal! It’s filled with fascinating landmarks and architecture to some of the best shopping experiences in Europe while offering perfect green parks to relax and enjoy. The fatigue of running between tube stations can vanish in no time as one starts to explore. The city has so many things to do and something new to experience around every corner whatever your age and interests.
Best time to visit London:
Britain is renowned for history, landmarks and the famous unpredictable weather. It rains all time and the only time it doesn’t rain is during the summer and that’s when we are all melting because of the heatwaves.
If you want to visit London during the winter, the Christmas markets and fairs make suffering the cold chill worthwhile.
To enjoy green parks and sunny days, the best time to visit is during the summer. You will get lots of walking without an umbrella and the best months are May to August.
August is the peak of tourist month and there are thousands of tourists and hotels become so much more expensive.
For warm yet breezy weather, visit London in September as the majority of tourists have left and students have gone back to school.
Places to visit in London:
London is filled with great places to visit, regardless of what time of year you decide to come. Below are the best place to visit whilst in London:
The London Eye is probably one of the most iconic landmarks in London. To see London from a new height, take a ride on the giant wheel. It will show you the city from a whole new perspective. Tickets onto the famous Eye is £20 per person, which is rather pricey, but worth the money for the views!
The River Thames is also another famous hot spot in London. Another way to see the city is from the water of the Thames on a cruise. During the cruise, guides and information is provided about landmarks of the city and it’s a great way to see the city without having to walk for miles.
If you are travelling with children, the London Aquarium is definitely a place to visit. The aquarium offers a great selection of fish and other species to be enjoyed and spotted. You can get a 2 for 1 offer and enjoy hours pass by mesmerized by the fish.
One of the most prominent mosques in London is The London Central Mosque, also known as the Islamic Cultural Centre, ICC or Regent’s Park Mosque. In addition to prayer facilities, this Mosque also has a Halal café and small book shop on its premises. Another Mosque that Muslim tourists can visit is the The East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre. It is located in the heart of Tower Hamlets, a diverse borough which is home to the largest Muslim community in the UK. There are of course several other mosques if you intend to pray rather than sight see.
The Shard is the tallest building in London and in the centre of retails, offices, restaurants and apartments. The shard is seen as a symbol for the modernity of London. You can also visit the Shangri-La hotel to enjoy a lovely meal and stunning view.
Oxford Street is probably the most famous street in London. It is the busiest shopping street in Europe with over 300 shops spread across 1.5 miles. The street offers clothing stores like Primark to the high-end Selfridges. It is also one of the most beautiful places during Christmas with the annual lights.
If you love museums as much as I do, London will become your paradise. London is home to more than 20 free to enter museums. From architecture to history, London has it all. When in London, a visit to the National History Museum and the British Museum is a must. Alongside The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art situated within the Victoria and Albert museum which houses over 400 objects, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork, which date back to the 8th and 9th centuries of the Islamic Khalifa (caliphate).
Top tip: When in London buy an oyster card. Public transport in London doesn’t accept cash, so you will have to use a pre-loaded credit card, that will pay for the underground station and buses.
So, who have I convinced to come to London with me?
The destination you visit is never a place, but a new experience that is full of surprises, which is why I love travelling so much. My parents instilled a love of travel in me since I was very young. My father was always taking us somewhere new in the holidays. Now that I have my own family, with two young children, I am doing the same. Although it takes a little more organisation to travel with young kids, it really is worth the effort. I am passionate about having as many adventures as possible because after all, life is short.