I find London to be one of my most favorite cities in the world, and admittedly, I think that’s because it’s the most “US-like,” since English is the native language, and there’s not a lot to overcome culturally. London, however, is rich in history, and has political fanfare that I don’t think you can find in many other places to the extent you can there.
Having visited the city a number of times, there are some things I highly recommend you do that aren’t as promoted in the guidebooks as they should be.
Go see Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theater
Right off of Piccadilly Circus is Her Majesty’s Theater, home to the “original” Phantom. This theater is much smaller than the Majestic Theater on Broadway, and features a stunning view of the orchestra and stage from the Grand Balcony seats. If you’re going to see a show in London, this is it.
Attend a Church Service at Westminster Abbey
Whether you are religious or not, you can certainly appreciate the beauty of this most gorgeous building, which is steep in history as the Church of England. Often, there are concerts here, as well as choral engagements. Go see one, or, attend a mass. You won’t regret it.
Eat at Harrod’s
Every guidebook will tell you to visit Harrod’s for the shopping, but what many don’t do is sample the food in the downstairs food court where you can have dinner. Featuring almost every kind of food you can imagine, it’s worth it to spend an evening here partaking in the delicacies. It’s pricey, yes, but the quality is top-notch. Harrod’s is home to quality clothing and shoes, so why not also check out their offerings on food.
Have Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s
Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s five star hotel in the heart of Mayfair is something quintessentially London. Costing about $50, you’re able to have afternoon tea in one of the city’s most famous hotels. The service here is near impeccable, and the hotel prides itself on offering service far superior than other hotels in the city.
Walk St. James’s Park
Too often, people will rely on the terrific Underground to take them from place to place, but miss the true beauty of this city. Directly in front of Buckingham Palace is this expansive park, which, on many days, features the streets beside it closed to only pedestrians. If you want to people watch, this is the place.
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