Visit the city in a few days, it could appear a business, especially in case you have little time available; We at Kanoa assure you that it is very simple, you only need to organize well before departure.
As always, the invitation is to follow your interests and your tastes, in this itinerary to London, if you then decide to follow our advice, we assure you that you will not regret it.
in presentation page we have listed the ways to get from your Airport to Central London. If you are a Victoria Station, Liverpool street, Paddington, Bayswater, in short, just arrived from your transfer to London, the very first thing to do is to get a ticket for the metro; whether it's a Travel Card or an Oyster Card, it's not important, as long as you do it: the tube it will be your "traveling companion" anywhere in London.
The traditional changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is seen every year by thousands of visitors; His Majesty's guards are the most famous in the world.
The changing of the guard takes place every day at 11: 30 from April until the end of July and every other day for the rest of the year, weather permitting. The new guards arrive on the square of the building at 11: 30 from Wellington Barracks. The journey takes about 5 minutes and the soldiers are accompanied by a fanfare. The ceremony is conducted in the square, and takes about 40 minutes.
Provisional calendar for the 2015 / 2016 (NB: the calendar is compiled by the British army and is subject to change Please check this site before the visit)
November - Odd Days (1, 3, 5, etc.)
December - Odd days (1, 3, 5, etc.)
January - Even days (2, 4, 6, etc.)
February - Odd Days (1, 3, 5, etc.)
Kanoa recommends the official website for detailed info: royalcollection.org.uk
For those interested, you can visit Buckingham Palace, one of the few inhabited royal palaces in the world. The building serves as the official residence of the Queen.
During the summer, you can visit the spectacular 19 State Halls. These magnificent rooms are decorated with the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto. Kanoa recommends booking tickets for Buckingham Palace in advance.
Adult ticket: £ 20,50 (EUR 28,47) per ticket
Child ticket: £ 11,80 (EUR 16,39) per ticket
Kanoa recommends the official website for detailed info royalcollection.org.uk.
How to get there: metro Hyde park corner walking for Constitution hillor if you get off at the stop Green Park you will walk in the splendid namesake Royal Park, a walk that in 5 minutes will bring you in front of His Majesty's residence.
Now take the metro heading to South Kensington Station and in 6 / 8 minutes you will be at your destination; exiting the station, walking for 5 minutes, you can see on your right the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Il Victoria and Albert Museum it is an absolute place of art. A visit to this beautiful museum is one of the events that no art lover should miss.
Kanoa advises you to enter and admire the important works: Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, but also the masterpieces of Turner and Blake.
For info, consult the Official Site VictoriaAlbertMuseum.ac.uk.
The structure is open every day from 10.00 to 17.45 (Friday closes at 22.00) except for 24, 25 and 26 December days. Admission is free.
For those not interested, however, we recommend alternatively the Natural History Museum or the Science Museum, both a stone's throw from the Victoria Albert Museum.
The structure is divided into five main areas: the 1 ° floor, with different entrances and the four exhibition areas with ancient findings of Zoology, Mineralogy, Botany, Paleontology and Entomology.
Red Zone dedicated to the planet Earth, the forces that regulate it and its treasures.
Green Zone dedicated to ecology and evolution.
Blue Zone with dinosaurs, reptiles, mammals, sea creatures and human biology.
Orange Zone with the Darwin Center and the Wildlife Garden.
We recommend a visit to this museum especially if you are traveling with children, because it is the idyllic place to spend a few hours of fun and, above all, learning; special areas of the structure, in fact, are reserved for children, with interactive games and educational spaces.
For info, the Official Website is available NaturalHistryMuseum.ac.uk
The museum is open every day from 10.00 to 17.50 (last visit to 17.10); the museum closes from 24 to 26 December.
The hall of the dinosaurs, due to works, will remain closed from the 4 January to the 14 February.
Entrance to the museum is Gratuitous.
A journey through the objects that have changed the history of our species. Do not miss a visit to the museum, especially if you have children with you, because, in the seven floors full of exhibits and interactive games, ideal especially for children, the Museum houses a large area dedicated to the future and the discoveries that will make the more sustainable world, in a special atmosphere between games of lights and colors.
Opening hours: every day from 10: 00 to 18: 00. Last entry to 17: 15. The galleries are starting to close at 17: 30.
During the school holidays the museum closes an hour later. Closed from 24 to December 26.
Info for attractions such as the show Imax can be consulted directly on the official website.
If you find yourself in the cold months of December, January or February, an ice skating rink (Ice Rink) is set up in front of the Natural History Museum in a truly evocative setting.
Continuing on foot up Exhibition Road, in 6 minutes of walking, you will come to Hyde Park ("Cutting it" in the center literally); on your left you can admire the Royal Albert Hall (it is a concert hall in London, famous all over the world) and a little further on The Albert Memorial (dedicated to King Albert of Saxony, in front of you you will see, under a tall canopy, the golden statue that depicts the seated King); continuing in your walk, forwarded to the Hyde Park, part of the Royal Gardens, you will pass on the pontoon of the Serpentine lake.
Kanoa advises you to keep your camera or cell phone ready, because it's easy to make small gatherings around here ... of the sweet squirrels !!! (photo)
Hyde Park it covers a green area of about 255 hectares; between the park and Kensington Gardens, there is the lake Zigzag, popular for doing sailboat activities, and to see waterfowl. This large body of water is divided by a bridge; the northernmost part is called Long Water and in this area you can admire the Italian Gardens, the Italian gardens. Inside the park there is the Serpentine Art Gallery, a museum of contemporary art with free admission.
For children, there is the unmissable Diana Memorial Playground, a beautiful play area inspired by the story of Peter Pan.
After 15 minutes walk you will find yourself on Bayswater Road: no matter how tired you are, London can not wait; so, take the first bus that goes towards Marple Arch: you will end up in one of the most well-known areas of London. The place takes its name from the triumphal arch designed in the nineteenth century by architect John Nash, and is famous for being the meeting point between Oxford Street (the most famous shopping street in the world) e Park Line (famous for luxury hotels).
Always try, from time to time, to relax in one of the many cafés in London, so as to regain energy; enjoy a good cappuccino with a slice of cake. Right in front of you Marple Arch, we recommend Pret A Mange.com: visit their site, really delicious !!!
If you still have strength after the trip and the Full-Immersion you could start a round trip Oxford Street and maybe make some purchases; in case, the advice is to eat a bite and return to the hotel.
After a good night's sleep, a hearty "English" breakfast with crispy bacon and scrambled eggs, reach the National Gallery.
The building houses an absolutely unique collection of paintings, making it one of the most beautiful art galleries in the world!
Here you can admire masterpieces by Botticelli, Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Gogh and many others.
Admission is free, but some special and temporary exhibitions may be subject to charges.
Inside the National Gallery it is NOT PERMITTED to take photographs.
Kanoa recommends the visit either in the morning or after the 18.00 to avoid queues.
If you are interested you can consult the official website NationalGalleru.org.
Once out of the gallery, bring yourself in front of the splendid Piazza, busy Whitehall (the road of government offices) and going down to your right, you will find Horse Guard (the guards on horseback of His Majesty); on your left the Ministry of Defense, the English Cabinet office and on your right the famous 10 number of Downing Street, that is, the residence and headquarters of the First Lord of the Treasury and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Your Majesty's Government office, maybe while you take the ritual Selfie you could meet the Prime Minister !!
Kanoa recommends this wonderful walk in between Whitehall e Parliament Street, because after a few minutes you can get in Parliament Square where you can admire theWestminster Abbey and the Famous Big Ben.
TheWestminster Abbey, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the most important places in English history and culture; It is an absolute masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and the central nave, with its 34 meters in length, is the largest in all of Britain.
The entrance costs £ 16 and also includes the Museum, the Cloister, the College and the Church of Santa Margherita. It's free with the London Pass.
Timetable: Mon - Mar - Thu - Fri from 9: 30 to 16: 30 (last entry 15: 30)
Wed from 09: 30 to 19: 00 (last entry 18: 00)
Sat from 09: 30 to 14: 30 (last entry 13: 30)
Sun open only for religious services.
Kanoa recommends the official website for detailed info Westminster-Abbey.org.
It is the very symbol of England, synonymous with London all over the world, infinitely photographed, painted and reproduced as a souvenir.
Without doubt the most famous element of Parliament St Stephen's Tower o Clock Tower, better known as Big Ben, the most famous watch in the world.
Big Ben is, in fact, the name of the main bell (13 tons) of the clock and not, as many think, of the entire tower high over 96 meters and illuminated at night by 112 bulbs that are turned off at midnight to reignite again at sunset day after.
A curiosity: think that a toll of Big Ben, reaches the 118 decibels, that is to say, what reproduced by a four-engine jet at take-off!
Since Westminster Bridge, you can enjoy this architectural show recognized as the "Mother of all Parliaments".
The architect who was entrusted with the work was Charles Barry, but the particular neo-gothic character that distinguishes the Palace of Westminster is the work of his assistant Augustus Pugin.
Inside there are the Chamber of Lords and the House of Commons
In Parliament it is based:
- House of Commons, made up of members of parliament elected by the British people.
- Camera dei Lari or Camera dei Pari: a body external to the government, which examines the legislative proposals advanced by the House of Commons, and also plays the role of the last Court of Appeal.
For info, we refer you to the official website.
We at Kanoa are sure that you have spent a lot of time trying to make the perfect selfie, but now it's time to "admire everything from above", climbing on the famous London Eye.
According to our opinion, getting on the London Eye is highly recommended. Let's talk about the most famous wheel in the world, as well as the most visited attraction in Britain!
With its 135 meters in height, the EDF Energy London Eye stands among the impressive buildings of London, standing out on the light waters of the Thames. The complete tour takes 30 minutes and the thirty-two capsule-shaped cabins offer a fantastic London show at 360 °.
It can be reached by taking the Metro, stop Westminster Station / Waterloo Station.
Timetables: The first round takes place at 10: 00, the ticket office opens at 9: 30. From January 1 to 28 March 10: 00 - 20: 30;
29 March - 14 April 10: 00 - 21: 30;
15 April - 27 June 10: 00 - 21: 00;
28 June - 31 August 10: 00 - 21: 30;
1 September - 30 December 10.00 - 20: 30;
24 December 10: 00 - 17: 30;
31 December 10.00 - 15: 00.
Kanoa recommends purchasing an entry ticket online for save 20% and skip the queue at the ticket office.
The standard ticket has a cost of £ 19,20 for adults (from 16 years upwards), while for kids from 4 to 15 years, the cost is 12,30 £.
The price rises if you choose priority boarding (from 26,25 £) or flexible schedule (from 20,28 £), while it goes down to 17,28 £ if you opt for a ride on the London Eye at sunset or in the evening hours.
There is also a combined ticket for the wheel ride and a short cruise on the Thames.
The ticket price also includes a short film in 4D with a spectacular aerial view over London: London Eye 4D Experience. Do not miss it, especially if you have children with you: they will have fun and will be more prepared to fly over London.
For any clarification on timetables and prices consult the official website LondonEye.com.
Kanoa now takes you to what is universally known as the center of London, Piccadilly. The area, especially at night, changes ... with its neon lights, the famous billboards, theaters, between Regent Street e Shaftesbury Avenue, with behind Sono, the most transgressive neighborhood. All this makes of Piccadilly Circus the place most loved by tourists and Londoners.
Here you can sit near the famous statue of Eros (famous meeting point), or take pictures in front of the iconic billboard.
It's time to have dinner, you'll be hungry! We know very well that you have put a strain on it by walking around London all day ... Kanoa recommends the "Rock & Sun Plaice" to enjoy an excellent Fish And Chips (national dish in England).
This place is just a few minutes walk from the metro Covent Garden. Kanoa recommends the Large Cod and Fish (for £ 3 you have twice the "Regular" fish that costs £ 15): fragrant and tasty breading, tasty fish, good chips, all accompanied by an excellent tartar sauce.
Il British Museum It houses the largest collection of antiques and objects of historical interest in the world. Here you will find artefacts from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Points of interest are the Reading Room, one of Karl Marx's favorite regulars, the Great Court, designed by Norman Foster and the mummies exhibited in the collection on Ancient Egypt.
For us at Kanoa this is a key stop for those who visit London, given the amount of objects in this museum would not be enough all day, but you can spend a few hours selecting things to see, thanks to the seedlings provided at the entrance.
The British Museum is open every day from the 10: 00 to the 17: 30.
Open Friday until 20: 30.
Closed the following days: 1 January, 24-25-26 December.
Admission to the Museum is free for all visitors, while visits to temporary exhibitions may be subject to charges.
The museum can be reached with the Metro, stop Russell square (Piccadilly line).
For information, the official website is available BritishMuseum.org
For the next stop we suggest, take the metro direction Camden Town (12 minutes)
We absolutely recommend Camden Town Market, one of the main attractions of London. It is difficult to explain, to anyone who has never been there, the unique atmosphere of this place.
Strolling you will encounter markets selling Vintage, Punk, Gothic, Burlesque and many others; in Camden Town there are 6 markets located throughout the district, each with its own distinctive style and identity.
If you were to come here for lunch, you can not stop in an outdoor megacucina, just after the bridge with the writing on top "Camden Lock"; turn left, you will open before you a world of aromas and flavors absolutely to try. You can choose between Chinese, Thai, English, American, Brazilian, Spanish, Italian, Turkish: everything prepared before your eyes; all delicious and at reasonable prices.
Camden Market It is an excellent solution for those who buy souvenirs, here you will find special things at almost tattered prices.
How not to be breathless when you see it illuminated! What a show! This United Kingdom icon is a mobile bridge if necessary, opening the central bridge for the passage of large vessels.
To get there by metro, the stop is Tower Hill.
Opening hours: from April to September from 10.00 to 17.30 (last entry) and from October to March 09.30 - 17.00 (last entry)
Prices: Adults £ 9.00, Children (5-15 age) £ 3.90
Kanoa advises to consult the official website for clarifications and details.
Continuing the walk you can admire the Tower Of London (Tower of London).
The Tower is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful medieval fortresses in Europe. Despite its name it does not look like a tower at all, even though the White Tower used to look impressive in front of the wooden huts that stood around it.
The Tower of London is protected by Yeomen Warders, called Beefeater, a guardhouse in characteristic costumes. It is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites by the 1988.
The ticket includes: Access to the Tower and the Crown Jewels exhibition Guided tour and speech by a Yeoman Warder Historical reenactments in live costume. White Tower Tour (White Tower). Routes with activities for children.
Timetable: from 1 March to 31 October, from Tuesday to Saturday 09.00 - 17.30; Sunday and Monday 10.00 - 17.30 Last entry 17.00.
From November 1 to 28 February Tuesday to Saturday 09.00 - 16.30 Sunday and Monday 10.00 - 16.30 Last entry 16.00.
Prezzi: Adult-£ 24.50; Child- £ 11.00
Kanoa recommends the official website for detailed info TowerOfLondon.org.uk.
Surely you will be destroyed after such an exhausting day: we recommend going back to the central Piccadilly by public transportation and going to dinner at Honest Burgers in the district of Sono. It is a real institution in the city, offering a wide and excellent choice of meat, strictly English beer, crispy rosemary chips (delicious) and, above all, a bacon in perfect "British" style. Honest Burgers is a very nice place; you could find a line, but it works like this: give your name and mobile number, they will contact you and you can monitor the line through the website.
For those who hate expectations, Kanoa recommends taking a walk in the nearby China-Town (photo) one of the largest communities in Europe. Besides being the reference district of the Asian community, it has become, over the years, a great and luminous tourist attraction. The bars, shops and restaurants overlook mainly Gerrard Street, easily recognizable by oriental style gates and pagodas.
For those wishing to consult the menu, prices and much more, Kanoa recommends the official website of HonestBurgers.co.uk.
We hope you have the flight in the evening because we at Kanoa want to take you around London on this 4 day. Take a hearty breakfast, it does not matter whether it is salty or sweet, because you can not leave before you have jumped in Notthing Hill e P.
The market starts at the intersection with Chepstow Road, where there are many valuable antique shops, alternating with junk stalls; if you want to buy something really "vintage and London" take a ride through the stalls of the Westway overpass at the bottom of Portobello between records, books, jewelry.
Kanoa recommends, if you are hungry, to stop at one of the stalls that cook fish from the crepes, or buy quality fruit and vegetables in fruit and vegetable banquets, all along the way.
Made famous by the homonymous 1999 film starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, Notting Hill is today one of the most coveted neighborhoods in London; the area is very popular, thanks also to the Portobello Road market; today it is an irremediably crowded and touristy place, with typical pastel-colored houses making it the master.
Walking through these streets will take you back in time.
Practical information: the stops of Notting Hill Gate (red line) e Ladbroke Grove (pink line) are just minutes from Portobello. If you are in Kensington Garden, from the north exit of Queensway you can walk to Portobello in about 20 minutes
Market Hours of Portobello Road: Monday-Wednesday: 8-18 Thursday: 9-13 Friday-Saturday: 7-19
Probably Portobello and Notthing hill will have taken away the half day. We know that you will be close to departure: we would have liked to include other attractions and beautiful landscapes, but it will be one more reason to return to the magical and eccentric London, perhaps to celebrate the New Year or simply to breathe the air of Christmas.
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