Londoners are lucky enough to live in one of the best cities in the world. However, not all those who dwell there have experienced everything the city has to offer. Keen to avoid a touristy lifestyle, some of them actively avoid any of the things that London is famed for. It’s understandable, as much of it is the antithesis of a ‘homely’ atmosphere.
Still, Londoners have £8000 more than the average UK resident, so a series of memorable experiences is surely called for if its more affordable! But what are they?
Consequently, here’re three things all Londoners should do at least once.
Visit all the landmarks
Many Londoners get comfortable inside their own little bubble. If this is you, then it’s kind of understandable, as no doubt long days spent at work are arduous at times. Still, you should endeavour to get out there and visit as many landmarks as possible, because they hold a lot of symbolism for London and often serve as its most iconic imagery.
Big Ben, The London Eye, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral and more should all be visited at least once each. Even if you reside on the fringes of greater London, you’re only a quick tube ride away from having a series of impressionable viewings of these great landmarks. People pay ludicrous sums of money and travel all the over the world to see them, and if it’s practically on your doorstep, it’d be a painstaking tragedy to miss out!
Go to the theatre
In the age of Netflix and affordable internet subscriptions, something like the theatre likely doesn’t appeal to the average Londoner. However, London obviously has the West End, a place where the best stories are performed by some of the best actors, directors and artists in the world. If you love stories, you love the theatre!
Additionally, if you go to a matinee show, you’ll find seats are far more affordable. Some theatres and shows also have nights where they perform for people with specific disabilities or mothers with babies. They’re opening their doors to everyone, so no matter your situation, you can squeeze into a theatre at some stage. It’d be a shame not to if the West End is so close by!
Cruise down the Thames
It’d be difficult to live in London and not walk down the Thames at one time or another. Still, that’s not everything the capital’s great river has to offer. You can also undertake a cruise trip right down the middle of it, experiencing the winding waters in a whole new way. There’s even a Thames dinner cruise with a range of exquisite drinks and meals to be enjoyed also!
If you’re strapped for time to do all the usual London things, this is a great way to fit things in; you can have your tea as you sightsee and explore! It’s almost a dabble in luxury too, and if you take a few friends and family along with you, you’ll have a truly memorable time. The backdrop of a lit-up London behind you as you chat and laugh, drifting calmly through the waters; what could be better?
London is more accessible than ever. It’s a city that’s there for everyone regardless of whether you’re a resident or a tourist, and activities for both intersect. It’s all in celebration of a great city that celebrates diversity and inclusivity, so be sure to give everything a go!