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Things to do, see and visit in London

London is situated just 25 minutes from Reading train station and offers a great day out. Whether you want to keep to a budget or splash out, London can accommodate you. London is a fantastic place to go sight-seeing and can be done virtually free, except for the cost of a train ticket! With a 16 – 25 student railcard, the cost of getting to London is around £13 – £17, depending on season and if off peak. The main attraction when visiting London is the Royal residence of Buckingham Palace. Whilst there you can can enjoy the changing of the guard whch occurs daily – a free ceremony which is very popular with tourists. However, during the winter months the changing of the guard takes place every other day. If you’re on a larger budget then I would recommend traveling from July to September, although busy, England gets the best weather during these months plus the palace is open to your exploration! Student tickets are available with a valid student card.

With a 16 – 25 student railcard, the cost is around £13 – £17!

The tour lasts between three and a half to four hours, which includes a circuit around nineteen state rooms and often a particular exhibition. London also is host to some lovely Royal parks. There are eight  in total, one of which is Hyde Park. Hyde Park is located near to Buckingham Palace, based in central London. The park offers the perfect place for a picnic and chance to relax from all that sight-seeing, whilst also keeping your costs down. Hyde Park is often host to many sporting events and recreational activities. Hyde Park is also home to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, which opened in 2004. The fountain was opened with the aim of portraying Diana’s life.

A lively part of London which can also be viewed for free is Covent Garden. A popular tourist destination found in the heart of London. Convent Garden has a range of shops, restaurants and bars but also street performers! The performers are on at various times of the day and include musical acts, comedy acts and more. London also houses many historical and cultural places to visit such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, both of which are free to admire. If history isn’t your passion, but shopping is, Harrods and Selfridges are a must see and are both famous, up-market department stores. The stores, particularly Harrods, is filled with luxury products from food to clothing, animals to toys. For those on a larger budget then a great way to see some of London’s main sites is from EDF Energy’s London Eye. It’s a giant wheel which opened in 2000. Tickets can be purchased online for £17.28, with a possible saving of 20%. Quite often 2 for 1 tickets are also available, so it’s a perfect opportunity for a day out. From the top of the London Eye you can enjoy London’s skyline with views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The ride last 30 minutes and reaches a height of 135 metres.

London also has many other exciting activities from watching various shows in the West End, viewing various celebrity wax works at Madame Tussauds, and ice skating at various places during the Christmas period. The key tip for visiting London is to look out for 2 for 1 vouchers, which are often available with the purchase of a train ticket, and go beyond the guidebook as this City has been hidden wonders so be sure to befriend a local!

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