24 reasons to visit London

Monday 12 May 2014

To mark the gripping TV series 24, we've put together 24 reasons to visit London - where the entire season 9 has been filmed!

1. You can visit Buckingham Palace and see where the Queen lives.

Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace


2. Great architecture, modern and historic living together side by side.

3. Some of the World's best museums and galleries are in London - and most of them are free!

British Museum British Museum


4. London is world famous for its huge variety of restaurants, covering each nationality and culture from A (the Afghan Kitchen in Islington) to Z (Shaka Zulu, London’s largest South African restaurant).

5. The Tube celebrated its 150th birthday in 2013. It’s the third largest metro system in the World behind Shanghai and Beijing.

The London Underground The London Underground


6. London is full of beautiful gardens, from royal gardens to small gardens tended to by volunteers.

7. London’s Cabbies have to go through a rigorous course called “The Knowledge” to become a black cab driver which means they know London intimately and if you ask, they’ll even given you some sightseeing advice. Or take a black cab tour.

8. London’s skyline is as iconic as its attractions and continues to change with the latest landmark being The Shard.

London Skyline London skyline


9. Southbank on the shores of the Thames is a great place to spend a day, from the London Eye, to the theatre, to galleries, it has something for everyone.

South Bank South Bank


10. London's West End is famous for its fantastic range of top class theatre plays and musical.

West End West End


11. East London has a fantastic street art scene, take a tour and see some of the ever-changing art. You never know, you might even catch a glimpse of a Banksy piece.

12. Be dazzled by the Crown Jewels and hear tales from the Tower on tours given by the Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London.

13. From gastropubs to pubs that have been around for centuries, if you don’t visit a pub whilst in London, you’re missing out on the local experience.

Pubs in London Pubs in London


14. Vintage clothes, antiques, food, bric-a-brac, fashion from up-and-coming designers: you name it, you’ll find it in London's markets.

15. Finger sandwiches, freshly baked cakes and the finest tea: indulge in a very British experience – Afternoon Tea. London has many places to enjoy it, from the eclectic to the traditional.

Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea


16. Follow in the footsteps of legendary football players at Wembley Stadium.

17. London’s nightlife isn’t just about pubs and clubs, but we have great comedy clubs, music venues and rooftop lounges.

18. The River Thames runs from the Cotswolds in the West of England to the North Sea in the East. There’s plenty to do in the London part of it, like a Rib tour or a cruise to Greenwich where you can actually walk under it through a foot tunnel built by the Victorians and was finished in 1902.

19. Neighbourhood diversity, from pockets of luxury, to multi-cultural areas, London is as diverse as it gets.

Brick Lane Brick Lane


20. London is great for shopping, from department stores to designer stores, markets to high street shopping, there’s something for everyone!

Knightsbridge Knightsbridge


21. London is a great place to bring the family, from its historical heritage to its fantastic museums, there’s something to keep them occupied for hours.

22. From jazz clubs, to the big names playing at the O2, to classical music at the Royal Albert Hall. If you’re a music lover, you’ll find your favourites in London

23. London is full of icons, from the red London buses to Big Ben.  From the London Eye to Tower Bridge, you can’t help feeling at home here because you’ve seen it all in movies and on TV.  You can even tour the locations of your favourite shows!

London Eye London Eye


24. If it's good enough for Jack Bauer, it's good enough for us!

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