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London comes up first when I think about the UK. It is, the brightest city in the UK famous for more than its magnificent ancient buildings, the Palace of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, London Eye, Art Galleries, and Big Ben. It's humongous.
You could spend a lifetime exploring the city, and you will never stop being surprised. The world is here - celebrating creativity, legendary nightlife, the food ...and, home to the Royal Family.
London is special to me for a number of reasons. My first ever-international trip was in London, to visit my aunt where we visited every site that the city has to offer. Central London is where the major museums, galleries and most iconic sights congregate. We further explored the city with a visit to the Hampton Court Palace, known for beautiful panoramic views of riverside London.
From seeing the Kohinoor diamond, to changing of the guards’ ceremony at the Buckingham Palace, London will always hold a special place in my heart. There is so much more that you could do in the UK, which is often given a miss by the Indian traveller. We drove to the Oxford University, visited Stratford upon Avon, an hour’s drive from London.
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The North West of England - which is a stunning tapestry of rolling hills, green meadows, glistening lakes & an impressive music legacy. From the beautiful countryside, delightful coastline and everything from bustling cities to villages unchanged by the hands of time, there is something to charm everyone in North West England.
We flew directly into Manchester. It is synonymous with a great sporting history of football and the great English Premier League. But there is more - the local cuisine, one of the liveliest neighbourhoods, iconic landmarks and most remarkable museums, and the nightlife makes it one of the clubbing capitals of the UK.
Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester; Image credit: Mehernosh Colombowalla
We visited the Old Trafford Stadium. It is truly iconic in many ways. My recommendation is to visit on a non-match day and enjoy a behind the scenes Stadium Tour. Nicknamed the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, Manchester United’s OId Trafford Stadium is one of Britain’s most famous clubs. It’s a surreal feeling to walk down the tunnel towards the hallowed turf, take your seat in the players’ dugout or sit in your favourite stars’ seat in the dressing room before enjoying exclusive access to the VIP rooms and press room.
The clock at Old Trafford Stadium remains permanently frozen at 3:04 p.m. on Feb. 6, 1958. The solitary word below is Munich. That was the time and date when a plane carrying the Manchester United team crashed on take-off from Munich's airport, decimating the famous Busby Babes but helping to create the legendary status that makes United the best-known soccer club on earth. Even if you are not a soccer fan, a visit to the stadium will surely inspire you in many ways.
The Beatles Story, Liverpool; Image credit: Mehernosh Colombowalla
Our next stop – Liverpool. Besides having a frenzy for football it is also the birthplace of The Beatles.
We visited the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of the lives and times of The Beatles, and we were transported on an incredible immersive journey as they tell you the story of how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of fame and fortune from their humble childhood beginnings. Replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street, Abbey Road Studios and The Cavern authentically capture the early '60s, allowing you to personally experience the very places that helped make The Beatles, the greatest band in the world. Hear the story unfold through their complimentary ‘Living History’ audio guides, which are available in so many different languages. With special exhibitions, authentic memorabilia and exclusive photographs, there's all this and much more at this award-winning attraction. You can spend an entire morning there.
Before leaving Liverpool, if you are not staying here – I strongly recommend that you stop by for afternoon tea at the Hard Days Night Hotel which is the world's only Beatles inspired hotel, combining the highest quality facilities in a truly unique environment. Located at the heart of the 'Beatles Quarter', offering luxurious accommodation and exclusive event space with a twist. You simply have to see this to believe the euphoria of the Beatles.
The nightlife in Liverpool is one of the best we have seen. Huge variety and quality of clubs, from super-clubs to pubs, venues on the waterfront, dance warehouses to concept bars. You can dance till dawn. The people are super friendly and could even buy you a drink!
Blog contributed by Mehernosh Colombowalla, Director, Beyond Borders Travel Management Company Pvt. Ltd.