David Beckham on Britain

Wednesday 02 December 2015
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Footballing legend, father, fashion icon, and recently voted the sexiest man alive, David Beckham reveals his top tips to getting the best out of Britain:

1. Take a tour of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London Beckham says: ‘I've always been brought up to love the Royal Family. Buckingham Palace is in the heart of London and it’s been the scene of so many great moments in British history – none of us will ever forget the amazing Royal wedding and best of all, it’s open for visitors during the summer so you can have a look around the State Apartments.’

2. Experience some real East London food at a pie & mash shop

Beckham says: ‘And here’s an insider’s tip for a real East London food experience– you’ve got to try pie and mash (Tony Lane's Pie & Mash shop in Waltham Abbey is a favourite).’

3. Go on a stadium tour

Manchester United Stadium Beckham says: ‘I've been fortunate to play in the Premier League, one of the greatest football leagues in the world, and you can’t beat the atmosphere of being there for a game. If you can’t catch a game across the country then check out the fantastic stadium tours at places like Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge, and of course, Wembley.’

4. Grab some fresh air in London at one of the Royal Parks

Beckham says: ‘Families can get out in the fresh air at one of the London’s Royal Parks with the kids – Hyde Park and Regent’s Park are like an oasis in central London. Or get away from it all in Richmond Park where you can see wild deer, horse ride and see amazing views across London.’

5. Play a round of golf at St Andrews in Scotland

St Andrews golf course, Scotland Beckham says: ‘It seems like many sports in the world have their origins in Britain, and Scotland is the home of golf. It's where the game was invented and where you’ll find some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world. If you love the game, make your way to the Old Course at St Andrews Links.’

6. Do some amazing shopping

Beckham says: ‘Britain leads the world in fashion and has some of the best shopping experiences in the world. Manchester’s designer stores around the Northern Quarter are a match for anything in London, but if you don’t have time to leave the capital then you will be spoilt for choice around town and some fantastic markets like Camden, Portobello and Spitalfields.’

7. Take the kids to a theme park or on the Harry Potter tour

Beckham says: ‘Kids can’t get enough of theme parks as I know being a father of 4. You're never far away from one in Britain: Alton Towers is less than 3 hours’ drive from London, and just outside the capital you’ll find Thorpe Park as well as the Warner Bros. Studio Tour where you can see the making of Harry Potter movies.’

8. Don’t miss London’s theatre scene

London's West End Beckham says: ‘If there’s one thing you can’t miss when you’re in London, it’s Theatreland, I love going out with the family to a show. The West End is famous for musicals and shows and they are great for a night out or a family matinee. Young and old will love the Lion King or Matilda, and there’s always something to see when I’m back in London like War Horse or Jersey Boys.’

9. Eat at Cecconi’s or NOPI in London

Beckham says: ‘You can get great food from all over the world in Britain and some of the best restaurants in the world can be found in London. Whether it’s a special night out at the Ivy, Ceconni's or Nobu, or newer places such as the Bread St Kitchen or Nopi.’

10. Go for a walk in the countryside and stop off at a pub along the way

Beckham says: ‘Britain is famous for its countryside and where better to end a bracing walk than sat by a log fire in one of our beautiful country pubs. The best places will always welcome kids and serve great local food.’

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