“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”– Samuel Johnson
10 Reasons Why You Should Visit London in 2016
Samuel Johnson must have been really in love with London, but the truth is London is one of the world’s greatest cities and it has so much to offer to every visitor it is just impossible to not fall in love with this city. London offers Michelin-starred restaurants, gastro pubs, some of the world’s best shopping hubs, royal parks and tourist attractions like The London Eye, Madame Tussaud’s, The Buckingham Palace and both the countryside and the coast are easily approachable. This makes the great capital one of the best honeymoon destinations of the world for those who want a taste of Europe yet would like an escape from the happenings of the city.
The great city has quite a lot to offer in the summer of 2016, so if you are planning a visit there, make sure you make your plans that you don’t miss out on any of these great events.
1. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Her Majesty the Queen will turn 90 this year. Each year the quessn has two birthdays, one is her actual birthday in April and the second one is held on a Saturday in June which is her official birthday. The Queen inspects the troops from household division and also leads them from the Mall to the Buckingham Palace, which is followed by a flypast by the RAF. On account of the Queen’s 90th birthday will hold a special exhibition “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe”.the exhibit will showcase the largest collection of jewelry, accessories and dresses adorned by the queen ever since her childhood to some very special appearances. There are several other events planned throughout the month of june to mark the queen’s birthday.
2. Shakespeare 400 This year marks the 400th death anniversary of the great English playwright William Shakespeare. Throughout the year you can see exhibitions, plays and performance in honor of the playwright. British Library will have a special exhibition which will display copies of his plays and a unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 17th to 21st May, 2016. This is the perfect year to catch an iconic performance and witness Shakespeare’s globe Theatre tour which will hold plays in multiple venues.
3. 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London The great fire which burnt down the whole city in 1666, will always be talked about amongst Londoners. The fire had major impact on the city, the Museum of London has a whole gallery dedicated to the Fire. This year marks the 350th anniversary of the fire, which lead to rebuilding of the whole city. From July this year to April 2017 the museum will hold a special exhibition called Fire! Fire! which portrays the city before, during and after the great catastrophe.
4. London’s Design Museum London’s Design museum has been a favorite amongst modern art lovers. Due to the large number of visitors it was felt that its location at Shad Thames was insufficient. The museum is being relocated to the Commonwealth institute Building located on the Kensington High Street. The new building is much more spacious and the improved facilities make learning easier. The new location makes the museum part of the Kensington Cultural Quarter and the huge spaces make the permanent collections of the museum accessible to visitors free of charge.
5. Motown the Musical This Broadway Musical has already won the Tony- award. The play opened in Shaftesbury Theatre in February this year and is expected to run till October 22nd. The play tells the story of berry Gordy, the founder of Motown records who started this label with just borrowed 800 dollars and was able to build an empire as he launched the careers of some of the industry’s greatest names such as micheal Jackson, Diana Ross and even Stevie Wonder. You will simply love how the story of how music history was made as you sing and dance along some of the greatest hits of all time.
6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II J.K Rolling will be releasing the eighth book of the Harry Potter series this summer. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I & II will make its world premiere in summer this year. The play will open on June 6th and will run until July 30th 2016. The new book tells the story of Harry’s youngest son and how he has to deal with the family’s rich legacy. The story is set nineteen years after the last of harry Potter books ended.
7. Hunger Games Live The hit novels and movie will be adapted into a play called Hunger Games Live. It will be on air in a brand new purpose built theatre, called Wembley Park next to the Wembley Stadium. Lionsgate in an effort to make the franchise global will is bringing it to theater in summer 2016. The play will include a rotating set and will be using immersive staging techniques to give the audience a unique experience.
8. Biblioteka London has a number of fine dining options, Biblioteka is another addition to the scene. It opened its doors to diners early this year. It is the latest venture of the famous Soho restaurant owner of Bob Bob Ricard, Russian chef Leonid Shutov. Biblioteka is Russian for library; the 20,000 square foot restaurant displays their huge wine collection like books. It is one of the largest restaurants in central London and can seat 250 guests at a time. The restaurant also has a private dining room with a vintage champagne bar. The menu includes classic English dishes and some Russian delicacies with a modern twist.
9. Legoland of Windsor If you are travelling with family, head just outside London and you can go to the Legoland at Windsor. Off course Windsor has a lot more to offer than just Legoland, with all its rich history and culture the Lego theme park has rides which can cater the whole family from toddlers to grownups. The pirate shores have log rides which make it just perfect for a hot Summer day. the park is divided into different Kingdoms and Lands such as Atlantis adventure Land, Pharaohs Kingdom and Duplo Valley, so make sure you plan an entire day in your trip for Legoland, every Lego fan’s dream.
10. Wimbledon A trip to London and especially during summers cannot be complete without paying a visit to Wimbledon, right? If you want to experience true English summer while sipping Pimms and endeavoring the strawberries and cream; plan a picnic around Henman Hill. Since 1877 Wimbledon has been the house of Champions where the “Grand Slam” of tennis is held. The tournament takes place in late June and early July and the sights and sounds of Wimbledon have been deeply ingrained in English summers for the longest time now.
Top 10 tourist destinations of London
- London Eye
- Tower of London
- Buckingham Palace
- St Paul’s Cathedral London
- Natural History Museum London
- Tate Modern
- Westminster Palace
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- National Gallery London
- London Bridge
Top 10 hotels in London
- The Dorchester
- The Langham
- The Lanesborough
- The Connaught
- The Ritz London
- Apex Temple Court Hotel
- The Cavendish London
- The Hide London
- Premier Inn London Edmonton
- Premier Inn London Ealing
Top 10 restaurants in London
- The Five Fields
- That’s Amore
- Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
- The Andover Arms
- Le Gavroche
- The Ledbury
- Green Pea
- Rock Star Sushi Bar
- Hook Camden Town
- City: London
- Capital of: England and the United Kingdom
- Population: 8.308 million (2013)