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Things to do: Camping in London
Whether you’re looking for a family holiday, romantic weekend, activity break or fun days out, camping in London is the perfect choice for your next trip. With an unparalleled number of museums, galleries, historical landmarks, parks and churches, London has something that will ensure the whole family is happy.
With so many tourist attractions in such a concentrated area, it’s impossible to name all of the places worth visiting during your trip. However, top of your list must include a trip to Westminster. Arguably the most recognisable landmark in London, the UK and possibly the world, Big Ben is a magnificent clock tower that overlooks the bustling city below.
Located directly west of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey is the UK’s most notable religious building steeped in royal history. Famed as the location of coronation, wedding and burial sites of British monarchs, Westminster Abbey is also home to the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Dickens.
Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the Tower of London is a historic castle with a dramatic history. Built by William the Conqueror after his conquest in 1066, the Tower of London has a grim reputation as a place of torture and death. Join a Beefeater on a tour through the castle, the priceless Crown Jewels and the legend of the Tower’s ravens.
Since 1837, Buckingham Palace has been the home of the British monarchy and today is the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II. During summer, you can explore the lavishly-furnished state rooms, the iconic throne room and the grand staircase.
Nestled in the heart of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is an impressive structure and a prominent part of the London skyline. The cathedral was designed and constructed in the 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren, after the original was seriously damaged during the Great Fire of London.
London is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world. With an abundance of galleries, museums, theatres and shops, London has plenty do whether it’s a sunny summers day or a rainy winters afternoon.
With over 100 theatres, including 50 in the West End, London is famous for its theatre district, which offers a diverse variety of entertainment. Book tickets to see one of many incredible shows and see some of the wonderfully talented famous actors performing live.
With such a rich cultural history, it’s hardly surprising that London is home to some truly special art galleries and museums – and best of all, most of them are free to enter. Located in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings including works from Van Gogh, Monet and da Vinci.
Holding over 80 million artefacts, from botany to palaeontology, the Natural History Museum is one of London’s best days out for the whole family. The museum is also home to some of the world’s most famous dinosaur skeletons, including Sophie, the most complete stegosaurus fossil and Dippy, the Diplodocus.
From Harrods to Liberty’s, and Oxford Street to Borough Market, it’s fair to say that London is a shopper’s paradise. Boasting a diverse range of eateries and bars, London is home to one of the most vibrant food and drink scenes in the world.
Top things to do in London
Campsites in London offer plenty of activities with major attractions within easy reach. From Fortnum and Mason to Madame Tussaud’s, galleries, museums and palaces, camping in London is the perfect holiday for all the family. We’ve narrowed down these places to a list of our top 5 things to do in London. All of which are located in Central London, a short commute from our nearby Club Sites – in Chertsey, Horsley, Theobalds Park and Walton on Thames.
1. Big Ben
Overlooking central London, Big Ben, officially known as Elizabeth Tower after Queen Elizabeth II, is the largest four-facing chiming clock tower in the world. Designed by Augustus Pugin and completed in 1859, Big Ben exhibits neo-Gothic architecture and stands at just short of 100m tall.
2. London Eye
Sitting beside the River Thames, overlooking Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, London Eye is one of the city’s most recognisable and popular landmarks. Officially the tallest ferris wheel in Europe, take a ride on the London Eye and enjoy spectacular panoramic views across the capital.
3. The British Museum
Established in 1753, the British Museum is home to over eight million items which have been sourced from around the world. The museum takes you on a tour through the history and growth of human civilisation and culture across the millennia. One of the most visited places in London, the British Museum is free to enter and exhibits some fascinating artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Sculptures.
4. Buckingham Palace
Located between Green Park and St James’ Park, Buckingham Palace is the primary residence and office of the British monarchy. Usually only seen from the outside, except during August and September where you can tour some of the rooms. The Palace Garden is the biggest private garden in London.
5. Tower of London
Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1078 as a statement of his power and success, the Tower of London is one of Britain’s most iconic historical landmarks. Over the last millennium, it has been a notorious prison, palace, armoury, menagerie and fortress, guarded by the famous Beefeaters.