What comes to mind when you think of London? A centuries-old city? A vibrant atmosphere? Iconic landmarks? Tasty fare? All this, and more, encapsulates the capital city of England and the United Kingdom.
Discover all that London has to offer on an Independence by Globus holiday: the perfect blend of guided sightseeing and time at leisure, aimed at the more independent traveller. Lose yourself in new locales without getting lost in the crowd, and bring joy to your holiday as you discover on your own, with ease and on-the-go support from your very own Globus Host. Take a look at our guide on how to experience London on an Independence by Globus holiday below!
Welcome to London! Upon arrival at the Millenium Gloucester Hotel*, a uniformed Globus Host will be waiting to welcome you between 3 – 5PM.
Check in, freshen up and head out to explore with free time this afternoon. Seek advice from your Globus Host, check out your GlobusGO app for local recommendations or just take a stroll to wherever you please! The Millenium Gloucester Hotel is located in prime position with plenty of activities, cafés, pubs and restaurants nearby. The pretty neighbourhood of Chelsea, the Natural History Museum, Hyde Park and the River Thames are all within 25 minutes’ (or less) walk away.
Tonight, you have the opportunity to start your Independence by Globus holiday off with a bang with a Taste of London experience. Your Globus Host will organise dinner in a traditional pub followed by a guided illumination cruise along the River Thames.
Fuel up for a thrilling day ahead! Join your Globus Host on a morning guided sightseeing drive past some of London’s most iconic landmarks. These include the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey (where the newly appointed Prince and Princess of Wales (Prince William and Catherine) were married), Downing Street, and Buckingham Palace. You’ll also stop in to visit St Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1666. Do you dare to climb its 528 steps to the top of the dome for unbelievable views across the city?
Now that you have the lay of the land, an afternoon at leisure is just the ticket for you to explore London. If you are a British monarchy fan, your Globus Host can help book an inside visit of Windsor Castle for you. This is the oldest, largest occupied and most-visited castle in the world with an incredible history within its four walls. If you want to dabble in some shopping, your Globus Host can point you in the right direction (Oxford Street is one of our favourite picks); or if you want to people watch with a pint at a pub, your Globus Host or GlobusGO app can assist.
A full day at leisure awaits, the perfect way to round off your time in London!
One of the best things about London is its handy location to nearby places that can be easily done as a day trip. For example, Stonehenge or Bath are just over 2 and 1 hours away (by public transport) respectively), both unique and a must-visit. Of course, there is always plenty to see, do and eat in London city itself:
- If you’re a foodie, don’t miss one of London’s famous food markets like Borough Market
- If you love a good museum, take your pick from the Science Museum, The National Gallery, The V&A and much more!
- If you’re a shopaholic, check out Selfridges (one of London’s best-known department stores), Regent Street, or the Seven Dials neighbourhood
Take a look at TimeOut’s 101 best things to do in London for some inspiration.
No two travellers are the same, so an Independence by Globus holiday is the ultimate way for independent travellers to experience a new destination. You can choose to spend 4 days in London itself or include it as part of a 9-day journey through London, Paris and Amsterdam with Independence by Globus.