In 2019, 21 million visitors traveled to London setting an all-time record. The English capital is regularly voted as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. With its eclectic combination of history and modern attractions, it is no wonder why so many people descend on London each year.
London isn’t just the perfect destination for history and royal family buffs. It is also a great holiday destination for any car enthusiast looking for a great vacation. So, where should you visit while in “The Big Smoke” on holiday?
Local Favorite: Fish and ChipsFish and chips are synonymous with England, but London has long proclaimed itself as the creator of the country's national dish. Most fish and chip shops use haddock in their recipes, but cod is common too. The fish is deep-fat fried, giving it a crispy, flaky texture. Chunky chips (French fries to Americans) are combined with the meal. Oftentimes, it is served with heaping doses of salt and vinegar to add flavor. Fish and chip diehards will have a side of mushy peas with their order. Mushy peas are just what they sound like but taste better than you might expect. Fish and chips can be found at local takeaways or in pubs. If you have it in a pub, be sure to wash it down with a real English ale.
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Tower of London
St. Paul's Cathedral
The British Museum
Top Tourist Attractions
If there is one destination you must see in London, and there are a lot of them, it is Buckingham Palace. The London residence to the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace is iconic and unforgettable.
The Royal Family and the sights dedicated to it generate over £500 million a year. Buckingham Palace is the chief reason people travel to the city when it comes to the Royal Family. The changing of the guard is a unique experience. It is an opportunity to see the pomp of the British elite. When the Royal Family is away in the summertime, visitors can tour the state rooms in the palace and get a taste of what life is like inside.
The palace is also centrally located in London, and it gives visitors the chance to get to other tourist attractions quickly. The parks nearby are perfect for strolling through, and playgrounds are nicely situated for families with children.
London is full of great museums like the Imperial War Museum, Tate, and the National Gallery, but the British Museum tops them all. There is so much to see at the museum that you will probably need more than a day to see it all.
London Bus Museum
The London Bus Museum has preserved many of the old buses that ran around the city years ago. The museum gives visitors the chance to explore the history of the city’s buses. But the museum isn’t just a trip down memory lane. Visitors will learn about the mechanics and evolution of engineering that went into the buses.
Open seven days a week; you will be able to see 30 buses on display. Throughout the year, the museum hosts events including Transport Fest and Brooklands On the Bus. A trip to the London Bus Museum provides an excellent look into the city’s past and to see just how far public transport has come.
Located about an hour’s drive from London is Weybridge, where you will find Mercedes-Benz World. From guided tours and play areas for the kids, there’s something here for all members of the family. Mercedes-Benz World has driving experiences ranging from track driving to 4x4 off-roading. Each one gives you the opportunity to sit in a Mercedes/AMG car and feel the adrenaline flow through your veins. Whether you want to go on an off-road experience or drive an AMG GT R for half a day, there is a package that will give you the chance to fulfill your desires.