No doubt, most of us travelling for a break to the United Kingdom will have the capital London as their primary destination. And the modern metropolis has a lot going for it when it comes to history, culture, fashion, finance, entertainment and, last but not least, shopping.
Dating back to the Roman times, it is today home to nearly 9 million people from a vast mix of countries, cultures and religious beliefs. Visitors are spoiled for choice with iconic buildings such as Buckingham Palace, The Big Ben or Parliament House, tourist attractions such as the London Eye and Madame Tussaud’s as well as vast recreational areas such as Hyde Park.
However, the city comes mostly alive after sunset with a seemingly endless choice of restaurants, fancy bars and luxury casinos for anyone who fancies a gamble. London is home to a huge number of theatres showcasing some of the most popular operas and musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Mamma Mia or Les Misérables, leaving visitors with the difficult task to find one favourite.
Casino gaming is perhaps one of Britain’s favourite pastimes, and although it does not boast massive gambling complexes, there are a number of good casinos worth visiting. If you’re the classic player who enjoys a sprinkle of luxury with your casino gaming, then The Ritz is the one for you. If you’ve only ever played on online casinos and wish to experience the real thing, call at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino or the Casino at the Empire, both found in London. You’ll be sure to experience some of the very finest in gaming experience found anywhere in the UK. Try your luck at the progressive slots which pack the place. Who knows? It might just be a night to remember…
Late into the night, residents and tourists are presented with an abundance of bars and nightclubs that will please any taste and flavour. From traditional pubs to trendy rooftop bars, there will be something for anyone’s pocket. Not to miss are the vibrant nightclubs such as The Ministry of Sound, XOYO or The Pickle Factory where live DJ’s from around the world will entertain until the early hours.
But the United Kingdom is not just London. Although many tourists will never venture past the city borders, it is highly recommended to visit other parts of the UK as there are hidden gems to be found, whether for arts, theatres, entertainment or plainly for beautiful sights.
Personally, I always looked forward to visiting the Cotswolds, located in south England covering parts of 6 counties, most notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Its rolling hills and grassland harbour, thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone make quite a picturesque sight. Sitting down with a cup of tea and a freshly baked scone topped with cream and jam, in one of the old heritage tea rooms was just bure bliss in my bustling and hectic life.
For off-road biking fans, I can highly recommend a tour through the Forest of Dean, located in the western part of Gloucestershire and stretching all the way into Wales. Anyone wanting to let off steam on a thrilling ride through the dense forest will find it a perfectly fitting location. End your adventure in one of the local pubs with a hearty meal and tasty ale to get you ready for your next working week.
A stop in Nottingham is a must for Robin Hood fans. His adventures have been retold down the generations, from medieval ballads to Hollywood blockbusters. Explore landmarks throughout the city or take an official Robin Hood tour to quench your need for anything related to the world-known folk hero.
Do not forget to venture further up north to pay a visit to the scenic Scottish Highlands with its breath-taking scenery and backdrop of the hugely successful movie Highlander, evolving around the legend of the immortal Scottish swordsman. Or go even further north to experience the rugged nature on Shetlands Islands. Those attracted to sun and sea should visit the south coast of the United Kingdom with cities such as Brighton, Bournemouth, Torquay or Bristol dotting the coast. Do not expect tropical temperatures, but they are high enough to enjoy a day or two at the beach.
The list of spots to visit and sights to see in the UK could go on forever. What it might lack in bright and warm days, it makes up in charm, endearing villages and proud castles.
Various review websites such as TripAdvisor and Google have taken up the task to put lists together for the best cities and regions to visit when on a trip to the United Kingdom. We took the liberty to display the results in a common chart in our latest infographic.