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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Independent Guide 2016 - Inside London

'Despite what the media may have you think, London's cultural background is very diverse. Only 45% of people in London are of a white British origin, 15% are other white, 18% are Asian, 13% are black, 5% are mixed and 4% classify themselves as other. As you can see, the city is incredibly diverse.'
That's what the Independent Guide To London 2016 includes in their latest line of travel guides. If you're a regular on my blog, you'll have read a similar one a couple of months back about New York. These guides offer the key information you need in preparing for your trip, during it and after. The Londoners are described as 'friendly and sociable people', however they can be 'straight faced'. Meaning, we don't walk around with giant smiles on our faces or greet everyone they meet on the street/underground.

After reading through the guide book and casually laughing at our mannerisms (that are annoying but true), I decided to include some of the places and locations, you may never have thought existed in London. Whether you live in the UK or abroad, I'm sure everyone will be flocking to London this year.

Something that has only been open since 2012. It's a cable car system in East London which provides views of the surrounding area, as well as a link between North Greenwich (for the O2) on one side and Royal Victoria Station on the DLR. It's a great way of seeing London, it's subject to weather conditions and the guide recommends unless you're already staying in the area, not to bother.

If you've not been to London in a few years or if you've never visited, The Shard is one of the dominating buildings on London's skyline. The building is home to offices, restaurants and bars, a hotel and apartments! The best bit (and I can personally vouch for this) is the viewing point. This is by far the best place to see the whole of London city. It's certainly an impressive sight and one which should be the highlight of any trip to London. Prices for the Shard can be found here.

For worldwide Harry Potter fans, King's Cross Station put in place a luggage trolley in between platforms 9 and 10. However this caused major congestion on the platforms (due to the major photo opportunities), so they moved it to the left of the large departure board in the waiting hall. I've not been yet, but I'm ever in the area, I'll be sure to get that sought after Potter selfie.

One for a fan of the canal boat, London is a major hub when it comes to museums. Especially when there's one dedicated fully to Canal boats. The museum tells the story of the creation of London's canals in the late 18th century. Pre-booking is highly recommended and this can be done online here.

Bet you didn't think London could have so much greenery? Well it does and one of the many parks London has to offer is Richmond Park. The park contains exotic plants; wildlife such as 650 wild deer, trees and birds. It also has great views to St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as sports and leisure activities.
At Bushy Park, you can see the Diana Fountain; the tranquil Upper Water Lodge Gardens; the USAAF Memorial, the wildlife and more. 

There are tons of other attractions that can be found in the guide book, along with popular nightclubs, pubs and restaurants. You can buy the guide from Independent Guides or on Amazon here for just £5.99.






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