Destinations / City Breaks / London
No prizes for guessing that London is one of the world's most popular cities, and with daily flights to London from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast and a great selection of hotels you'll be spoilt for choice.
With its history and heritage, culture and diversity, it is a vibrant place indeed. A sense of tradition pervades despite the state of the art buildings and amazing entertainment venues. It is a lively and multi-cultural city with more than seven million people, many different languages and 500 years of history, so you're never short of fun in London.
Gaze across the city from the London Eye and take in the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, but if you really want to discover London, you need to walk. Wander through the narrow streets of Soho and Chinatown, head to Hyde Park, or stroll under the railway arches as you sample the delights of Borough Market.
If you are looking for colour, culture and funky bargains, head to one of London's many weekend markets at Spitalfields, Camden or Greenwich. Walk round Leicester Square, grab a coffee in Covent Garden or feed the pigeons and take photographs posing by the lions in Picadilly. Take a stroll along the banks of the Thames, admire Tower Bridge and perhaps tour with one of the Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London, learn of the 900 year old history as a royal palace and view the fabulous Crown Jewels. See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and marvel at the National Gallery in the crowning glory of Trafalgar Square. A visit to the world renowned Victoria & Albert Museum and a tour of the Tate Modern must feature on a city itinerary and no trip to London could possibly be complete without a tour of Madame Tussauds.
If a city break spells shopping, then London will not disappoint with such legendary stores as Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Liberty & Harvey Nichols. Of course, London would not be London without its atmospheric pubs and the vast number of excellent restaurants, both ethnic and international will keep the foodies happy.
The biggest problem with a visit to London is having time to fit in all the fantastic attractions and world famous landmarks - plan your city break carefully or you may well need to return!