London is an exciting and vibrant city to explore and whether you have been a handful of times or are a first time visitor looking for things to do, you will soon discover that London has plenty to offer.
Most short break itineraries only really scratch the surface of all that this historical city has by way of landmarks and attractions and we are fairly confident that no matter how many times you have visited London; there is always something new waiting to be uncovered.
Choosing to stay at one of the Montcalm hotels London is a great way of making sure that you are only ever a short distance from the action and whether you are interested in arts, history or more contemporary attractions, you won’t have far to travel to see some of the very best in London.
London is an excellent city to explore if you have a love of art. From contemporary exhibition spaces to historical works of art, the street art of Shoreditch to the statues and monuments of the Royal Parks, you could literally come face to face with some form of art at any point across the city.
However, if you would like to take the time to visit an art gallery whilst you are in London then there are a number of wonderful places to choose from; any one of which would only be a short journey from your choice of the luxury hotels in London City Centre.
These include the likes of The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, the Tate Modern which sits on the banks of the River Thames inside the former Bankside Power Station, Whitechapel Gallery in East London and the Serpentine Galleries which can be found in Kensington Gardens in the heart of the city.
Lovers of music will be spoiled for choice in the city, whether you have an interest in classical performances or live gigs from undiscovered new talent.
The Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall are all fantastic options if you would like to listen to classical music from some of the world’s leading performers. Alternatively, a number of the churches across London host concerts throughout the week which can be a great way of experiencing some wonderful music at a fraction of the cost.
The lunchtime recitals at St Martin in the Fields are probably the most well known for this but there are also often performances at St Paul’s Cathedral as well to watch out for. Those looking for more contemporary musical performances are best heading out to East London which is one of the most vibrant places to enjoy live music in the city.
Bars and pubs such as The Blues Kitchen, The Windmill and The Dublin Castle in Camden can all claim to have been the venue for performances by new and upcoming talent over the years. Blues Kitchen is just a short distance from the Montcalm at the Brewery making it a great choice for anyone at this hotel.
London is a city steeped in history and there are plenty of attractions and landmarks which can help visitors to discover and learn more about how the city of London came to be the modern metropolitan that it is today.
Historical landmarks which everyone should visit include the likes of the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral but of course there are plenty more besides. The River Thames itself is a historical attraction and is probably best enjoyed by boarding a cruise boat or clipper and taking a short journey along the water.
This will give you the chance to experience some of London’s best known landmarks from an entirely different perspective as well. Aside from landmarks in the city, you can also get up close with international history at some of London’s world-class museums. These include the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
If you’ve taken in the art and history of the city and are now looking for something a little more contemporary then again, there really is plenty to see and do within a short distance of the Montcalm hotels.
Modern attractions which are popular with tourists include the London Eye; currently the largest Ferris Wheel in the world and the ideal way to get a panoramic view across the city, The Viewing Platform at The Shard, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and Madame Tussauds, although the latter does cross the boundary between historical and modern offering visitors the chance to get up close to famous figures from both the past and the present.
Parks and Gardens
One thing which never fails to surprise visitors to London is how many beautiful parks, gardens and open spaces can be found within the city itself. Sometimes it is nice to escape the busyness of the city around you and London has plenty of options if that is the case, whether you only want to find somewhere peaceful for an hour or you want to while away a hazy afternoon.
There are the larger and more popular parks such as Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill alongside hidden gems like St Dunstan in the East, the Chelsea Physic Garden and Postman’s Park. If you don’t mind using public transport then you could also head a little way out of the heart of the city to places such as Richmond Park and the Isabella Plantation, Osterley Park, Epping Forest and the Lee Valley.
Despite its size, London is a very accessible city which means that no matter which Montcalm hotel you choose to stay in, you will have all of these attractions within easy reach, whether you want to discover London on foot, make use of the comprehensive public transport network or even hop on a bike.