Lets face it, you’re bound to visit London twice, possibly three times in your lifetime. You’ve seen Big Ben, you’ve been on the London Eye, and you want to see the new sights that this cultural hub of the world has to offer!
This blog post is all about some fairly new attractions that may have slipped you by, but are totally worth checking out.
Bonus travel tips for 2017:
1) You can now use Apple or Android pay instead of an Oyster card, or a contactless debit or credit card if you have one!
2) With the introduction of the Night Tube, you can now enjoy the London underground 24 hours a day for the same price!
Night Tube services are now running on the Victoria and Jubilee lines, and most of the Central, Piccadilly and Northern (Charing Cross) lines.
3) The Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn has introduced a new 2 for 1 ‘hopper’ fare for buses.
Travel on 2 buses within an hour and pay just £1.50 for both rides with your Oyster card!
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Check out FG Properties for centrally located apartment rentals in London. I stayed with them recently in November and found their rates to be affordable based on 4 friends sharing an apartment.
We managed to secure an apartment within walking distance of West Kensington tube station, which made transportation options easy around the city of London.
It was nice to have our own place to share with a fully functional kitchen so we could dine in on a few occasions.
It was also nice to have home comforts at our disposal such as a washing machine, dishwasher and cosy couch to watch TV on after a long day exploring London.
You’re made to made to feel right at home with FG Properties, be sure to check out their website for rate enquires.
What are you waiting for! Get together and organise a group trip to London. You can find last minute deals as well if you’ve happened to have left all of your planning to the last minute.
1. Go to the Top of the Shard
The Shard is one of the most striking new additions to London’s famous skyline, and the view from the top is not to be missed.
Londoners have been coming up with all sorts of inventive ways to check out the view from the upper floors of this £2billion development.
The most original has to be the famous toilet on the 68th floor within the View visitor’s centre, boasting 40 mile views of London through a ceiling-to-floor window!
Alternatively, book a table at GONG on the 52nd floor for exclusive cocktails and dramatic views. Many Londoner’s just stay for one drink to check out the view!
Opening hours: 10am-7pm Sun-Thurs, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat
Price: £25.96 in Advance, £30.95 On The Day
Nearest station: London Bridge
2. Box park in Shoreditch
London’s cool kids would definitely tell any tourist they meet that the East End is the place to experience true hipster culture in London!
Right in the heart of super trendy Shoreditch lies the Box Park, a collection of pop-up shops and restaurants nestled inside refurbished shipping containers.
Experience a true taste of East London’s hipster vibe at Voodoo Ray’s (an extremely popular pizza place) or Cookdaily’s famous vegan kebabs.
The world’s first pop-up mall, Boxpark is an opportunity to discover London’s famously diverse food and fashion scenes.
Opening hours: 9am-11pm Mon-Sat, 9am-10pm Sun
Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street
3. Emirates Air Line Cable Car
Glide across the River Thames with the new Emirates Air Line cable car ride!
A nifty way to get across the river whilst also experiencing the stunning views of London’s Docklands, you can also use your Oyster Travelcard for a cheaper ride!
Alight either on the North Greenwich or Royal Victoria side, and hope for a clear day and an unblemished view of London’s heart.
Opening hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Sun
Price: £9 On the Day, £7 Online (Adults Return)
Nearest station: North Greenwich or Royal Victoria (DLR)
4. Arcelormittal Orbit + The Slide
Part of the huge redevelopment of Stratford for the 2012 Olympic Games, this structure (designed by famous sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor) offers extraordinary 20 mile views over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Containing 60% steel from the world’s largest steel company ArcelorMittal, there is now a slide running down the entire height of the structure.
Coming in at a height of 178m makes this the world’s longest tunnel slide! After your adventure with the ArcelorMittal Orbit, stroll over to Westfield in Stratford City to shop in one of the world’s most beautifully designed shopping centres.
Opening hours: 11am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat-Sun
Price: £15 The Slide + General Admission, £10 General Admission Only
Nearest station: Stratford
5. Harry Potter Studio Tour
A perfect treat for the Harry Potter fanatic (or Potterhead at they are sometimes known).
Grab a train from London Euston all the way to the Warner Bros. Studio near Watford.
The studio runs a free shuttle bus from Watford Junction Station for those who can show their purchases tickets in advance.
This set in Leavesden was the home of production for all of the Harry Potter movies for over 10 years, and many of the props and costumes were carefully put aside by the props department.
Feast your eyes upon the wonders of the Great Hall, drink authentic (non-alcoholic) Butterbeer out of a real tankard, and hunt for a Golden Snitch around the studio! And for a bonus experience, jump on the Northern Line to King’s Cross to find the real Platform 9 and 3/4..
Opening hours: Various Opening & Closing Times, check in advance!
Price: £37 Adults, £29 Children (subject to variation)
Nearest station: Watford Junction
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Thank you for reading this blog post all about the new attractions worth exploring around London!
If you’ve already been, now is the time to explore London again in 2017.
If you do have any further questions, I’m very happy to help. You can leave a comment below in the comment section of this blog post.