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London Olympics Give More Reasons Than Ever to Plan a Trip

With all eyes on the London Olympics this year, there’s more reason than ever to plan a trip to Britain. From all the highlights of the capital to the neon lights of Brighton pier and the vast moors of Dartmoor National Park, this 12-14 day itinerary will guide you around the south of England, taking in the mysterious circle of Stonehenge, the birthplace of Shakespeare and the famous Roman spa of Bath.

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You could spend weeks exploring London’s myriad treasures, but three days will give you a good taster – try to aim for a weekend in the city to give you the most options. Start off with a tour of the central London sights to get your bearings – the hop-on hop-off double-decker sightseeing buses or a personalized black taxi tour are the best options and will whisk you around the key sights.

Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly circus and London Bridge make great snapshots, but make sure you hop off and explore at St Paul’s Cathedral (don’t miss the eerily impressive ‘Whispering Gallery’), Buckingham Palace (get there early if you want to snag a good viewpoint for the changing of the guard) and the legendary Tower of London (pre-book a tour to dodge the breathtaking queues). Friday and Saturday are late opening nights for many of the city’s museums and galleries, so you can cram an evening of entertainment in too.

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For shoppers, Saturday is the time to hit the markets. Portobello — an eclectic mélange of choice antiques, vintage wares and local designers — is the top choice for locals and the range of quirky cafes make it the perfect spot to sample a classic English breakfast – opt for the full works and you’ll be set until dinnertime. Notting Hill, Knightsbridge (home to Harrods) and Kensington High Street are all nearby and present a wide range of shops without the hassle of Oxford Street.

Source: Huffington Post


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