Each year, people from all over the world travel in their millions to come and visit the ever-expanding wonder that is London. The largest number of visitors that consistently come to see the Big Smoke are Americans, who have a great fondness for British culture, particularly the Royals.
Lots of businesses in London are twinned with or have connections in America too, specifically in the East end in Tech City. This is where most of the city’s main digital businesses are, including tech start-ups and massive companies like Facebook and Google.
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City is also in this part of town and is a great option for people travelling on business or those of you who are travelling for a leisure vacation.
If you are an American who has booked a trip to London, or might be just thinking about travelling over the briny sea for a visit, we have pulled together a list of ten things that you can’t miss when you’re here.
1. Abbey Road
Although The Beatles originated in Liverpool, it’s Abbey Road where they recorded most of their music, including the album of the same name.
You can expect the famous zebra crossing to have quite a few tourists, including those without shoes to more accurately reflect the album cover! However, the area is generally very quiet, so you can get a lot of good photo opportunities.
2. Platform 9 ¾
It isn’t hard to find Harry Potter fans, particularly with the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise winning over hearts and minds.
If you are a fanatic yourself, you have to get yourself to King’s Cross Station for a look at where some of the famous scenes were filmed. There’s a plaque designating the famous platform and a trolley that is mid-way through disappearing into the wall. Don’t forget the Warner Bros Studio Tour too – this is slightly outside London and you need to travel to Watford Junction to get there, but it’s a great day out.
3. Pie and mash
Although us Brits love a good plate of fish and chips, you should never underestimate how much we enjoy pie and mash too.
London has lots of great places to go and enjoy a hot meat pie with steak chunks and Guinness gravy. Mother Mash is a highly recommended place to go, which is in central London and only 22 minutes from M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel.
4. Camden Passage
Hidden in Islington, Camden Passage is located amongst vintage shops, cafes, teashops and brunch venues. It has a great rustic aesthetic, thanks to being set upon a winding cobblestone alley.
It’s great to sit outside any of the cafes at any time of the year to have a cup of tea and watch the world go by.
5. Wilton’s Music Hall
Wilton’s Music Hall is a real gem in the city that sadly gets overlooked in favour of other halls, but this venue is one of the only mid-19th century music halls of its kind remaining in London.
Performances to be enjoyed here include vaudeville opera, cabaret, dance, classical and so much more.
6. Millennium Bridge
This is one of several bridges suspended across the Thames and has become one of the most favoured in London.
The Millennium Bridge offers spectacular views of the city and leads you to the Tate Modern on the South Bank and St Paul’s Cathedral, depending on which way you’re crossing.
7. St Paul’s Cathedral
Once you’ve crossed the Millennium Bridge, make sure that you stop into St Paul’s Cathedral, which is bigger and even more impressive than Westminster Abbey.
It’s a historical wonder, having been almost unharmed after the Blitz in World War II, and it’s also less expensive to get into than Westminster!
8. Pitt Cue Co
One of the best places to go for ribs and corn on the cob in the city has to be Pitt Cue and Co in east London.
Particularly popular are their salt beef and range of craft beers that have been created to go perfectly with any charcoaled meal from the menu.
9. ArcelorMittal Orbit
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the largest outdoor art piece in the world and you can enjoy it by travelling down the longest enclosed slide, which is a great feature of the piece.
You’ll find it in Stratford and it’s a great day out for friends and family, as there’s a free public climbing wall and the largest shopping centre in London.
10. Little Venice
Although the Thames is the biggest river in the city, it is by no means the only waterway, as there are miles of canals to explore throughout London.
Particularly enjoy Little Venice, which will take you past Regent’s Park to an area of houseboats that act as cafes, serving crepes, tea and burgers.
For information on the rooms and conference suites you can book at M by Montcalm Shoreditch Tech City London Hotel, contact us now.