Whether you’re travelling for business or with the kids at year end, these are must-dos on your next trip to the beautiful city
1. The Shard
On a clear day, a trip up to the 309.6-m Shard is a must-do. Ascend to the 68th floor of the tallest building in the UK, then climb to the 69th and 72nd to soak in the spectacular 360-degree view of the city. Have fun with the kids spotting the London Eye in the west, the Tower Of London to the north, and Canary Wharf to the east. Book tickets to The View from The Shard at http://www.the-shard.com
2. Shrek’s Adventure
If you have preschoolers and kids in the lower primary, you’ve got to add this to your itinerary. Join Donkey as you hop onto the DreamWorks tour bus that’ll take you on a 75-minute multi-sensory ride through 10 live shows. Timid under-threes may fear witches they’ll meet along the way. And unless hubby’s gifted with a good sense of humour, he best have a coffee while you take the kids through.
3. Follow In The Steps Of Harry Potter
Warner Bros Studio Tour London is a must-visit at year end when you’ll get to see Hogwarts in the Snow. But if you haven’t got time, take the kids to King’s Cross Station. The Hogwarts Express departs from Platform 9¾, which is the arched wall between Platforms 4 and 5, and walk towards the entrance to Platforms 9, 10 and 11 and you’ll see the trolley disappearing into the magical realm.
4. Borough Market
This market in the heart of Central London (it’s just next to London Bridge station) is an essential pit stop if you’re a foodie. The best way to start exploring the market is with an empty stomach. We recommend the delicious scotch eggs, duck confit sandwich, Turkish sweets and the freshly shucked oysters. For opening hours, check http://boroughmarket.org.uk/
5. Bicester Village
Take the train from marylebone Station to the new Bicester Village station and you’ll arrive at this outlet shopping haven in 45 minutes! It’s home to more than 130 fashion and lifestyle labels. The village opens at 10 am.
6. The New Tate Modern Museum
The 10-storey Switch House extension takes this museum up a notch with an even more diverse collection of international modern and contemporary artworks, including photography, performance and film. Entry to the museum is free, but there’s an entre fee for special exhibitions. The top floor is also a great place to catch a 360-degree view of the London skyline.
7. Home Away From Home
Located in the heart of vibrant West London, Dorsett Shepherds Bush hotel combines both character and charm to put you instantly at ease. The refined Chinese-inspired bedrooms and suites give a warm sense of familiarity, and if you’re craving for Chinese food, there’s Shikumen on the ground floor for some dim sum and Peking duck. Dorsett is also well-placed for those who love shopping. It’s a short walk from the humongous Westfield Shopping Centre (London's largest shopping mall) and not far from Kensington Palace.