Forget the rush hour traffic and travelling at a pitiful mph, there is a much better way to travel around London – on the Thames!
KPMG Thames Clippers have a substantial fleet of boats which ferry customers around the capital. The boats are of the highest spec and tailored with passenger luxury in mind.
Now, they have expanded their service with a new route from Putney to Blackfriars, with Chelsea Harbour pier being one of the stops on the route.
You can now travel direct from the hotel in style and in a timely fashion too! This is perfect for business people wishing to get into the city avoiding the usual hustle and bustle sometimes found in London rush hour.
It’s also perfect for anyone wishing to explore London’s other delights from the best shops to tourist attractions.
The KPMG Thames Clipper service means you can go from Putney to Blackfriars in just 39 minutes. There are now a total of 19 Clipper piers across the capital.
Mention a glamorous, world-renowned and highly chic sporting event and Wimbledon is certainly a contender in your thoughts. With strawberries and cream in one hand, a glass of champagne in the other and an ultra-sophisticated pair of shades on dimming the dazzling emerald glare of Centre Court, Wimbledon is the epitome of sophisticated Englishness at its most urbane.
Naturally getting a ticket for this highly sought-after sporting event is not easy as demand is extraordinarily high, especially on the days of the finals. And if a British player manages to make his or her way through the stages and threatens to not only make it to the final but possibly win it, then the Wimbledon British entourage simply go wild.
If you cannot come by one of the ‘golden’ Wimbledon tickets, you could always join the hundreds of others and watch the action from “Henman Hill” or “Murray Mound,” where big screens are erected for tennis lovers who desire to watch the excitement unravel in a genuinely electrifying atmosphere.
Although unfortunately for us Brits, the UK has not produced a winner since Fred Perry won the men’s championship three times back in the thirties and Virginia Wade triumphed in the ladies final in 1977. Whilst Tim Henman might have let us down by getting painfully and teasingly close, will Andy Murray finally end our four-decade long British Wimbledon anguish?
Political protests, fireworks, carols and architectural inspiration – It has to be Trafalgar Square!
Nothing in London, bar perhaps the Shard and the London Eye, makes you look skywards in marvel quite like Nelson’s Column. Guarded by four lions at its base, Nelson’s Column was erected in honour of Britain’s greatest and most famous admiral – Lord Nelson.
Originally conceived by architect 1812 to commemorate Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, this world famous landmark has undergone three renovations in its 170-year-old history. Whilst the foundations of the Column were laid in 1839, the statue was not completed until 1843.
Today hoards of tourists gather at the beautiful wide open space of Trafalgar Square and it is one of the most popular tourist spots in the whole of the capital. Asides admiring Nelson’s Column and the impressive fountains and musing through the many interesting and quirky stalls the plaza is home to, this multicultural square hosts many great events throughout the years.
Buckingham Palace – A Supreme symbol of London and optimum place for photo-seeking tourists to congregate! Here’s a brief history and why you should visit Buckingham Palace.
Being the principle workplace and residence of Britain’s Royal family, Buckingham Palace needs little introduction. Naturally, there is an ever present throng of tourists outside the palace, congregating excitedly outside the main gates with their digital cameras poised, hoping to catch sight of some kind of royal activity. Although it has to be said that the gates themselves are spectacular enough, with plenty of gold figures and insignia, set amongst the black iron railings.
The Palace was first built as a town house for Lord Buckingham in 1705. Around a century or so later, the palace was greatly altered and enlarged by architect Mr John Nash, who was also responsible for constructing Piccadilly Circus in the early 1800s. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace after the building was officially declared home to royalty.
In times of great national rejoicing and celebration, Buckingham Palace becomes the focal point for festivities and it is not uncommon for the Royal Family to appear on the balcony facing the Queen Victoria monument and the Mall.
This nostalgic national occurrence of the British family playing homage to the London public from the balcony of Buckingham Palace happened both at the end of the Second World War and, most recently, the marriage of Kate Middleton to Prince William.
Not only is the Mall probably the most iconic street in Great Britain but this legendary road has justifiable claims of being the most recognisable in the whole world! Red tarmac covers the surface to give the impression of a giant red carpet. On a Sunday when the Mall is closed to traffic, you may observe tiny road-sweeper cars, polishing the road, as running from Buckingham Palace to Admiralty Arch, if any street deserves polishing then it the Mall.
It is safe to say that a walk down the Mall is one of those “must do” things when visiting London.
This famous road dissects two of London’s greatest parks, Green Park and St James’s Park. The rouge and shiny asphalt is complimented tastefully, by the verdure of trees that line the road, interrupted intermittently by some important and truly glamorous buildings along the route.
The first sculptured creation of beauty on the Mall is situated right outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. This golden, magnificent and photogenic statue of Queen Victoria is almost perpetually smothered by photo snapping tourists. Victoria’s image is one of greatness, for during her reign, Great Britain ruled half the world. Sculptured from one piece of solid marble, the monument was unveiled by George V in 1911.
Walking away from Buckingham Palace one may observe soldiers wearing their Beefeater hats of bear skin, standing guard in small sentry boxes at the entrance to Stables yard road. Periodically the soldiers go through a foot stomping routine, which thrills the growing mass of tourists, feverishly clicking away with their cameras. The young British soldiers are impassive and expressionless as they perform their duty for Queen and country.