London is one of those cities that you can’t help but instantly fall in love with. There is always some new place or experience to discover that will increase your admiration of the city. In this article we will look at 5 unique places in London that have made their mark on the city in the past decade.
In 2012 London hosted one of the most successful Olympics in the event’s history. The city of London was a key part of this celebration and to ensure that the legacy is never forgotten, the ArcelorMittal Obit was built in the Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Orbit was designed by award-winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond as a place for visitors to see great views of the Olympic Stadium and the city of London. The Guardian reports that the Orbit also features the longest and tallest tunnel slide in Europe giving visitors a unique way to come down from the top.
Harry Potter Studios
British culture and cinema became a worldwide phenomenon with the success of the Harry Potter books and film series. Visitors to the UK have an exclusive chance to see how the film series were made at the Warner Brother Film Studios in Leavesden. Time Out covered the studio tour, which includes a walk around the sets used in the film (including Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Great Hall), a visit to a themed bar to drink butterbeer, and a chance to learn about the behind the scenes technology that made some of most iconic scenes possible.
Football is a huge part of London and the city features some of the biggest clubs in the country. Visitors to the city who do not support a club should take a look at the national stadium of the England Football team, Wembley. Considered one of the most famous sports stadiums in the world, Wembley showcased some of the most iconic moments in sporting history such as England’s dramatic home win in the 1966 World Cup Final (albeit this was at the old Wembley).
Football is still an English passion and although Premier League bookmaking site Betfair states that England are not quite back to their winning ways at international level, visitors to the stadium can experience a unique look at its history. Wembley offers tours that will guide visitors through the stadium’s story and its most famous moments. Wembley also hosts a variety of other events including music concerts and even NFL matches.
When the Shard was being constructed many critics thought that it would ruin the London skyline, in fact it has made it even more iconic. Visit Britain Shop informs that The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and offers the best views of the city. The website also states that the building offers a unique chance to enjoy these views while using the bathroom. The glass exterior is made up of 11,000 glass panels and gastronomic fans can enjoy a meal at one of the three world-class restaurants located in the Shard.
Thames RIB Experience
There are many interesting ways to see London and one of the most popular is from the River Thames. Most tours are a leisurely cruise down the river yet in recent years a new mode of water transport has become available and it is much faster. Thames RIB offers customers a chance to see London at 40mph on 400 horsepower speedboats. Travel and Leisure states this is a must try for James Bond fans as one of the tours is a James Bond themed itinerary taking visitors past the headquarters of Mi6.0