Head to Borough Market and take a stroll through winding alleys as you search for curious cuisines and delicacies to tantalise your tastebuds. Come with an empty stomach to make the most of this gourmet’s paradise. Find stacks of fresh and organic produce, as well as condiments, baked goods and delicious street food. Or browse the many stalls the market has to offer, to see if you can find specialist ingredients, or a trinket to take home as a souvenir. Admire the flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market. Wander the picturesque cobbled streets as you explore flora including bulbs, herbs, shrubs, bedding plants – or surprise someone with an expertly arranged bouquet of flowers. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the many interesting independent shops and cafes that flank the market stands.
Take a trip to Hampstead Heath, a wild park of woodland and meadows tucked away in north London. Paddle in the natural swimming ponds or stroll through endless wildflower meadows. Sprawling over 800 acres, the park is home to one of the most spectacular views in the city and offers the perfect escape from the city. Explore Regent’s Park, where large open spaces are combined with tree-lined pathways and flower gardens. Walk through the elegant flowerbeds in the Avenue Gardens, or see over 12,000 roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens. Hire a rowing boat to get a closer look at the ducks and swans that inhabit the boating lake. Visit the Open Air Theatre to see what’s on, or take a trip to the London Zoo to admire the conservation efforts of wildlife enthusiasts. Climb to the summit of Primrose Hill and stare in awe at the city skyline, with a view that boasts one of the six protected viewpoints in London.
Catch the iconic changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. Admire the guards dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats. When the ceremony is over, take a tour of the regal palace – one of the most famous royal venues in the world. Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms, where the royal family receive guests and hold official functions. Admire the beautiful Grand Staircase, or head to the Throne Room which is often used as a backdrop for royal wedding photos.