Things to do in England
Many of England's museums—common destinations for tourists—do not require an entry fee unless you plan on viewing certain exhibits. If you prefer a more unique and slightly eerie travel experience, Madame Tussauds is absolutely worth a visit. This world-renowned wax museum lets you get up close with near perfect renditions of celebrities and political figures of the past and modern-day.
Taking a break from the typical historic tour, London also has a thriving nightlife and bar scene. Tourist areas like Covent Garden and Leicester have great places to go, but West End, famous for its theatre, also features pubs like the Sanderson Hotel. Nightjar is also a hidden gem of London nightlife, located a short distance from Old Street Station.
Moving away from the center, Brighton is another popular England travel destination along the coast of the English Channel. The Brighton Festival takes place each May and is the one of the largest arts festival in the U.K., second only to the one in Edinburgh. This festival also features the Artists’ Open House in which local artists open their homes to the general public for viewing and buying their wares. Brighton has several festivals throughout the year, many dedicated to the arts, but some to alternative lifestyles.
Nottingham, affectionately known as the Queen of the Midlands, is mostly known for the legend of Robin Hood. It’s an older city to the northwest of London and also has excellent public transport. One of its most popular features is the City of Caves. This amazing complex of over five hundred caves has a history dating back to the Dark Ages and makes Nottingham the city with more man-made caves than any other lace in England.
Located in downtown Northampton, this Japanese-style spa has been welcome guests to its hotsoaking tubs, sauna, and treatment rooms since 1981.
Housed in a hulking converted power station, this vast modern art showplace opened in 2000, but still breaks new ground with installations. Each year Tate Modern hosts the unique Unilever Series, where different artists are asked to create an installation for Turbine Hall.
An enchanting cabinet of zoological curiosities, this University College London museum is among the city’s best-kept secrets. Housed in an Edwardian library, the intriguing collection was first established in 1827 by zoology professor Robert Edmond Grant and now features over 67,000 specimens.
Bargain-seekers and serious collectors find treasures among the 18th- and 19th-century glass pieces, silver, and arts and crafts at this Portobello Road Market shop.
Reserved for Upper Class travelers, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is an oasis in the heart of London’s bustling Heathrow Airport. Atop the grand staircase, clubhouse visitors are greeted by a Swarovski crystal chandelier and richly upholstered lounge seating.
In London’s trendy Mayfair District, the fashionable Old Bond Street has been a shopper’s mecca for luxury items since the 18th century. Home to a number of the top clothiers and jewelers, the famous street is a perfect location for innovative Swiss watchmaker OMEGA.
Located on Charing Cross Road, this London chain’s flagship store is the largest bookshop in the British Isles (or in Europe, for that matter).