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.
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.
Located in downtown Northampton, this Japanese-style spa has been welcome guests to its hotsoaking tubs, sauna, and treatment rooms since 1981.
Chocoholics rejoice at this shop in the Marylebone district, home to some of the most sought-after cocoa creations in London.
With sophisticated interiors by award-winning designer Jeffrey Beers (think custom silk wall coverings and mod chandeliers), Fifty is equal parts casino, restaurant, bar, and nightclub.
Situated at the northern end of Hackney’s Broadway Market, Sporeboys sells a wide variety of fresh, hard-to-find mushrooms. Established in 2005 by fungi enthusiasts David Robinson and Andrew Gellatly, this stall is now part of an ever-growing chain of marketplace locations across the city.
Buy Stichelton and other local products, such as sourdough bread and pork pies.
Located in the 18th-century courtyard in front of the Neoclassical Somerset House, this outdoor ice rink is a wintertime tradition on the south side of the Strand. Presented by Tiffany’s & Co., the rink is illuminated by blue lights and features a Christmas tree decorated by the company.