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.
Two hours southwest of London, this studio is owned by art instructor Nicholas Beer, who teaches his students to draw and paint portraits of live models.
With four locations covering 250 acres across England, this construction-themed franchise pairs children with heavy machinery.
Considered one of the top golf clubs in the nation, Sunningdale has two 18-hole championship courses: the Old Course, designed by Willie Park Jr. in 1901, and the more rugged New Course, created by Harry Colt in 1923.
On the St. Marylebone Parish Church Grounds, this Saturday market sells everything from locally designed clothing to vintage accessories to a selection of food specialties.
Part of the prestigious Tate family of museums, which also includes the Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives, the Tate Britain is without question one of London’s most famous and acclaimed art museums.
London theater and opera have never been more exciting: 14 new musicals opened during one recent season, and West End stages attract megawatt stars including Kevin Spacey (creative director of the Old Vic theater), David Schwimmer, Nicole Kidman, and Judi Dench.
A modern-day apothecary, this sleek store suffuses the senses with cult beauty lines including REN, Eve Lom, Kiehl’s, and Dr. Sebagh, as well as its own stylish array of candles, fragrances, body lotions, and bath goodies.
One of the world’s leading international galleries, Hauser & Wirth is a quiet yet commanding giant on the contemporary art scene. Originally founded in 1992, the gallery began in Zürich and quickly expanding to London and New York.
The Ashmolean opened in 1683 as the world’s first public museum.
Alexandra Palace, or the Ally Pally, as it’s familiarly called, is a spectacular Victorian pile.
During the recent construction of Terminal 5, a team of 80 archaeologists scoured approximately 250 acres around Heathrow—the U.K.’s largest single-site dig—and excavated more than 80,000 artifacts dating back to the Mesolithic Age (circa 6000 B.C.).
This annual mid-October art fair in Regent's Park is known for its multidisciplinary approach to contemporary art.
The Abercrombie & Kent travel agency began as an African safari company, founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962. Today, the company organizes trips to more than 100 nations across all seven continents, with destinations ranging from Antarctica to the Galápagos Islands.