5 places you need to visit after your megasightseeing tour this autumn
Experience Christmas early this year
Where would this list be without one of the biggest events of the festive calendar? We're obviously talking about the magnificent Winter Wonderland tucked away in Hyde Park. As one of eight Royal Parks, it sits in the heart of London and covers 350 acres.
With over 100 rides, London’s largest Christmas market has something for the whole family and even has a section dedicated for the little ones. Winter Wonderland opens its doors on 21 November and it's open every day until 5 January 2020. And the best part? It's completely free to visit.
Visit Covent Garden and the theatre district
Be part of the magic. Walk the cobblestone walkways of Covent Garden and see the fantastic street performers and illusionists wowing the crowds. Then step inside the Market Building to sample the best in food and drink. The Punch and Judy pub is very popular, grab a bite to eat and step out onto its balcony to overlook the bustling square.
At this time of year, the square is also home to London’s biggest hand-picked Christmas tree, standing at over 50ft tall and decorated with 30,000 lights. If you’re all about getting into the Christmas spirit, it’s a sight not to be missed. And just a few minutes’ walk will take you to the Lyceum Theatre (home of The Lion King) while the Royal Opera House is on the corner of Covent Garden’s square. There’s something for everyone.
Pop round to Liz’s house
Anyone for tea and biscuits at the Queen’s house? If you’re wondering when Liz is home, try and see if the Royal Standard flag is flying. One of the very first sites you’ll see on your journey if you depart from Hyde Park Corner is the Queen's legendary royal palace. The changing of the guard is free to watch every morning at 11am - but make sure to get there early to get a good view, there’s always a large crowd.
During summer, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public, so you can go on guided tours for a small fee. You can explore the lavishly furnished staterooms, walk up the grand staircase and feast your eyes on the fine art.
Something for the book lovers
As you travel around London on our megasightseeing.com tour you’ll pass the iconic Royal Festival Hall and Southbank Centre. Beginning on 17 October and running for 11 days, the centre will host the London Literature Festival. Masterclasses and workshops are led by some of the world's best storytellers, so make sure to book your place. There’s something for the kids too, with tailor-made events for ages 3+, bringing fairy tales to life and getting physical with dance workshops.
See London from the skies
The number one choice to view the city’s skyline is the Shard. It’s impossible to miss as the megasightseeing tour bus rolls past London Bridge. If you love breathtaking views and seeing the city from up above, this is for you. The Shard offers plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you occupied. And for the children, there’s ‘Tell:scopes’ to see 1,000s of years of London’s historical views.
For night owls, visiting the viewing gallery in the evening sees it transformed into a unique space for yoga classes, a silent disco and more, there are lots to choose from.