London Calling - The Capital Fights Back
By Robin Richmond
With the recent problems in London it is a depressing fact that the city will be portrayed in a negative light across the globe. As with all tragedies such as the London bombings people start to associate a particular place with the terrible events that went on. The tourism industry in London has undoubtedly been affected with many people cancelling trips and holidays to the capital. While these attitudes are perfectly understandable as people have every right to be concerned for their own safety - it is always sad to see such a great city tarnished by such appalling events.
However, the city of London is one that is used to dealing with adversity and the fact remains - London is still one of the safest and most exciting holiday and short break destinations in the world.
The first thing that will strike you on a visit to London is the sheer diversity of activities available to you. From an architectural and historical point of view the city has a great deal to offer - especially as it is home to the Royal Family. For those interested in the history of the royal family it may be worth checking out the http://www.superbreak.com website which has a range of excellent accommodation + tour packages of Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and The Price of Wales current residence Clarence House. All these tours come thoroughly recommended and are an absolute must for royal enthusiasts.
Another wonderful feature of London is its exciting and dynamic West End. Indeed, critics are already hailing 2005 as the best and most important summer season for years in London's West End with a number of family orientated shows like The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Billy Elliot earning rave reviews. In addition to the number of quality family focussed shows there are also a number of more adult orientated productions such as Chicago or The Producers which is being shown at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. A trip to the theatre can easily be turned into a relaxing short break or weekend staying at one of the many quality hotels in the area. For further details on west end shows the website http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk is an excellent resource.
One reason people flock to London all year around is the quality of the shopping available. With over 30,000 shops from huge department stores to fabulous fashion boutiques, London is the UK's centre for fashion, style and music. A wide variety of shops are all over London, from high priced exclusive clothing, to some amazing deals at the famous markets in Camden and Portobello Road. Quite simply London is a shopper's heaven - just make sure you take your credit card!
Finally, the city is also a great place to bring the children of all ages. From the world famous London Zoo to the dizzy heights of the spectacular London Eye children are bound to have a great time. One of the best destinations for all the family is the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. The museum is filled with world class exhibitions including the awesome "T Rex Returns which makes use of some previously unseen animatronic models which can sense their prey arriving! For further details visit the informative museum website at www.nhm.ac.uk.
Overall, it is easy to see why London is such a short break destination. While the recent problems will certainly have postponed many trips there it is hoped that they won't be cancelled forever. London has so much to offer and the cities tourism industry is better equipped than ever to ensure that a short break in their city will be a fascinating and enjoyable experience that will live long in the memory for all the right reasons.