Central London Vacation Ideas

Central London Vacation Ideas
London is one of the most historic and famous cities in the world. For the outdoors enthusiast, this city of almost 8 million people may not seem like ideal stopping grounds, but contrary to its impressive urban size, London offers a wide-range outdoors activities to keep even the least adventurous busy and filled with fun any time of the year.

Visit a Park

Central London has four parks (Regent's Park, Hyde Park, Green Park, St. James Park), as well as Kensington Gardens. Each park is filled with beautiful landscaping, open spaces, monuments, wildlife and walking trails. Regent's Park is home to Primrose Hill, one of the best vantage points in central London and a boating lake where visitors can rent pedal and row boats. Visitors can swim in The Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park during the summer months, view daffodils in the spring at Green Park or catch a glimpse of pelican in St. James Park.


Visit a Museum

Central London is home to many museums, including the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History and Science Museums, National Maritime Museum, Imperial War Museum and Sir John Soane's Museum. Due to the central government's extensive funding, many of the museums are free, making a visit to a museum cost-effective and fun. The British Museum is considered to be one of the best in the world with its extensive collection of famous artifacts from around the world, and Sir John Soane's Museum offers a more condensed version of the same worldly topics.

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 7323 8000

Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3BP
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 7440 4263

Go Ice Skating

During the winter months, Central London becomes home to many outdoor skating rinks. It is a fun way to see the sights while enjoying the crisp winter air. Some of the most popular and more impressive rinks include the rink in the moat at the Tower of London, the rink at Somerset House with live DJs, and in front of the red brick Hampton Court Palace. Each rink has various hours, admission and rental fees as well as opening and closing dates. For an overview of every rink in London, including the new ice track at the world famous Wembley Stadium, see the link below.


Article Written By Patrick M. Lind

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for ChicagoSporting.com. He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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