Nothing beats a bit of pomp and ceremony quite like Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace. There are two bands and two regiments of marching soldiers. At the same time, there are the mounted units of the Household cavalry moving between the Wellington Barracks and St James’ Palace. There is plenty going on to entertain both young and old. It is not recommended to stand right up against the railings of Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard, as you will miss a lot of what else is going on. Good places to stand are: at the entrance to Green Park or on the triangle of grass between Buckingham Palace and Bird Cage walk. It’s important to check that the guard is publicly changing on the day you wish to visit.
Borough Market is the place to be seen buying your fruit, vegetables and everything and anything else a refined chef could dream of. There are stalls selling food that is of the highest quality and ready to be eaten. If you are visiting on a Saturday, it is recommended being there as soon after its opening time of 7am as you can, unless you really enjoy the hussle and bussle – Borough Market gets extremely busy.
For a cultural day out, visit The British Museum. Here the whole family will enjoy seeing the famous artifacts from throughout history; the Rosetta Stone, the mummy of Tutankhamun and the Elgin Marbles. There is a children’s map available from the help desk and during school holidays there are usually events going on for children of all ages.
TheO2 is a complete experience for the whole family, with plenty of restaurants and bars, not to mention bowling, special events (at the moment there is the interactive Nissan Innovation Station) sports events and of course the live music and performances in the dome’s main arena. For the family there are performances that are suitable and enjoyable for all and there are restaurants for all budgets. For a couple’s night out there are the bars. For a sports and music night out there are the Rock and Roll bowling evenings. There is always something to see or do at the London arena. The O2 is easy to reach by public transport; the closest tube station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line. The whole venue is undercover – perfect for a day out in the typical British weather.
One of the many London experiences to be had during the winter season is Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. This extravaganza grows bigger every year. There are stalls selling every type of gift you can imagine. Bars, pubs and whole restaurants built solely for the event period where you can buy all of your winter favourites and regulars. One stall growing in popularity that you can find all over the Wonderland is the stall selling churros, the Spanish snack of straight donut pieces served with a thick chocolate dipping sauce.