We’re all familiar with London from the ground. Whether its gazing over one of its many parks in the bright summer sun, or winding through the streets lined with modern skyscrapers peppered in-between stunning historical buildings, but have you ever thought about taking a look at this glorious city from a different perspective? At the Grand Royale London hotel, we know all London’s little secrets, so have offered you some tips for getting the most out of your visit to the big smoke.
See London from the water
London’s boat tours are famous across the city. If you’re bored of dry land, then boat tours are the perfect way to top off a day darting round the shops. Providing a bit of peace and serenity, the boat tours take place along the River Thames, as well as the stunning canal ways. The city cruises operate on the Thames on a hop-on, hop-off basis. Running from Westminster, to Waterloo, Tower, and Greenwich Piers, you’ll be provided with a commentary along the way to provide you with a bit of London’s unique history.
London RIB (ridged inflatable boat) voyages on the other hand operate a thrilling, high-speed ride along the Thames. A lot less calming than the above, you’ll be decked out with a waterproof jacket, life jacket, and goggle-style visors, before swooping along the Thames at almost 30 knots.
Explore London from above
Sure you can head to the London Eye and see the London landscape from above, but it’s not quite the same as hopping in a helicopter and experiencing the sights from a true bird’s eye perspective. The London Helicopter Tour provides unrivalled views of the city – without a crowd in sight. With a number of packages designed to offer you just what you want, the tour is perfect for those who love to fly high!
The Tube may be one of the most famous parts of the city, but there’s more that lies beneath London’s city streets than the Tube. And the Original London Underground and Tube Tour reveals all. Allowing you to travel across 150 years in just two hours, the tour starts at London’s first ever underground, Paddington, and finishes at one of London’s most modern stations, Westminster. Taking you through a journey of the Underground, you’ll discover the secrets of the Tube, how it has developed over the years, and catch a glimpse of one of London’s abandoned ‘ghost stations’. Providing you with a new-found appreciation for one of the busiest transport systems in the world, you’ll be left awestruck by London from below the surface.
If you do fancy staying firmly on the streets however, you can always hire a bike and zip through the crowds. There’s plenty of drop off points, so once you’ve had enough, just pop it back in a rack and keep going on foot.
At the Grand Royale Hotel London, Hyde Park station, the Thames, and all the tourist sites are right on your doorstep. So you’ll never be short of things to do – however you decide to explore London.