Pack as much as you can into your Rugby World Cup stay in London and experience the cool capital’s parks, palaces and museums.
London is packed with ‘must-see’ sights. An open-top bus tour is a great way of taking in many iconic attractions in one sitting, such as the 52-metre Nelson’s Column and Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s cathedral. For unparalleled views over the city and beyond, hop inside a capsule on the London Eye, or take in the view from the gleaming new Shard.
A safari in the city can be enjoyed on the edge of Regent’s Park at London Zoo, where kids will enjoy watching acrobatic penguins at feeding time and getting up close to huge primates at Gorilla Kingdom, not to mention the Tiger Territory. Over in South Kensington, meet the bionic man and marvel at space rockets at the free-entry Science Museum as well as the infamous dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Step behind the scenes on the magical film set at Hogwarts wizardry school and view iconic props like the speedy Nimbus 2000 broomstick on the Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros Studio Tour London, just 20 miles away in Leavesden.
From the delectable food stalls at Borough Market in London Bridge, to burgeoning flowers at Columbia Road, gleaming antiques and kitsch souvenirs on Portobello Road to the trendy togs and trinkets at east London’s Spitalfields, markets are one of London’s fortes. Don’t miss the quirky BOXPARK in Shoreditch, the world’s first pop-up mall made of shipping containers.