As we’re sure you’ve heard by now, London’s calling. The British capital’s popularity as both a financial hub and tourist destination guarantees that cheap flights to London are a breeze to find. Book your flight to Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW) and make like Shakespeare, Keats and Madonna by calling London home – at least temporarily. The largest city in the United Kingdom serves up countless things to see and do year-round, from Tower of London tours to high-end shopping along Oxford Street. Ride an iconic double-decker red bus around town for bragging rights, or head underground to The Tube for speedy transportation across the city. Then check out one or more of London’s world-famous museums – most of which offer free admission – like the British Museum or National Gallery before sitting down at a local pub for fish and chips, and a rowdy viewing of London’s favourite sport, football.
Take a walking tour through Westminster, starting with a visit to Canada’s constitutional monarch, Queen Elizabeth. Chances are you won’t catch an actual glimpse of Her Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace, but you will get the chance to see the remarkable Changing of the Guard for free. From the Queen’s official residence, walk your way to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, situated on the south bank of the Thames. Once you’ve soaked up the landmarks’ architecture and history, unload a prepared picnic in Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens. Once evening arrives, chow down at one of London’s incredible restaurants. Renowned for its ethic culinary options, London features the finest Indian, Chinese, Thai and other foreign cuisines around. After dinner, catch a play or musical in the West End, a district recognized around the world as the best of the best for live theatre.