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3 Things to Do While in London

Posted by Christina Sommers on 18/01/2017
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Many travel to Europe during the holidays and, for a long time, London has been a well-traveled and loved destination for holiday seekers. It’s the best of both worlds here: both the rustic rural country side that forms the backdrop of many a music festival like the Greenman happening every year to the sprawling urban nightlife of its cities. Next time you’re in the locus or are looking for a fab holiday destination, a few of these hotspots are worth a checkout and are great for both day and night time visits.


Cheltenham Festival UK

Cheltenham Festival UK
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The festival happens every year under the Cheltenham Festival UK that takes place in March every year, and 2017 is no different. The four day fest is packed with loads of activities, including horse racing competitions and even a ladies day event rolled up into one. Below is a breakdown of what to expect from the three, keeping in mind that each event has a day unto itself:

✓     Day one: The Champion Day

This day is jam packed with up to six hurdle races. Betting on any of these is also done in advance to the race dates and times. Some of the race titles include: The Supreme Novice’s Hurdle Race, National Hunt Chase, and theNovice Handicap Chase, respectively.

✓     Day two: Ladies Day

Having its setting in the queen’s country, and the sport being hailed as the sport of kings, this was bound to figure in there somewhere. The main race events scheduled on this calendar day are:Coral Cup Hurdle, BetVictor Queen Mother Champion, Steeple Chase, Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, and the Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) in that order.

✓     Day three: St. Patrick’s Day

Taking its name from the holiday named after the Patron Saint of Ireland, which coincidentally takes place on the very day, this race event day is packed with equally copious amounts of racing treats like:JLT Novices Steeple Chase, Pertemps Final Handicap,Byrne Group Plate, and finally the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup, Handicap Steeple Chase, just to name a few.

✓     Day four: Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

The dramatic final instalment to the festival is guaranteed to provide fans with all the thrills and spills of the first three. On this day, you should expect these race titles: Vincent O’Brien county handicap hurdle, Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase, Marting pipe conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle, respectively.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London
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Located on Tower Hill Tube Stop, the tower of London is open for tours of perhaps the richest living relics of the long regal history of this country. The castle’s twelve towers are open to the public. The tours are led by the Yeoman Guards who will relate to you without sparing detail the long history of the successive monarchs that have resided and reigned from this very castle.

The educative tours are hour long to squeeze in a display of some of the Royal Jewels that are stored in the keeps of the ancient towers for like purposes. Among these is the Imperial State Crown still in use today by the queen. And just as you thought that the title of Queen in England was merely nominal like in many old monarchies around the world; this same set of jewels mounted on some good amount of gold is the same crown used by Her Majesty to preside over the opening of the British parliament.

British Museum

The British Museum
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Next time you’re in London and are limited of cash to spend, this tour will be ideal for you and the kids (if any) because it’s absolutely free! The beauty of this is that you can re visit as often as you want so you can take in all the attractions on display. And they are numerous; the whole site is the British Empire’s collection of artifacts spanning a great length in time. So if you’re not in a hurry, get down there to one of the biggest museums in the UK and maybe your  extended visits within its walls might get you some ‘secret info’ on the history involving some of the artifacts there, that is if you happen to be history buff.

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