When planning a trip to the UK’s capital, it’ll be at the top of your list to take in the main attractions, such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, to name a few. There is so much more to see and do, however, if you venture a little more into the unknown, and you may end up finding hidden gems you never even knew about.
Windsor is home to some great attractions and experiences which offer you an alternative from the busy, bustling center of London city. The official Royal residence of the Queen, Windsor Castle, is a must for any fan of the British Royal family – and if the flag is raised, remember that means that the monarch is home! Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to see her, though.
If you’re a fan of theme parks, LEGOLAND can also be found here, along with architectural attractions such as St George’s Chapel.
There are also many fantastic places to eat in Windsor, including gastro pubs and spaces serving classic British ale.
Royal Botanical Kew Gardens
If you prefer a more rural and peaceful experience during your trip to London, consider taking a stroll around the Botanical gardens. Kew Gardens offers exotic land during your stunning walk, which will include climbing up the Treetop Walk, exploring the Nature Trails and making a stop at the Rose Gardens, resulting in an experience you won’t forget, especially if the sun is out.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Traveling outside of the city center leaves you free to explore some truly stunning tourist attractions, which includes this one. This ancient Indian temple is a real feature on London’s skyline and is a testament to the city’s multiculturalism.
Visiting this temple will allow you to experience 3000 square feet of paintings, tableaux and traditional craftwork, giving you a complete visual encounter that will stay with you long after you have left.
When traveling to this temple, it’s important to remember that there are customs and a dress code (smart casual), so be sure to check out the official details before you head there.
The River Thames
You probably thought to include a walk along London’s famous river in your trip, but there are actually many things to see and do along the bank of it. The historic Royal Navy cruiser, the HMS Belfast, is docked on the South Bank, and you can actually hop aboard and learn all about the history and get a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be on deck.
There are also regular boat trips and sight-seeing tours experienced directly on the water which you can book and research in advance, and if you stop off to grab some food and drink, there are many restaurants and places which give you a view of the Thames and the boats sailing by.
You can also take a scenic walk along Albert Bridge, which stretches over the river and works as a connection between Chelsea and Battersea.