London is self -sufficient in antiquity and historic splendour, as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Hampton Court simply blow you away…… buildings are eye-catching milestones in the city’s unique and compelling biography. Architectural grandeur rises up all around you and ancient remains dot the City whereby charming pubs punctuate the Thames riverside……. Move on to one of the fastest-growing cities in the United Kingdom, known as Leeds….. the glitzy embodiment of rediscovered northern self-confidence………on this……..London and Leeds Holiday Package!!!!!
Arrive in London and you would discover that this capital city is as much about high-density, sight-packed exploration and a tireless innovator of art and culture…… defined by urban dynamism marked by wide-open spaces and leafy escapes……. British people are fiercely independent thinkers and critics, so London’s creative milieu is naturally streaked with a left-field attitude, from theatrical innovation to contemporary art, pioneering music, writing and design…….the list is endless…..as you goad along it’s pastures!!!!
Meet your guide in Southwark, Central London, hop on to your bike or a car or a bus and set off on your way according to the following itinerary at your own leisure time…… Going at a steady pace, your tour passes all of the city’s legendary landmarks on both sides of the River Thames…… Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and then cross you may cross the Tower Bridge to see the Tower of London…. Stop half-way to sip on a drink in one of London’s finest historical pubs and learn quirky facts about life and history from your guide………on the……..London and Leeds Holiday Package!!!!!
Move along with your guide, pedal toward the River Thames, getting a feel for the mystery and romance of London’s riverside as the sun goes down…… Pass the iconic London Eye, a monument that was built to celebrate the Millennium but proved so popular that it had to stay…. and then work your way east in the direction of the City of London, stopping every so often to soak up the evening sights and relax. Continue towards London Bridge, the city’s best-known river crossing, discovering the origins of the nursery rhyme London Bridge is Falling Down. Cross beautiful Tower Bridge…. a testament to both the Victorian’s grandeur and ingenuity and explore the north side of the River Thames…… Stop for a well-earned break in one of the city’s historical pubs for a drink, and then continue your tour on the north side of the river……. Cruise past the Monument to the Great Fire of London, known to Londoners as simply, the Monument and stroll around the Tower of London, hearing tales of Beefeaters, ravens and the glistening Crown Jewels…..this Tower of London, was a former prison, fortress and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site…… Head inside for a walking tour, led by one of the tower’s distinctive Yeomen Warders….. the guards more commonly known as Beefeaters…… Before the tower opens to the general public, visit sites like Traitor’s Gate, the Torture Exhibition and, of course, the glittering Crown Jewels, a collection of irreplaceable and historic items……Leave the Tower of London, and head to the Mall outside Buckingham Palace to watch the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony……. Accompanied by a military band, soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march in time to drumbeats, performing a ceremonial ritual that dates back centuries…….After taking photos outside the world-famous palace, travel to the riverside and hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a short trip down the River Thames…… Cruise down the river, looking out for the top London attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s GlobePedal to Leadenhall Market, one of London’s hidden fourteenth-century gems, and hear how it featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone…….Cross the river again and see Shakespeare’s Globe, a beautiful reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse where Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed….. before returning to Southwark under the shade of the moonlight.
You may step out onto dry land in time for a traditional pub meal and travel to Westminster Abbey where Prince William married Kate Middleton in a lavish royal wedding ceremony….. Pose for photos outside the Gothic crowd pleaser, and then finish your sightseeing trip with a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, dominating the City of London with the world’s second-largest church domes…. including visits to the famous Whispering Gallery and the crypts…….You then have the options to have an afternoon or evening tea at Westminster Park Plaza or a must-do London Eye flight, for picture-perfect views over the capital………on your………London and Leeds Holiday Package!!!!!
It is important that you plan a trip to some Museums, such as the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, with collections as diverse as they are magnificent, boasting of a vast Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Eastern galleries……In the former Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection……and the latter is a real treasure trove of goodies….with furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork, and textiles, the list goes on and on…
After this brief stay in London, continue to Leeds, where more than a decade of redevelopment has seen the City Centre transform from a near-derelict mill town into a vision of the twenty first-century urban chic, with skyscraping office blocks, glass-and-steel waterfront apartment complexes and renovated Victorian shopping arcades…… tower cranes are beginning to sprout on the skyline again and a massive new entertainment venue, the Leeds Arena, has opened in the last few years.
Known as the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’, Leeds has made itself a shopping mecca, its streets lined with bustling malls sporting the top names in fashion…… and when you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, there’s a plethora of pubs, clubs and excellent restaurants to relax in. From cutting-edge couture to contemporary cuisine, this city will serve it to you on a plate or more likely in a stylishly designed bag…… Amid all this fashion-conscious finery, it seems fitting that the network of the city bus routes includes peach, mauve and magenta lines as well as the more humdrum red, orange and blue.
Leeds displays a variety of natural and built landmarks……. which include such diverse sites as the gritstone outcrop of Otley Chevin and the Fairburn Ings RSPB reserve……The centre of Leeds has the Millennium Square, City Square, Park Square and Victoria Gardens, which is the site of the central city war memorial….The tower of Bridgewater Place, also known as `The Dalek’, is part of a major office and residential development and the region’s tallest building… it can be seen for miles around…… Among other Skyscrapers the thirty-seven-storey Sky Plaza to the north of the city centre stands on higher ground than the Bridgewater Place……..Quench your thirst with this novice………on the………London and Leeds Holiday Package!!!!!
You must make a note of the Armley Mills and Tower Works, with its campanile-inspired towers, and the Egyptian-style Temple Works harking back to the city’s industrial past…..it is housed in what was once the world’s largest woollen mill and includes industrial machinery and railway locomotives…… This museum also shows the first known moving pictures in the world which were taken in the city, by Louis Le Prince, of aRoundhay Garden Scene and of Leeds Bridge….. The site and ruins of Leeds’ most impressive medieval structure is the beautiful Kirkstall Abbey, founded by Cistercian monks and one of the best-preserved medieval abbeys in Britain displaying the beauty and grandeur of Cistercian architecture…. The Leeds Industrial Museum….. is one of the world’s largest textile mills that has been transformed into a museum telling the story of Leeds’ industrial past, both glorious and ignominious……The Royal Armouries……is the most interesting museum and was built to house armour and weapons from the Tower of London, but subsequently expanded to cover three thousand years’ worth of combat and self-defence…… The Abbey House Museum….. once the Great Gate House to the abbey, is housed in the former gatehouse of Kirkstall Abbey, and includes a walk-through Victorian streets and galleries describing the history of the abbey, childhood, and Victorian Leeds….. It contains meticulously reconstructed shops and houses recalling the Victorian Era…You must visit the `new’ Leeds City Museum besides the Leeds Art Gallery which reopened after a major renovation, housing important collections of traditional and contemporary British art…..The Victoria Quarter…..contains mosaic-paved, stained-glass-roofed Victorian arcades, well worth visiting for aesthetic reasons alone……The Henry Moore Institute….. is housed in a converted Victorian warehouse in the city centre, and this gallery showcases the works of twentieth-century sculptors, but not, despite the name, anything by Henry Moore…… City Varieties is the world’s longest running music hall, where the likes of Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin and Lily Langtry once trod the boards……Some of the significant churches worth a view are the…… Leeds Minster, formerly Leeds Parish Church, St George’s Church and Leeds Cathedral……..on this………London and Leeds Holiday Package!!!!!
There are a large number of pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, as well as a multitude of venues for live music……The Millennium Square is a venue for large seasonal events such as a Christmas market, gigs and concerts, citywide parties and the Rhythms of the City Festival!!!!!
Get back to London, the Fan Museum is home to the world’s finest collection of fans, dating from the eleventh -century to the present day….. Housed in a pair of restored eighteenth-century houses, this surprising museum also features a Japanese garden and spectacular orangery with a gorgeous mural and fascinating gift shop……. If you love comics like The Beano, The Dandy and Topper, then your family is sure to enjoy the Bloomsbury’s Cartoon Museum, dedicated to preserving British cartoons, comics and animation from early Punch to current favourites like Giles and Steve Bell…… The museums offers fun and interactive activities for kids too…….. Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum which features waxworks, Victorian ephemera and a very popular gift shop selling Sherlock Holmes collectibles and novelty items…… You won’t believe some of the objects on show at the eccentric Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum in the heart of London’s West End…… Among the exhibits are a four-metre-wide model of Tower Bridge made of matchsticks…. a Mini covered in diamonds…. a two-headed calf…. and an upside-down tea party…..Loads of frolic for all the family…… At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces….. From Shakespeare to Britney, you’ll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even Royalty…… Sing along with Kylie… strike a penalty with Rooney or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen….. “It’s a bit of continental Europe right in the middle of London, with tables from restaurants and eateries spilling out onto the piazza, but the Covent Garden is also where you’ll find London’s best street performers, from singers belting out arias to mime artists performing crowd-pleasing stunts……..Celebration all the time……..on your…….London and Leeds Holiday Package!!!!!
You could opt to take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, which is a behind-the-scenes walking tour immersing you in the world of film-making…… The tour features authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series and showcases the British artistry, technology and talent that go into producing world-famous movies at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden…… Leave the twenty-first century behind….. Visit one of London’s opulent historic houses and marvel at the extravagance of bygone days Street Art!!!!!
London’s home to some fantastic street art….. and it’s free to enjoy…… Make London your own personal art gallery…… Where can you find alpacas, llamas and chickens, join a gardening club and learn to ride? On London’s city farms, of course!
When the weather’s fine, a London beer garden is the perfect place to relax with a drink and soak up the sunshine……Many pubs in London have outdoor spaces, from family-friendly lawns to shady courtyards.
You will be heading to a city steeped in music, dance and literature……. The Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and Trinity College of Music are renowned for dance and music……. the city hosted several pop and rock concerts……. Cliff Richard lived here, so did the Beatles while musicians such as Elton John, Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin drew inspiration from London…… Covent Garden is known for its street performances by singers and mime artists…….. Shakespeare spent many years here, besides several other famous writers including Dickens, Chaucer, Ben Johnson, Defoe and Conan Doyle…… A number of famous films including Oliver Twist, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Notting Hill were shot here………Nothing should stop you from this merry-making sojourn on the……..London and Leeds Holiday Package!!!!!
Vivienne Westwood, Jimmy Choo, Galliano, Manolo Blahnik and Stella McCartney, internationally-reputed designers, are based in London….. Its’ Oxford Street is the longest and busiest shopping area in Europe with department stores such as Selfridges…..Harrods, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Westfield and more, London is home to a host of big-name department stores abound with luxury shops….the city showcases a host of renowned British designers, producing unique brands and setting worldwide trends….From quirky to practical, it has some of the world’s most unique, unusual and specialist shops with the markets offering a wide choice. You could look for antiques or fine food, vintage fashions, arts, crafts and super bargains!…The Dover Street has several retail shops, surrounded by art galleries where the art aficionado can pick up paintings and decos, as well as boutiques, malls and outlets where they can buy just about anything, including gourmet and eco-friendly shopping…… For Gourmet Shopping, whatever recipe you have in mind, you will find almost any ingredient in London’s delectable delis and food shops!!!!!
Leeds has a number of indoor shopping arenas in the centre of the city…. including the Merrion Centre, St John’s Centre, The Core, the Victoria Quarter, The Light, the Corn Exchange and Trinity Leeds Briggate is the main shopping street where one can find many well-known British High street stores, including Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Topshop, Costa Coffee and Harvey Nichols……. There is also a large international presence in Leeds with stores such as H and M, Zara, Gap, American Apparel, Hollister,Urban Outfitters, Foot Locker, L’Occitane en Provence, McDonald’s and Starbucks…… The Victoria Quarter is notable for its high-end luxury retailers and impressive architecture…… Seventy stores such as Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Diesel and anchor Harvey Nichols are contained within two iron-wrought Victorian arcades, and a new arcade formed by arcading Queen Victoria Street with the largest expanse of stained glass in Britain…. In the Churwell area of Leeds is the White Rose Shopping Centre which has over a hundred high street stores anchored by Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Primark and Sainsbury’s…… A large shopping and leisure complex called Trinity Leeds has opened in the city centre, with internationally recognised retail and leisure units, including….. Cult, Hollister, Mango, Topshop, Topman, Apple, H and M, Next, River Island, LegoStore and Victoria’s Secret….. two roof top restaurants have been added in Trinity Leeds, expanding its portfolio of acclaimed eateries in London…….the Leeds City Market sits at the opposite end of the retail spectrum to its flashy Victoria Quarter neighbour, and is Britain’s largest covered market, selling fresh meat, fish and fruit and vegetables, as well as household goods.. Hence, plenty of upmarket clothes, knitwear, shoes, bags, accessories, perfumes, jewellery, glassware, porcelain, linen, art works are in store for you……better be prepared to tear your pockets!!!!!
From rooftop terraces to riverside gardens, there are loads of brilliant places to eat al fresco in London…… So why not enjoy some fresh air when the sun is shining and sit outside at one of these London restaurants.
Terence Conran’s Boundary has been a resounding success…… One of the highlights is the large rooftop terrace, with an outdoor bar, seating around an open fireplace, a forty-eight-seat grill restaurant and a designer garden. The 360-degree views take in Canary Wharf, the Gherkin and the rooftops of East London….. From its penthouse position at the top of Number One Poultry, Le Coq d’Argent enjoys panoramic views over London’s Square Mile….. The venue’s stylish roof terrace and beautifully manicured gardens make it the perfect upmarket al fresco destination…… You can choose from a menu of classic French dishes with contemporary flavours…… Heddon Street…..In the heart of London’s West End….. peaceful Heddon Street is home to a wide variety of eateries, including Momo and Mo Café, The Living Room, Aubaine, Piccolino, Strawberry Moons, Tibits, BelowZero and the Icebar…….. Sit outside and enjoy pavement dining among the palms and olive trees…… High up above Kensington High Street… Kensington Roof Gardens is a stunning oasis in the centre of London….. You can dine al fresco on the terrace at the Babylon restaurant, and explore the Spanish garden, Tudor garden and English woodland….. There’s even a stream stocked with fish, and a pond complete with ducks and flamingos!
The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen opened on the banks of the Serpentine in Hyde Park….. Sit out on the waterside terrace and enjoy seasonal dishes such as whole roasted mackerel with green beans, and mussels with shallots and cider…… There’s also a selection of sandwiches, afternoon teas, and homemade ice cream…..With its riverside location and fantastic views of Tower Bridge, Shad Thames is an idyllic outdoor dining destination….. Choose from fine French food at Le Pont de la Tour….. British favourites like fish and chips and roast mutton at Butler’s Wharf Chop House….. delicious sandwiches at the Design Museum’s café and pub fare at All Bar One…… The Michelin-starred River Café is one of the best places in London to enjoy authentic Italian food…… Signature dishes include wild mushroom risotto, wood-smoked fish, and the chocolate Nemesis cake…… For a real taste of the Mediterranean, visit during the summer months sit outside in the pretty riverside garden.
Leeds offers a plethora of choices for gastronomands with versatile interiors and cuisine and loads of scintillating night life in bars and pubs……Crafthouse…..this new rooftop restaurant makes a big impression, with cool grey and black decor and huge picture windows overlooking the neighbouring church tower….. Dish…..One of Yorkshire’s best up-and-coming restaurants, this outlet offers fine dining in an informal setting, while the menu takes an imaginative approach to the best of British and especially Yorkshire produce….. Brasserie Blanc…..Raymond Blanc manages to create a surprisingly intimate and romantic space amid the cast-iron pillars and red brick of an old Victorian warehouse, with a scattering of outdoor tables for sunny lunchtimes beside the river……. Akbar’s…..Bit of an Egyptian theme going on at this exceptionally popular Indian restaurant, sarcophagi and cat-gods watch over the cutting-edge decor beneath a ‘night-in-the-desert’ ceiling…. Hansa’s Gujarati….A Leeds institution, Hansa’s has been dishing up wholesome Gujarati vegetarian cuisine for almost twenty years.
For your stock of booze and dining, you could try…..North Bar…There’s a Continental feel to this long and narrow, minimalist bar, enhanced by the unfamiliar beer labels, from Dortmunder and Duvel to Schneider and Snake Dog…… Duck and Drake…..A down-to-earth, traditional boozer with a well-worn atmosphere, a cast of regular characters, a pub piano, pork pie and mushy peas on the menu, and no fewer than fifteen hand-pulled real ales to choose… Whitelocks…..There’s lots of polished wood, gleaming brass and colourful stained glass in this popular traditional pub….. Oracle…..This bar to be seen on a summer afternoon, this outlet has a huge outdoor terrace overlooking the River Aire…… Sandinista……is a laid-back bar with a Latin look, but a unifying theme, attracting an eclectic clientele with its mixed bag of music and unpretentious atmosphere…… Baby Jupiter…..A retro gem with lots of purple velvet, hanging fishbowls and images from old sci-fi films, this basement bar sports a cool soundtrack that ranges from indie, funk and soul to punk, new wave and electronics…… Wire…..This small, atmospheric basement club, set in a forest of Victorian cast-iron pillars, throbs to a different beat every night, from rock and roll to drum and bass…. Popular with local students…… HiFi Club….This intimate club is a good break from the hardcore sound of electronic dance….. if it’s Tamla Motown or the percussive beats of dance-floor jazz that shake your booty… this is the spot for you!
It rains a lot and London has a temperate oceanic climate…. summers are warm…… spring and autumn are pleasant…… and it snows during winter….. but it’s a city worth visiting during any season of the year….. Leeds has a climate that is oceanic, greatly influenced by the Atlantic and the Pennines…….. Summers are usually mild, with moderate rainfall, while winters are chilly, cloudy with occasional snow and frost…….. Spring and autumn are mild but snow and frost are not unheard of in either season!!!!
After going through an exhilarating experience in these cities of fashion, historic elegance, aesthetic landmarks marked by cultural exuberance on the illuminated Thames river……carry everlasting memoirs, besides beautiful souvenirs, as you get ready to return and look forward to another…….London and Leeds Holiday Package!!!!!