The Southbank is one of the most lively and entertaining areas of London all year round, with its street performers, proximity to the London Aquarium, London eye and Houses of Parliament. Whatever the time of year, this is a great place to take a walk and spend some time just enjoying the atmosphere and soaking up all of the culture and entertainment that London has to offer.
The Winter Festival with Natwest is on until 11th January and has transformed the Southbank into an amazing wintery experience. The Christmas market is full of stalls selling gorgeous handmade crafts, food, Christmas presents and other goodies. There are bars and cafes for you to sit and take the weight off your feet while you decide which part of the festival to eplore next.
An innovative Christmas Tree Maze is nestled alongside the market, spend some time and work your way through 300 Christmas trees which form a magical sparkling maze. If you get to the centre you will meet a special visitor, how exciting for children and adults alike. Can you imagine 300 Christmas trees Continue reading
While the staff at the Amsterdam Hotel will do all they can to ensure your stay a happy, comfortable and memorable one, like any major international city in the world, there are the minor and slightly unpleasant pitfalls that you have to look out for when you are out and about in the city that might otherwise put a dampener on your stay.
1. Being caught in rush hour on the tube (underground)
Approximately 24 million tube journeys are made in London every day. Naturally enough, these journeys peak during the morning and evening rush hours and are legendary. This means that if you are part of a small group, you will have to take great care if you want to stay together – nothing gets in the way of a Londoner wanting to return home from a hard day’s work! It also means that like any major city when you’re in a crowd, you have to watch you, your family and your possessions don’t get crushed or lost and that you don’t fall foul to pickpockets who thrive in a bustling environment. Leave a little earlier for your journey if it is likely to involve peak journey times. Continue reading