With the New Year now upon us, something a lot of people will be doing is thinking about travel – and when it comes to travel, we all have a ‘bucket list’ whether it’s written down on paper, on Pinterest, or just in your head. There are two destinations that seem to come up on most people’s bucket lists… London and Australia.
There’s already a great article on why Australia is a traveller’s paradise and here’s a great link if you’re looking for holiday accomodation in Australia that is a little more special, and bucket list worthy. In terms of destinations to head for in Australia, aside from the obvious tourist spots of places like the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock… you’ll want to try to make the time to visit the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney – as this should give you a good taste for Australia.
Now, for the second item on most people’s bucket lists – and the world’s most visited tourist destination; London! If you’re planning a visit to London, then you’ll want to be sure to visit each of these three areas, as they are the “bread and butter” of you experiencing the tourist side of London beyond Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
Camden is known for its vibrant mix of alternative markets, where you can buy anything from new age potions to new rock boots. The cuisine is just as eclectic with a variety of street food purveyors bidding for your attention as you walk through the alleys of predominantly chinese takeaway vendors, but then when it opens out, you have artisanal street food vans selling everything from pizzas to steak and ice cream. Camden is a great place for live music, particularly for rock and indie tastes – known as somewhat of a hippy and alternative enclave this little pocket of London is a melting pot of cultural and societal values.
Covent Garden is a great place to eat, drink, shop and be entertained. It literally has it all. Covent Garden has some great fine dining options, luxurious hotels, boutique shops, and trendy designers. There’s a certain buzz to this affluent and exciting area that hosts alfresco entertainment at its heart and a plethora of theatres on its periphery. There are now an increasing number of chain stores and restaurants moving into the area, yet it is still managing to retain its independent and boutique upmarket vibe.
Soho is famous for three things, all of which manage to exist side-by-side in this bustling tourist trap. On the one hand you have the Dinner and a West End Show goers, then you have the late night gay pubs and clubs scene, followed by China Town packed full of Chinese restaurants and specialist supermarkets. The vibe is busy. People seem to have a place to be in Soho, whether that’s marching to the gym, cruising around for guys, grabbing something to eat, or rushing before the curtain comes up on their favourite show. It manages to have a chaotic and hectic energy but in a way that makes you want to linger a little rather than run in and run out.