So, now’s not the best time to plan a visit to London, right? Well, while right now may well not be a good time to try travelling to the UK capital, it’s definitely a good time to start *planning* a future visit. Yes, at the time of writing, much of Britain is in lockdown but, with the roll-out of vaccines already underway, to say there’s a light at the end of the tunnel is genuinely an understatement.
With Covid-safe rules and guidelines guaranteed to be still in place, notwithstanding, spring 2021 could well prove to be a fine time to give the fascinating, awesome metropolis that’s London Town a visit – after all, so many attractions and things to do will doubtless be back by then. It’s most likely everything from the finest art galleries to the best museums, the most desirable drive-in cinemas to tastiest Finsbury Square restaurants will have opened up their doors to willing punters once more.
So, just what will you be able to get up to when London exits lockdown…?
To try and remain as Covid-safe as possible, you might want to consider the following outdoors-based activities when taking advantage of appealing 2021 London hotel packages:
- Take to two wheels and discover the city via its cycle routes or do so on foot via its excellent, designated walking routes
- Find a fantastic picnicking spot in one of London’s great parks or public gardens and enjoy an alfresco lunch – from Hampstead Heath to Richmond Park (and every spot of the city’s natural beauty in between), you’re spoilt for choice
- Have a dip in one of the city’s celebrated heated outdoor lidos and swimming pools
- Experience a feast for the senses as your feet do the walking along ‘The Line’, a terrifically diverse art trail that runs all the way from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The O2 attraction.
With restrictions set to lift across London in time, seeking retail therapy in the capital’s world-renowned stores, boutiques, markets and more will be possible once more, including:
- The bright lights and even brighter, even more welcoming open doors of the department stores and flagship retail outlets of the West End, especially those of the globally famous Regent Street, Bond Street, Carnaby Street and Oxford Street
- Checking out the labyrinthine and quirkily boho Camden Market, resplendent with hundreds of stalls vending everything from fashion to furniture to trinkets to souvenirs to food
- Flower-shopping at Chiswick Flower Market (set to return from 7th February on the first Sunday of each month)
- The hipster cool of Hoxton and Shoreditch’s boutiques and, just a short walk away, more petal-tastic delights at Columbia Road Flower Market (also open on Sundays)
- Sating your stomach with tasty treats courtesy of brilliant Borough Market’s stalls, where you can pick up the very freshest seafood, gourmet treats and terrific cheeses.
Finally, it’s worth reiterating the point that any visitor to London is obliged, as soon as they arrive in the capital (indeed, if they’re travelling from overseas, as soon as they arrive in the country) to follow the latest UK Government guidelines.
At this time, behaving sensibly, safely and responsibly is absolutely essential for your health and that of everybody else around you. Moreover, should it need saying, be sure you also follow the Covid-safe rules and advice at whichever accommodation you’ve chosen to stay (such as The Montcalm Royal London House) and for whatever attraction/ activity you’ve decided to visit.