Watch Live Sport
Sports bring the world to England. You and your England travel partner can catch thrilling football matches in Liverpool (Liverpool and Everton), Manchester (both Manchester City and Manchester United are traditionally good), Leicester, London (Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Crystal Palace are the top teams), Sheffield, and Newcastle.
Every June, Wimbledon draws tennis enthusiasts from around the globe. The following month the Henley Regatta, the world’s largest rowing competition, takes over the waterways not far from Oxford.
England is a country for city lovers. After World War II, it evolved from a nation primarily focused on its rural areas to one centered on the cities. Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, Bristol, and London all have over half a million residents and are surrounded by large clusters of villages and towns. With England's extensive rail system, it’s easy and fast to travel to each of its cities and everywhere in between.
Immerse Yourself in the Music Scene
Ever since the Beatles went international, English bands have been making their mark on pop music. As a testament to the connection between England and pop music, the first Hard Rock Cafe was set in London. The Manchester Sound dominated the radio in the 1980s and 1990s. Joy Division and its later form, New Order; The Smiths; Morrissey; the Happy Mondays; and the Stone Roses. During bus and walking tours, you and your travel buddy can visit the Hacienda Club, where these legendary bands played; the offices of Factory Records, which produced these groups; the homes of the musicians; and other places that helped mold the music and the musicians.
Both Liverpool and London are bursting with attractions connected to England’s most famous musical export, the Beatles. Be mindful to not block traffic in northwest London, so that you can recreate the iconic Abbey Road album cover. England even has flavors of hip hop that originated here — drum & bass, garage, and grime — so if this is more your scene, don’t worry! There is something for everyone to enjoy.
Go to the Markets
London alone has plenty of great markets that are well worth a visit. Camden and Borough Markets are considered the best for the great food and their cool set up. Outside of London, you can find weekend markets selling fresh produce. Bristol has St Nicholas Market, Oxford has The Covered Market, and Leeds has Kirkgate Market.
England’s capital city is expensive, loud, and full of beautiful architecture. It has a mix of cultures that in turn has formed a cool art scene, great restaurants, fashion, music, dance, theatre, poetry, and nightlife. New York rivals London for its diversity, but London beats the City that Never Sleeps for its accessibility.
Government support for the arts allows for lower prices, therefore ensuring that more people can attend West End masterpieces, symphonic and operatic works, and dance performances, all of which you will be able to enjoy during your trip. London is also home to several free, world-class national museums and galleries, including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the Science Museum. Pick a selection to visit while in London for the days that require as slower pace.
One cannot talk about London without mentioning its nightlife. You can leisurely sip cocktails at cool rooftop bars, neighborhood bars, and gastropubs. Or, if you want some entertainment, head to a comedy show or other performance that London is so famous for. There are clubs for every type of music, attitude and budget. Check out TimeOut magazine or its website for schedules and reviews of nightclubs, comedy clubs, radio performances, theatre, dance, and music.
Over the last few years, Londoners have left the dance floor and instead opted for a more recreational evening. Indoor minigolf, trampolining, bowling, darts, and table tennis are just a selection of some activities that have nightspots devoted to them. For those who would rather putt than party, you can head to one of these establishments for a night of friendly competition.
London has an extensive subway system, the Tube, which you can use to get around the city. There are five lines (Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines) that run all Friday and Saturday, meaning you may find it easier to get home after a night out. These are in addition to the Night Bus routes.
Go on a Double-decker bus
Often the first image that comes to mind when mentioning England is the bright red double-decker buses. If you want to see more of the city, we suggest taking these buses to get yourself from A to B, as it is a great opportunity to see the city, rather than the underground.
Ride the London Eye
The London eye is now engrained in London’s skyline, so why not take a ride on this large Ferris wheel? We suggest that you go at either two time: Firstly, during the day so that you can see a clear, 360∞ view of London. Or, you can instead go at night, so that you may see a spectacular view of the city when it is lit up.