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Hotel at a glance
Set against the backdrop of the picturesque countryside of Bedfordshire, guests are welcomed with the sight of the hotel’s tri-coloured exterior of orange, white, and blue. Within, walls of pristine white and backlit lighting of Holiday Inn hues guide patrons across carpet of purple and seats of green up into their designated rooms. Alabaster sheets are draped in navy blue await weary travellers, alongside the choice of pillow softness level for a restful sleep. Wake for a meal at the on-site bar and restaurant, where staff and waiters pull a pint fresh off the tap, or serve up fresh fruits and greens.
- Day 1:
- Flight from Hong Kong to London via Singapore
- Day 2:
- Airport transfer to attractions
- Sightseeing tour of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Downing Street
- Day 3:
- Visit to Tower Bridge, Tower of London, London Eye, and the British Musem
- Day 4:
- Free and easy
- Day 5:
- Flight from London to Hong Kong via Singapore
- Day 6:
- Arrival in Hong Kong
London: What to see and do
Emerging from the ancient spur of the Roman-founded citadel of Londinium, the current domain of London beckons travellers far and wide with her smorgasbord of sights and attractions showcasing the pulse of local culture and the affinity for the arts; all strung together by a public transportation system lauded as one of the more efficient travel means about town, comprising the Underground tube train network, buses, and taxis.
The 55 square-mile expanse of London is separated into six transport zones, with more city attractions centred within Zones 1 and 2 – the first of which demarcates the circumference around the ceremonial counties and Cities of London and Westminster. Travels within these two bands augur the appeasing of wanderlust for the Anglophile and architect alike, affording one access to essential British landmarks. Among them is the Buckingham Palace, a grand collection of 775 rooms, interconnected through lavish marble steps and quietly co-inhabited by portraits suspended in their niches, with most of them hanging as they were during Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837. Serving as the official London abode of Britain’s sovereigns ever since, the royal grounds see the running of various official events, banquets, receptions, and Royal Garden Parties, with palace spaces unveiled to the public during summer Saturdays while glimpses of the iconic changing of the Queen’s Guard taking place every other day.
Also occupying many a list of essential English sights are the Houses of Parliament and the widely recognisable Big Ben – the overall structure of which projects monumental sights from its position along the banks of River Thames. Summer tours bring visitors closer within the Neo-Gothic facade of the palaces, while travellers looking for more wholesome views can hunt for ideal photo moments while perched from the London Eye. In addition to iconic landmarks, the tract encompassing the Square Mile offers eye-catching displays of hallowed art and culture spread through numerous museums – most of which do away with admission charges altogether. The more prominent of these is the Victoria and Albert Museum, housing a dizzying array of artful crafts and mementos of creative expression spanning the fields of architecture, photography, painting, and fashion. Among the most prized piece of the museum’s collection is the bronze Chellini Madonna by Donatello, a cast medallion dating all the way back to a time circa 1450. Beyond ancient gems and relics, visitors can also treasure samplings of local cuisine, best exemplified through native staples of fish and chips, bangers and mash, and the locally adapted offering of chicken tikka masala, bound to undo knotted stomachs while tying together London trips.