Summer Vibes: A Different View London
Nigerians absolutely LOVE London! It is the default travel destination for most Nigerians and understandably so. Back in the day, Nigerians did not require visas to visit the UK and we are so deeply rooted in the system with Nigerian restaurants, clubs and various establishments spread all over the city.
London is definitely home away from home for a lot of Nigerians and vacationing there is just convenient. First off, getting a UK visa is easy. Secondly, your accommodation is sorted as everyone has one uncle, aunty, best friend or cousin’s cousin that is willing to accommodate you. Thirdly, London has one of the best transportation systems in the world and saves cost. Finally, Nigerians love to shop and London is one of the shopping capitals of the world.
Despite our mission to encourage Nigerians to see outside London, many people would still go to London for the summer. Do us this favour and take on London differently with the list we curated below;
Go To The Theatre: Like Broadway is to New York so is West End to London. With over 200 shows running all year round, the London theatre has a large repertoire of creative performances and you are spoilt for choice. The Lion King is always a good recommendation and tickets cost as low as 25 pounds. It’s advisable to book well in advance to get good deals.
River Tour: Ditch the red bus this summer and see London via a speedboat along River Thames. This exciting, adrenaline-fueled adventure is safe and most tour companies take off from the London Eye Millennium Pier. The river tours are definitely the way to go this summer as you’ll get to see significant landmarks in London LIKE the House of Parliament, Big Ben, Cleopatra’s needle, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin, and the Thames Barrier. A good river tour company for this is the Thames Rockets.
The 02 Climb: For those who think viewing London via London Eye or Shard is a bit too cliché, this activity is definitely for you. You can enjoy a 360 view of London, during the day or at night, from the top of the iconic 02 Arena in Greenwich. The climb, which is via a fabric walkway is safe and supervised by a guide who takes you through all you need to know before climbing. The climb takes 90 minutes and highest point of the climb is at 52m (do not try this if you have acrophobia). This activity is definitely worth its 35 pounds fee as you don’t get to climb a London icon often.
Emirates Airline Cable Car: The Emirates Airline cable car is also a great way to see London. It’s the first of its kind and takes off from North Greenwich or Victoria Royal Docks and tickets can be purchased with your Oyster Card. You can combine this with the Emirate Aviation experience, which gives visitors the opportunity to explore life size aircraft models and take a 30 minutes flight stimulator experience on an A380 or a B777 flight stimulator.
Visit the Beach: Every summer, the creatives at Roundhouse in Camden Town recreate an urban beach on their rooftop terrace for Londoners and visitors to sit, relax and have a good time. White sand, beach huts, beach chairs and umbrellas, cocktail bars, fish and chips shacks and everything you’ll see on the beach (except the ocean) can be found right here. The rooftop beach runs from July-August and is open all week long from Noon-11pm. Entry is free.
Alternative Cinema: Be it a roof top, hot tub or pillow cinema, there are always fun and alternative ways to view movies in the city of London. There are so many alternative cinemas, mostly pop ups, throughout the city and the movies range from new releases to old time classics. Since they are pop-ups, there are no set venues and viewing times and you’ll have to follow their social media pages to keep up to date.
Go on A Food Tour: A lot of people think British food is bland and boring, so this is your chance to be adventurous and determine for yourself. Go on a food tour to discover the taste of London and explore places like markets, shops, bakeries, pubs and restaurants. Like they say, food is one of the best ways to understand a culture.
Gardens and Green Spaces: Lovers of nature will definitely enjoy spending a Sunday afternoon in a peaceful and tranquil environment such as the Barbican Conservatory, Culpeper Community Garden, Isabella Plantation, Brockwell Park Garden, Lavender Garden in Vauxhall and the Kyoto Park. London definitely offers a wide array of beautiful gardens and green spaces.
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