The Rugby World Cup 2015 is less than a year away, so now’s the time to plan your trip to England. Three of the 13 match venues are in London (Olympic Stadium, Wembley, Twickenham), so why not start there? Even if you know the place backwards, there’s always something new to experience.
1 The City’s more sinister side goes on display during the Jack The Ripper Tour and London Ghost Walk, a three-hour walk in the footsteps of London’s most notorious murderer and more. Or visit the Old Operating Theatre – a gruesome reminder of what 19th-century surgery was like.
2 Prefer retail therapy? Weird and wonderful Camden Market comprises shops, food stalls, restaurants and bars. The area was the late Amy Winehouse’s favourite hangout – check out the bronze statue of her, then stick around into the evening for live music or an open mic session.
3 Shy, retiring types might enjoy the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Cabinet War Rooms or the National Portrait Gallery. Feeling morbid? Abney Park cemetery is perfectly peaceful, or visit Karl Marx, buried in Highgate Cemetery. Don’t forget to look at the poppies at the Tower of London.
4 If you’re all about food and drink, indulge in a Circle Line or Monopoly board pub-crawl (note: the Circle Line never ends). When you’re ready to soak up the bevvies, grab a cab to Brick Lane, the home of British curry – or for something less spicy, quirky Sarastro’s on Drury Lane.
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