London: the logical base for exploring Britain
London offers both a great place to start exploring Britain, and a unique experience in itself for those new to the U.K. The transport links from London to the rest of the U.K. also make Britain's biggest city a logical place from which to start a tour England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The centre of London can be a relatively expensive place accommodation wise, so many people choose to split their time in the city between a stay in the centre and one of the less central hotels greater London provided by the likes of Millennium Hotels. Here we look at a couple of the accommodation options for those looking for hotels greater London.
The Millennium Hotel London Mayfair is a luxury option for those who want their accommodation to be as much of a feature of the visit as the surrounding city. Mayfair is one of the most prestigious areas in the City, and surrounded by popular attractions such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. In addition, staying in Mayfair affords easy access to the most upmarket shopping areas in the city such as Regent Street and Bond Street, as well as being handy for those that wish to take in a show in the famous West End. Getting into Mayfair is easy from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports by both road and rail.
For those that wish to relax for a few days after the long flight over the pond, the Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick one of those ideally situated hotels greater London, just a few miles from Gatwick airport. This country house style hotel is set within spacious woodland, and has a fully equipped leisure club for those that wish to tone up before hitting the city.
Alternatively, a stay near Gatwick can be a useful base from which to begin the rest of your tour of the U.K. There are frequent flights from Gatwick to the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, as well as other major cities in Scotland such as Aberdeen and Glasgow. You'll also find flights to Belfast City in Northern Ireland and Dublin in Eire. There are good rail connections from the centre of London to the capital of Wales, Cardiff, as well as other towns and cities throughout the country, all of which are easily reachable in a just a few hours by train.
Edinburgh is a small city in European terms, but one of the most striking, with a wealth of iconic attractions. Chief of these must be Edinburgh Castle. Built on the natural defensive position of a volcanic mound, Edinburgh Castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline, and is accessed by one of the oldest streets in Britain, the Royal Mile. The castle mound has been occupied by humans for at least 7000 years, while the modern castle still hosts major international events such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Below the Castle, Princess Street Gardens is the venue for a variety of entertainment throughout the year, including shows during the International Fringe Festival, and the famous Hogmanay (New Year) Street Party, one of the largest New Year Parties in the world.