London, with its population of over 8 million, is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. So, where do the inhabitants of London choose to holiday? Who travels to London for a vacation? And, how does the cultural mix of our capital city change throughout the year?
Top Destinations for Londoners
Londoners clearly like to stay close to home, reducing their travelling time and maximizing the amount of time that they have to enjoy their destination, as such destinations within Europe are the most popular. As city dwellers they also clearly enjoy visiting the other great cities of Europe, with Paris being the places that Londoners most frequently visit. Londoners are also often found heading out of the big smoke to enjoy some time by the coast in Brighton, and with its beautiful pier, vintage shops and wonderful seafood this is certainly a fun-filled city.
For the party-loving Londoner, Ibiza is a favorite place to go, and now would be a great time to organize a last minute trip to enjoy the Ibiza parties.
Outside of Europe, the more adventurous Londoner is found hopping across the pond to enjoy summer in the United States of America. Popular destinations in the US include New York, Orlando and Miami. These East coast cities offer a range of activities, from family-filled fun at Orlando Sea World and Walt Disney World to the sophistication of New York’s galleries and restaurants.
On the other side of the US Londoners can be found enjoying the laid back atmosphere of the West Coast of America. Not to be missed, and to rival the museums and galleries of London, is the California Academy of Sciences. This amazing site has an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum. This includes a four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem – a sight to be seen!
For the sun-worshipping Londoners, who have perhaps not had enough of the English sun, Albufeira is the perfect destination. As well as relaxing on those famous beaches, a traveller to Albufeira can also enjoy the region’s diverse natural beauty.
So Londoners enjoy travelling to a variety of different locations, escaping the city for other cultural destinations, as well as beauty spots and beaches further afield.
People who visit London
London is a popular destination for people from across the United Kingdom and Europe. However, the single largest groups of travellers to London come from Australia and Italy. With those living in Melbourne, Sydney, Rome choosing to come to London for their holidays.
And, London does have a lot to offer to its vacationers, with free destinations such as the National History Museum – allowing you to come face-to-face with dinosaurs, and the British Museum – holding the treasures of this nation and explaining its complex past. There are also fantastic cultural destinations such as the Tate Britain and Tate Modern galleries, featuring great British artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and David Hockney.
And, if the British Summer defies all expectations to be sunny and bright, enjoy a picnic in one of the many green and historic spaces from Hyde Park to Richmond Park. Make sure to make it a truly British experience and pack plenty of strawberries and Pimms.
So this August, on a visit to London, you may hear a bit less ‘cockney rhyming slang’ and a bit more of that Italian or Aussie Accent. However, whoever you’re sharing your tube carriage with you’re in for a fun time in this great city.
All data from this article is sampled from the HomeAway group of sites.