London. Take the name of the English capital and a rush of emotion, landmarks, and history flow through your mind. Its iconic status is such among the global capitals of the world that maybe it is only equaled by that of Sachin Tendulkar's in the world of cricket.
Its contribution to the sporting world is second to none. Whether it be football or cricket, this dream-like European metropolitan has laid the foundation for two of the world's most followed sports. The Mecca of Cricket aka the Lord's Cricket Ground is an important landmark of the English capital. The birthplace of cricket, Lord's will play an uncompromising role in this year's World Cup. The Oval, another cricket stadium, will also be part of much of the action at this year's cricketing extravaganza.
Away from cricket though, London is like stepping through a time machine. Home to some outstanding cultures from across the globe, London is vibrant, happening, unrelenting. Founded by the Romans centuries ago, the city has taken new strides over the past few decades becoming an important European hub. Here are a few places/things to do when in London for the ICC World Cup.
Living Like A Royal
This glamorous palace As close to royalty as one can get. Used as a royal home since the 1700s, it has since become a focal point for the British people for joyous occasions. The monarchy, which has for long been the symbol of the United Kingdom, has waned in terms of power but its influence remains at large. If you are in London, there's no way you can not go to visit this magnificent destination.
Potterheads, hands up!
Remember in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where our favourite wizard navigates through Diagon Alley in search for his school books? Well, the vibrant Diagon Alley was set up in London's Leadenhall Market which to be the city's oldest markets having been established in the 14th century. Typically open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays, the ornate roof structure, painted green, and cobbled floors make this market a must-visit site on every tourist's wish-list.
You can't come to London and not do the usual touristy things. So, start off your classic London tour with a visit to the Big Ben. An epitome of neo-gothic style of architecture, it is a prominent symbol of the UK and its parliamentary democracy. Up next on Iconic London, we have the Hyde Park. This 16th century park happens to be the largest of the four Royal parks. Several popular areas that you should consider visiting the park are Speakers' Corner, located on the northeast corner near the Marble Arch, the Cavalry Memorial, and the Italian Garden.
Also, a little something to make your trip a tiny bit more London-esque- try exploring this European metropolitan on its traditional double-decker red buses.
And if you love cricket, well, don't forget to see the first match of the ICC Cricket World at The Oval between England and South Africa on May 30!