International travelers embarking or disembarking in Southampton will want to consider a pre- or post-cruise stay in London.
London is a diverse metropolis with a rich cultural history. Britain’s largest city offers a combination of traditional and contemporary attractions for visitors interested in everything from royal politics to international cuisine.
The performing arts scene here offers seemingly endless options, for those with both classical and modern tastes. Drama enthusiasts can take in a show in the West End or a more intimate performance at a pub theater, or get a glimpse into the world of the famous English playwright on a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe.
With the city’s long line of literature greats, book fans might decide to take a tour with stops at Keats House, the Charles Dickens Museum and Westminster Abbey, the burial place of many well-known British authors.
For art lovers, there is Trafalgar Square’s National Gallery, with paintings from masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh, or Tate Modern, Britain’s national contemporary art museum housed in a former power station. And music lovers will enjoy the eclectic selection here, with entertainment ranging from a classical concert at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to an interactive rock history tour at the British Music Experience.
In addition to the historic aristocratic attractions here -- such as Buckingham Palace, Kew Gardens and Kensington Palace -- London’s heritage can be explored in its various ethnic neighborhoods. Consider a trip to Brixton to browse the extensive Caribbean food market; peruse the colorful fabrics on Green Street or grab a bite at an Indian cafe in Southall; or sip a beverage at an Irish pub in Kilburn.