Historic and Happening in London, England

Elaina Andre is a student at the Minnesota State University, Mankato and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA Veritas in London, England.

From royal palaces and abbeys, to landmarks and the birthplaces of famous world influencers, London overflows with an aura of antiquity. On the streets of England, you can walk in the footsteps of kings, queens, and influential icons such as Shakespeare.

Yet, amidst the deep roots of history springs forth the blossoms of busyness and entertainment. The number of things to do in London is seemingly endless! Long shopping avenues, markets and street musicians offer just a taste of the city’s happenings.

This unique mix of history and modern liveliness creates and incomparable beauty and vibrancy in the city.

I toured the Royal Pavilion, the palace of King George IV, on an ISA excursion to Brighton.

Royal Pavilion

Regent Street is one of my favorite streets to walk along, as it is bordered with countless shops and beautiful, old architecture.

Regent Street

I toured the birthplace of Shakespeare and the surrounding town on an ISA excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon.


Just off of Regent Street is Carnaby, a lively, colorful hub of shops and restaurants.

Carnaby Street

In the heart of Central London is the historic, breathtaking Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey

Just outside the Piccadilly Circus tube station is a great spot to listen to talented street musicians and performers.

Piccadilly Circus

Founded in 1797, the UK’s oldest bookshop, Hatchard’s, is a lovely, multi-story book store in Piccadilly.

Hatchard’s bookshop

Southbank Centre presents many activities to enjoy and food to eat, along with a walkway showcasing the River Thames and much of London’s cityscape.

Southbank Centre
Southbank Undercroft skatepark

After a walk along the river, past Southbank Centre, you will arrive at Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre.

Globe Theatre


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