London vs Edinburgh #GJCITIES3 March 2016
Edinburgh has joined London in the GJ Cities battles and the hilly capital of Scotland is known for its unique ‘things to do’ so here’s a few that you should probably indulge in.
Where do we start? London is noted for its high buildings but Edinburgh has Scott Monument.
There are 287 steps to the top of this landmark on Princess Street, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside.
The 200ft high Victorian Gothic masterpiece, which commemorates Sir Walter Scott, is the largest monument to a writer in the world.
That’s not the only spectacular view you’ll find in this part of Scotland. There is also the world-famous Edinburgh Castle – the most visited paid-for tourist attraction in Scotland.
Like London, there is a variety of evening activities that you have to take part in if you’re visiting Edinburgh. The Queen’s Hall is our first tip.
This a 900-capacity venue on Clerk Street plays host to more than 150 acts every year, from classical music to pop.
If Hollywood blockbusters are your preferred entertainment then The Cameo should be your next stop. Scotland’s oldest cinema still in use is known as one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourites.
But Edinburgh is not just an historic city. With three universities and over 30,000 students, Edinburgh has much to offer both the younger generation and not-so-young.
From world-class shopping facilities, top-rated restaurants and bars – including Michelin-starred chef Paul Kitching’s 21212 at 3 Royal Terrace – a zoo and a national rugby stadium, there is always entertainment on offer in Edinburgh.
And that’s not all, the city’s tram system makes the journey to and from Edinburgh Airport both quick and easy.
Edinburgh enjoys its highest number of visitors during festival season. The Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival, which both take place in August, is a world event in the arts calendar.
London is hardly running short when it comes to exceptional views and large landmarks. Head down to Liverpool Street and you can grab some sushi to go with a 38th floor view of the city. If that doesn’t do it for you, you can sip a cocktail on your way out and pop over to The Roof Gardens in Kensington, again, there’s a bunch of food/drink options on the table for you to enjoy whilst looking down from 100feet up!#
Just to add some further height into the equation; London’s highest restaurant, the Duck & Waffle, sits 40 floors up with plenty of options on the menu, including eggs and breakfast waffles. It also goes without saying that there is a monumental view to soak in while you tuck into your choice of food.
The Electric cinema in London is one of its kind with a surreal homely feeling equipped with delicious snacks, the most entertaining movies and a perfect locations for couples to cosy up to one another whilst watching a movie. Not forgetting the opportunity to wander around Portobello Road on an evening which is somewhat satisfying.
Then there’s the star-studded movie premieres at Odeon Leicester Square; don’t be surprised to bump into The Rock or Will Smith once in a while. You also have the option of popping to a theatre which is one of the must-do things in London with so many scattered across the capital of England. With a new show on display every couple of months it’s a habit most Londoners enjoy taking part in.
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