Things To Do Along the Piccadilly Line The much-­loved dark blue Piccadilly Line is the fourth busiest of London underground lines. Its 44 miles run from the north of the city, to the west, stopping at 53 stations along the way – second only to the District Line for the number of stations it serves. It’s not surprising that you can spend a full day on this line alone, so we decided to look at the best things to do on the Piccadilly, so all you need is your Oyster Card and a bit of adventure! The Piccadilly not only stops at some of the most iconic London landmarks, which we’ll get to along the journey, but it also starts at Heathrow Terminals, which means that you can start your sightseeing as soon as you get off the plane if you really wanted! Working your way north, why not start your day before the crowds at some of the museums around Gloucester Road and South Kensington. This area is renowned for its culture and class, earning the moniker Albertopolis after Prince Albert. In and around Exhibition Road, Albertopolis is one of the most popular destinations in London to get your culture fix; home to a number of historic museums and exhibitions, from the Victoria & Albert Museum, now the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design (built in 1952) with a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects; the Natural History Museum, with over 80 million items relating to earth and life sciences, the Science Museum – one of London’s most popular tourist attractions with over 3.5 million visitors annually – and the Royal Albert Hall which has played host to over 150,000 performances since opening in 1871. Once you have satisfied your culture craving, just one stop up you can step into one of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, Knightsbridge. Most famous for the luxury department store, Harrods, property value in Knightsbridge averages around £2.3 million so you won’t be surprised to see expensive cars lining the streets, or perhaps spot a rich and famous emerging from their townhouse. We encourage you to pop into Harrods when you’re there, just to experience the lavish retail experience ­ or to wince at the price tags! Next on the line is Hyde Park which is one of the largest royal parks in London, covering 350 acres. What many (even Londoners!) don’t know is that Hyde Park is actually continuous with Kensington Gardens, making it one of the most central and most accessible green spaces. There is a main entrance at Hyde Park Corner, marked by Wellington Arch, as well as at Marble Arch (Central Line) at the end of Oxford Street. Hyde Park is the backdrop to a number of organised events from BST Hyde Park Festival in July, to the fun-fair-come­-Christmas Market, Winter Wonderland in December. Depending on where you are based during your stay, it’s a great urban oasis for morning jogs, summer picnics, or rowing along the Serpentine. Next along the line is the start of the theatre district; Piccadilly, Leicester Square and Covent Garden – London’s West End. Historically, the first West End venue was opened in Drury Lane in 1663 and for the last 350 years the area has drawn aspiring artists and actors to its doors, and welcomed hordes of theatre-­goers. Today, London’s West End is the largest theatre district in the world boasting unparalleled talent. The area is also a local favourite for eateries, serving a wide variety of cuisines as well as a buzzing post-­theatre nightlife, and just a stone’s throw away is also Soho and Chinatown which always promise vibrant culture and entertainment! Hop back on the Piccadilly line and keep heading north, past Holborn, where you’ll find the iconic British Museum, one of London’s most popular museums whose collections date back over 2000 years; and through Kings Cross, where you’ll find platform 9 ¾ of the magical/muggle world of Harry Potter. A few stops up you’ll arrive to the holy grail of Arsenal FC in the Emirates Stadium at Arsenal, where you can go behind the scenes on a tour of the exclusive areas, from the changing rooms, to the players tunnel. New to summer 2016 there are two new areas to be uncovered; Arsene Wenger’s office, and the Physio Room. The further north you go up the Piccadilly line there are still things to do, although it takes you further out of central London. Indulge in some more local cultural experiences, such as in the area around Turnpike Lane where you will sample some of the best Turkish food in the capital along the Green Lanes. One stop further, you’ll want to get off at Wood Green to visit Alexandra Palace (or as the Londoners call it, Ally Pally), a historic entertainment venue from 1973 hosting live acts, festivals an ice rink in the winter. The above is only a snippet of the things to do along the Piccadilly line. This London Underground line is just waiting to be explored and you might even need a day to pack it all in! From cultural exhibits, to West End entertainment, strolls in the park and luxury shopping the Piccadilly delivers on an all­round London experience! Just don’t forget an Oyster Card… Read our Mind Boggling Facts about the London Underground for more tube trivia, or see our itinerary along the District Line for other ideas of things to do.

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