Taking your teen kids to London this summer? You might want them to take the One Direction-themed tour of the city, created by the city’s tourism board.
In a move that capitalises on one of the country’s most influential exports — the popular boy band — London’s tourism board has created an itinerary that allows young fans to trace the footsteps of their favourite members. If there’s ‘one thing’ you have to do, they advise, it’s to hop on an open-top bus tour like the one featured in the band’s video One thing, and take in sites like Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Covent Garden and the EDF Energy London Eye.
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Though they stop short of recommending that you commandeer a police boat as the band does in their video Midnight memories, an alternative is to hop aboard a speedboat tour on the river Thames. RIB speedboat tours pass by the Houses of Parliament and the Tower Bridge. And for stargazing, check out neighbourhoods like Shoreditch, where band member Harry Styles owns property, and Primrose Hill, where he and bandmate Liam Payne have also been house hunting. Other Styles sightings include the Shoreditch House, and Camden Town, a popular area for strolling and shopping.
Meanwhile, at the height of Biebermania, his hometown of Stratford in Canada also rode on the coattails of their most famous export by creating a travel itinerary of Justin’s Stratford.