Saif Ali Khan, Indian royalty, actor and celebrity is definitely among the travellers we envy. And he’s had a love affair with Britain for a long long time. Having studied there and shot several of his movies there, he’s explored a fair bit of the area and the culture. Here he is, in an exclusive video for Visit Britain, sharing his favourite suggestions and itineraries.
We’re certainly intrigued by the romance to be found in Britain, and can’t wait to discover it for ourselves. Here’s our pick of some of the fabulous spots Saif suggests, and we’re sure you recognise some of them as several Bollywood films have been shot across the region.
1. Hyde Park, London
Among the largest city parks in the world, Hyde Park features over 350 acres of trees, a lake, meadows, flower gardens, restaurants and more where you can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling, skating, tennis, horse riding and there’s always something seasonal happening here too! We think it would look stunning in Autumn, don’t you? Image:Hyde Park in autumn, Hyde Park, London, England.
2. Millenium Bridge, London
A beautifully panoramic viewpoint over the river Thames, this pedestrian suspension bridge is much more than a link between Bankside and the city of London. It’s a great spot from where you can point out several of London’s main attractions, and we needn’t tell you that it’s a stunning photo op as well! Image: Millennium Bridge at Bankside with a view to St. Paul´s Cathedral across the River Thames.
3. Trafalgar Square, London
The iconic Trafalgar square brings London alive in beautiful way. From the pigeons that flock here, to the iconic stone lions, there’s so much to explore, and it would certainly be an afternoon well spent. Take in the energetic vibe of this busy square and you’ll most definitely find some performances or other fun activities going on while you’re there! Image: Trafalgar square with the National Gallery, London, England
4. Buckingham Palace, London
We’re so fascinated by the Royal side of Britain, and naturally Buckingham Palace would be a fabulous peek into this side of London’s past and present. The Queen’s official residence allows you inside for a tour of the State Rooms, Ballrooms and Gardens, while the changing of the guard is a fascinating ceremony to experience. Image: Buckingham Palace in the spring, London, England, UK
5. Castle Stalker, Scotland
Castle Stalker, a fortalice dating back to the 1300s is a beautiful spot to explore, as it sits, in its picturesque locale, surrounded by water. Take a tour, and delve into the fascinating history of all the people that have ever lived here. Image: Castle Stalker situated on an island in Loch Laich, Appin, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
6. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Explore this iconic piece of Scottish history, settled at Castle Rock and venture into the Castle Vaults, and the beautiful Royal Apartments as you take in the sheer beauty of this erstwhile royal residence cum military stronghold. Image: Edinburgh Castle, a historic building and a major tourist attraction on Castle Rock above Edinburgh city. The castlle was founded in the 12th century.
7. The Coastline, Wales
Historic and a natural beauty, the coastline of Wales is filled with limestone cliffs and corals rocks, making for a stunningly picturesque locale to explore. Pick from the several beaches and bays to base your journey here. Image: The sandy beach of Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower peninsula coastline. Summer. VistBritain/Andrew Pickett
8. Cardiff Castle, Wales
Let the fairytales you know of come true at this beautiful castle in the parklands dating back to Norman times with Roman features. It’s a beautiful setting to explore the royal life that once thrived here, while enjoying a lovely day out especially in good weather when you can spend some time in the park. Image: A spring day at Cardiff Castle
If the magic of Britain wasn’t enough to inspire you, we’ve got exclusive notebooks that Visit Britain is giving away to 10 lucky readers of Different Doors! Watch the video and comment in the contest widget and tell us what is the most romantic experience according to Saif! Open to residents of India only. All the best! We know you’ll fall in love with Great Britain!
This post and contest was made possible by Visit Britain and Bottomline Media.