David Beckham has revealed his top suggestions for visitors to Britain, which include pie and mash in London’s East End and teeing off in St Andrews. These are featured on the ‘Best of Britain’ app, launched by Samsung Electronics in partnership with VisitBritain earlier this year, with a new upgrade including great content on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Footballer, father and fashion icon, Beckham’s top tips reflect his interests and lifestyle with family friendly activities as well as sporty suggestions. Here are his exclusive tips:
1. Take a tour of Buckingham Palace.
Beckham says: “I've always been brought up to love the Royal Family and this year is a special year with the Queen's Jubilee. Buckingham Palace is in the heart of London and it’s been the scene of so many great moments in British history – none of us will ever forget the amazing wedding last year and best of all, it’s open for visitors during the summer so you can have a look around the State Apartments.”
2. Experience some real East London food at Tony Lane’s Pie & Mash shop.
Beckham says: “And here’s an insiders tip for a real East London food experience– you’ve got to try Pie & Mash (Tony Lane's Pie & Mash shop in Waltham Abbey is a favourite)”
3. Go on a stadium tour of Old Trafford and the new Wembley.
Beckham says: “I've been fortunate to play in The Premier League, one of the greatest football leagues in the world, and you can’t beat the atmosphere of being there for a game. If you can’t catch a Game across the country then check out the fantastic stadium tours at places like Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge, and of course, Wembley”
4. Grab some fresh air at one of the Royal Parks like Hyde, The Regent’s or Richmond.
Beckham says: “Families can get out in the fresh air at one of the London’s Royal Parks with the kids – Hyde and Regents Park are like an oasis in the Central London. Or get away from it all in Richmond Park where you can see wild deer, horse ride and amazing views across London.”
5. Play a round of golf at St Andrews.
Beckham says: “It seems like many sports in the world have their origins in Britain and Scotland is the home of Golf. It's where the game was invented and where you’ll find some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world. If you love the game, make your way to the Old Course at St Andrews Links.”
6. Go shopping at Manchester’s Northern Quarter, or markets like Camden, Portobello or Spitalfields.
Beckham says: “Britain leads the world in fashion and has some of the best shopping experiences in the world. Manchester’s designer stores around the Northern Quarter are a match for anything in London, but if you don’t have time to leave the capital then you will be spoilt for choice around town and some fantastic markets like Camden, Portobello and Spitalfields.”
7. Take the kids to Thorpe Park or on the Harry Potter tour
Beckham says: “Kids can’t get enough of theme parks as I know being a father of four. You're never far away from one in Britain: Alton Towers is close to Stoke and just outside London you’ll find Thorpe Park. New in town is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour where you can see the making of Harry Potter movies.”
8. Don’t miss London’s theatre scene and plays like War Horse or Jersey Boys;
Beckham says: “If there’s one thing you can’t miss when you’re in London, its Theatre land, I love going out with the family to a show. The West End is famous for musicals and shows and they are great for a night out or a family matinee. Young and old will love the Lion King or Matilda, and there’s always something to see when I’m back in London like like War Horse, or Jersey Boys.”
9. Eat at Cecconi’s or NOPI in London;
Beckham says: “You can get great food from all over the world in Britain and some of the best restaurants in the world can be found in London. Whether it’s a special night out at the Ivy, Ceconnis or Nobu, somewhere new like the Bread St Kitchen or Nopi in London.”
10. Go for a walk in the countryside and stop off at a pub along the way.
Beckham says: “Britain is famous for its countryside, and where better to end a bracing walk than sat by a log fire in one of our beautiful country pubs. The best places will always welcome kids and serve great local food.”
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