David Beckham's Guide to Britain

English pro-soccer player David Beckham may be sidelined from the 2012 London Olympic Games, but he gave Travel Channel the scoop on some of his favorite spots in Britain. Take Beckham's British tour.
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Buckingham Palace

“I've always been brought up to love the Royal Family. 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 of Will & Kate. Best of all, it's open for visitors during the summer so you can have a look around the State Apartments." - David Beckham

Old Trafford

“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." - David Beckham

The Royal Parks

“Families can get out in the fresh air, at one of London’s Royal Parks, with the kids. Hyde and Regents Park are like an oasis in central London. Or get away from it all in Richmond Park, where you can see wild deer, horse ride and amazing views across London." - David Beckham

Old Course at St. Andrews

“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." - David Beckham

Best Shopping

“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." - David Beckham

Popular Theme Parks

“Kids can’t get enough of theme parks as I know being a father of 4. 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 in which you can see where they made the Harry Potter movies." - David Beckham

Shaftesbury Avenue

“If there’s one thing you can’t miss when you’re in London, it's 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 War Horse or Jersey Boys." - David Beckham

Nobu Restaurant

“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 – or somewhere new like the Bread St. Kitchen or Nopi in London." - David Beckham

Country Pubs

“Britain is famous for its countryside, and where better to end a bracing walk than sit by a log fire in one of our beautiful country pubs. The best places will always welcome kids and serve great local food.” - David Beckham

Pie & Mash

Give bangers and mash a go in London’s East End. Beckham says, “Here’s an insider’s 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 favorite." - David Beckham

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