Attracting over 27 million visitors every year, London is one of the most visited cities in Europe and it’s easy to see why. From its vibrant arts/culture scene and world-renowned historical sites to food markets and shops galore London really has something for everyone.
With no shortage of things to do, there is no reason not to pay the cosmopolitan capital a visit when coming to England. It’s a place I love to go to time and time again when friends from abroad come to visit.
But which of the tourist hot-spots and attractions are a must-see? Here are 10 of my personal favourites…
Probably one of the most recognisable landmarks in the United Kingdom, no trip to London is complete without visiting Big Ben which is located in the political hub of Westminster. This iconic clock tower was originally built in 1858 and was also renamed The Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Why not enjoy the views from a boat as you sail through the heart of London down the River Thames with Discount London?
The home of Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace is a definite must-see when visiting London. This traditional palace has been the home the British Royal Family for 180 years and features 775 rooms! Some of the rooms are open to tourists who want a sneak peek into the royal lifestyle. Every day you also get the opportunity to witness the historic tradition of the Changing of the Guards who can be seen wearing the iconic London bearskin.
The London Eye
For the best panorama views of England’s capital, take a ride on The London Eye. Originally built to mark the millennium, this is one of the world’s largest observation decks. The 32 capsules can hold up to 25 people and each one comes equipped with touchscreens to help explain which of London’s iconic sites you can see from above.
Hyde Park is probably one of the most famous (and largest) green spaces in London’s centre and the perfect place to get some downtime from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you want to relax with a picnic, go paddle-boating or simply blow the cobwebs away with a peaceful walk, Hyde Park is a great spot for doing just that!
Love art? Want to see fascinating work by world-renowned artists such as Picasso, Warhol and Dali…among many others? Then a trip The Tate Modern is a must for any art lovers visiting London. Located in Bankside, it is one of the world’s most visited modern art galleries which also holds collections of British Art from the early 1900’s to the present day.
Panoramic views from high-level walkways and behind-the-scenes access to original lifting machinery. London’s Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge which was built in 1886–1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become a recognisable symbol of London. The best time to visit is around sunset when the lights come on.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the banks of the Thames. Despite its gruesome past, a visit to the tower is a great day out for families and history buffs alike. Marvel at the Crown Jewels or learn about prisoners and executions as you explore the grounds. The castle is even said to be haunted by the ghost of Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn who was beheaded for treason in 1536.
Natural History Museum
London is one of the best cities in the world for culture boasting a number of free museums to enjoy. But the Natural History Museum should definitely make it to the top of your list. Pose with the infamous dinosaur skeleton in the main hall or discover the fascinating history of nature’s wildlife.
Known for its alternative culture, Camden Town is a quirky neighbourhood with a vibrant atmosphere and one of my favourite spots in London. Here you will find an eclectic market, featuring international street food and lots of stalls selling unique products to take home. Once you’re done shopping, you can take a leisurely stroll down Camden Lock or relax by Regent’s Canal.
Arguably one of the coolest and most interesting shopping streets in London, Broadway Market runs from Regent’s Canal to London Fields. Home to an amazing variety of independent shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and market stalls, it’s a great place to stroll around and work up an appetite! The market itself has been operating since the late 19th century, however these days it is only open on Saturdays from 9am-5pm. Everything else is open for business throughout the week.
Have you been to London? What are your favourite tourist hot spots?
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