Tourist attractions London
Situated in southeast England, on the River Thames, London is the beating heart of the United Kingdom, a non-stop city famed throughout the world for its global influence on the arts, culture, politics and fashion. London is whatever you want it to be. You can truly find anything you’re looking for in this vibrant city. To travel to London is to uncover a city with an ancient history and a forward-thinking outlook. An innovative place at the forefront of global trends, a trip to London should be on everyone's bucket list.
Whether you love the romance of the Royal Family and want to see Buckingham Palace or you’re pulled to the capital by its amazing museums and galleries, you could spend a lifetime exploring London and never get bored! With architecture ranging from Victorian-era bridges to medieval castles and cloud-reaching skyscrapers, the city’s skyline is as diverse as the city itself.
Truly a cosmopolitan metropolis, you’ll find influences from around the world in London. Every nation is represented here, and this melting pot fusion of cultures is what makes London such an enchanting travel destination. Founded by the Romans, the ancient core of the city is known as ‘The City of London’, a one-square-mile area at the heart of London. Here, you can still see the ancient remnants of the old city walls beside the Museum of London, just one of the countless free museums’ visitors can enjoy on a trip to London.
Despite its ancient heritage, London is a city of the future. Take its vast underground tube system, connecting the furthest suburbs with the centre of the city and helping visitors zip between sights with minimal effort. The famous Shard, the tallest building in western Europe, is just another testament to London’s innovative culture, whilst an ever-evolving range of modern art galleries keep culture lovers entertained until their heart’s content.
If you’re more attracted to the traditional sides of the city, London never forgets its roots. Stroll down Victorian-era streets, illuminated by street lamps, and you can easily feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the days of ‘Jack the Ripper’. Find yourself a cosy, old-world pub and sit down with a pint by a roaring fire and you’ll soon experience that nostalgic romance that London offers in abundance.
A shoppers paradise, take your pick of famous shopping roads. Maybe it’s the flamboyant Carnaby Street that takes your eye? Or Oxford Street, one of the world’s most popular shopping streets. If you’re looking for something a little more high-end then take a stroll down historic Bond Street or admire the diamond jewellers of Hatton Garden. Next, head to Covent Garden Market and stop to watch the street performers along the way. If you want to shop like a local, grab a bite at Borough Market, pick up some blooms at Colombia Street Market or head to Brick Lane, for the best vintage shopping and Indian restaurants.
After a day of sightseeing and shopping, it’s time to experience London’s legendary nightlife. Not only will you find some of the world’s best restaurants, as well as eateries serving food from every corner of the world but London boasts some of the most exciting bars and clubs you can imagine. From underground jazz clubs, such as legendary Ronnie Scotts, to gravity-defying rooftop bars, where you can sip a cocktail whilst watching the glittering city lights.
This might be one of the busiest cities on earth, but you’ll find plenty of green spaces to escape the hustle and bustle of rush hour. From the royal parks of St. James and Green Park, in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, to vast Battersea Park and Hyde Park, known for its ‘Speakers Corner’, London is rich in outdoor spaces. Anyone with an interest in plants cannot miss a visit to Kew Gardens, a world-renowned botanical garden in the far reaches of west London.
Things to see in London
A city of such size and significance, there are limitless things to see in London. Of course, when it comes to sightseeing highlights, Buckingham Palace is top of the list. Anyone with an interest in the British Royal Family will dream of visiting Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Situated at the end of the Mall, which begins at Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace is one of the most historically important sights in London. Here, you can watch the famous ‘Changing of the Guards’ and even enjoy a tour of the interior of the palace, but only when the Queen is not at home! Buckingham Palace also has vast, beautiful gardens and a visit is sure to be a highlight of any tour of London.
To experience the city from a different perspective, visiting South Bank is one of the best things to do in London. Weaving along the south side of the River Thames, South Bank is home to some of the capitals most interesting sights. After crossing the bridge at Charing Cross you can walk along the riverside from Waterloo all the way to London Bridge and experience an array of sights along the way. From the London Eye, pass by the South Bank Arts Centre, watch the skateboarders at South Bank Skatepark and continue past the historic OXO Tower until you reach the Tate Modern, one of London’s most famous galleries. After a quick free visit, why not carry on your scenic stroll past the Millenium Bridge for amazing views of St. Pauls Cathedral. Shakespeares Globe, City Hall and Tower Bridge are other highlights of a stroll along with the iconic South Bank, an unmissable thing to do if you travel to London!
Perhaps one of the most famous junctions in the world, a vacation to London is incomplete without visiting Picadilly Circus, in the heart of west London. As well as the iconic neon signs and London buses, nearby sights include the fabulous Ritz Hotel, Shaftesbury Avenue, known for its theatres, and Leicester Square, the site of many red-carpet movie premiers. Once you’ve captured your coveted photo at Picadilly Circus, nearby Soho is a great place for a bite to eat or a night of bar-hopping.
A symbol of the city, Big Ben is another of the best things to see in London. This star attraction was completed in 1859, and at the time it was the most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world. Standing 316 feet above the Houses of Parliament, on the north bank of the River Thames, Big Ben is actually the nickname for the largest bell within the tower. In fact, the clock tower is officially named after the Queen: Elizabeth Tower. Nearby, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey are other important landmarks to explore on a tour of London.
London is well known for its collection of world-famous museums, most of which are free to the public! Perhaps the best museum in London, if not the world, is the British Museum, home to two million years of human culture and history. Some of the most amazing relics on earth are housed within this vast, neo-Classical style building, situated in the Bloomsbury area. The collection is vast, ranging from Ancient Egyptian mummies to Renaissance sculptures. Its permanent collection includes some eight million works, making it one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of human history on the planet. Highlights include the amazing Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and the remnants of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world! If you want to see some of the most valuable treasures in the world, be sure to spend some time in the British Museum if you visit London.
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