Things you Must See When you Visit London
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London is a city that needs no introduction. This place is so fond to me and today I thought to share with yous things you must see when you visit London.
The actual list is very long because this is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but I will try to make it short and include some of the top rated attractions here.
The first on my list is the Buckingham Palace not because it is the residence of the reigning monarch but because it is a place you should not miss. The changing of the guards is something that you should witness here and it is a thing that cannot be seen anywhere else. You can check the times here. Another important thing when it comes to Buckingham Palace is that you can go inside and explore some parts of the palace. The Palace is open during the summer. You can check the prices and the opening hours here.
BIG BEN AND HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Big Ben is the most iconic landmark of London. Big Ben is actually the name of one of the bells in Elizabeth Tower which is the actual landmark. Try to see the place during the night as well, because when it is illuminated it looks spectacular.
Westminster Abbey is a church that is situated in the heart of London next to Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is a living record of the British history. If you want to visit you can find the opening hours and fees here.
Tower Bridge is a monument on its own, it crosses the River Thames and it is close to the Tower of London. You can also go inside the bridge where you will see a short documentary about the history of Tower Bridge.
TOWER OF LONDON
Tower of London is my top attraction and if you are planning to visit it plan well before you go. We went really late before the closing time and did not have enough time to explore it. The place is colossal and you will probably need at least 2 or 3 hours. Check the opening hours here.
Covent Garden is a place with an atmosphere that will charm you on your first visit. This is actually a district in London that is popular for its street performers. I have had an awesome time every time I was there and even once I was a part of a performance where I had to through knives at a person, simple as that. There are also bars, shops and perfumeries.
The Gherkin is a landmark that you cannot miss. It is a modern eye catching building that is close to Tower of London. This is an office building so this means that you cannot go inside, but I do not think you are missing anything.
Camden Market is an open air market where you can find the most exciting street art and the best music venues. Everything you want to buy you will find in Camden Market, whether it is vintage or new. Just make sure to spend a day here, because it takes time to visit everything that the place has to offer. Learn how to get to Camden and what you can do there here.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The Natural History museum is one of the best museums in the world where you can see specimens from different segments of natural history. This is a great place to explore in case it is raining outside as well. The entrance to the Natural History Museum is free but there might be some temporary exhibitions that require admission. This is the official site where you can find the opening hours and admission.
Tate Modern is a national gallery where you can see some great modern art exhibitions and installations. The entrance is free and there are also free walking tours inside the gallery.
Trafalgar Square is a public space in London that is very popular with the tourists. Many special events are held on this square but even if there is none while you are visiting you can still admire its beautiful fountains and architecture. Trafalgar Square is surrounded by historic buildings, museums and galleries.
SAINT PAUL`S CATHEDRAL
Saint Paul`s Cathedral is a massive architectural masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren. This is the actual seat of the Bishop of London. If you plan to visit the cathedral you will need at least 2 hours and here you can find the opening hours and the admission fees.
HYDE PARK AND THE SPEAKERS` CORNER
What amazes me the most about London is that it has huge parks that are beautiful and green during the summer, this is probably thanks to so much rainfall. Hyde Park is in the center of London where you can find lots of quiet places to relax. In the north west part of the park is the famous Speakers` Corner where people can freely say whatever is on their mind.
British Museum is located in the Bloomsbury area and it is a museum that is all about art and culture. Here you can witness the human cultures from its beginning to the present and you can see artworks from every continent.
You can find the opening hours here on their official website.
Some people compare Piccadilly Circus to Times Square in New York maybe because it is one of the most energetic areas in London. Piccadilly Circus is the perfect place to start your sightseeing tour in the morning. A great thing you can do is to end your tour here as well because you have to experience the place at night as well.
The London Eye is one of the most popular tourist attraction in London. The wheel is placed on the South Bank and you can find the ticket prices here. The view from the top is spectacular even though this attraction can be a bit pricey but you can check the 2 for 1 offers here.
This is the ultimate list of London attractions according to the market research and trends but that does not mean that you have to run from one place to another just to check out the important places. You can explore London at your pace and make your own list of top attractions. These are only some suggestion you can use as guidance.
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London has so many things to offer, but if you are staying longer then you should explore more. There are great day trips you can make from London that can be reached in less than 2 hours. You can check my article The Best Day Trips From London and see what other place you want to visit.
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Let me know what you think and would you add some other attraction to the list?
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