London is hive of activity all year round, although it might rain a lot and some might say that people won’t smile on the Tube, but whatever you’re interested in – from museums to shopping, rock to opera, budget to luxury – there is something in London to suit everyone. You should make time in your travel plans to visit London at least once, here are just a few things that you might see or visit while there.
The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London’s most iconic landmarks. It is the most iconic image of London the huge, ornate clock at the top of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
One of the more popular landmarks to tour in London is Westminster Abbey, formed by Benedictine monks during the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church for the British Monarch since 1066. In fact, 39 coronations have taken place at Westminster Abbey with the most recent on 2 June 1953. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site the best time to visit Westminster Abbey during the week is early in the morning before the crowds descend. For more info visit Westminster Abbey.
No better way to see a city or to plan your day ahead than from above. Situated on the south bank of the River Thames soaring 135 metres above, this slowly rotating observation wheel is a wonder to look at and on a clear day the half-hour round trip is a memorable way to get a fine view over London.
Tower of London
London’s infamous fortress retains its aura of menace, despite being dwarfed by City skyscrapers. For more than 1,000 years it has been a palace, prison, armoury, barracks, mint, menagerie and place of execution: three young Queens lost their heads there. Well worth a visit while in London.
Open to visitors during the summer months, Buckingham Palace is a reminder that London is home to the Royal Family, with few countries with living monarchs this is a popular tourist attraction in London. If you are lucky you might see the daily changing of the guard at the palace gates early morning and late afternoon.
London has plenty of parks and gardens to escape the normal hustle and bustle of city life, from the manicured gardens of Hyde Park and St James Park to huge, hilly Hampstead Heath and the hidden gardens tucked away in residential squares.
One of the most popular London food markets is Borough Market with over 70 different stalls selling produce from the UK and beyond and lots of tasting samples. While you’re there, don’t miss nearby Neal’s Yard Dairy for amazing cheeses.
London at night
Steer well clear of the overpriced touristy bars and clubs around the Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. London has some popular craft beer pubs and bars for you to escape to, do your research first, though the old brewery in Greenwich is a popular spot. Also check out best German beer in London.
TIP: And if you happen to get bad weather when in London, just go to relax to a spa :)