The great thing about London is that it offers something for everyone and it’s quite understandable why it has over 15 millions of visitors every year. This multicultural and vibrant city will definitely leave you breathless with its charms and beauty, so don’t hesitate to take a look at our list of top 10 things to do in London.
- Go to the British Museum
The British museum houses a large collection of the finest antiquates in the world with over 13 million artifacts from the old world. Here you will find objects from China, Europe, Babylonian and some of the most famous exhibits including the Rosetta stone, Mildenhall Treasure, the Egyptian Mummies, and Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon. There are daily tours available for visitors with licensed guides who will tell you all about these amazing artifacts.
- Visit the National Gallery
Located on Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery features famous paintings from the 13th to the 19th century. Some of the highlights include Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars”, as well as other Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist masterpieces. Visitors can go on a one-hour-long tour daily from 10 AM TO 6 PM. There is also a small audio tour with maps for children. Make sure to visit Trafalgar Square as it attracts thousands of tourists every day. Trafalgar Square was built to celebrate the victory of Lord Horatio Nelson over the Spanish and the French at the beginning of the 19th century. Beside the National Gallery, Visitors will see a giant granite monument also known as Nelson’s Column and Admiralty Arch.
- Take a Walk through Hyde Park
One of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park is a must-see spot for tourists that covers 350 acres and features an 18th-century man-made lake that is popular for swimming and boating. Make sure to visit the Apsley House where the first Duke of Wellington used to live. Today, this place is a museum that has a large collection of paintings, as well as a number of presents by other European kings. There is also the famous Speakers’ Corner which is used for free speech and heckling.
- See the Tower of London
Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, the tower of London houses the British Crown Jewels. Originally, this tower used to be a prison for a long time, and this is probably where the phrase “sent to the Tower” comes from. There were a lot of famous people who served their time here throughout the history, including Catherine Howard, Sir Thomas More, Rudolph Hess, and King Henry VI. Today, the tower of London is one of the most visited attractions in the city.
- Head out to Westminster Abbey
Opened Monday to Saturday, Westminster Abbey was originally the Collegiate Church of St Peter in Westminster. Edward the Confessor founded Westminster Abbey in 1065 and after his death; most of the sovereigns were crowned and buried at this place. It is the resting place of many people including Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling. Today, Westminster Abbey is a popular tourist attraction that welcomes thousands of visitors each and every day. The admission is a bit on the expensive side, but you definitely can’t put a price tag on must-see places such as the Poet’s Corner, Royal Tombs, and the Shrine.
- Visit Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
Big Ben is probably one of the top tourist attractions in the city and everyone who gets a chance to visit London should check it out. Constructed in 1858, the clock tower is an iconic London landmark that has even appeared in several Hollywood blockbusters like “Mars Attacks”. An interesting fact is that the name Big Ben does not refer to the clock, but to the man who was the first person to order the 13-ton bell, Sir Benjamin Hall.
- Explore Churchill War Rooms
Churchill War Rooms is a fascinating historic site from which the British military campaigns were directed by the Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War 2. Visitors will have a chance to see the small cubicle where Churchill used to sleep and the radio studio that was used for his famous speeches during the war. This museum also features small details such as the knitting wool from Clementine Churchill.
- Take a ride on the London Eye
Located on the banks of the River Thames and opened to the public in 2000, The London Eye was the largest Ferris wheel in the world until the Shard was built 13 years later. There are 32 individual glass capsules that offer amazing views of the city and the ride lasts for 30 minutes. It is probably the most popular paid tourist attraction in the city with over 3 million visitors annually. To avoid long lines, you can get the skip-the-line ticket that allows visitors to take a ride at any time of the day.
- Go to the Piccadilly Circus
Often compared to Times Square, Piccadilly Circus is a meeting point of five busy roads in the center of London. It is usually packed with people during the day, but most of the visitors say that the best time to visit Piccadilly Circus is in the evening when all of the neon lights from those huge billboards are shining brightly.
- Buckingham Palace
Built in 1837, Buckingham Palace is the residence of the Royal Family and one of the most iconic buildings in London. One of the most popular attractions in front of the palace is definitely “the changing of the guard” that draws large crowds of tourists every day at 11 30 AM. When the Queen is away at her other palace in Scotland, visitors can purchase tickets for a tour that includes a visit to the Royal Mews, the Queen’s Gallery, and the State Rooms.