Best Places to Visit in London
London is one of the most exciting and cultural cities in Europe where visitors can walk through its narrow streets full of history; the largest urban centre in Europe is in constant change and beyond the myths relating to the fog and afternoon tea, London is an enigmatic and highly recommended place to visit and enjoy.
Famous for its architecture, intriguing history, palaces and cathedral, as well as by the growing popularity of theatres, clubs, restaurants and nightlife; the city has so much to offer and discover that it is difficult to decide which places are the more fascinating to visit when the time is a limited factor, and although this will depend on the taste and preference of each person, there are places that should not be missed and a huge number of attractions that will guarantee that the visitor has a good time and fun without a doubt; many of them even offer free admission.
Enjoy London by walking its charming streets, taking the red double-decker bus or the underground (subway); if this is your first time in the city, start your visit in Trafalgar Square
1) Trafalgar Square
This is London’s most popular square and is located just minutes away from other great attractions included in our top 10. The square is a symbol of the city and has become the essence of cultural London; the great and imposing column with its four lions and the magnificent fountain are the main protagonist and you can find them at the centre of the square. Nelson’s column is 51.5 meters tall and is probably the most important monument in London.
This splendid example of architecture is situated on the north side of Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery contains one of Europe’s finest collections of paintings; in fact, you will be able to see just over 2,300 masterpieces from Cézanne to Monet; a trip to this Gallery is a superbly rewarding experience as there is something for everyone and the best part is that can enjoy it for free.
Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarch and it is used for ceremonies and states visits; if you are lucky enough to visit London during summer time, you should not miss a visit to the interior of the palace; normally open to the public for eight weeks (between August and September)
The Changing of the Guard ceremony is possibly the major tourist attractions in London; this is held at the main entrance of the Buckingham Palace and it last approximately 45 minutes; the guards who are concerned with the safety of the palace are relieved in a very special way; accompanied with a military musical band.
After its launched in 2000, the remarkable wheel of 135 meters high has become the most emblematic icons of the city and it is an achievement of design, architecture and engineering, winning over 75 national and international awards. The London Eye offers some amazing views of the city and on a clear day, you can reach a visibility of 40 miles.
Westminster Abbey is the oldest and most famous temple in London. It is normally used as a venue for royal coronations; the Abbey also houses the tomb of kings and British historical figures of the last thousand years. In 2011 became even more celebrated after Prince Williams and Catherine decided to get married in this astonishing site.
6) House of Parliament and the Big Ben
The House of Parliament or Westminster Palace is the most remarkable examples of Gothic architecture; the ostentatious façade of the building offers a beautiful view while the golden pinnacles and statues of the kings are reflected on the river. The Parliament, one of the most recognised buildings in the world, is open to all members of the public; giving you the opportunity climb the clock tower to see the inner workings of Big Ben; the symbol of the city and the country.
The British Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world and has one of the finest and largest collections of antiquities and art from ancient and living cultures; situated in Great Russell Street; it is the third most visited museum in the world; only behind the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum. A free entry will allow you to study treasures spanning over 2 million years.
8) Tower of London
The Tower of London is a huge fortress that has operated throughout its history as a royal residence, armoury, fortress and prison; it was a synonymous of terror as it used to operate as the place where those who offended the Monarch were locked up. Most prisoners barely survive in the appalling conditions, and those who survived, were tortured before being executed at the nearby Tower Hill.
9) Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus Square is the meeting place for many Londoners; thanks to its convenient location at the heart of the West End, and the enormous wealth of entertainment that exists in the area, shops, cinemas, theaters and restaurants for all taste; Piccadilly Circus is probably the busiest places in London and synonymous of “fiesta”. The square is also known for its neon signs and the Statue of Eros at the centre.
10) St Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral is a huge temple with cross-shaped plan and a very dramatic decoration, especially the beautiful ceilings decorated with fascinating frescoes; it is the second largest cathedral in the world, just behind San Peter's Basilica in Rome. Since its construction, this fine-looking masterpiece was the venue for major events like the funeral of Winston Churchill and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.