London is a popular city and one of the top most-visited cities in the world. If you haven’t been to London, you need to start planning your next visit now.
A lot of people shy away from British weather and hence tend to push their visit to London to the summer period when ticket fares seem to be highest, but contrary to that believe, the UK actually has a mix of good and fairly harsh weather all year round. London especially has a good mix of weather all year round which makes it a good travel destination. You could experience 4 weather in a day, ranging from warm to cold, from windy to wintery. Whatever nature doles out when you visit London, there are 10 top must-visit places you should go before you leave. Here they are in no particular order.
Buckingham palace is the official London residence of the Monarch of the United Kingdom since 1837 and is now the principal headquarters of the Monarch and the most iconic royal building in the country. It is used by the The Queen for State banquets and other formal occasions. It supports the duties of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh and their immediate family. It is located close to High Park in the City of Westminster in Westminster borough of London. It opens to the public for 60 days in a year. A typical visit takes around 2 hours.
The London Eye
The London Eye is an iconic structure in London. It was built at the turn of the millennium. It is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel on the south bank of the Thames river, it is also known as the Millennium Wheel. It was originally opened in March 2000 and originally known as the British Airways London Eye. One turn of the wheel takes around 30 minutes. You and your family need to be on this wheel to experience a stunning aerial view of the capital. Remember to book your ticket online to avoid queues or you could talk to us to help you arrange your visit.
Tower Bridge is an iconic bridge in London across the Thames river and right next door to the Tower of London. It was built between 1886-1894. It is a combination of bascules and suspension and most recently a glass floor walkway 42 metres above the river has been unveiled, granting visitors a spectacular view of the river and the bridge below. The bascules which are controlled by hydraulic system (ensure you visit the engine room down below) are raised around 1000 times a year, so time your visit so you can see it raised and lowered. Tickets are valid for a year and can be booked online but must bought 24 hours in advance.
The Big Ben, The Parliament Building and Queen Elizabeth Tower
The Big Ben is the name given to the bell inside the Queen Elizabeth Tower. The tower is at the western end of the House of Parliament. It is open to the public. You should see the House of Parliament and the Queen Elizabeth Tower when you visit. Tours of the tower are opened at 9.00 am, 11.00 am and 2.00 pm Monday-Friday. Tickets should be bought 24 hours in advance.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery is rated as one of the UK most visited places. It is located in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square. The gallery is home to approximately 2,500 paintings from around Europe. If you are a lover of art, this is one of the richest art collections in the world you can visit. Admission is free and it is opened daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and until 9:00 pm on Fridays.
The British Museum
The British Museum is UK’s largest museum and one of the oldest in the world. It is a museum dedicated to human history and culture and hence hosts a vast collection of treasures dedicated to human history and culture. It opens daily from 10:00 – 17:30 and 10:00 – 20:30 on Fridays. Admission is free.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum holds the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design with over 4 million objects. It is located not too far from Kensington Palace in the Kensington and Chelsea Borough of London. The museum opens daily from 10:00 – 17:45 and from 10:00 – 22:00 on Fridays. Admission is free.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is an historic castle located north of the river Thames right at the foot of the The Tower Bridge. It houses the Crown Jewels and is said to be haunted by the ghost of Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn who was beheaded for treason in 1536. It was used as a prison from the year 1100 to 1952. It played a prominent role in the British history. Tickets can be purchased online at reduced rates.