There are lots of great cities around the world, but few can compete with London as a holiday destination. This bustling metropolis has so much to offer. Whether you’re there for a couple of days, a week or longer, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.
However long you’re in London, it’s worth visiting the following must-see attractions.
Houses of Parliament
Situated on the banks of the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament are possibly the most iconic buildings in the whole of the city. One of the oldest parliaments in the world, the houses have a fascinating history.
To really get a feel for the buildings, it’s worth booking a guided tour. On these trips, you’ll take the route walked by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. This starts at the Queen’s Robing Room and passes through the Royal Gallery, Prince’s Chamber and Lords Chamber. You’ll also get to see the Central Lobby, the Commons Chamber and one of the voting lobbies.
Tower of London
Another iconic structure is the Tower of London. This historic building is situated on the north bank of the Thames. Constructed in the 11th century, it has a bloody history as a place of torture and death. On visits to the tower, you will learn of its turbulent past and discover facts about the various animals that have lived there. You can also see the Crown Jewels in all their gleaming beauty.
It’s well worth including the National Gallery on your travel itinerary too. This is home to more than 2,000 paintings stretching from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. You can check out works by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Van Gogh and Renoir. There are also special exhibitions to enjoy. The best thing is, public admission to this London gallery is free.
The scene of royal weddings, Westminster Abbey is not to be overlooked either. Formally known as the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, this magnificent Gothic structure is located just to the West of the Houses of Parliament. It is one of the UK’s most important religious buildings and it has been the setting of many a coronation and important burial.
It’s no surprise then that the 700-year-old abbey receives more than one million visitors each year.
As online guides like Traveller make clear, there is a dizzying array of attractions to see in London. To get a bird’s-eye view of many of them, you can book yourself in a capsule on the iconic London Eye. This big wheel offers unparalleled views over the capital.
Included in the ticket price, you will get to view 3D aerial footage of the city and you can even experience the world famous New Year’s Eve fireworks. Thanks to the 4D effects, you’ll feel like you’re really there.
Of course, these are just five of London’s myriad attractions. Before you arrive on holiday in this fantastic destination, it pays off to do plenty of research. This will help you to make the most of all the city has to offer.