Rich in culture, vibrant with history, and filled with fun and entertainment, there are no questions asked why London is the most visited city in the whole world. The most common question asked is “what to see in London?” This beautiful city offers you a wide array of things to see and also a multitude of things to do. Even a month long stay in London will not be enough for you to experience the splendor of the two thousand year-old city.
When planning a trip to London, you might be bombarded with places that you want to visit. No one can blame you because even many people would look in to every nook and cranny just so that they could experience the whole of London. So if you are a newbie, you must first visit the most famous and most visited tourist attractions. Below is a list of what to see in London:
1. Big Ben
This is the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster and is considered to be one of London’s most prominent landmarks. This is almost always on the list of “what to see in London”. Built in 1860 its official name is Great Bell and is housed within the Elizabeth Tower. A tour will take you up its 334 stone spiral steps to the top of the tower and will let you see a spectacular view of the country.
2. Buckingham Palace
The Buckingham palace is one of the most famous palaces owned by the British Royal family. This is also one of the main tourist attractions in London. Visitors always wait for the changing of the guard in front of the palace which is always a spectacle.
3. Westminster Abbey
The Abbey has very recently covered the front pages of newspapers because of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Aside from this, the Abbey has been very popular due to the fact that all of the English coronations have taken place in the Westminster Abbey since the year 1066. Many famous people including those coming from the royal family, military and a few notable people are interred here – Elizabeth I, Geoffrey Chaucer, Robert Browning and T.S. Eliot to name a few. The Westminster Abbey also houses a museum with life-like waxworks of British monarchs wearing the very same robes they wore when they were still alive.
4. The British Museum
One of the oldest museums on the planet, this world-renowned museum exhibits a vast collection of works of the human race from all over the globe, ranging from prehistoric to modern times. For first timers, the highlights of the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Lindow Man, the Parthenon sculptures, the Lewis Chessmen and the collection of mummies of Ancient Egypt. There is no entrance fee except when there are special exhibitions.
5. Natural History Museum
Take a journey inside the Natural History Museum and experience an enormous collection of exciting and interactive exhibits. The museum boasts of a compilation of the biggest, tallest, most fascinating and rarest animals on the planet. Witness the haunting life-sized model of a blue whale, travel back in time through the Dinosaurs gallery, have a hair-raising experience by examining a 40-million-year-old spider and see the state-of-the-art Cocoon which houses hundreds of captivating specimens. You could also observe scientists at work in the laboratories. Just like the British Museum, entry is free in this museum expect for special exhibitions which would require tickets.
Aside from the five tourist attractions mentioned above, there are many many more places for you to visit in London. If you are into musicals and plays, you could visit the theatres in the West End which also offer a number of ballets, concerts, and performances. If you just want to relax and experience nature at its best, it’s perfect to stroll through Hyde Park, one of the biggest of London’s Royal Parks, or wander at Regent’s Park, one of the most popular open spaces. If you have with you your kids, it’s best to bring them at the London Zoo and see a wide collection of different animals from all over the world.
You can never get enough of London. So many things to see and loads of things to do. London, without a doubt, is the world’s most visited county.