Ah, London. The capital city of England. A city of grey skies and tea drinkers. Home to the famous clock tower we all know as ‘Big Ben’. This city is a daydream in itself and a beautiful place to travel to. People come from all over the world to experience the wonders of this historical city, from wandering through some of the best museums to strolling through London’s beautiful parks and gardens. There’s so much classical beauty in this city that you’d never find yourself feeling bored, rather you’d find yourself getting lost in it. There are some streets in London where you could literally get lost, so heads up for that one.
The last thing you want is to arrive in a place and have absolutely no idea what to do or where to go. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.
Sightseeing in London
Schedule a day for yourself to wander through the British Museum. Located on Great Russel Street, it’s a popular tourist spot where millions of people come to see it and everything inside it every year. There’s a reason for its popularity. It’s so big that you might not even be able to see everything in a day. It was founded and opened in the 1700s and has stood tall through many historical events such as WW1 and WW2. Entry is free and the museum offers many guided tours for no cost at all, so your visit here won’t cost you a fortune – money which you’ll want to spend on much more important things such as food. If you want to avoid the crowds that come to visit this place daily, get here bright and early to take a relaxing wander through the halls.
Find yourself in Westminster Abbey to of course, drink in the view of the infamous Big Ben clock tower with a warm cup of coffee in your hands. The clock was and still is the largest clock tower in the whole of England. And don’t forget to enjoy the crowd! Take in the lives of the fellow Londoners around you and experience a new culture. Also in Westminster is the home of the Queen of England. It’s one of the only active royal palaces left in a world and you wouldn’t want to miss a vacation to London without exploring this place. There are availabilities to tour the state rooms, royal gifts and the gardens during July to October.
The London Eye is only a walk away from Westminster, over the Thames which is the river that runs through London. As you cross over the Thames onto South Bank, you can enjoy the view of London from the huge Ferris wheel which is also known as the Millennium Wheel. From here, you can walk to the popular art gallery of London known as Tate Modern. It holds many pieces of modern art from all over the world and it’s free. If you’re not into art, you can stop by at one of the surrounding restaurants or cafes for a light snack or a nice lunch.
There are many historical landmarks in London which is especially shown through the city’s architecture. If you love the old-style architecture of parts of London, you’ve got to see the St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s over a thousand years old and was around since the rule of Henry VIII. This place, with its high ceilings and ancient castle-type look will leave you completely in awe.
Notting Hill is a vibrant town in West London, not far from Westminster. It’s got a unique and charming vibe, and if you’re here around August, you get to catch a glimpse of the Notting Hill Carnival which happens every year. At this time of year, parades, marching bands, street performers and more fill the streets with bright colour and great music. Not to mention, the food. However, if you’re here on an average day when the carnival isn’t on, have no fear because there is still much to see. You can head over to the Portobello Market on Portobello Road. The best time to go is on a Friday or a Saturday when the main markets are open. They sell everything from antiques, to clothes and fresh fruit and vegetables. There is a high chance you’ll walk away from this market with an interesting souvenir in your hand. Did you also know that Notting Hill is one of the top places in London to film movies? It’s true! So if you’re a movie enthusiast, you can take the Notting Hill Film Tour to learn some history and see prime movie locations! Notting Hill is also the home to many art galleries, so don’t miss out on those if you are an art lover.
Last but not least, if you’re on holiday in London, Covent Gardens is a must-visit. Just knowing that you’re standing in what used to be the biggest slums in England is enough of an amazing experience but of course there’s so much more to see. In the Covent Garden Piazza, you can find street performers and an array of stalls selling food and other items. I know there are some Opera fans out there so here is where Covent Garden benefits you! The Royal Opera House is located here and you can see amazing performances and can even take tours through the front or backstage of the Opera House and see what goes on behind the scenes before a performance.
A trip to London is bound to leave you dizzy. Beautiful, classical architecture etched with centuries worth of history and a rich artistic culture. You definitely won’t get bored in this city!