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Friday, September 25, 2015

Top 10 Attractions in London

Vibrant and happening, London is one of the top tourist destinations in the United Kingdom with millions of tourists visiting it each year. It is a city filled with landmarks - cathedrals and royal residences, the parliament, museums, beautiful bridges, high-rise buildings, numerous gardens and performing art centres to name a few. It is as though the city has been filled to the brim with attractions. You could spend limitless days exploring London and still not get bored. While there are numerous, wonderful things to see and do in London, today I will list down my top 10 attractions in London. The list is in no particular order, it is just that I like these ten places more than the others.

The Tower of London : The Tower of London is a historic castle on the north bank of River Thames in London. It has been an important part of English history and has been besieged many times. It has served as a treasury, a prison, the Royal Mint, an armoury, a menagerie and of course home to the Crown Jewels. The Tower of London has established itself as one of the most popular and most visited tourist attractions in London. A visit to London would be incomplete without visiting the Tower.

The Tower of London


The London Eye : Also known as the Millennium Wheel is an extremely large passenger-carrying Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. Standing at a height of 135 metres (442 ft 11 in), it is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, visited by over three million people in one year.

The London Eye

The London Eye

The Tower Bridge : This landmark bridge is a combination of a suspension and bascule bridge. It is 800 feet in length with two towers, each 213 feet high, built on piers. You will agree when I say that this bridge is arguably one of the most recognisable attractions in London and one of the most famous bridges in the entire world.

The Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge

The Victoria and Albert Museum : It is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, it was founded in 1852, and has since grown to now cover some 12.5 acres and 145 galleries.



Greenwich : Located on the southern banks of the Thames, Greenwich is home to the famed  Greenwich Meridian and Royal Observatory. Also located in Greenwich are the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Naval College (Painted Hall and Chapel).

Painted Hall and Chapel

Painted Hall and Chapel

The British Museum : was established in 1753 and is home to around 8 million objects from around the world. Opened in 1759 the museum comprises of items ranging from early stone tools to Egyptian mummies and from Parthenon sculptures to twentieth century art prints. The museum is huge and the exhibits are beautifully presented. We went on a day visit and as expected it was impossible to cover much. If you love museums, you could spend days at this museum and soak in all that it has to offer.



Big Ben and Parliament : Another of London's most famous landmarks is the Big Ben. Everyone who comes to London goes back with a Big Ben souvenir. Big Ben is a part of the Palace of Westminster, which also houses the Parliament. The Palace of Westminster is open to the public during August and September when the Parliament is away on summer break.



Big Ben and Parliament

St Paul's Cathedral : is dedicated to Paul the Apostle. The dome of this cathedral is an intrinsic part of the London skyline. You can climb the dome to the Whispering gallery - where a whisper from one side can be heard up to 100 feet away. If you climb further up to the Golden gallery which is at the very top of the dome, you can enjoy awesome panoramic views of the London city.




Trafalgar Square : Located in the heart of London, Trafalgar Square is a major tourist attraction. Infact, it is the fourth most popular tourist attraction on the earth with more than fifteen million visitors a year. Teh square includes a large central area at the very middle of which is the Nelson's Column. The column is flanked by two fountains and guarded by four bronze lion statues. For years, the square has been used to celebrate Christmas and New Year, sporting events, music shows and even political demonstrations.



Buckingham Palace : Needs no introduction. It is one of the most iconic and well known attractions in London. It has been the London residence of the Royal Family since 1837. There is lots to see and do at the Palace. You can visit the State Rooms, experience the Changing of the Guard and see the impressive collection of paintings in the Picture Gallery. You may also be interested in visiting the Royal Mews and the Queen's Gallery.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

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2 comments :

  1. The British Museum is probably my favourite place in London! Absolutely incredible

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  2. Wow awesome, I love the London Eye!

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