London is the capital and the largest city of England. As a vibrant city visited by people from over the world, its popularity is unmatched. The ease of getting around using the Tube, London’s public train system, is certainly a plus point to attract tourists. In this article, we will be sharing some “must visit” iconic places in London.
Trafalgar Square is a popular meet up place for Londoners. It is always full of locals and tourists and is only a leisurely walk from Buckingham Palace where you can see the changing of the guard ceremony. This ceremony is certainly a must see event as evidenced by the huge crowds it attracts. Our advice would be to come early to snatch the best spot to take photos. It is also near central London, Westminster, where you can find the Big Ben and the iconic red telephone booths of London. Here you can take your time to snap lots of Instagrammable shots!
The London Eye, the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, is a must try. It is located on the south bank of the River Thames and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. The structure is 135 metres tall and the wheel diameter is 120 metres. Opened in 2000, it was the world’s tallest ferris wheel until the construction of the 160-metre Star of Nanchang in 2006. The London Eye is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm, except on Christmas eve, Christmas Day and New Year. The adult pass costs £20 and the child pass £16.
Many of us grew up singing a common nursery rhyme which includes the name of this attraction, so since you are in town, why not visit London Bridge before it falls down? Located in Central London, this historical bridge crosses the River Thames near the city of Southwark. Visit the “London Bridge Experience” and take a trip back in time on a tour of the notable moments in London’s history.
Tower Bridge is the most distinctive bridge in the city with its two high towers. Located close to London Bridge, Tower Bridge also crosses the River Thames. For £50 you can sign up for an exclusive behind the scenes tour. You will get to see for yourself the iconic towers, the high-level walkways and the Victorian engine rooms, and discover other secrets not known to many.
Fans of Shakespeare can head to Shakespeare’s Globe to watch his plays in one of the most historical theatres in England. The theatre is ten minutes walk from London Bridge Station. It was originally called the Gielgud Theatre until it was renamed in 1994. Check out their website for details of performances.
Be prepared and plan well
Of course there are many more places to visit while you are in London, so planning in advance is advisable. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a lot because some of the must-go places are so close to each other that it would be a waste to take the Tube. Have a great trip!