London is a bustling hive of vibrant activity and the place to be for amazing experiences with heaps of history. It is one of the most visited cities on the planet and will greet you with a warm welcome and an excellent cup of tea! With countless attractions, historical sites, a resident monarch and heaps of culture – London is a must-see city at least once in your life. Here are the top reasons for immersing yourself in London life:
You won’t fail to be amazed by London’s incredible skyline and with so many iconic landmarks, you won’t know where to go first. Culture abounds at every turn, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to name just a few. Tours of the Tower will reveal its 900-year history and many uses during this time. During August and September, tours also run of the Queen’s famous residence, Buckingham Palace.
#2 Museums and Galleries
London has a fantastic number of museums and you’ll see artefacts from all over the globe. Explore the Egyptian mummies at the British Museum, art and design at the Victoria and Albert, dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and art at the Tate Modern. There are more than 50 to visit featuring a diverse range of subjects and displays and the best thing about many of them is that they are free to enter!
If you feel the need for some serious retail therapy then London has it all. Top markets, department stores and iconic stores like Harrods are all within easy reach. You’ll love London’s lively market culture and you’ll find cheery traders in areas like Spitalfields, Camden Market, Greenwich Market and Borough Market. Grab a bargain or hunt for some vintage treasure along the Portobello Road.
The West End is world-famous and if a live show is what you’re looking for, you’ll find a glittering selection here in London. Musicals, shows and entertainment for kids are all on offer including The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Mamma Mia! Like Broadway, the West End is considered one of the best places in the world to see live performances.
London is a food lover’s dream destination with some of the best eateries in the world. Whether you head to Chelsea, Hackney, Shoreditch or Soho – you’ll truly be spoiled for choice. You’ll also find restaurants belonging to top Michelin starred chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal as well as over 60 other Michelin starred restaurants. Whether you fancy Asian, Spanish, Indian or European – you won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to suit your taste.
#6 Stunning Views
Can’t decide on the view from the Shard or the view from riding the London Eye? Then do both. If you’re unfamiliar with the Eye, it’s a massive ferris wheel located on the banks of the River Thames. There are 32 capsules, one for each borough of the city and it is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world. The Shard is a 95-storey glass skyscraper which now London’s highest viewing platform and the tallest building in Western Europe.
#7 Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Gardens at Kew are the world’s leading gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a trip to experience beautiful landscapes, amazing architecture and to see the biggest and most diverse collection of plants in the world. There are more than 14,000 trees here and stunning water features to make this a truly unforgettable attraction.
#8 Park Life
When you feel the need to escape the hustle and high life then head to one of the capital’s many open green spaces. Hyde Park is one of the best with over 4000 trees, a lake and rose gardens. You’ll also find Regents Park, Victoria Park and Clapham Common to name just a few. Richmond Park boasts free roaming deer and the view from the hill is so impressive that it’s protected by Parliament.
#9 London Sights Bus Tour
If you want the freedom to see the city on your terms then the hop on hop off bus is the perfect activity. The bus stops at more than 60 places around the city on 4 different routes meaning you can see it all at your own pace. Another iconic attraction is the open top bus tour with live guide which is a tourist favorite and a relaxing way to see the sights without having to do the driving.
#10 London Zoo
All animal lovers will have a wonderful trip to this zoo, where you’ll discover over 750 species in world class exhibits. Land of the Lions is an unmissable experience and the cost of your ticket goes towards helping the conservation of the endangered Asiatic lion.
#Bonus – Sporting Events
If you want to enjoy a taste of the national game then you’ll find plenty of football grounds around the capital. Tours are available at Arsenal FC and Wembley but if tennis is more your style then visit the Wimbledon Tennis Museum. Lord’s Cricket Ground also offers tours so you’ll be spoiled for choice whether you want a guided tour or to watch some world-class live sporting action.