Travelers to London can be bombarded by a multitude of excursion options. One can choose an a la carte approach and take a taste of a variety of places or focus in on places that fall within a specific category.
Visitors who would like to benefit from an overview should consider a hop on hop off bus tour with a short river cruise. One company is Big Bus Tours-London. These buses run in an orderly fashion and allow paid passengers to use their ticket for at least 24 hours. Sometimes the company runs a promotion that extends the length of the tour.
The short river trip provides a different perspective of the city. Photo hounds will be thrilled with the unobstructed shoreline views. While the bus experience will not provide enough time to see everything on your London bucket list, the ride does permit access to some of your “must see” places as well as spontaneous choices. By taking the Tube (subway), taxis, or using foot power, one is free to explore other places.
History buffs will find no shortage of attractions to see. After all, London has a long history that is memorialized in amazing museums, places associated with the monarchy, and architectural masterpieces.
First time museum-orientated London visitors can start with these 10 historic landmarks.
This 19th century landmark oftentimes symbolizes London and is a nickname for the Elizabeth Tower. The tower was renamed during Queen Elizabeth II’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee. You cannot leave London without at least one picture of this place.
Mention Buckingham Palace and Queen Elizabeth II immediately come to mind. The palace has been the London residence for the royalty since the mid 19th century. Nowadays, it is also used as administrative headquarters for the monarchy and a place to hold official events and receptions. It’s up to you whether you want to wait in line.
This massive place houses more than 8 million items. It is the largest collection in the world and includes pieces from all continents. Amazing is one word that describes this place.
Churchill War Rooms
The museum focuses on Winston Churchill’s life and provides a visit to the secret underground bunker where the British government worked during WWII. You’ll definitely learn a tremendous amount about Churchill’s life and World War II.
Royal Observatory Greenwich
At this location you can stand on the Prime Meridian and also visit the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Queen’s House, and the Royal Observatory.
Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)
The building was originally used as a royal residence for the Anglo-Saxon kings. Since its beginnings in the 11th century the land and buildings have experienced many changes and renovations. If government proceedings are your thing, you can tour the building and watch committees and debates
This famous residence has housed various members of the Royal Family. Visitors can walk around the lush Palace Gardens and visit several exhibits that showcase the monarchs’ excessive indulgences.
Royal Albert Hall
The hall was dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria’s deceased husband, Prince Albert. Today, the structure is used for a wide variety of events including rock concerts, classical music concerts, film previews, ballet, sporting events, dance recitals, and even the circus.
Tower of London Bridge
This is another landmark that is used to symbolize London. This one was built at the end of the 19th century. The bridge is located on the Thames River. Have fun photographing this icon and the exhibit inside.
Tower of London
William the Conqueror built most of the structures in the 11th Century. The moat and the towered walls were added later. Anyone who is interested in knighthood will enjoy the armor exhibit. You can also watch a mini changing of the guard without huge crowds.
London is a magnificent visitor friendly city that is a treasure trove for historical adventures. Start with this short list and you won’t be disappointed.
Before You Go
Check the websites for visitor information and maps. Don’t forget your rain gear. It rains often and sometimes without warning.
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