March 6, 2016

Top Ten Things To Do in London

Top Ten Things To Do In London

Britain’s capital city of London is a vibrant art, entertainment and cultural centre with its royal palaces, Roman ruins, pubs, castles, theatres, and cathedrals. You could spend endless days exploring London’s sites without ever running out of unique things to see and do but if you want its top sights condensed into a quick read, this is the list for you:

1. Tower of London

Take a tour around the Tower of London, one of the world’s most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king’s bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels

2. Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. A treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artefacts, Westminster Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation’s history are buried or commemorated. Every year, the Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful building – the coronation church of England.

3. Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium has become the symbol of English football, and it’s high arching loop over the stadium has become iconic. Watch a match at the stadium or take a tour and go behind the scenes into England’s changing rooms and walk in the footsteps of legends, through the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf.

4. Madame Tussauds

With 14 interactive areas, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz, glamour and incredible history with more than 300 stunningly realistic wax figures. Walk down the red carpet with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp, before exploring the sports zone alongside Usain Bolt and David Beckham. Pose with Her Majesty The Queen and Will and Kate before stepping on stage with music icons including Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.

5. Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, the largest square in London, is often considered the heart of the city. Ever since the Middle Ages, this area has been a central meeting place. In the middle of the square stands a tall column honouring admiral Nelson. It has many interesting sites including: Nelson’s Column, The National Gallery, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

6. Hyde Park

Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Hyde Park, one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. Hyde Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’€™ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. The park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding.

7. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, the London home of Queen Elizabeth II, is something that you must get up close to while in London. Witness the famed Changing of the Guard and admire one of the most beautifully historic buildings in the world.

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8. The London Eye

Once you’ve boarded your glass-sided capsule — each capsule holds 25 people — it will be a half-hour before you get back down. From the top of the 443-foot (135-m) wheel you’ll be rewarded with gloriously unimpeded views over London.

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9. Tower Bridge

London’s Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Its Victorian Gothic style stems from a law that forced the designers to create a structure that would be in harmony with the nearby Tower of London. Taking photographs of the Tower bridge is a favourite London tourist activity, but you can also go inside the bridge, where you’ll have a magnificent view over London from the walkway between the two bridge towers, or even walk along glass floors 40 meters above the river.

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10. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most successful film series of all time. You don’t even really have to be a fan of the series to appreciate the tour. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

By Jacinta Frazzetto

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