London has built its reputation on several different factors. For one, it’s a historic city that’s been admired across generations for its level of innovation and its commerce industry. Naturally, a lot of people visit the capital for the various business and employment opportunities – not just touristic reasons.
In a sense, it’s one of the top cities in the world based on its thriving economy and travel industry.
While it may not be the sunniest city, it still manages to entice various travellers, entrepreneurs, and opportunity seekers year after year.
1.The London Eye
To start your trip, we recommend you book a Bus tour of the city, before following it up with a skyscraper attraction. Whether it’s the London Eye or else, getting a broad landscape view of the city, early on in your trip, will mean you’ll feel more confident and curious about discovering the city – right from the get go.
2.The Big Ben or St Pauls Lane
The Big Ben isn’t an attraction that you can necessarily explore. To the surprise of many, visiting requires special permission, which only UK residents can gain by writing a letter to the local MP. The building has 334 spiral steps to the top, and if you can get access, it’s well worth the visit. For an alternative attraction, consider St Pauls Cathedral, found at St Pauls Lane.
3.The TATE Modern
The TATE Modern is a world-famous art gallery found in London’s South Bank. The museum features a collection of more than 70,000 artworks. Interestingly, visitors can also enjoy a range of here. Some of them include Red Star Over Russia, Modigliani, and the Ey Exhibition from Picasso. TATE Modern overlooks the River Thames, and some of the famous artists on show include Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, and Renoir.
4.The Natural History Museum
Found in South West London; the National History Museum is one of the most well-known museums in the city. With its vast range of specimens from the past, it offers visitors an insightful view of the history of the world before this century. Similarly to the TATE Modern, you can also enjoy a range of exhibitions here. Some of them include The Wildlife Photograph of the Year and the Sensational Butterfly’s show.
Found close to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, this is the perfect attraction if you’re in and around Regents Park. Too often, we forget that a large part of enjoying a city entails experiencing multiple attractions close to each other. The Madame Tussauds houses a collection of wax models of celebrities. Some of the hotels from the Shaftesbury Hotels Collection can be found here.
6.The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London. Crossing the River Thames, the bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together two horizontal walkways. Inside, visitors will be shown a presentation on the history behind the attraction. First built in 1886, it continues to be sought after by tourists year after year. Consider purchasing a London Pass to gain automatic access to this attraction. Consider the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel for a nearby accommodation.
7.River Thames Cruise
The River Thames is the longest river in London – stretching 215miles. Taking a river cruise will allow you to pass by the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, TATE Modern, Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf, and the Millennium Footbridge.
While you may not necessarily recognise all these attractions as you pass by, you’ll most certainly benefit from getting a different view of London. With the London Pass, you can have access to the free one-day hop-on-hop-off boat tour ticket.