London is the financial, political as well as cultural capital of Great Britain. Here is a list of attractions that should not be missed if you are visiting London for the first time.
London, the capital of England, is the most populous city of the country. It is located on the banks of the River Thames and has been ranked fourth in the top 100 most-visited cities in the world. This city attracts even more tourists than New York and Paris and several come to check out the world famous London attractions. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the city has plenty on offer for the tourists. It houses four World Heritage Sites: Kew Gardens, St. Margaret’s Church, Greenwich, and the Tower of London. It also has a number of galleries, museums, libraries, and theatres.
London is one of the most well-connected cities in the world. It has five airports among which the London Heathrow Airport is the busiest in the world. London is directly linked to more than 300 international destinations, some of which are only three hours away by flight. It is very convenient to travel within this city due to its vast transport network.
There is several London attractions for every traveler. There are museums and galleries for art buffs; architectural marvels for those interested in architecture; as well as historical sites if you want to take a look back in time. You cannot expect to see everything that this city has to offer unless you are planning a month long vacation. So, you must learn how to prioritize. If you are a first-time visitor, there are some attractions that must be on your list of places to see. Here are the top ten London attractions that should not be missed.
1. The Tower of London
Tower of London is an 11th century fortress comprised of 20 towers. In spite of its grim reputation as a place of death and torture, you can discover the history of this palace within its walls. There are a number of tours, exhibitions and activities that are conducted here. You must visit the White Tower which was built on the orders of William the Conqueror and is the oldest medieval building in the Tower of London. The Crown Jewels, which house the famous Kohinoor diamond, is an exhibit that cannot be missed. Ensure that you visit this exhibit first as it tends to get crowded in the afternoon and the queues cannot be avoided. If you have time to spare, buy tickets for the Yeoman Warder tour where a Tower guard will entertain you with tales of passion, torture, and treachery about the Tower. This attraction is open all year round and is open from 9 am to 6 pm. An adult ticket at the Tower costs you around £22.
2. London Eye
It has recently been renamed as the Coca-Cola London Eye owing to its new sponsor. It is located in the center of the city and opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It is the tallest observation wheel in the world at a height of 135 meters. It has 32 capsules; each of these capsules can hold up to 25 people at a time. This Ferris wheel ride lasts for about 30 minutes and in this time you get a bird’s eye view of the 50 famous landmarks around the city. If you are travelling with your partner, you can also choose the private Cupid’s Capsule. This capsule comes along with a box of chocolates and a bottle of champagne. It costs around £21 for an adult ticket (excluding the Cupid’s Capsule). The opening timings are from 10 am to 9 pm and visiting the eye in the evening proves as an electrifying experience!
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