London has increasingly grown as the world’s top tourist attraction, as it has been able to attract over 15 million every year. Britain’s capital city is a very vibrant entertainment and arts center, as the theaters are always busy.
London also boasts as one the world’s greatest concentration of various cultural attractions. It is from the royal palaces to people’s parliament, from the beautiful cathedrals and castles to the Roman ruins.
The city guarantees that you will spend endless days just exploring London without running out of unique to do and see things; some of these attractions to explore are discussed further below.
1. Buckingham Palace
The Buckingham Palace is among the most iconic buildings; it is also the scene of the city’s most popular displays of the pomp and circumstances, which is the changing of the Guards. It can draw large crowds from 11:30 am session; it is a very colorful precision of music and marching, also taking place at the St James Palace.
You can follow this prestigious band along the mall as they march through the city of London, quite a sight you should not miss. Buckingham Palace was built in the year 1837, since then it has been the residence of the royal family since the accessions of Queen Victoria.
2. Parliament and Big Ben
Nothing can say London better than the 97-meter tower that houses the giant clock, and the resounding bell referred to as the Big Ben. Big Ben is known around the world as the time signal for BBC radio and below it is the house of Parliament that stretches along the Thames.
It is where Britain’s government seat is located and was once the Westminster Palace occupied by the conqueror William. If you get a tour of the parliament building, you will get to witness lively discussions and real-time debates taking place.
3. Westminster Abbey
The Westminster is another location that has a very long association with the royalty in Britain. It stands on a site that is associated with Christianity; this is since the early 7th century. A man known as Edward the Confessor in the year 1065 founded the building it was his place of interment.
From the year of his burial, this is in the year 1066, until George II, around 700 years later, most of the sovereigns were not only crowned in the building but also buried here too, quiet historical building if you ask me.
4. Hyde Park
The Park is London’s largest open space that covers around 350 acres; it has been a famous destination for sightseers since the year 1635. Therefore, if you are a nature lover, the park should be one of your must-visit tourist attractions. One highlight of the park is the famous Serpentine.
It is a manmade lake made in the 18th-century that is very popular for swimming and boating in the afternoon. Additionally, at the park is where you will find Speaker’s Corner; it is a traditional forum allowing free speech and heckling.
If you are also looking for massage services, then Mandarin Oriental located at the Hyde Park is a must visit for you. It might not be as good as one of those Toronto exotic massages, but it’s damn good! The center has an array of Buddha statutes and some amethyst crystals on the display having a dated feel, not forgetting the masseurs who have holistic persuasion and the ability to pick up exactly what you need during the session.
The top tourist attractions in the city of London have been spread out all over the country. As a result, if you are looking to spend time sightseeing, then it is a good idea if you base yourself in a central location to ease your movement.