As one of the most celebrated capital cities in the world, London has many historic and cultural attractions. The city is visited by throngs of travelers from all corners of the globe. The following are some of the most popular sites to see and things to do in this remarkable city on the Thames.
1. Shakespeares Globe Theatre
Built in 1599, the original Globe was destroyed by a fire. However, a replica was built in 1997 to pay homage to one of the English language’s most celebrated playwrights. Literature lovers from around the world visit the replicated theatre to enjoy performances and to glimpse how life might have been in the theatre during Shakespeare’s time. Shakespeares Globe Theatre is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in London.
2. British Museum
Established in 1753, the British Museum is one of the most illustrious museums in the world. The museum contains priceless collections of art and antiquities from around the world. Museum highlights, to name a mere few, include an Egyptian mummy dating to 3300 B.C., the Rosetta Stone, Minoan treasures, and the Crouching Venus statue. History and art lovers should not miss a visit to this museum.
3. Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, and Westminster Abby
Situated together, the Palace of Westminster, also known as the House of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abby can all easily be viewed in a single stop, though be sure to take your time to tour and get plenty of selfies in front of these illustrious landmarks of the city. Also, be ready to spend the whole day here.
4. Buckingham Palace
The core of Buckingham Palace dates to 1703, but the palace has been expanded over the centuries. The centerpiece of state events and associated, of course, with the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace remains a major symbol of Britain’s monarchy. Visitors from all over the world visit to admire this stunning tourist attraction.
5. Tower Bridge
London’s iconic Tower Bridge is a majestic bridge on the Thames River that provides an incredible view of the city. A must-visit destination, the bridge has become a world-famous symbol of London. The bridge opened in 1894 and continues to be one of the city’s most popular tourist sites.
6. Tower of London
The Tower of London is an iconic English castle that dates to the building of its White Tower in 1078 under the direction of William the Conqueror. The notorious castle served as a prison from 1100 to 1952. Some of its most famous prisoners have included Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, and Lady Jane Grey. The Crown Jewels have also been kept in the Tower since the reign of Henry III.
7. Hyde Park
One of London’s largest parks, Hyde Park is a royal park that is home to enchanting scenery and opens to the equally celebrated Kensington Gardens. To experience London’s green spaces, consider visiting the beautiful grounds of the park, which continues to be a popular destination among tourists and Londoners alike.
8. Travel the Thames
London developed as an ancient site on the River Thames. To truly gauge the depths of the city’s history, it’s advisable to take a ride on the Thames. There are various boat cruises and it’s a great way to see the riverside views of the city and its fine architecture.
9. St. Paul’s Cathedral
The seat of the Bishop of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral was consecrated in 1708. The famous church sits at the top of Ludgate Hill and its spires have been a recognizable part of the London skyline for centuries. Its elegant construction and art work attract many visitors throughout the year.
10. Trafalgar Square
Located in Central London, Trafalgar Square features Nelson’s Column, a famed landmark that celebrates one of the British Navy’s most famous heroes. With its fountains and various other statures, the square continues to be a popular tourist destination and is also a popular meeting place for Londoners.
As an ancient city, London boasts a veritable treasure trove of interesting sites. These are just a few that should definitely make your London travel itinerary. In fact, there are many more things to do and places to visit in London, and it’s really hard to know what to do/visit first. Have you ever been to London? What are your favorite places to visit?