One of the most vibrant cities in the world, travelers have flocked to London for years. From London Bridge to Buckingham Palace, the city is filled with some of the world’s most famous sights and attractions. Whether you’re looking for art and architecture or fantastic food, England’s capital has something for you. To make the most of your next trip to the United Kingdom, check out our list of the 10 best places to visit in London.
1. Explore Tower Bridge and the Tower of London
Notably, Tower Bridge is the only bridge on the Thames River that raises and lowers to allow ships to pass through. The bridge goes up and down three times a day, so if you time it right, you’ll be lucky enough to pass by the bridge as its raised. For a particularly pleasant experience, enter the north wing, walk up the 200 steps to the top where you’ll find an exquisite view of the Thames and the city. If the steps are a challenge for you, don’t worry, you can also take the lift.
Inside the Tower of London you will discover a royal palace, extensive armory, and a formidable fort. You can tip-toe into a king’s bedroom and clear your doubts as to how royalty would have lived during those times. The Crown Jewels are sure to have you in awe. Don’t dare take pictures inside, however, unless you want to spend the rest of your tour in the royal prison. Believe it or not, you might spot wild animals inside. The tower was home to many animals long ago, as you can see and learn about in the interactive displays. Keep an eye out for the six ravens, the tower’s guardians. Don’t get too close or attempt to feed them though.
2. See the city from the London Eye
The London Eye is a must-see sight with an observation wheel that will show you the vastness of the country’s capital. The largest structure in Europe, the glass capsules will hoist you 135 meters (443 feet) above the Thames. We hope you’re not afraid of heights. Even if you are, we would recommend you take the ride for an experience you will cherish forever. While the wait in line can be long, the 30-minutes ride on the London Eye is well-worth the wait.
3. Visit Buckingham Palace for a royal experience
Make your way to the residence of the Brisith royal family on a visit to Buckingham Palace. When you look at the spectacular building, check out the flagpole on top. When it flies day-and-night, it implies that the Queen is at home. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of her or other members of the royal family on the central balcony. When the Queen is away, especially when she visits her summer palace in Scotland, you may visit the Queen’s gallery and the State Rooms. The best time to visit the palace is at 11:30 in the morning – which is when the changing of guards happens. The precision march and music are moments that you must experience to appreciate this history of this long-standing tradition.
4. Say hello to Big Ben
One of the most iconic sights in London, Big Ben is an exquisite example of Victorian London. The clock sits atop the Elizabeth Tower in the House of Parliament. Sometimes, the sound of the bell can be heard as far as 14.5 kilometers (9 miles) away from the tower. Since there is extensive ongoing renovation work, however, you won’t be able to hear the bell until 2021. If the view of the world’s largest four-facing clock structure is not enough, you can always make your way to the public galleries of the House of the Parliament. Similarly, Westminster Abbey and the Churchill War Rooms are also within a few steps of Big Ben.
5. Feel the magic at Warner Bros. Studio London
If you are a Harry Potter fanatic, then a visit Warner Bros. Studio in London is an absolute must. Here, you can relive scenes from the movie, stepping right into the Forbidden Forest or Diagon Alley. If you plan your visit in advance, then you can partake in A Celebration of Slytherin or a Dark Arts session. Fans will love the authentic props and original costumes that appear in the Harry Potter movies. While we all have to live in real life, at least we can get this close to living in the Wizarding World.