The 5 Best Things to See in London Jul 24, 2017 by James (Awesome Escape Blogger)
London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, is one of the most popular and exciting cities in the world. More than 15 million people visit the city from all parts of the world each year, and the number is only increasing. The city also boasts of some of the finest cultural hotspots accumulated in one place. Whether you want to see royal palaces or modern architectural wonders, you will be able to find them all in London. London is also home to numerous castles, cathedrals, and museums that will capture your imagination. Keeping this in mind, we are going to take a look at some of the wondrous tourist hotspots in the city worth the visit.
1. Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard
Built in 1837, the Buckingham Palace is a symbol of Great Britain, and also home to the Queen in London. Whenever the Queen is away, the Palace offers a four-and-a-half hour tour of the entire building that can be a great experience for any tourist. However, one of the most notable attractions is the famous Changing of the Guard when the military sentries that guard the palace are replaced with new soldiers in a free display of marching and iconic music and uniforms.
2. The British Museum
The British Museum is one of the best museums in the world, housing more than 13 million antiques and artifacts from ancient civilizations and modern history alike. With priceless and world famous exhibits on display, including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, you should be prepared for a breathtaking journey deep into the mysteries of the past.
3. The Tower of London
The Tower of London is among the most popular tourist attractions of the city. The historic castle was once home to the royal family and served as an infamous prison and military fortress for centuries. Famous prisoners like Anne Boleyn were executed in the Tower of London, never to be seen again. Now it’s a famous museum that houses royal armor, weaponry, and the British Crown Jewels. The site has numerous halls, passageways, dungeons, and towers to explore for hours.
4. Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey has a lengthy association with the Royal Family and the British Empire. Hence, it is considered one of the best places to visit in London for history buffs. Literature lovers will want to visit the Poet’s Corner where they can find the tombs of Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens and monuments to William Shakespeare and Jane Austen, among others. Don’t forget to pay your respects at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in the somber splendor of Westminster.
5. The London Eye
Built in the year 2000 to commemorate the celebration of the new millennium, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel by the River Thames. It is also the largest observation wheel in all of Europe, with glass capsules offering stunning views of the city 443 feet above the Thames. It’s perfect for a quick peek at the whole of London, as far as the eye can see.
While these are our top five picks for a quick visit to London, honorable mentions include the Big Ben and the Parliament Building, Hyde Park, Churchill’s War Rooms, Hampton Court Palace, the Victoria and Albert Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the National Gallery! There are just too many must-see destinations in London, so take your time and explore the great city to your heart’s content.