One of the most-visited cities in the world. Situated along the River Thames you will find the capital city of the United Kingdom. It has been a major settlement for over 2,000 years.
London has such a long and storied history. It is unsurprising that historical sites and landmarks litter this great city. These range from Tower of London, Westminster Abbey to Big Ben. There are also many attractions and events to see accommodating all tastes and preferences. It is home to some of the world's most renowned museums, theatres and art galleries too. This makes it a haven for tourists looking to soak up the culture and history of this global city.
It is a mesmerising city to explore and get lost in. There is no shortage of places to visit and things to do, whether discovering architectural delights at every corner, or soaking up the cultural offerings at the heart of the city. It would take a lifetime to take in all the sights and sounds that the city has to offer.
This is the Queen’s London residence is unquestionably a must-see attraction for any visitor. There are many summer tours available for you to explore the stunning opulent palace. Even just visiting the exterior of Buckingham Palace is highly recommended. You can also view the famous changing of the guards here!
What better way to take in the sites than from 135 metres in the sky! Found on the banks of the Thames in the heart of London, it is the world’s tallest observation wheel. The wheel features viewing pods that offer a 360-degree of the city. From here, you can see some of the best landmarks from afar. Not to mention a stunning view of London’s sprawling landscape.
Tower of London
The Tower of London boasts a 900-year history and remains one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. A royal palace, prison, jewel house, and zoo are all situated within the tower. There is enough here to keep you occupied for days!
Museums and Galleries
London is also known for its museums and art galleries. There are more than 240 throughout the city. Many of these are national museums and galleries provide free entry. These include the British Museum, Natural History Museum, and National Gallery. All provide you with breath-taking exhibits.
As a result, it is a fantastic location to take in both classic and contemporary art, providing an abundance of historical antiquities and treasures. The British Museum alone has more than 6 million artefacts from throughout history.
Of course, visiting any of these amazing sites is going to work up an appetite. It’s a good thing that London is also the culinary capital of the country as well!
This is the national museum of the UK, and is one of the world’s oldest. The British Museum takes visitors on an incredible journey through time and history. There are countless artefacts on display at the various exhibitions. These include the world-famous Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and Parthenon sculptures.
The West End
The West End remains one of the most iconic parts of London. It is at the heart of the city’s thriving theatre scene. There are dozens of major theatres. You will find most of these in the West End. This is where some of the world’s foremost musical theatre productions are held.
Ballet and opera productions are also hosted at venues throughout London. The Royal Ballet is based at the Royal Opera House in Covert Garden. This is a venue that hosted its first ballet in 1734.
From quintessential British pubs to Michelin Star restaurants, there is an endless choice of culinary offerings. The food is as varied as the people. Both local and global cuisine is readily available in the city. There are also plenty of places to grab a drink or two!
Yes, London has one of the most vibrant night-life scenes in the world. Brits certainly love their pints of beer. Making a visit to any of the traditional pubs is a great way to soak up the local culture.
There is no shortage of trendy bars if you fancy something more upmarket. Here you can be served cocktails till the early hours. There are also many iconic clubs. All are well worth visiting if you are looking to hit the dance floor.
Map of London
Events in London
London is home to thousands of annual events. These range from music festivals to sporting events and everything in-between. Events are a great way to make the most of your visit. Some of the biggest global events take place in the city annually.
Here are some of the most prominent major events held in London:
The Chelsea Flower Show is a five-day festive hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and is one of the oldest annual events in London. Endless displays of flowers, trees, herbs, and vegetables from across the globe are put on display. Various prizes are awarded to the best gardens and arrangements.
The UK’s major marathon event is held each spring. More than half a million visitors are attracted to line the streets around the race route throughout the city. Here, you can cheer on the thousands of runners taking part in the race and catch some of the historical landmarks of the city at the same time.
Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill carnival, which was first held in 1964, celebrates London’s rich Afro-Caribbean cultures and traditions. This is held on the August bank holiday weekend every year. It is teeming with vibrant costumes, energetic music performances, and an abundance of delicious food and drink. While in London there are fewer better summer events to enjoy.
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