With over two millennia of history, London, England is one of the classic and iconic tourist destinations. Fit for nobility, the unparalleled splendour of their architecture is an attraction within itself along with the artfully designed green spaces. Don’t be fooled by the antiquity though, London is a global powerhouse in finance, arts, and entertainment. Take the time to truly enjoy your trip with our suggestions on the best things to do in the city!
This famous 135m giant Ferris wheel next to the River Thames gives visitors a spectacular 360-degree view of London within one of their glass capsule. Expect a 30 minute ride filled with breathtaking sights where, weather permitting, you may be able to see sights as far as 40km. What makes the London Eye perfect is the ability to rent a private capsule for corporate or personal events. Each capsule can hold up to 25 guests, and offers experiences such as fine dining or wine and champagne tastings.
If you’re a fan of history, world art, and notable antiquities, look no further than the British Museum. A true powerhouse in terms of human culture, the museum has a permanent collection of around 8 million comprehensive works from all around the world. Examples of the famous works you can find here include the Rosetta stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the Lewis Chessman, among others. Entry to the museum is free (but donations are encouraged), allowing for multiple visits so you can fully enjoy the diverse exhibits.
Have a mini-getaway from the hubbub of the city and clear your mind in Hyde Park. Not shy of attractions, Hyde Park provides a place for visitors to both relax and explore. The most notable landmark is the Speaker’s Corner, where every Sunday opinionated and vocal individuals announce their views on topics ranging from politics to religion, with debates and objections from the surrounding audience. Other sights include the Diana Memorial Fountain, the Joy of Life Fountain, and the Serpentine Lake. If you’re after recreation, the park offers open water swimming, cycling, rowing, and horseback riding.
This magnificent Gothic church is a pillar of London’s history, attracting a million visitors per year. Being the resting place of many notable individuals such as Charles Dickens, Sir Isaac Newton, and seventeen monarchs, it has also been the setting for every Coronation since 1066. Furthermore, it is host to a number of memorials to well-known beings like Shakespeare and Jane Austen. The architecture is a marvel itself, with impressive stained glass, textiles, and artefacts.
A visit to London isn’t complete without a visit to the official residence and royal palace of the Queen. In the summer months (late July – September) when the Queen is away, the lavishly decorated gardens, Palace Ballroom and 19 state rooms are open for visitors. These rooms are adorned with the Royal family’s treasures and paintings, fine French and English furniture. Other sights to see are the Royal Mews, where you are able to see the fanciful state coaches used by the Royal Family for coronations and royal weddings, and the stables which are home to the family’s finest horses. Make sure you are around for the Changing of the Guard, which happens daily at 11:30am in the months of April to July and always draws large crowds.