Steeped in culture, vibrant sights, and rich history, it comes as no surprise that London is one of the top travelers’ destinations in the world. As Britain’s capital city, this metropolis is known for its architecture, cultural attractions, and quite possibly the most interesting boutiques and cafe that you can find all around the globe. From museums to cathedrals to royal palaces and breathtaking scenery, you will never run out of things to do in this bustling city.
If you’re planning your next vacation and need a hand in putting together your itinerary for London, then we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of the best and most interesting tourist attractions in the list below, keep on reading.
Of course, your London visit will not be complete without a visit to one of the city (and the country’s) most defining buildings: the Buckingham Palace. From watching the Changing of Guard to trying your luck in spotting one of the royals, it certainly is a magical place straight out of storybooks. The Queen has called the place her home ever since her accession, and if it’s good enough for Her Highness, then you surely don’t want to miss out on this architectural and cultural marvel.
Tip: the flagpole on top of the Palace will tell you whether the Queen is home or not. If the royal standard can be found there, it means that you’ll have higher chances of catching a glimpse of her because she’s at home.
The Tower of London
As one of the declared world heritage sites, the Tower of London has played many roles throughout London’s long history. It was once a host to royalty, and then to some of the city’s most notorious criminals. Now, it has become a safe place for some of the most remarkable armory and royal armaments. Its displays are truly some of the most curious and breathtaking pieces that can instantly send you back to a bygone era.
Of course, what’s a visit to London without a visit or even a photo-op with the giant clock otherwise known as Big Ben. We’ve all heard stories of how Big Ben tolls in all the corners of London. While you’re there, you can witness the Houses of Parliament in all their glories too. You can arrange for tours to the parliament buildings and witness political discussions and lively debates among members of the British government and other officials.
Some of the latest events held here have been the royal weddings and the christening of the royal family members. Westminster Abbey is truly a masterpiece that does the Gothic era its much-deserved distinction when it comes to architecture. Here you can catch a glimpse of your heroes in all the 600 memorials in the Nave and even explore the gardens and the Westminster Abbey Museum.
There’s still so much more to explore and discover in the streets of London. For now, we’ll leave you with a brief taste of all the marvel that you can encounter when you visit.