With so much to do and see, it can be hard to make up your mind about how to spend your time whilst in London! To help you decide, listed below are ten interesting sites and excursions which you can visit whilst in the famous UK capital.
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1- Boat Tours
For a unforgettable sightseeing experience, why not book a London boat tour along the River Thames? There are currently a wide range of boat tours commencing from Tower Pier through which visitors can enjoy a 45-minute circular tour to Westminster and back. During these tours, you can view London’s historic sites from a unique perspective; including the HMS Belfast, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as well as Somerset House amongst others.
2- The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum is a magnificent spectacle of global art and design. It houses an enormous number of exhibits within 145 exquisite galleries. With over 4.5 million objects stretching across 5000 years of world history, there is never a dull moment at the V&A museum!
3- London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum offers visitors the chance to get behind the wheel of some of London’s famous buses and taxis. You can traverse your way through the London Underground in a tube train simulator as well as discovering some of the oldest transportation methods which London once offered. These marvellous exhibits reveal some true treasures of London’s transportation history, including a bus so old that it had to be pulled along the street by horses!
4- Bus Tour
Now that you’ve learned all about the history of London’s public transportation, why not climb aboard? There are a variety of sightseeing bus tours in operation throughout London; thereby granting you the luxury of taking in the sights aboard a traditional double-decker London bus. With a wide range of historical and sightseeing bus routes from which to choose, you can discover all of London’s best sights; from Buckingham Palace and Big Ben to Tower Bridge and The London Dungeon!
5- London Eye
From its position on London’s South Bank, directly opposite Big Ben, the EDF Energy sponsored London Eye offers a sublime135m high perspective of the nation’s capital. For half an hour, visitors can take in some truly spectacular views of London from within one of the Eye’s elegant observational capsules.
6- ArcelorMittal Orbit
With breathtaking views stretching a far as Alexandra Palace and Wembley Stadium, the 114.5m ArcelorMittal Orbit tower is a truly unique tourist destination. This steel sculpture was constructed in 2012 to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and since April 2014 it has reopened to the public as an extremely popular tourist destination. The sculpture permits visitors to enjoy a 20-mile panoramic view of the city which is not to be missed!
7- The Musical Museum
For the musically minded, the Kew Bridge Musical Museum is an ideal tourist destination. Visitors can view the museum’s mesmerising collection of self-playing instruments; from clockwork musical boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ. There is even the ability to take some of these musical marvels home with you; thanks to the museum shop which stocks an extensive variety of musical toys, gifts, rare second-hand piano rolls and sheet music.
8- The Shard
The viewing platform on the 87-storey Shard skyscraper enables you to take in a truly breathtaking view of London. The Shard is the tallest building in Europe and features the largest public viewing gallery in London. From this1,400 square metre observation gallery, which encompasses the 68th to 72nd floors of the Shard, you can enjoy 360-degree views of London which spread out for up to 40 miles.
9– Sea Life London Aquarium
Now that you have soared the skies atop the Orbit, why not delve the depths of the deep blue sea at the Sea Life London Aquarium? The aquarium offers you the chance to immerse yourself in an interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor via a stunning glass tunnel walkway. From here you can explore the depths of the ocean and discover a myriad of aquatic creatures; from green turtles, seahorses and octopi to zebra sharks and clown fish! If you dare, you can even visit the new Shark Reef Encounter wherein you can marvel at 16 sharks swimming beneath the glass platform upon which you stand.
10- ZSL London Zoo
Take a tour around the Tropical Bird House, marvel at a Penguin Beach Show or even enjoy high tea with some friendly giraffes! With over 720 different species of animal, ZSL London Zoo enables you to discover the wonders of the animal kingdom at your leisure. Situated, in the north east corner of London’s Regent’s Park, the Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.