London is a haven for tourists across the world and attracts a lot of people because of its ancient history, art, culture, beautiful lush greens, among other factors. It is no surprise that it is Europe’s most visited city. London shows a variety of its faces to tourists; there is the urban London, all commercialized and good for shopping purposes. Then there is the London for historians. Then there is the religious face of the city, and so on. There are a number of places to visit in London. Here is a list of the top 6 of them.
1. British Museum:
Established in 1753, this museum is the world’s only museum which boasts of the largest collection of existence of human life from all parts of the world. It has a collection of about 8 million works and is a popular destination for history lovers from all over the world. A large collection is based on the works of Sir Hans Sloane. It requires more than a day to explore and appreciate this place and not all of the 8 million artifacts are on display every day. The entry is free and there are restaurants and cafes inside, for when you feel hungry.
2. London Eye:
Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel is the London eye and is a popular tourist spot as it gives a spectacular view of London. It was opened when the city celebrated a millennium in 2000. It has various observing capsules, which can accommodate up to 25 passengers at a time. As the wheel rotates, the visitors in these glass capsules can get a 360 degree view of London and of the places London is most known for: The Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral, among others. The round takes 30 minutes to complete. The view at night is beautiful and is a better experience since the wheel is also less crowded.
3. Madame Tussauds:
Madam Tussauds is one of the most visited places in London. Undoubtedly, it is the world’s best wax museum. Founded by Marie Tussaud, a wax sculptor, this museum has a large display of waxworks of various celebrities from all over the world like Adolf Hitler, Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Charlie Chaplin, Prince Charles and Camilla, Nelson Mandela, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles and numerous others.
4. Tower Bridge:
Built over the famous river, Thames, this bridge’s need came into existence when the East of London got a little too congested and a cross bridge over The Thames seemed a necessity. After a year of detailed planning of this Victorian Gothic designed bridge, the construction started in 1888 and the bridge was opened in 1894. A lot of people take photos of the bridge, but one can also visit the inside of the bridge and get an astounding view of the city. An exhibition inside the bridge, the Tower Bridge Exhibition, lets you know about the history of it using visual media such as pictures, documentary films etc.
5. St Paul’s Cathedral:
An important landmark of London, this cathedral was built by Christopher Wren from 1675 to 1711. One of Europe’s largest Cathedrals, its dome is second largest in the world, only preceded by the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Five different churches have been made at the very site since the year 604 A.D. On September 2, 1666, the Great Fire of London wiped off major parts of the city including the cathedral. Thus in 1699, Christopher Wren was appointed for the construction of a new Cathedral. On entering, you will be awestruck by the marvellous interior work. The Whispering Gallery inside the cathedral is another attraction. Climbing up will give you beautiful views of the city. Modern technology has also become a part of the tour and you can take a touch screen guided tour. The cathedral is open from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
6. Covent Garden:
Covent Garden is a popular attraction amongst tourists for its open cafes, stalls, restaurants etc. You will also find a lot of street performers like jugglers, clowns, mime artists who entertain the visitors. There are plenty of markets inside for shopping which sell antiques, art, jewellery etc. They are few theatres where you can watch London shows and make your trip pleasant. The famed Royal Opera house is located here; apart from the other museums, galleries and amphitheaters.