London is one of the most versatile places in the world when it comes to the balance between modernity and historicism. The western schooling system boasts hundreds of Victorian London facts and, though monuments of history remain, there are so many new exciting and innovative developments. Whether you’re visiting as a family, a couple, or as a lone explorer, there are so many things to see and do in England’s capital. Where should you start your sightseeing journey in the big smoke?
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The London Eye
The London Eye is one of the best ways to take in all of London’s scenery at a height of 135 meters. You’ll recognize all manner of landmarks when taking a ride on the London Eye with iconic views of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. The wheel consists of 32 glass pods, and it’ll take roughly half an hour for a full rotation. It couldn’t be easier to navigate London with the excellent transport links; the London Eye is within walking distance of Waterloo, Charing Cross, Westminster, and Embankment stations.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
One of the most renowned British brands is the Harry Potter franchise, and you can take a step into this magical world on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. You’ll be able to enter authentic sets and experience the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Take a wander down Diagon Alley, board the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾, explore the Forbidden Forest, and discover Hogwarts Great Hall. See the franchise through the eyes of the creators and be amazed by the experience.
Tower of London
Don’t be fooled by the Tower of London’s gory history of death and torture; the building itself is undeniably stunning and a must-see landmark. You can marvel at medieval swords and armor, as well as the priceless Crown Jewels. Similarly, you can make your visit an educational experience by learning about Royal Beasts and listening to recounts of gruesome stories. Take a step back into history by paying a visit to the Tower of London.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
A hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to ensure that you see the entirety of London landmarks within either a 24 or 48-hour time frame. In addition to the bus tour, your ticket entitles you to a free river tour so that you can view London from the Thames.
The bus accounts for five different routes and has upwards of 60 stops with a 15-to-20-minute wait between buses. This allows you to cater your experience to suit you, giving you the opportunity to explore the likes of Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London.
Emirates Air Line Cable Car
Another way to view London from the air is by riding on the Emirates Air Line Cable Car. This will take you from Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, boasting stunning views of the sunset over the Thames. The journey on the cable car can last anywhere from five to thirteen minutes, taking you through a story of royal heritage and astronomy.
London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum walks you through the evolution of London transport, ranging from horse-drawn vehicles to locomotives. The museum accounts for over 200 years of transport history with highlights such as the Underground railway pocket map from 1908, a double-decker electric tram, and the only surviving steam engine from the 1860s. In just two hours you can experience two centuries of transport history.
What will you do to make the most of your visit to London?