Things to do in London

If anybody wants to learn about the royal history then London is the right destination to visit. It is one of the largest city in the United Kingdom where almost 300 languages are spoken and this is the reason things to do in London are culturally vibrant. The city skyline is an amazing blend of ancient and modern architecture that glitters in the night, thus offers a spectacular view. There are open parks,galleries, museums, palaces and lots of other iconic destinations, which offers various leisure activities. There is a Chinatown, which is a mini China where you would find Chinese restaurants, supermarkets and bakeries. Let us have a look at some of the best things to do in London, which attract hundreds of visitors throughout the year.

London Eye

London Eye

This is a giant ferris wheel erected at the South Bank of River Thames and is also known as the Millennium Wheel. This giant frame was erected in 1999 between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. Its height is 443 feet (135 m) and the diameter is 394 feet (120 m).


Big Ben

Big Ben

The iconic clock tower is standing since 1859 at the northern end of the Palace of Westminster and weighs more than 13 tons (13,760 kg). Also known as the Elizabeth Tower, it is the world's second largest chiming clock having four faces, which looks splendid when illuminates at night.


Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

This Gothic abbey church was first built in 960 and then rebuilt in 1517. It is located at the western side of the Palace of Westminster and the traditional place of coronation for British monarchs. It has witnessed 16 royal weddings since 1100. Its 18th century twin towers are 225 feet (69 m) tall and have 10 bells.


Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palacer

Located in the heart of London, it is the official residence of the British monarchs since 1837. This iconic building is surrounded by two royal parks having the famous East Front balcony from which the royal family greets the masses. A public art gallery was built in 1962 to exhibit the royal collection. This Queen’s Gallery displays over one million objects, including the Crown Jewels as well as paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, tapestries, furniture, ceramics, books and sculptures.


St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

This is an Anglican cathedral, which is located at the city’s highest point called the Ludgate Hill. Built in English Baroque style between 1675 - 1710 AD, its wide dome is one of the highest in the world. The royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was held here as well as the thanksgiving services for the Golden Jubilee, the 80th Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

This 19th century suspension bridge is located near the Tower of London and crosses the River Thames. Its unique glass floor is fitted almost 42 meters above the river, which offers spectacular views of the city life. Painted in red, white and blue, this Tower Bridge is the emblem of London.


British Museum

British Museum

Established in 1753, the British Museum houses almost 8 million works from all the continents and is the greatest museum in the world. Dedicated to the life, art and culture, the works date back to the beginning of human history. It also houses some disputed objects including Rosetta Stone, relics from the Mogao Caves, Ethiopian Tabots and over 24,000 other works and objects.


Tower of London

Tower of London

Built on the River Thames, this historic castle is declared as the UNESCO World Heritage site. There is a Jewel House, which is specially built to display the royal regalia, including the crown, jewels, plate, sceptre, and the sword. The Tower is a complex of many buildings, which are protected with walls and a moat.


Shard

Shard

Opened in 2013, this 95 storey iconic glass tower is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, which is 309.6 meters high. This pyramidal tower has an open-air observation deck at the 72nd floor that offers panoramic views of London. The tower has best offices, tasteful restaurants, bars and chic hotel rooms.


Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

Located at the northern bank of River Thames, it is the ‘’heart of British Politics’’. The Houses of Parliament has a Central Lobby, the Royal Gallery, the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. Moreover, there are many statues and works of art are on display.


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