London is a world-renowned city and one of the most visited places in the world. It is the central hub of British culture, commerce and politics. With a unique history that dates back to thousands of years, many of the relics of its exciting past can be seen all over the city from the Tower of London to the royal Buckingham Palace. Here is a brief guide to help you decide what you should see and do when you visit the city of London.
London has an amazing mix of the old and new. It is well known for its innovation, creativity and originality in music, art, fashion and cuisine. London is home to many museums and art galleries, such as the British Museum, the Tate Modern Gallery which house some of the world’s most treasured artefacts and artwork. Entry to many of the galleries and museums is virtually free.
The Thames River
This river flows through the central part of London and gives you stunning views of many of the city’s main tourist attractions. You can see these sites by walking along the river. By taking a stroll from Tower Bridge to the House of Parliament, you will see the Tower of London, Tate Modern National Gallery, Shakespare’s Globe, the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, the London Eye, London Dungeon and Sea Life Aquarium.
London regularly plays host to the greatest sporting events in the world. Two top class professional football teams: Arsenal and Chelsea Football Club are based in London. Chelsea Football Club is based in Fulham and they have put a superb performance in the last few seasons in the Barclay’s English Premier League.
You can take a guided tour of their home ground at Stamford Bridge where their 41,000-seat capacity stadium is located. To watch one of their home matches you can get your Chelsea tickets online even before you arrive in London. Other great sporting events include the Wimbledon Tennis Championship and the Rugby World Cup. London also hosted the Olympic Games in 2012; and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has now been reopened to the public.
London has one of the world’s greatest shopping centres. Both visitors and locals spend plenty of time visiting the vast array of shopping destinations in the city. No matter what your budget is, you will find the kind of shop that suits you, from high-class luxury boutiques to huge department stores and then lively open markets.
Oxford Street is London’s most visited shopping destination. It has so many international brands, hi-tech gadgets, high street fashion, home wear and many more. Some of the best shopping destinations in this area include, Topshop, Selfridges, John lewis, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser.
For budget shopping, the best place to visit first is the Bicester Village. This shopping centre, situated about an hour from London, provides a vast number of fashion and lifestyle brands. You will discover over 130 boutiques that will readily give you a savings of at least 60 percent on the recommended retail price for many luxury fashion items.
As you take your tour of London, you should also taste the delicious meals and snacks served in the city’s restaurants and pop-up eateries. You may enjoy food prepared by many celebrated British chefs, or from any part of the world. Whether you want Chinese, Indian, Persian, Italian, Greek or Lebanese food, you will find it in London. During the day, you can enjoy traditional afternoon tea consisting of pots of steaming tea with finger sandwiches, delicious cakes, and scones with jam and cream. After having a great day at several tourist sites, you can unwind with specially preserved wine, locally brewed beer, or a fancy cocktail at one of London’s top bars or nightclubs.
The Royal Parks in London are worth visiting. From these parks you can catch a glimpse of other major tourist attractions. For instance, you can go to the Greenwich Park to see the Royal Observatory, or visit the Kensington Gardens where you can see the Kensington Palace. You may also see the majestic Buckingham Palace from the Saint James’ Park, spot a deer at Bushy Park and Richmond Park and see the popular London Zoo at the Regent’s Park.
This quick travel guide has presented some of the best tourist attractions in London. Before you travel, you can check out the official opening hours of these places so you can plan your tour schedule to see as many places as possible during your visit.