Visit London: What are the best things to do and see in the English capital?
If you are planning to visit London for the first time or if you are just going for a short weekend, you may not have time to explore the different parts of the English capital, or even to discover unusual side. So for those who want to stay in London and do not know the capital of the UK at all, here are some great things to do in London. And you will have the pleasant surprise to realize that there are many free things to see, especially museums.
To save money during your stay in London, note that it is possible to visit the city with the London Pass. To help you prepare your stay, we have listed the best things to do:
– The London Bridge
This bridge is recognizable among all those in London and is known by millions of visitors. However, it has only been present in the London landscape since 1973. You can visit the interior with the Tower Bridge Experience. But if you do not have time for it and want to go directly to the following attractions, you can simply cross it after watching it.
– The Shard
Another monument that you will not be able to miss by its height is The Shard, one of the tallest towers in Europe, 309.60 meters high! This is a glass tower located in the London Bridge district designed by the architect Renzo Piano and inaugurated in July 2012. If you’re not dizzy then this is an activity not to miss during a visit in London
– The tower of London
The Tower of London represents the capital in its most historical side. It’s really the heart of the realm, where every brick tells a story, and its story is an inexhaustible source of intrigue. Visit the Tower of London with one of the Yeomen Warders who will take you around the compound. Discover its history of nearly a millennium where the fortress was used as a prison and place of execution, arsenal, royal palace, now housing the jewels of the crown. Contemplate the White Tower and cross the rooms where the medieval kings lived.
– The London Eye
The London Eye is a major element of the London skyline. This Ferris Wheel offers some of London’s best views from its 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tons and seating up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a magnificent experience, giving an unforgettable view of over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks, all in just 30 minutes!
– Hampton Castle runs
This idyllic palace on the banks of the Thames Hampton Court Castle so captivated Henry VIII that it became the headquarters of the British monarchy and remained for centuries. Its Tudor charm, enhanced by Sir Christopher Wren’s style, and a picturesque setting make it a great excursion. Not even the tough commander Oliver Cromwell, who moved here in 1653, was able to resist his charms.
– Kensington Palace and Gardens
Kensington Palace is a royal residence located in Kensington Gardens. It is currently the official residence of Prince William and Duchess Kate. It is nice to walk around this palace built in the early 17th century.
– Buckingham Palace
It is not the biggest nor the prettiest of the royal residences, but the Buckingham Palace in central London is nevertheless a must to get a glimpse of what life is like for the royal family. The opulence of the state rooms open to the public is breathtaking, not to mention the collection of porcelain and carriages in the “Queen’s Gallery” and “Royal Mews” (stables).
– Westminster Palace (Houses of Parliament) and Big Ben
For over 500 years, the Palace of Westminster has been the seat of both Houses of Parliament called the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The Gothic building was designed by Victorian architect Sir Charles Barry. Big Ben, the big bell of the Clock Tower, was suspended in 1858 and rings the hours while four small bells ring the quarter of an hour. Westminster Hall is the only surviving part of the original Westminster Palace, whose construction dates back to 1097.
– St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral, masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren will not fail to take your breath away. Step into the huge dome, one of the largest in the world, to discover the unusual acoustics of the Whispering Gallery, and further up the Golden Gallery for a breathtaking panoramic view of London.
– Westminster Abbey
Steeped in history and tradition, the pillars of this great Christian building support the walls of the last home of men and women who built England. Not only is Westminster Abbey an iconic landmark, but the abbey continues to play an active role in the life of the nation, from the crowning of sovereigns to royal weddings (including that of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011) and national funerals.
– The British museum
The world-famous British Museum exhibits prehistoric man’s works in modern times from all over the world. The best exhibits include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon frieze or the mummies of ancient Egypt. Admission is free, but some special exhibitions require a ticket.
– The National Gallery
Overlooking Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery in London is a vast museum filled with paintings from Western Europe from the 13th to the 19th centuries. In this famous art gallery you can find works by masters such as Van Gogh, Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs. Free entry.
– The Tate Modern
Sitting majestically on the banks of the Thames, the Tate Modern is the British National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Its unique shape is due to the fact that it is in the building of an old power station. The restaurants in the gallery offer magnificent views of the entire city. The entrance is free too.