Top 10 Attractions in London
I am pretty sure you guys like to travel. One of the most famous tourist destinations is London. I, unfortunately, haven’t had the opportunity to go to London, but one is always hearing such awesome things about it. Therefore, we decided to compile a list on the top ten attractions in London. Without visiting these places, you haven’t really visited London. You must be familiar with all the attractions I am about to mention and I would like to stress that if you happen to go to London, even if it is for a short period of time, please do visit whatever I mention in the list. It will be worth it. You guys can share you traveling experiences with us in the comments. Enjoy the read.
10. THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
At the number ten spot we have the Victoria and Albert Museum and f you are into applied arts, this is the place for you to go. There is a lot of variety and something is bound to get your interest piqued up. The world’s largest collection of Indian art can be found here. There are around seven pieces from Raphael and unbelievable collection of Samurai swords. You will find many miniatures here and renaissance sculptures.
9. NATIONAL GALLERY
You can find this gallery on the north side of Trafalgar Square. It is right next to the National Portrait Gallery. It was founded in the year 1834 and is home to one of the greatest art collections of the world. There are works by Titian, Monet, Leonardo da Vinci and Turner to begin with. I will leave the rest for you to discover on your own. Have fun!
8. TATE GALLERY OF MODERN ART
It used to be an old power station. The Swiss architects named Herzog and de Meuron transformed it into a gallery and it cost 130 million pounds. It is becoming very popular among artists, art lovers and of course tourists. It is located at the Bankside. There are four themed groups for international Modern Art. If you admire art, you should definitely visit this place, I know I will even though I am not a big fan of art.
7. THE BRITISH MUSEUM
Millions of people from all around the world visit this place. It is situated on the Great Russell Street in London. You have collections from Egypt, Greek and Roman art. You can also find coins and medals from Mesopotamian times. There literally is 2.5 miles of gallery in this place so you better wear a nice pair of walking shoes. Do you realize how long it will take to go through the entire place if you are actually into art? It should take at least two days. All of you should visit it once, I’m sure you will find something interesting.
6. THE TOWER OF LONDON
The Tower of London is famous for imprisonment and executions. It has also been used as a home to the royals. The Tower of London has previously been used an armory, a mint, an observatory and a safe for the Crown Jewels (it is still used for that). The jewels have been kept in the tower for a very long time; it started in 1327. The most famous of Crown Jewels would be the ‘Imperia State Crown’ that has a 317-karat Indian Diamond in it called ‘Kohinoor’. You can explore the tower on your own, but it will be better if you do it with a guide.
5. TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Admiral Lord Nelson’s statue is built on a 167 feet tower at the Trafalgar Square. It commemorates the naval victory in the year 1805. It was laid out in 1830 and since then has been a very popular site for political rallies. There used to be a lot of pigeons in this area, but due to health regulations, the pigeon food sellers were banned. The pigeons still visit the site so don’t worry, you can still take pictures with a thousand of them altogether. There have been concerts and many New Year celebrations around this spot. It’s definitely worth a visit.
4. LONDON EYE
You can find this huge Ferris Wheel at the bank of River Thomas near Waterloo. It is a giant wheel and is referred to as the ‘London Eye’. Take a ride on this and you can literally see the entire city and it is also the biggest observation wheel in the world. The entire round of the circle takes at least 30 minutes (you can imagine). It was 2,100 tons and the tower is 135 meters high. If the skies are clear enough, you should be able to get a 25 mile panoramic view of the city. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are very near to this wheel.
3. BUCKINGHAM PALACE
There is no way you guys haven’t heard of this one. It is also referred to as the ‘Buck House’. As soon as Queen Victoria came into power, this place has served as a permanent residence to the monarchy of England. It all began in 1702 and the first one to reside there was Due of Buckingham city. It was built on the site of a brothel. The building that you see was refurbished by Nash somewhere in the 1820s. Later in the year 1913, the building was again given shape. It happens to be the largest private residence in the world, and also one of the most beautiful castles.
2. TOWER BRIDGE
This structure a little over a hundred years old and it has twin drawbridges. Each of those weight around 1,000 tons and have been raised for letting ships through like half a million times. These drawbridges can be raised in ninety seconds using electronic motors. You can see the HMS Belfast. It is 11,500 ton cruiser, the very same cruiser that opened fire on Normandy coast. You can visit the bridge anytime you want really. It is one of the most popular bridges in the entire world and quite a common spot for tourists.
1. THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
This where all the debates take place regarding the laws that govern the British way of life. There was a fire which destroyed the building before it and so this building started functioning in 1840. The building was designed by Sir Charles Barry and he was helped by A.W. Pugin. If you visit this place in the summers, please be warned that it gets really crowded. Tours to this place run from Monday to Saturday and one tour takes like 75 minutes. You will also get to see the Big Ben here that strikes every quarter of an hour.