Things to Do in London
London is undoubtedly one of world’s most visited cities. Founded by the Romans as Londinium, the 2000-year-old city stands on River Thames. The city is world-renowned for being historically and culturally rich with buildings like the Westminster Abbey; as well as for new innovations like the Shard. From enjoying a ride at the ever-popular London Eye to visiting the opulent Buckingham Palace, there are just so many things to do in London. Plan ahead for your upcoming trip by booking cheap flights to London and preparing a list of things to do in London.
The London Eye – This huge observation wheel goes right to the top on the list of things to do in London. The giant Ferris wheel started entertaining visitors 135 meters above the Thames, in the spring of the year 2000. Each rotation aboard the London Eye capsules takes only 30 minutes. At peak times, the 30 minute ride can take a little longer, as visitors need to stand in a queue for a considerable amount of time. So book tickets in advance if you are planning to visit the London Eye during peak times. Also, it is fully wheelchair accessible.
British Museum – In 1759, British Museum was the first national museum to be opened to the public, in the world. The entry to the museum has been free since the first day. The collections in the museum that have been divided by location and periods in history have been collected and preserved over two million years of human history. Don’t miss the Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone which are the most visited exhibits in the museum. Also, check out the Roman, Greek and Etruscan galleries here. London’s most-visited attraction, British Museum, is a must on the list of things to do in London.
Tower Bridge – This is one of the many must-see landmarks in London. The Tower Bridge, built 120 years ago, is known not only for its stunning details but also for its moveable roadways that lift up when large ships need to pass through. Opt for a visit to the Tower Bridge Exhibition that has a spectacular glass floor and exhibits explaining the inner workings of the bridge.
St. Paul’s Cathedral – This Anglican Cathedral’s magnificent dome is one of the largest in the world. Sanctified in the year 1697, the cathedral has dominated London’s skyline for over 300 years. The geometric staircase is the highlight of the many design features that make it different from others cathedrals. Climb to the top of the dome and Golden Gallery to catch far-reaching views of River Thames and a few other major attractions. Don’t forget to have a go at the Whispering Gallery in the dome; where a whisper to the wall can be heard on the opposite side of the gallery.
Tower of London – The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of River Thames. The castle is made up of 22 towers, out of which only 12 can be explored by the public. Take the hour-long tour to get an insight into the gory past of the towers; and also a visit to Royal Armory in the central White Tower. Consider buying entry tickets from the official website of Tower of London for discounts.
Buckingham Palace – Built in the year 1703, the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II is located in the City of Westminster. Visitors are allowed to explore 19 State Rooms in the palace excluding queen’s private quarters. The rooms that can be explored as a part of the palace tour, have on display, some of the most outstanding pieces of paintings, sculptures and artifacts from the royal collection. The palace opens its doors for tours only in summers, so plan your vacation and list of things to do in London accordingly. If you do not have much time at hand for the tours, you can witness the Changing of the Guard that occurs daily at 11:30 am from April until late July and on alternate days for the rest of the year.
Westminster Abbey – This 700-year-old medieval church welcomes more than a million visitors each year. Free audio guides are available online for those who wish to explore Abbey at their own pace. The church which is the finest example of Early English Gothic architecture is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make it a point to check out the popular must-see sections like the Poets’ Corner that has the resting places of Charles Dickens, Hardy, Geoffrey Chaucer and Rudyard Kipling.
Tate Modern – This international modern and contemporary art gallery is a part of four museums (all named Tate) that house over 70,000 art pieces. As the word ‘modern’ in its name suggests, this gallery contains more of contemporary-style paintings and sculptures. The artworks here are grouped by theme rather than by artists. Spending a few hours at the gallery, exploring all the exquisite pieces of art is one of the coolest things to do in London.