London Travel Suggestions

Visiting London is always a wonderful, eye opening experience. With so much to see and do it can actually be overwhelming for some people to try and figure out their plans.

We are going to look at some of the top attractions and sights that are worth checking out on your visit to London. It goes without saying that everyone will have different things that they want to take in on their visit but it’s always good to get some ideas before you travel.

You can even plan your accommodation in relation to where you are likely to be most which can cut travel costs. You can also get money off when you book a hotel with Best Western by visiting sites like Groupon so if you are willing to look about, you will find deals.

Big Ben

Tube Station: Westminster (Circle Line, District Line, Jubilee Line)

The clocks tower at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament building is one of the most recognizable sights in the world. Neo-Gothic tower with a height of almost 100 meters was opened in 1859. The hands of the clock are respectively 270 and 430 cm long and the disc itself has more than 5 meters in diameter. The name Big Ben probably comes from the name of Benjamin Hall, a supervisor of the construction of the tower.

British Museum

Tube Station: Tottenham Court Road (Central Line, Northern Line), Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)

This is one of the largest museums of history and culture in the world and it attracts over 5 million visitors annually. In the famous round reading room you could have met in the past Mahatma Gandhi, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Karl Marx, Virginia Woolf and many other eminent personalities. The present museum building was opened in mid-nineteenth century and was rebuilt many times since then.

Buckingham Palace

Tube Station: Victoria (Circle Line, District Line, Victoria Line)

Buckingham Palace is the official seat and residence of the British monarchy, rulers, and for most Britons – the national symbol. In front of the palace there is a green are and parks, and directly opposite the main gates stands a statue of Queen Victoria. The mall, the ceremonial avenue, separates St. Jacobs Park from Green Park, and it runs straight up from the palace to the Admiralty Arch at the Trafalgar Square.

Harrods

Tube Station: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line)

Harrods is the world’s most famous department store and has its origin in a small grocery store, founded by Charles Harrods in the eighteenth century. Harrods was the first department store in England to have an escalator. Today selling the most exclusive brands and goods, the store is owned by Qatari investors. Among the goods offered by Harrods, was a crystal bath for a half a million pounds or sandals for sixty thousand, which were guarded by true Egyptian cobra.

Houses of Parliament/Palace of Westminster

Tube Station: Westminster (Circle Line, District Line, Jubilee Line)

Neo-Gothic building called the Palace of Westminster was completed in 1860 after 23 years of work. One of the most recognizable parts of the Houses of Parliament is a clock tower Big Ben. In 1987, the Houses of Parliament have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. UK Residents can visit the Houses of Parliament throughout the year, and only foreign tourists in the summer. From the gallery you can watch the special meeting of both Houses.

Natural History Museum

Tube Station: South Kensington (Circle Line, District Line, Piccadilly Line)

Among the many attractions of the museum is the 4foot tall model of Tyrannosaurus Rex, which senses motion and throws frightening look at the visitors. Unlike other museums, National History Museum conducts educational sessions and large scale scientific activities.

National Gallery

Tube station: Charing Cross (Bakerloo Line, Northern Line)

National Gallery is a relatively small collection of around 2300 paintings, but the collection is considered the most representative of European paining in the world. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, so visitors can compare piece of art from different countries but from the same period.

National Gallery is the second after the British Museum the most visited museum in the UK.

London Eye

Tube Station: Waterloo (Bakerloo Line, Jubilee Line, Northern Line)

Chinatown

Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo Line, Piccadilly Line)

Camden Town

Tube Station: Camden Town (Northern Line)

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