Visiting London

(London, England)

Known throughout the world for being the official home of the Queen, London is a spectacular and cosmopolitan capital city. Covering a vast area, the majority of London's top attractions lie in and around the heart of the city and include endless shopping along Oxford Street and Regents Street, numerous central parks and areas of green - such as Hyde Park, acclaimed zoological gardens, and numerous historical landmarks and buildings, many of which are open to the public.

The city of London also offers an exceptional selection of world-class art galleries and museums, often with free admission.

Wherever your choose to stay in this capital city, you can be sure that the accommodation will be pricey. Youth hostels in the city centre quickly become crowded during the summer months, while London vacation rentals tend to provide reasonable value for long stays. Popular places to stay in London include Bayswater, Bloomsbury (convenient for the West End), Chelsea, Earls Court, Holland Park, King's Cross, Marylebone, Notting Hill, Pimlico, South Kensington, Southwark, St. Pancras and Victoria.

Visiting London: Places to Visit

  • Tower Bridge Experience, with spectacular views from high above the River Thames
  • Madame Tussaud's, a popular waxworks museum with many realistic figures of celebrities, politicians and film stars
  • Tower of London, a historic building guarded by Beefeaters and home to the glittering Crown Jewels
  • London Planetarium, with a giant dome and a host of astronomy related exhibits, standing alongside the Madame Tussaud's Waxwork Museum
  • London Zoo, situated in Regent's park and containing many large enclosures and exotic animals from around the world
  • London Dungeons, with torture chambers, grisly tales and costumed actors, standing underneath London Bridge's train station
  • BBC Television Centre, offering guided tours of the city's premier TV centre, along Wood Lane
  • London Eye, one of the city's premier attractions, the world's tallest observation wheel offering spectacular views of many areas of the city, with individual, air-conditioned pods
  • Buckingham Palace, dating back more than 300 years and the official residence of the monarchy, located at the end of Pall Mall in central London
  • St. Paul's Cathedral, one of the most spectacular cathedrals on the planet, built during the latter part of the 17th century, dominating much of central London and famous for its whispering gallery
  • Houses of Parliament, a striking Victorian building located alongside the River Thames and home to the House of Lords, officially known as the Palace of Westminster
  • Big Ben, a magnificent clock tower standing alongside the Houses of Parliament
  • Westminster Abbey, a spectacular building founded in the 11th century, close to the Houses of Parliament and featuring breathtaking Gothic-style architecture
  • Trafalgar Square, a spacious public square home to Nelson's Column, one of London's most notable landmarks
  • Piccadilly Circus, in central London, with giant illuminated advertisements and colourful animated billboards
  • 10 Downing Street, one of the most famous houses in London, being the home of the city's Prime Minister
  • West End district, where you will find many world-class theatres and spectacular musicals
  • Museums, including London's notable Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Art galleries, including the National Gallery, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern

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