Sights of London, England
According to 800Zipcodes, London is the capital of the United Kingdom. This metropolis is actually a sight in itself. Here you have the typical black taxis, the world-famous double-decker buses, the red telephone booths still present in the streets and of course the streets with left-hand traffic and the atmospheric English pubs. The specific atmosphere of the city sets London apart from all other European capitals. Those who go out in London can easily get around via ‘the tube’ (the metro). The metro system is one of the best in the world. Whoever visits London will recognize a lot of things even at the first time. London and the city’s landmarks feature in many films and series on television. Also, many people who have ever had English lessons at school will probably have seen elements of the city in the textbooks. London is bustling and packed with great sights. One weekend is usually not enough to see everything.
London ‘s Top 10 Things to Do
#1. Palace of Westminster & Big Ben
This House of Parliament stands on the banks of the Thames. The oldest parts of this building date from 1097. It has about 1,100 rooms, 100 stairs and about 2 miles of corridors. This huge building also houses the 96-meter high clock tower that has been called the “Elizabeth Tower” since 2012. This in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the British Queen. In the clock tower hangs the 13.7-ton bell “Big Ben”.
The most famous shopping street in London is Oxford Street. You will find more than 500 shops with the big chains such as Selfridges, Marks & Spencers, Topshop, Zara and the world-famous Harrods in between. Together with Regent Street and Bond Street, Oxford Street is the shopping heart of London. For fun handmade gifts, rare treats and antiques, you should definitely visit Covent Garden.
#3. Buckingham Palace
This palace is not just a home for the British Royals. It is also an art gallery, tourist attraction and workplace for about 450 people. The Changing of the Guard is a real attraction and characteristic of the British Palaces. This ceremony in the forecourt takes place once a day and every other day in winter.
#4. National Gallery (museum)
Because very special works by famous people can be viewed here, this museum can claim to be one of the most important in the world. Here you can see a self-portrait by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mary with Child”, Van Goghs and about 2000 works.
#5. London Eye
Opposite the Palace of Westminster is this huge Ferris wheel on the south bank of the Thames. A ride takes about 30 minutes and offers spectacular views over London. Keep in mind long queues, especially if the weather is nice. Arranging tickets in advance saves you time.
#6. Tower Bridge
This Tower Bridge crosses the Thames and is located next to the Tower of London, from which it also owes its name. This bridge is still open to large ships that pass through it. In Tower Bridge it is possible to visit an exhibition or take a guided tour. From Tower Bridge you also have a good view of another very special object in London, namely the City Hall (London City Hall). Due to its special design, it is nicknamed “onion” (onion).
This multicultural little neighborhood in London has a lot to offer. There are many different types of restaurant with a diversity of tastes. There is therefore a great diversity of people here. This melting pot of people means that there is always movement in this district. Here you will find many small boutiques, comedy clubs and theaters. A part of Soho is called Chinatown, where you will find mainly oriental restaurants and shops.
#8. West End
West End is referred to as the nightlife district of London. It is more known as “the Walhalla” of theatre. The most major plays are played in this theater area of London. Together with New York’s Broadway Theater, it is therefore at the top of the list as the most accessible theater area. There are also many cinemas, clubs, restaurants and hotels in this area.
#9. Tower of London
The Tower of London is popularly referred to as “the Tower”. This complex of buildings has had quite a few uses. For example, it has been a fortress, palace, state prison, place of execution, museum and arsenal. Today it is mainly the storage place for the crown jewels of the British royal family. There are many tours to book.
#10. Camden Market
At the weekend, approximately 100,000 visitors flock to the markets of Camden Town in north London. The collective name is Camden Market, in fact it concerns five markets that present themselves together. Here you will find everything from vintage clothing, collectibles, crafts and delicious food stalls.