Jun 7, 2013
London is without question one of the best cities in the world to visit. Annually, droves of visitors both local as well as foreign flock to the magnificent city. Factors that drive the visitors to the metropolis include magnificent architecture, cultural diversity, panoramic views, world-class entertainment, among many other activities. There are quite a number of exciting destinations; however.
The following are the 5 best places to visit in London.
1. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is probably the most celebrated palace worldwide. It is symbolic of the country’s as well as the region’s rich history and culture. The palace is also the official home for the British Monarchs in London. As a visitor, you will most certainly find it thrilling to stopover at the palace. Besides observing the magnificent architecture and lavish ambiance, a visitor may also get a chance to witness “Change of Guard.” This takes place on a daily basis from April to July.(image by Michel Corrent).
2. Big Ben
“Big Ben” is without question one of the most iconic symbols of London. It is a giant clock bell, which is located in the famous Westminster Palace. This attraction may also be referred to as Elizabeth Tower. The change of name from “Clock Tower” to the “Tower of Elizabeth” took place during the commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Visitors go to the location to observe the gigantic bell as well as hear it chime.
3. The London Eye
London is quite a large city. The region also thrives with many beautiful sites. Unfortunately, going round the city may take quite some time. Fortunately, you may still be able to observe the city without having to travel around. Well, if you plan to have a bird’s eye view of the city, you may need to visit “The Eye of London”. This monumental structure offers a visitor an aerial view of the city. By simply going to the top level, you will be able to have a spectacular and unique experience.
4. Zoo of London
London Zoo is famed for being one of the oldest scientific zoos in the world. The zoo is home to more than 16,000 species of birds and animals. The location offers a conducive environment especially for children. Additionally, you may also pre-book a special VIP tour of the zoo. After a long day observing the animals and birds, you may also stay at the Lookout Lodge, which is situated at the zoo.
5. The Royal Botanical Gardens
If you fancy nature, then you will find “The Royal Botanical Gardens” appealing. This natural park features different types of plant life. You not only get a chance to appreciate both local and exotic plant life, but you may also have a picnic at the pristine environment.(image by Bender2001).
Well, there you have it, the list of the 5 best places to visit in London. The destinations will appeal to different people. Whether you like art, love nature, fancy new cultures, or simply enjoy meeting new people, then London is the place to be. Most of the destinations are situated within the central business district. This makes it easy and cheaper to access the attraction sites.
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Feature image by Doug Wheller