The city of the British royal family, Big Ben, Tower Bridge. Hardly anyone visiting London manages to avoid falling into the city. The extraordinary atmosphere of the English capital on the Thames can be felt in no other major city in Europe. And Europeans and visitors from all over the world love London. No trip to the metropolis is like the other, always discovering something new and exciting.
London’s sights are so numerous that you first have to think about where to start. Luckily, there are hotels in the city for every travel budget, so no one has to go without his special London experience. Nobody can say that he met London without being at the Palace of Westminster, the Parliament building, and the Big Ben . The nearly 14-ton bell in Elizabeth’s clock tower has become a city landmark. Their typical chiming charms tourists and gives Londoners the feeling of being at home.
From there you just have to cross the river Thames and in a few minutes at another important point in the city. The London Eye, which at 135 meters is currently the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, is right on the river and offers its visitors a breathtaking view of the city on a 30-minute drive. After getting a good overview of the city from the top, the tour continues.
If you stay on this side of the Thames, you can still see attractions such as the City Hall, King’s College or the Tower Bridge . Here you will also find one or the other hotel, such as the Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo, whose location is more than cheap, because from here you get great with the London Underground, the Tube, in all corners of the city.
But there are other attractions that you should not miss. Above all, St. Paul’s Cathedral. The wonderful white cathedral is one of the city’s landmarks. In addition, every London visitor should also have been in Trafalgar Square. The unofficial center of the city was already in the Middle Ages, the most important place and is now a meeting place for people from all corners of the earth. If you choose a nearby hotel, you spend your vacation in the center of London.
An important part of everyday life in London is the royal family. The Londoners are proud of their “Royals” and people from all over the world flock to catch a glimpse of the habitation of the most famous monarch family. Queen Elizabeth II lives with her husband in Buckingham Palace, the royal palace in the center of the city. This is where the royal city tour should start.
The building, which was built around 1700, exudes royal charm and the royal guard of Beefeater, dressed in red and black, completes the picture. After admiring the palace from the outside, a visit to the Queen’s Gallery is highly recommended. It is located in one part of the palace and exhibits the royal art collection.
The Royal Mews offer a great insight into the life of the royals. The royal stables still in use today house the family’s fleet – both carriages and motor vehicles – and are also the home of the royal horses.
Continue past some of the city’s most popular lodgings, such as the Rubens at the Palace , to one of London’s most important churches. The impressive Westminster Abbey is the place where the monarchs are traditionally crowned and buried after their deaths. More than 100 members of the royal bloodline are buried here, but also some important poets and thinkers, such as Charles Darwin or Charles Dickens.
Furthermore, a visit to Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens should not be missed. The building is used differently by the family, in 2013 Prince William and his wife Catherine moved there. The grounds are spacious, lovingly created and invite you to linger.
One last important place for the royal family is the Tower of London. This ring fortress used to serve as a residence and armory, but today it houses, among other things, an exhibition on the history of the building and protects the British crown jewels.
In addition to the historic buildings and the royal family, London also has much to offer culturally. Museum lovers will get their money’s worth. One of the most popular and worth seeing is the British Museum. This structurally impressive building displays exhibits that tell the entire cultural history of humanity. It also houses a library of about 350,000 volumes, whose reading room is one of the most famous in the world thanks to its beautiful dome. Those who enjoy modern art should not miss the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, and admire beautiful paintings at the National Gallery.
Friends of the living art can enjoy the theaters of London. For example, visit the Royal National Theater London and enjoy a variety of pieces. The London Theater New Cross is located just outside the city center and offers performances as well as acting classes or comedy events. Nearby you can find cheap hotels and accommodations, such as the Staycity Aparthotels Deptford Bridge Station , so that one or the other theater visit should be additionally in the budget.
A special feature among the theaters of London is the Shakespeare Globe Theater. Originally it was built in 1599 by a theater group, to whose members William Shakespeare belonged. Today it was renovated and Shakespeare’s dramas resumed. The special feature of this theater is the fact that it is an open-air theater.
Natural science aficionados visit the London Science Museum or drive to the Royal Museums Greenwich and visit the observatory in the observatory.
If you want to relax in the hustle and bustle of the big city, you should look for accommodation near a city park, because they are not exactly rare in London. The hotel The New Inn , near the Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill would be a good example. The former is one of the royal parks of London and has scrupulously maintained green areas, lakes, sports facilities and children’s playgrounds. However, the hill Primrose Hill should not be forgotten either. It borders the park and its highest point is about 80 meters. After a short climb you have a nice view of the city center. Other parks that you should not miss are the gigantic Hyde Park with Lake Serpentine Lake or Greenwich Park.
And even the popular shopping trip does not have to be in London. Take a room in Covent Garden and be in the middle of the shopping experience. Here you will also find a hotel, such as The Cheshire EX The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, which offers its visitors the rooms reasonably priced. From here the tour can begin. The district is a popular place to enjoy the very special flair while strolling through the market halls. Other nice markets include Camden Lock Market and Borough Market , which is known for its delicacies.
Those who prefer to browse shops can visit famous department stores such as Harrods or Harvey Nichols, or stroll along Regent Street or Carnaby Street.
In addition to the conventional attractions, the city has a lot to offer. Take a trip on the Thames, for example, and experience London from the water. Families with children and sea-life lovers can enjoy London’s Sea Life.
Those who like to scare, should visit the London Dungeon . The Creepy Cabinet tells the story of the city in a creepy-funny way, focusing on her plagues and epidemics. Even a Ghost Bus Tour should make the hearts of scary friends beat faster. On board a double-decker bus, you drive through the streets of London in the evenings, getting to know the darker side of the city.
For all Harry Potter fans, the Harry Potter Studio Tour is recommended at the Warner Bros. Studios in Watford , just outside London. They can be reached by public transport or a shuttle bus and literally enchant their visitors with the magical world of Harry Potter.
London is a year-round destination that offers many opportunities. For example, spend the days of the Queen’s birthday on April 21 in the city and celebrate with her and all the Londoners. Or come on the second Saturday in June and then experience the official birthday parade. New Year’s Eve is also a festival in London that captivates everyone. Admire the illuminated attractions at the turn of the year, enjoy the night on the Thames, and be there when a gigantic fireworks make you forget the sight of London’s night skyline. If you feel like traveling, you can not go wrong with a trip to the English capital.
London is one of the most popular destinations of US citizens traveling to Europe.