For many travelers, London is a great destination for first time international travel. As an English speaking country just across the pond, it’s a popular destination for Americans. Whether you’re being picked up or dropping off a car, leave it at parking Gatwick airport and head into the city with ease.
That being said, London is a massive city with so much to see and explore. Not sure of what to do on your UK adventure? Here are some bucket list attractions to see in London.
It would be hard to go to London and miss Big Ben! This clock tower, found in Westminster, is an iconic landmark in the city. “Ben” is actually the name of the bell though, in 2012, the structure itself was renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The British Museum
History and archeology fans from across the world come to marvel at the British Museum. This enormous building is a treasure trove of some of the most famous archeological antiquities the world over. With 80,000 objects on display at any time to explore, from the Rosetta Stone to the Lindow Man, block out a chunk of time to visit this free museum.
The Tower of London
On the one side, the Tower of London is home to the crown jewels, on the other, it was a place where many Brits were tortured and killed back in the time of King Henry VIII. There’s tons of information on each part of its history, so consider taking a guided tour.
As the official resident of the Queen, Buckingham Palace is not to be missed! Visitors are allowed a tour of some of the common rooms which showcase antique artwork and furniture glitter all over the palace. Catch the changing of the royal guard outside the palace where you can see hordes of British soldiers parading and marching with military precision.
The London Eye
There’s no better way to see London than to board the London Eye! This enormous ferris wheel is situated right on the river Thames, providing a great view of Westminster, Big Ben, and the entire London skyline. Visitors go up in large, air conditioned pods that move slowly, allowing for a full look at all the wonderful views.
The Globe Theatre
This is the modern reconstruction of the theatre that made Shakespeare famous. Although it has been renovated, the outside looks just as it did back during the The Bard’s life. First built in the 17th century, you can still catch a showing of some of Shakespeare’s works at certain times.
If you’re in search of some greenery, stroll through Hyde Park for a little rest and relaxation. Located right in the heart of London, Hyde Park boasts ponds which you can row boats on, paths to take a wander down or lush greenery to sit and enjoy a picnic on. Kensington Palace is located at one end of the park, so you can even glance a glimpse of where William and Kate live.
There are so many things to see in London that you will be hard pressed to fit them all in one single trip! No matter what you do, it’s sure to be a wonderful trip that you will never forget.