London is the capital of England, with more than 8.6 million people, living in the city. It makes London one of the most diverse cities in Europe. There are people from all over the world, living and visiting the city everyday. There are great restaurants, parks and an incredible nightlife. It is also one of the most expensive cities in Europe.
We stayed in a hotel next to the Thames River, from there we could easily walk or take subways.
Here’s our list on what to do and see, on your first time visiting London:
Check out the London Eye: considered the largest Ferris wheel in the world. The views from one of its 32 capsules are impressive, and you will have a unique 360 degree view of the whole city at the top.
From there, walk to the Palace of Westminster: This is undoubtedly the most famous attraction in London. In the palace are the Houses of Parliament and the clock tower, better known as Big Ben (which is actually the name of the bell inside the tower). The structure is one of the most recognized in the world, and its Gothic architecture is rich in detail.
Near the palace is another building of great historical importance, Westminster Abbey, where are buried many notable people, such as Isaac Newton along with several kings and queens of England. The church is famous for hosting the weddings of the British royal family, most recently, of Prince William and Kate.
Visit the Natural History Museum: which offers visitors a great opportunity to discover a little more about the natural history of the planet and also about dinosaurs. Fossils full of prehistoric animals are really impressive, and other museum attractions such as the exhibition “The Power Within”, where you can have the feeling of living an earthquake! One of the best attractions of London!
Do not miss the Buckingham Palace, which is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in London.
During the summer, some rooms are open to the public, offering a rare opportunity for tourists to see more of the famous landmark. Even if you do not go visit the interior of the palace, be sure to stop by to check out the changing of the guard, which takes place only on certain days of the week, around 11:30 am.
Walk across the Tower Bridge: which has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London.
Visit St Paul’s Cathedral: to take part in mass, which happens every Sunday morning.
Enjoy the night in London at Soho, where there are a lot of night clubs and bars. Have drinks at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, one of the most famous and old Pub in London.
There are to many places to visit and to many things to do. We had good times in London. We can’t wait to return!
Best time to visit London: best weather is from April to September.
Currency: Pound Sterling
Official language: English