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Top 12 Places To Visit In London

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London is one of the world's most mesmerizing cities. Modern architectural marvels like the Shard line ancient laneways peppered with historic monuments, high-end shops, and award-winning theaters. The picturesque streets wind their way around renowned attractions like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul's Cathedral, causing visitors to gape at their beauty and exhaust their phone's photo storage.

Getting around is easy; the famous London Underground, also known as the Tube, is one of the most extensive subway networks in the world. London is also home to a diverse culture that plays out in the city’s public squares, markets, and performing arts. The many public parks are the perfect gathering space for locals and tourists and provide easy access to many of the iconic tourist attractions in London

Here are the Top 12 Places to Visit in London, which are worth visiting on your London Trip:

1. Buckingham Palace

One of Britain's most iconic buildings, Buckingham Palace is also the scene of London's most popular display of pomp and circumstance, the Changing of the Guard. Drawing crowds at 11:30 am regardless of the season, this colorful and free display of precision marching and music also takes place at St. James's Palace, after which you can follow the band along The Mall as they march between sites.

Buckingham Palace was built in 1837 and has been the London residence of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria's accession.

2. British Museum

Displaying one of the world's finest collections of antiquities, the British Museum contains more than 13 million artifacts from the ancient world. With priceless objects from Assyria, Babylonia, China, Europe, and elsewhere, it's hard to know where to begin in this expansive attraction.

3. Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the most popular, as it houses the original collection of significant British art. The collection is world-renowned and offers an incredible experience for anyone, not just lovers of art. Once you have explored Tate Britain, simply walk across the river and do it all again at Tate Modern.

4. Warner Bros. Studio

Touring the Warner Brothers Studios is one of the top things to do in London with kids. The experience will be memorable, especially for fans of Harry Potter who will be able to explore the Wizarding World. Fans of the books and movies that took the world by storm will be able to explore authentic sets from the films. These include venturing down the iconic Diagon Alley, venturing through the Forbidden Forest, or sitting down in the Great Hall at Hogwarts!

5. Tower Of London

The enthralling majesty and historical importance of the Tower of London can be felt from the moment a visitor steps inside its grounds. This iconic historic site reveals the most momentous tales and happenings in British history. Located in Central London itself, it is officially Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Palace and Fortress. Though it is called the 'Tower of London', it is actually a castle made of many concentric towers. It has played many prominently historic roles over the years, including being a prison for infamous prisoners, housing royal documents, and being the grounds where coins were minted. It even was a royal zoo for a brief period of time!

6. London Eye

The London Eye is perhaps the world’s most iconic Ferris wheel. It was built to mark the millennium celebrations in London in 2000 and right from day one, it has been London’s foremost attraction. The individual glass capsules on the wheel rise up to 443 ft above the Thames resulting in some of the most splendid views of the city. The whole ride lasts for about 30 minutes and is usually accompanied by a long queue.

7. Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the most iconic and best places to visit in London. This 350-acre open space is the largest in the city and has been open to sightseers since 1635. It has an 18th Century man-made lake called Serpentine, famous for boating and swimming. Other attractions include Speaker’s Corner and Apsley House.

8. Big Ben

The first thing that comes to your mind when you think about London is Big Ben and it truly is a legendary monument. This 97-meter tower housing a giant clock is known throughout the world as the time signal of BBC radio. It is one of the greatest places to be in the world and let’s just leave it to that. This is amongst the best places in London.

9. St. Paul's Cathedral

The largest and most famous of London's many churches - and undoubtedly one of the most spectacular cathedral's in the world - St. Paul's Cathedral sits atop the site of a Roman temple. The previous church structure was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, and Sir Christopher Wren designed the rebuild. Today, the twin Baroque towers and the magnificent 365-foot dome of St. Paul's are a masterpiece of English architecture.

10. Richmond Park

It's hard to believe you're in London (well, technically just outside London) when on a visit to Richmond Park. One of the most captivating of the eight Royal Parks, this lavish natural wonderland has everything you'd look for in an English park: winding paths, verdant woodland, sparkling lakes, horse stables and trails, bike lanes, and multiple picnic spots. Enjoy unparalleled views of St. Paul's Cathedral from King Henry's Mound, a picturesque hilltop surrounded by wild deer.

If visiting during spring (particularly late April or early May), make your way to the Isabella Plantation, a remarkable Victorian woodland garden set within the park.

11. Borough Market

The historic Borough Market is the premier food market in London. After opening in the mid-18th century, the market has not lost traction with Londoners who still flock to the market for fresh produce and culinary excellence. Where some markets celebrate the past, the Borough Market is all about living in the present. There’s no greater example of this than the many creative eats on-site along with a focus on sustainability and international cuisine.

12. Camden Market

With the diverse neighborhood of Camden, the Camden Market reflects the array of personalities within the district. The eclectic community market has an appropriate collection of vintage clothing stalls, along with local artwork and hand-crafted trinkets. But it’s the cuisine at the Camden Market that should motivate you to visit. With street eats, international cuisine, and one of the best vegan bakeries in London, the market is a culinary treat.

Besides these, there is much more to explore in London like Old Spitalfields Market, Covent Garden, Natural History Museum, Piccadilly Circus And Trafalgar Square, Notting Hill Gate, Hampton Court Palace, Madame Tussauds London, and much more...

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