While London features in every food lover’s fantasy, the true heritage of the city can only be embraced through a cultural tour of London. More so, if the city is on your vacation agenda later this year, we have compiled a list of the most recommended spots to visit; without which the city feels worthless and incomplete. Now we’re covering all aspects; history, culture, amusement and panoramic beauty. Thankfully, London is nurtured to entertain audiences of all ages.
Taking one of the many Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours is perhaps an ideal way to get a glimpse of London’s top tourist attractions.
1 Westminster Abbey
While Westminster Abbey appeared in the limelight when our beloved British Royals Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, the place of worship has also become a treasure trove of art and textiles. The architecturally-rich monument dates back to King Henry’s reign in 1220, and has witnessed the commemoration and burial of 3,300 people.
2 Buckingham Palace
While I’m far from your berserk history buff, a visit to the famous Buckingham Palace is almost non-negotiable. The palace currently houses the monarch of the country, the Queen along with her entire family. The colossal palace occupies centre-stage on national holidays, protests and state occasions. Through the website and other agencies, you can now visit this 775 room palace.
3 Coca-Cola London Eye
The Coca-Cola London Eye garners the attention of over 3.75 million visitors each year, who are dying to cherish sweeping views of the city’s skyline. Perched on the South Bank of the River Thames, the landmark is Europe’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. The 30-minute ride allows you a 360-degree view of the entire city, including landmarks like the Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. The London Eye tickets can be bought online or at the entrance.
4 Warner Bros Studio – Harry Potter
Even if you are not a fan of the fictional Harry Potter series, a visit to the studio is highly recommended. The studio brings you behind-the-scenes elements from the successful book and movie franchise. From the iconic sets of the movie to its signature props and fantastic costumes, you can witness the making of the entire collection of movies in this studio.
5 The View from the Shard
Yet another iconic structure that has formed an essential part of the city’s skyline, the Shard. A 95 storied ultra-tall skyscraper that is now listed as one of the city’s premier real-estate buildings. The Shard has an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, office spaces and hotel rooms allowing visitors of the city to experience this celebrated architectural marvel.