London has long been my favourite city in the world. It’s topped even my very own city (Sydney) and an oodle of other cities across the world. London is rich in history, culture, landmarks and unique building designs making London what it is today. If you’ve never been to London before, or you know exactly what I am talking about, here is a quick guide to get you on your way.
Here is one of the most iconic landmarks of London sitting upon the River Thames. Tower Bridge is a little more out of the way compared to attractions like Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, but nevertheless it’s still a bucket list location. You can even take a glass walk along the top of the bridge as you glare down under your feet at the view below (and all around you). There is a tube station right near Tower Bridge, so you never have to walk too far to reach this amazing piece of architecture
Sitting in Central London, this iconic square and tourist attraction is a must experience when visiting London. Here you are able to find street artists drawing on the pavement (on a dry day of course!) and street performers, which brings this place to life, even more so. Within Trafalgar square, sits the National Gallery of London and is only a short walk to Big Ben and the London Eye.
The London Eye sits upon the River Thames and only metres away from The House of Parliament (Big Ben). The London Eye stretches to about 135 metre high scoring you an amazing 360 view of London. A standard London Eye ticket will cost you £22 by day and £26 if you want to see the views by night time also. The line for the London Eye can be quite lengthy and if lines make you super restless then you can purchase a fast track ticket for £31.
House of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)
Mostly referred to as Big Ben (which is the clock tower), the House of Parliament is where the two houses of parliament meet, and well, discuss political affairs. You are able to go on your own tour or a guided tour through Parliament House, but more often than not, people observe the building from Westminster Bridge.
Located in the city of Westminster, Piccadilly Circus is the heart and soul of London. Here the atmosphere is contagious as street performers, tourists, locals and lights come to life in an abundance. Piccadilly Circus is also one of the most visited parts of London as the underground connects to the Piccadilly Line, being one of the most popular tube lines in London.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Being deemed as one of the most historical places in London, the St Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican Church performing ceremonies every Sunday inviting anyone who wishes to join. Grab an audio and travel around the Cathedral at your own pace as you will come across galleries and an oodle of other historic rooms. Walking up to the top of the Cathedral, you are able to appreciate a well deserved view of London, which is always a plus.
The headquarters for all things royal is the beautifully architectured and classically designed Buckingham Palace. Here is the centre of all royal hospitality and where the Queen spends a lot of her time (apart from Windsor Castle of course). Buckingham Palace only opens it’s gates to visitors in the summer time, and even then you are very limited in where you can visit and what you can view. Make sure the Changing of the Guards is on your London itinerary, it is truly a royal moment (11:30am everyday – or check schedule).
Shopping, shopping and growing envious of things you can’t afford is common here on Oxford Street. Oxford Street is in the centre of London and has an array of shops, boutiques and more shops. As well as all this shopping, classic English Pubs and resturants align the streets that lead off Oxford Street, making it for an enjoyable (yet busy) day out in the town.
St James’s Park
Sitting in front of the lovely Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park is a quaint and lively park taking you all the way to Trafalgar Square. Through this park, a stream is alive with ducks, geese, swans and birds as well as squirrels racing each other up the trees. There is also wooden cafes along the way so you can stop for a Hot Chocolate, making you feel as if you are amongst the nature of an ideal London Park.