1. The London Eye
If there is one thing you absolutely have to do in London it is to take a flight on the Eye.
It takes around 30 minutes to complete a rotation but that time will be gone before you know it. If you get a clear day you’ll be treated to some fantastic views of some of London’s iconic buildings, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin as well as great overhead views of the House of Parliament.
2. The Tower of London
Situated on the north bank of the Thames, the Tower of London is a place steeped in history, as well as being the home of the Crown Jewels and the Royal Armories, it has previously been both a prison and a royal residence. If those aren’t reasons enough to make it onto your list, then there’s no helping you!
If you like history but would rather keep your head out of the books the Tower offers some good educational re-enactments that are as much fun they are factual.
3. Tower Bridge
The Tower of London was begun in 1886. The bridge is one of the most popular of all Europe. You can learn all about its history by attending the exhibition housed right next to bridge.
4. St Paul’s Cathedral
Regarded as one of the most beautiful attractions of London, St Paul’s Cathedral houses the tombs of world-renowned figures such as Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. One of the best places to go once there is Golden Gallery, also known as the Whispering Gallery, located at the top floor of the cathedral and famous for its breath-taking views
5. Buckingham Palace
Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to reside at the newly-completed palace when she moved in after her accession in 1837.
6. The National Gallery
Situated on the north side of Trafalgar Square you can kill two birds (or at least two landmarks!) with one stone when you visit the National Gallery. Founded in 1824 the gallery is home to a rich collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century. Entry is free of charge so what better reason do you need to indulge in some classic culture?
Situated in central London and boasting stunning architecture as well as thousands of interesting artefacts internally, the capital’s museums are one of the best things to do in London. Most of them are free too which is also a bonus, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Museum of London. No matter what hobby you are into or whether museums are your thing, they are places of true amazement and wonder
8. Houses of Parliament
The first royal palace was built on the site in the 11th century, and Westminster was the primary London residence of the Kings of England until a fire destroyed much of the complex in 1512. Since then it has been the home of parliament. A fire destroyed a major part of the old building in 1834. The building we have today was started in 1840 and took 30 years to complete. It suffered further destruction when it was bombed in 1941.
9. Take a river cruise
There are lots of different types of boats which you can go on and explore London from a different angle. Many people forget than the River Thames is a focal point for many of London’s attractions and in the summer, a cruise along it is one of the best ways to see almost everything. Several companies operate cruises from the river bank ranging from simple sight-seeing packages and light lunches to full three course meals, party boats and weddings. Even in the winter, this can be a brilliant thing to do with friends and family
10. Visit Hamleys
Hamleys is a huge toy store in Regent Street and a must see no matter how old you are. Make sure you build a bear while you’re there