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Five Must-See Attractions In London

Five Must-See Attractions In LondonThere’s no denying the fact that London is a capital city with lots of interesting places to check out. Of course, some attractions are more exciting or compelling than others and it can be hard to decide what to spend your time and money on when you’re on a vacation with only a limited amount of time for the things you want to do. With that in mind, we’ve put together this quick article listing some of the best attractions in London. We hope you find it helpful and informative.

  • Buckingham Palace. No visit to London is complete without taking a tour of Buckingham Palace, which has housed the Royal Family since 1837. Currently, it serves as both the residence and administrative headquarters for the Queen, making it one of the few palaces in the world that still functions as a working palace. Guided tours are available for reasonable prices, giving you a chance to get a glimpse inside one of the most popular and renowned attractions in all of London.
  • The London Eye. Also known as the Coca-Cola London Eye, this Ferris wheel is one of the most iconic landmarks and attractions in the entirety of London. It has thirty-two capsules (each of which is capable of holding up to twenty-five people), and when ridden it can offer some of the most spectacular views to be had in the entire city of London.
  • SEA LIFE London. Opened in March of 1977, this aquarium houses over five hundred different marine species from all over the world, making it one of the more comprehensive marine life aquariums not just in London but in all of Europe. Ticket prices are reasonably priced as well, making this a definite must-see for anyone visiting London (especially if you enjoy aquariums!).
  • Tower of London. Officially known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, this ancient castle fortress sits near the River Thames and is known for its storied history. Originally a royal residence until the 17th century (and also home to the Royal Menagerie until 1834), it was transformed into a prison and execution place during the Middle Ages. These days, a military garrison is still maintained within the Tower. Furthermore, yeoman warders (who live within the Tower and still dress in traditional Tudor clothing), give tours to interested visitors.
  • Westminster Abbey. Originally built on the grounds of an old monastery and later re-founded as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster by Queen Elizabeth many centuries later in 1560, this Gothic abbey church is one of the most well-known religious locations in the whole of the United Kingdom. It has functioned as both a coronation and burial site for royal monarchs hundreds of years, and has also hosted at least sixteen royal weddings. If you’re curious to see Westminster Abbey for yourself, there are plenty of affordable guided tours available, both for families and large groups.

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Top Tourist Sites in London

There are many Top Tourist Sites in London, and to celebrate this great city, we thought it rather nice to highlight some of its more famous and valuable attractions. Whether visiting for historical purposes or simple to take in the sights, London is a city not to miss. Now, lets see what it has in store for you!

Buckingham Palace

At Buckingham Palace, you can visit where the Queen of England lives and check out the beautiful gardens and State Rooms in the palace. There is a special exhibition in 2018 that celebrates the Prince of Wales 70th birthday. Buckingham Palace is open to the Public from July 21st until September 30th.

The London Eye


The Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the best places to check out the skyline of London. It has some great views from the 32 carriages each of which carries up to 25 people, and each one weighs 10 tons! You can see most of the famous London landmarks while enjoying the ride with fantastic aerial views of the city and the ride lasts 30 minutes.

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

The Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour of London is one of the most popular tours in London. You can purchase a ticket that is good for 24 hours, and you can hop on and hop off the bus whenever you like and then get back on when you feel like it to check out more of the city. The sightseeing bus cruises by some of the most famous parts of London such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.

Madame Tussauds- London

One of the best and biggest of the Madame Tussauds museums you will be hobnobbing with many of the most popular celebrities, but of course, they are wax. From Shakespeare to Sylvester Stallone there are impressive was replicas from the biggest figures in the world of entertainment, politics, and sport. You can pose and get pictures next to the wax replicas, and if you don’t spot the Queen at Buckingham Palace, you can snap a picture with her at Madame Tussauds.

Tower of London


The Tower of London is one of the most famous buildings in the world, and you can check it out following the tour led by a member of the Yeoman Warders. You can check out the old palace, arsenal, and house of jewels and one of the most fascinating parts of the tour is the prison and execution chamber, and there is even a zoo at the Tower of London as well.

The Shard

The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe, and you can see 40 miles into the distance from the top. The Shard’s observation deck is 244 meters up, so you will have no problem seeing some of the top sites in London such as Wembley Stadium, the London Eye or St Paul’s Cathedral. The Shard is definitely the place to visit to get the best views of London.

Kensington Palace

If you want to visit past royalty of England and see how they lived, then you need to head to Kensington Palace. This interesting tour allows you into the royal life where you can see such things as a an exhibition of Princess Diana’s dresses and the Victoria Revealed exhibition to name just a couple.

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Top 5 Tips for Buying an Apartment in London

When it comes to relocating to London, often we are asked to provide tips on how to buy a London apartment. This can come from those looking for their first property, those having difficulty navigating through the many real estate listing companies, while others are simply interested in London apartments from an investor perspective.

So with that in mind, we thought it ideal to provide a list of our top five tips when it comes to buying an apartment in London. We hope this insight will help improve your search for the perfect apartment in what we think is the perfect city.

1.)  Location is everything, so too is your budget

While all in search of a London apartment have a budget set aside that they are most comfortable with, it is important to realize that location is a key factor in finding the best apartment possible. This is especially true when it comes to investing, as all properties purchased are a major investment, so location should be considered.

The most popular and desirable areas include Knightsbridge, Kensington, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill and Chelsea. A few other areas to consider that are up and coming include South of Thames and King’s Cross, and for investors, that is the most ideal as it allows you to buy while prices are low and sell as the demand for the area increases.

2.)  Chose a location close to Public Transport

This is a critical step in the process of selection and should be high on your list. The city of London is vast and covers a large area that is covered well by public transportation. Make sure before putting in an offer that you walk around the neighborhood and locate all the points of access for public transport. This will include the subway, buses and availability of quick taxi access.

This is a basic requirement in London, especially when working in the city as traffic congestion can impact travel times. If you are an investor, it is even more critical as renters often do not have other modes of transportation and reply heavily on public transportation.

A great way to gauge the ease of access is to talk to those already residing in the area you are considering, talk to real estate agents and shopkeepers as well, as each will have a wealth of information relating to public transportation.

3.)   Freehold or Leasehold – which is better?

Our preference when it comes purchasing an apartment is freehold. It means you own the property completely and do not have to worry about having to sign a new lease down the road. Also, leasehold properties are not as attractive to other buyers should you wish to sell in the future. This makes life a lot easier when that time comes- hands down.

4.)  Factor in building and annual charges

When purchasing an apartment, the odds are good that you will have additional costs relating to the upkeep of the building. This, at times, can amount to a substantial extra monthly cost, so make sure to fully understand all costs relating to the apartment you are considering.

5.)  Use a Search Agent!

Some buyers think that buying privately will take thousands off the purchase price; then there are others who understand the value of a search agent and the protection it affords should there be a problem when closing on the property. There are many stories of those who purchased privately only to find out afterwards the home did not meet the standards they thought they were buying. Agents are trained and certified and therefore are responsible to you as the buyer; protection is always the best way to go.

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