There’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.