There are so many amazing things to do and places to see in London, that compiling a list of the best of them is tricky business.
London really is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Not only does it have an amazing history with palaces and dungeons to keep you occupied, but it is also a hotbed for the performing arts and even nature and wildlife if you know where to look! There really is something for every kind of tourist around London, so I decided to list what I believe to be the top 10 attractions in the capital.
10. The 02 Arena is a large entertainment district on the Greenwich peninsula that includes an indoor arena, a music club, a cinema, exhibition space, piazzas, bars, and restaurants, as well as many live events throughout the year. It is a great place for families to visit for a day out!
9. St. Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London. Tours can be booked to explore the fascinating interior.
8. Piccadilly Circus is a famous road junction and public space that was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. This place is famous for its maddening crowds, theatres, and neon billboards which all make it similar to Times Square in New York.
7. The Shard is an 87-storey skyscraper in Southwark that not only looks sexy on the outside, but from double-decker the observation platform at the top you can get great views of London down below. London has so many modern skyscrapers nowadays that you pass by many of them without noticing, but not The Shard. It’s unique design demands attention. Best seen at twilight.
6. Regent’s Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. It lies within north-west London and contains Regent’s University London and the London Zoo. It is the best park in the city for landscaped gardens and in the summer months, tourists and locals can be seen enjoying the weather around its sprawling grounds.
5. The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London, best known for holding the Proms concerts annually each summer since 1941. It has a capacity of over 5,000 seats. Special performances for music in popular culture are also held at the Albert Hall, and tickets are on general sale.
4. Regent Street is one of the major shopping streets in the West End of London, well known to tourists and locals alike and famous for its Christmas illuminations. Her Majesty The Queen owns the real estate within Regent Street, that’s why the shop façades look so old-fashioned-yet-smart.
3. The Tower of London (also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress) is an historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London that is steeped in infamous history. The Tower is also the home of the residents ravens and London Beefeaters.
2. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. Everybody seems to enjoy getting their picture taken with Big Ben in the background.
1. Buckingham Palace is the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. If you watch very closely during your visit, you may see The Queen poke her head out from the window as she enjoys a cigarette. Or not.
What do you think is the best attraction in London? Have I missed anything obvious?!