London is understandably one of the most popular cities in the world. Famous for its diverse shopping and fashion, fine dining, fascinating sightseeing, lively night life and colourful history, London’s tourist industry is booming.
If you’re considering a trip to England’s capital in the near future, make sure to plan your trip in advance. Try adding some of the popular London attractions below to your itinerary; you won’t be disappointed!
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Big Ben is undeniably the icon of London, and as such, is one of the most popular sites in the city. Located with the Houses of Parliament, the historic relevance and traditionally British atmosphere of the clock tower and adjoining buildings is unmissable for first time visitors to the city. Although the Gothic buildings only date back to 1840 (due to the previous buildings being destroyed by fire), they exude a much older feeling.
Another world famous building, the Queen’s London residence is an extremely popular draw for tourists. Dating back to 1702, to this day it is the largest private home in the city. Interestingly, it was built atop the site of a popular brothel.
A relatively new addition to the city (although it has made a dramatic impact to the London skyline), the London Eye is one of the busiest paid attractions in the city. It is currently the largest observation wheel in the world; located within a stone’s throw from Waterloo station, it is incredibly popular. The wheel takes half an hour to make a full rotation; visitors receive an unparalleled view of England’s capital.
London’s China town offers the authentic taste of China, without the expensive plane ticket. Visitors are spoilt for choice, with numerous high quality and affordable restaurants. Highlights include Four Seasons for their Roast Pork, and Wong Kei for their ‘colourful’ service.
One of the most popular shopping districts in the UK, Oxford Street features miles of high quality boutique and department store shopping, as well as numerous high street chains for the bargain hunters. Particularly popular at Christmas, Oxford Street caters for all retail tastes. With Soho and Covent Garden next door, it’s easy to lose several days to the West End area of London. Highlights include Harrods, Selfridges and Hamleys.
Covent Garden is a shopping and eating hot spot. With high quality stores, cafes, restaurants, theatres and street entertainment, Covent Garden is incredibly popular, especially when the sun is shining.
London is an expansive, fascinating city for both residents and tourists. It is an essential destination for visitors to the South of England. Make sure to research your trip before you arrive; there is so much to do you may be overwhelmed; this article only scratches the surface of what London has to offer!